Autopilot on the Seas

Operating your watercraft on autopilot seems enticing. As your yacht captains itself, you are freed up to pay closer attention to maintaining a clear lookout on the water ahead along with your navigation and communication equipment. However, with the convenience of having an autopilot system, there is some potential for relying on and placing too much confidence in autopilot technology. Continue reading

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Electric Shock Drowning: A Hidden and Deadly Threat to Swimmers

You probably know not to use a hair dryer or other electrical appliance when taking a bath, due to the potential risk of electric shock or even electrocution. But you may not realize that a boat or marina that is … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Boat for a Hurricane

Hurricanes can cause damage to boats from Maine to Texas. It is important to have a plan in place to protect your boat long before the hurricane flag flies. While boats stored out of the water are far less likely … Continue reading

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Navigating the Legal Waters of Yacht Repair

A growing number of shipyards and marinas are asking boat owners or their agents to sign broad liability waivers that restrict the ability of the yacht’s owner’s (or their insurance company) to recover damages if something goes wrong. Unless they’re … Continue reading

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Boat Safety With Kids On Board

Summer is here, and many families are headed for the water. Ensuring safety on boats is crucial – especially when there are teens or children onboard. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 12 children under the age of 13 lost … Continue reading

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Cruising In International Waters

Whether your boat is registered for personal or commercial use, regardless of size, or country of registration, those cruising in international waters need to comply with on-board employment practices and requirements, as per the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC). Continue reading

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Boating Basics Are Anything But Trivial

Understanding the main causes of accidents and maintaining boating safety awareness is crucial in helping to avoid accidents. Continue reading

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Cyber Security on the Seas

With technology playing a larger role in the daily operation and navigation of ships of all sizes, owners and crews need to pay careful attention to the security of their information systems. Although statistics are hard to obtain, security researchers … Continue reading

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Protecting On-Board Valuables

Fine art, motorcycles, cars and other valuables can be carried and enjoyed on a yacht, as long as precautions are taken against their possible damage or theft, and insurance considerations are evaluated in case the worst occurs.

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Repair Rights and Wrongs

A growing number of shipyards and marinas are asking boat owners or their agents to sign broad liability waivers that restrict the ability of the yacht’s owner’s (or their insurance company) to recover damages if something goes wrong. Unless they’re careful about what they sign, yacht owners may mistakenly waive important liability protections when they bring yachts for repairs, refits or renovations. Continue reading

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