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Krogen Express Rendezvous by Jeff

The last weekend this march was a perfect time to enjoy the tropical weather at the South Seas resort on Captiva Island, Florida which was the Rendezvous of eight Krogen Express Yachts.

After washing four of these boats from superstructure to hull that weekend with the one and only Trevor Duke, I realized how luxurious this style and size of boat would be as an owner / operator.  Just big enough to throw a party and withstand rough seas with its vee hull (semi-planing!), but not so large that you need a crew to maintain it.

As a fairly new employee of Trevor's, I sat in on my first yacht care orientation of his with all the Krogen owners there.  And much to my surprise, there was so much more that I have yet to learn from the master.  Knowing when to use the right products, tools and methods to cleaning yachts might as well be an art.  I guess the most important thing I learned from this orientation is the importance of a proper weekly wash for your yacht.

-Jeff

2012 YachtWorld Yacht Brokerage University Liveblog! by Trevor

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[liveblog] Coffee is being consumed, and things are about to kick off here!

Please bear with us as we figure out this liveblog! It is not letting me correct my typos....

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Marina dredging closes Petoskey boat launch ramp by Ryan

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For all of you boaters looking to launch for the upcoming weekend in Petoskey, please be aware of the planned dredging at the Petoskey boat launch ramp. From PetoskeyNews.com

The launch ramp at Petoskey’s city marina is unavailable for boaters as crews tend to a dredging project in the recreational harbor. City parks and recreation director Al Hansen said the ramp was closed down Friday for the two- to three-week project.

“We’re trying to do it as rapidly and quickly as possible,” he added.

The dredging work, which costs about $71,000 and is being paid for using marina reserve funds, was arranged in response to a decrease in water levels along with a buildup of sediment that makes navigation difficult in portions of the harbor. R.B. Lyons of Charlevoix is handling the dredging, with support from trucking firm Poquette Leasing of Petoskey. During the project, the launch ramp is needed for storage and truck loading of spoils removed from the harbor bottom, Hansen said. The slope of the ramp helps in draining water from the spoils, and Hansen said using that location also helps avoid encroaching on marina parking areas. City officials had hoped to have the dredging work taken care of earlier in the spring, but Hansen noted that they encountered delays in obtaining state permits needed for the work. The parks and recreation director added that contractors are aware of the need to move quickly on the project. Given the pace with which the project has moved in its first several days, Hansen said it may take less than three weeks to wrap up.

“We want to get it done before our main season hits us in late June,” he noted.

Slips remain available during the project for boaters traveling to and from the marina by water, although Hansen said some boaters are having to be temporarily relocated from one portion of the harbor to another. Spoils removed from the harbor bottom will be taken to an Onaway-area landfill for disposal, Hansen said.

Gabe Buckley -- Boat Washer turned Artist by Trevor

Gabe Buckley has been around Bay Harbor for 6 years now, running Northern Retreat Property Management. Gabe has washed a few boats in his day, but is now focusing more on his artistic talents. He is quite a painter, and his work was recently featured on the cover of the area's Dining Guide. Look out for Gabe and his work to be at the Bay Harbor Boat Show, but also in galleries around Bay Harbor and Harbor Springs. You can see more of his work at ArtistGabrielBuckley.com.

 

Big Brother Watches Boat Washers... by Trevor

To supplement the Bay Harbor Lake Marina webcam, it looks like the Yacht Club is catching up. These webcams are a great way to keep an eye on your boat, particularly in regards to the weather. You can decide if it is a good day to take the boat out, or be able to tell how hard the boat is bouncing in a storm (not in protected Bay Harbor, mind you!).

Yet another great use of these cameras? Watching us clean your boat. WOW.

The camera pans around to cover the entire bay, and zooms in to check on BHLM in the distance. If only you could control it to zoom in on individual boats!

 

Walstrom Open House! by admin

When we tell people about northern Michigan, we often tell them how perfect it is up here during the summer.  Today turned out to be a bit on the cool and cloudy side, but Walstrom's new sales showroom is the nicest showroom I have ever seen.  A big thanks to Walstrom's for hosting the event and being kind enough to extend an invitation to us!  The guest list included a lot of our customers and other influential members of the boating community.  Check out the pictures to see if you can spot any of them!

Blackbeard's anchor recovered off NC coast by Ryan

Illustration of Blackbeard's Jolly Roger flag....

About two years ago I had the privilege to crew a couple of yachts down to Florida. We stopped in Beafort NC for a few days and I was thoroughly indoctrinated into pirate culture by the surrounding populous. According to town legend, Beaufort is the home of the murder of the infamous Blackbeard...

In June, when Blackbeard put his and Bonnett’s ships into the Old Topsail Inlet, he tricked Bonnett into going on to Bath. Blackbeard then sank both ships, leaving the crews to fend for themselves. He took off in the only ship left and carried his booty away. It is possible that some of the stranded seamen settled in the area rather than take a chance on being hanged as pirates. According to Maurice Davis, one was said to have made his way back to New England, but later returned to Carteret Precinct and became a man of some importance.

The governor of Virginia, determined to capture and rid the ocean of pirates, sent two sloops into North Carolina waters where they discovered Blackbeard’s ship the Adventure near Ocracoke. Following an intense battle, the British crew managed to kill Blackbeard along with eight of his men. They took the other nine back to Virginia for trial where they were convicted of piracy.

Beaufort North Carolina is making news again having alegedly recovered a 3,000 pound anchor from the wreck of Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. Having sunk in 1718, the anchor is still in amazing shape!

According to Yahoo! News...

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – An anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship has been raised from the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast.

Archaeologists believe the anchor recovered Friday is from the Queen Anne's Revenge, which sank in 1718. That was five months before Blackbeard was killed in a battle.

The artifact is the third-largest item at the shipwreck, outsized only by two other anchors.

Researchers retrieved the anchor from the shipwreck about 20 feet under water and were bringing it to shore. The work to retrieve it began last week. The anchor is about 11 feet long.

The recovery coincides with the release this month of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." The movie features both Blackbeard and the Queen Anne's Revenge.

Drinking and Boating - A pre-season reminder to Get a Captain! by Ryan

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Like most boaters this spring, you are likely planning a series of scenic tours, dinners, and entertainment aboard your beloved vessel. And why shouldn't you? Entertaining and personal enjoyment are the reasons we enjoy boating! As we all know though, drinking and driving rules apply to the road and to the water. Those rules are not always the same though and a failure to understand the differences could cost you big! This brief primer from attorney Todd Levitt outlines the rules and penalties (among other things) for boating under the influence in Michigan. An excerpt...

The following conditions determine if you are boating under the influence.

If your blood alcohol content is 0.10% or greater by weight of alcohol as determined by a breath, blood, or urine test, you are considered to be under the influence of alcohol. If your blood alcohol content is greater than 0.07% but less than 0.10% by weight of alcohol as determined by a breath, blood, or urine test, a law enforcement officer can consider that fact along with other evidence in determining if you are under the influence.

Michigan law establishes the following penalties.

People arrested for boating under the influence are guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon a third conviction within 10 years, a person will be guilty of a felony. If a person boating under the influence causes great bodily injury or death of another person, he or she will be guilty of a felony. By operating a vessel on Michigan waters, you have consented to be tested for alcohol or drugs if arrested by a law enforcement official.

The article includes rules on who can operate a boat, age restrictions, jurisdictions, no-wake rules, and other common operating rules. Rather than sifting through the giant rulebook yourself, I suggest you check out the rest of the article here and save yourself a potential headache this summer.

Unlike driving a vehicle, DNR officers and Coast Guard officials do not need probable cause to board your vessel and perform a "safety check". The rules are strict and the penalties are firm, so follow our advice - GET A CAPTAIN!

Enjoy your night out, drink to your heart's content, and call First Mate for a captain to get you back to the dock safe!

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World's only recreation of a three-masted Great Lakes schooner arrives to downtown Milwaukee by Ryan

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I lived in Milwaukee a couple summers ago and absolutely loved the city's waterfront. They also had an amazing schooner fully restored that toured from Milwaukee down to the Florida Keys on a nearly annual basis. It is returning this summer and is open for tours!

From TheRepublic.com...

MILWAUKEE — The world's only recreation of a three-masted Great Lakes schooner arrives to downtown Milwaukee this weekend.

The Denis Sullivan returns on Saturday from its winter dock and will be open for public tours at the Discovery World harbor in Lake Michigan.

Professional shipwrights and nearly 1,000 volunteers finished building the 137-foot re-creation of a 19th century Great Lakes schooner in 2000. It is used for education, training and research.

Museum spokesman Richard Cieslak (SEE'-slak) says the ship will visit Manitowoc on the last weekend in June, Sturgeon Bay over the July 4th weekend and then Racine later this summer.

Walstrom Marine - Out with the Old, In with the New! by admin

The weather in northern Michigan has changed, and so are the sales offices of Walstrom Marine in Harbor Springs. We will be attending their grand opening BBQ next weekend (and you should too!).

With the opening of the new building, the old building next door is in the process of being torn down / renovated to suit the needs of Walstrom's customers in the Basin. I hope they save the "Walstrom Marine" from the front of the old building!

Keeping Track of the Big Boats - Kill Time Online! by Trevor

I was checking all my nautical sites, and while on gcaptain.com (I did not recommend because it is slightly technical and focuses more on freighters and cargo ships) andI stumbled across an online AIS mapping system. Wikipedia explains AIS:

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automated tracking system used on ships and by Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and VTS stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

Information provided by AIS equipment, such as unique identification, position, course, and speed, can be displayed on a screen or an ECDIS. AIS is intended to assist a vessel's watchstanding officers and allow maritime authorities to track and monitor vessel movements. AIS integrates a standardized VHF transceiver with a positioning system such as a LORAN-C or GPS receiver, with other electronic navigation sensors, such as a gyrocompass or rate of turn indicator. Ships outside AIS radio range can be tracked with the Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system with less frequent transmission.

This site gives a bit of information about vessel movement, and MarineTraffic.com is about what I imagine an air traffic controller looks at all day (when they are awake!). Not only are you able to browse the entire world for AIS reporting ships, but you can view by type of ship, and a few other parameters. Obviously tracking the big yachts is going to be my primary use for this! Just taking a look at some of the yards in Florida, I was able to quickly find Johnny Depp's Boat, VaJoLiRoJa. Fun fact about his boat, if you say the name fast enough, it sounds like "The Jolly Roger", which would make you think of the pirate movies that paid for the boat, but it is actually the first names of all in his family, VAlerie, JOhnnie, LIly-ROse, and JAck.

As you can see on the left side of the screen, I have filtered out everything but the yachts. Also, notice the ad for an iPhone app! That would be a great time killer on the road!

Looks like the Beaver Island ferry, the EMERALD ISLE is a little late for it's 4:30 projected ETA. If you like big boat, or fancy yourself a diehard yacht spotter, this may be the site for you. These closeups only show a few areas in the US, with a lot of commercial boats filtered out, but there are a lot of boats on this site. Be sure to check out some of the destinations around Europe (Med, Monaco, Cannes, etc) to see some of the big boys! Zooming out still gives you a tiling of green squares with the number of reporting vessels in each area, so you can quickly find the hot spots.

I highly recommend you poke around, and if you find any interesting boats, say something in the comments!

Big Boaters by Trevor

Mad Mariner points out an update to some regulation:

It's official. The Coast Guard thinks we're fat.

In a ruling two weeks ago, it raised the average passenger weight from 160 pounds to 185 pounds on charters and other passenger boats – the first increase since the 1960s.

I am not suggesting the Coast Guard has their pulse on the precise growth of the average boater. The only impact I see this having is more tickets being written for too many people on a boat. This effectively reduces the legal capacity of all boats by 15%. I certainly hope that they do not attempt to make this law retroactive ( I am hoping 'passenger boats" its only commercial boats) ; whereas someone with a plaque on their boat that says "CAPACITY 11" can be ticketed for having 11 people.

If you like FirstMateYachtCare.com, You Might Like These by Trevor

We are pretty good, but we know that we cannot cover ALL the news in the exciting yachting and boating world. We try though! Take a look at some of these other sites to keep informed on some different aspects of the marine world: LASER Advertising http://laseradvertising.com/blog/ http://www.laseradblog.com/watercooler/ LASER Advertising takes care of promotional materials for luxury destinations and brokerages, but also for individual megayachts for sale or charter. Their site and blog(s) are full of industry happenings and amazing pictures and videos. It is often difficult to get an idea of a what a megayacht looks like inside (especially when they won't let you up the passerelle!), but Laser has full video tours of many of the boats they have made materials for.

 

WoodyBoater.com

http://woodyboater.com/

Woody Boater is focused on the smaller, vintage.....wooden boats! This site is the most popular I know of in its niche, and has hilarious posts as well as amazing media to go with it. For the guys out there, they always have "Woody Boater Babes", and right now "Woodies for Boobies" to support breast cancer awareness. The gentleman who runs it is in advertising himself, so he knows how to write some copy. Definitely worth checking for the beautiful boats. Makes me want a Sea Skiff! If you are trying to learn your classic boats, to tell a Centrury from a Chris from a Truscott from a Greavette from a Hacker,  start here.

 

Scuttlefish

http://thescuttlefish.com/

Scuttlefish is run by Brian Lam, who has a strong pedidgree building Gizmodo.com, a technology blog. Scuttlefish has lots of science posts, about new finds, records being broken, and a 'little' technology. Also, there is plenty of maritime art, and great pictures of exotic destinations in their "Wish you were here" posts. Amazing and obscure oceanic historical finds are "Salty Stories", "Sea Monster Monday" and "Water Wench Wednesdays are great too! More Ocean/nature than strictly boating, but still great.

 

The Great Lakes Cruising Club

http://www.glcclub.com

This site is likely only of interest to our Northern readers, but the GLCC is a strong organziation with quite a few events every season. Joining the GLCC is a way to make friends when you boat, and the GLCC 'chain' burgee is displayed proudly in ports all over. The member directory and designated "Port Captains" will make sure you feel welcome. In any case, look to them for interesting Great Lakes boating news, or for up to date port information.

 

Boats.com Blog

http://www.boats.com/blog/

This is the most 'technical' site I will recommend. Plenty of new boat reviews and manufacturer updates. Also, they are not afraid to write articles such as Marine Wire Markings Deciphered" and "All About Anodes". Definitely worth checking out with frequent posts. Also, this site is more focused on the 25-55ft range.

 

Well, that is all the recommendations I have for now, I left out quite a few because of such infrequent updating I didn't want to frustrate anyone. If you think I missed something, let me know in the comments!

Not My Recession - Sir Richard Branson launches Virgin Oceanic by Ryan

[gallery link="file" columns="4"] "Virgin Oceanic will expand the reach of human exploration on our planet. By promoting and utilising new technology Virgin Oceanic will aid human kind's ability to explore our Oceans, assist science in understanding our eco system and raise awareness of the challenges facing our Oceans."  Sir Richard Branson April 2011

Want to take a ride to the bottom of the Marianas Trench? So does Richard Branson! It seems as though the great explorer/billionaire/music mogul/balloon pilot/astronaut has been tinkering away on a reported $17million submarine that will take him to the deepest depths of the oceans. The sumbarine, designed by Graham Hawkes in partnership with Google, is slated for 5 dives in five oceans over a two year period.

Five Dives, Five Oceans, Two Years, One Epic Adventure Mariana Trench Pacific Ocean                        11,033m     36,201ft Puerto Rico Trench Atlantic Ocean                         8,605m      28,232ft Diamantina Trench             Indian Ocean                           8,047m      26,401ft South Sandwich Trench Southern Ocean 7,235m      23,737ft Molloy Deep Arctic Ocean                           5,608m      18,399ftrom BoingBoing.net...

From BoingBoing.net... Sir Richard Branson's partner in the venture and Virgin Oceanic's chief pilot is Chris Welsh, an American sailor, pilot and explorer: "The submarine is a unique design made from 8,000 pounds of carbon fibre and titanium. The pressure at the bottom of the deepest trench is 16,000 PSI or over 1,000 atmospheres - the quartz dome alone is under 13 million pounds of pressure, the weight of three space shuttles. No leak is tolerable; a leak would cut through stainless steel or human flesh and mean certain death. The depth is beyond the capabilities of any other craft, so rescue is impossible. It's like being on the dark side of the moon. Full pressure testing is to be carried out over the coming months and should it fail the mission will obviously have to be re-evaluated.

TED Talk - Brian Skerry reveals ocean's glory -- and horror by Ryan

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I for one am a huge fan of TED talks. They are self proclaimed "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world". Occasionally one really strikes my fancy, as was the case with the talk given by Brian Skerry.

From the TED website...

Brian Skerry is a photojournalist who captures images that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea but also bring attention to the pressing issue which endanger our oceans. Using the camera as his tool of communication, Brian Skerry has spent the past three decades telling the stories of the ocean. His images portray not only the aesthetic wonder of the ocean but display an intense journalistic drive for relevance. Skerry's work brings to light the many pressing issues facing our oceans and its inhabitants. Typically spending eight months of the year in the field, he often face extreme conditions to capture his subjects. He has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats and dived beneath the Arctic ice to get his shot. He has spent over 10,000 hours underwater.

A contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine since 1998, Brian Skerry has had twelve stories published in the magazine with several more upcoming.

To read more about Brian Skerry, check out his amazing website full of fantastic high res images from the mysterious deep here. His photography really piques the inner-child fantasy I've always had about the ocean. Travelling by boat over open water has always left me wishing I could know just what was swimming about underneath the hull, living quietly in the deep.

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Kicking off at Yacht Club Costa Smerelda by Trevor

Everyone Smile

It is time for Dave Johnson's newest project, the YCCS to get going full swing. This development in the British Virgin Islands is certainly not the cheapest spot for a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th home, but it sure looks to be beautifully situated.

FMYC is constantly impressed with Bay Harbor for a few reasons:

1. Started from scratch. Bay Harbor used to be a desolate gravel quarry. not exactly picturesque. The idea of turning this into an amazing resort community was so far off, nobody would listen to Mr. Johnson's vision -- particularly investors! But, he pulled the money together and did it. I believe he stayed debt free throughout. 2.Residents. All Bay Harbor residents we know are extremely friendly, down to earth people. We can be washing a boat, and the owner will come outside to talk boats, and then invite us in to have a beer and see his home theater, or antique car collection. It is easy to respect people who respect you, and we are always excited to pick up a new customer, not just because it is a new boat, but because it is a new 'story', someone else to get to know.

3.Community. Though not entirely self-sufficient, Bay Harbor proper has plenty to do, and enough amenities that you don't need to stray far if you don't want to. Restaurants, markets, cafes, and resort shopping is all downtown, and that is just downtown! Not including the amazing Yacht Club, Golf Club, Equestrian Center, Hotel...

4.Staff. The only people friendlier than the residents are the staff! FMYC has been helped so much by the friendly staff at Bay Harbor. Sometimes, at a public marina, or poorly run docks it can be hard to get things done. You'll hear things like "Oh I don't know if you can do that" and "I'll have to ask my manager" when trying to do the simplest things. Not so at Bay Harbor. If something needs to get done, it getting done! The staff is capable and empowered. We would like to thank John Russell, the BHLM Harbormaster in particular, for making BHLM a dream to work at, help us at Bay Harbor events, and often being a liason to new customers. This mentality is shown in a favorite story of Lewis and myself, of Mr. Johnson driving around in a GEM car during some event, a I believe a '08 boat show. He was pulled up at where the Oil Nut Bay (same site as YCCS) promotional center was, and one of his employees was explaining to him some problem, of a customer/resident/investor who wanted something done, and wasn't sure of how to proceed. Mr. Johnson's reply was 'Do it!'; "just say yes! just say YES". With a man like Mr. Johnson with the reigns, you know the development will exceed all expectations.

In any case, try as we may, we will NOT be covering the Superyacht regatta live. But you can see some of our pictures of the announcement ceremony on Mr. Johnson's 130 Westport RESOLUTE that we were in attendance for. We have a video of his speech (quite funny, I recommend you watch all the way through!) we will post.

Looking at the Superyacht Regatta schedule, don't you want to go?

Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

March 16 - 20, 2011

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Wednesday, March 16

Registration will take place at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), Virgin Gorda as well as customs clearance for yachts and crews from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Practice for sailing yachts will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Experience BVI” guest experiences upon request

Trip to The Baths, snorkeling adventures or scuba diving. Private or group guides available will be for each adventure from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Skippers’ Briefing: Sailing yacht captains – 4:00 p.m.

Skippers’ Briefing: Motor yacht captains – 4:30 p.m.

YCCS, Virgin Gorda Founding Ceremony

Sundowners and welcome cocktail reception will be held on YCCS lawn from 5:30 to 6: 00 p.m.

Caribbean buffet, reggae band and local entertainment on YCCS lawn 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday March 17

Sailing Yachts: Race Day 1 11:00 a.m.

Motor yacht Program: Cruise in Company following the yacht racing, followed by lunch and swimming at quiet anchorage VIP Host yacht Resolute to lead the fleet 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crew Party 7:00 p.m.

Friday March 18

Sailing Yachts: Race Day 2 11:00 a.m.

Motor yacht Program: Tender Treasure Hunt.

Pirate inspired treasure hunt in yacht tenders around North Sound, YCCS, Leverick, Prickly Pear, Saba Rock, finishing at Oil Nut Bay from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m

Beer and ‘signature’ rum cocktails for all crew on YCCS lawn after sailing races

Party at YCCS Marina

Cocktail and Canapé Competitions; each yacht will create a cocktail with a prize for best Caribbean-themed cocktails and canapés from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday March 19

Sailing Yachts: Race Day 3 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Motor yacht Program: Cruise in company to Jos Van Dyke or Peter Island. Cruise to take in the finish line at the end of the race from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sundowners and Prize-giving on YCCS lawn – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday March 20

Farewell Bloody Marys and brunch at Biras Beach – 11:00 a.m. For further information, please contact Alice C. I’Anson Widdows, +44 (0) 7591 006250;alice.widdows@boatinternationalmedia.comwww.superyachtregattaandrendezvous.com

Pirate's Rebuffed by Private Security by Trevor

As the MAERSK incident brought to the public eye, piracy is still an ongoing threat and problem. Not only do large commercial ship's with commodities for payloads have to be on the lookout, but also "white-boats", private yachts. It is not uncommon for pirates to think that a yacht will have large sums of cash or valuables on board, but also ransom worthy VIP's and crew. Just a few weeks ago, four Americans were killed in a pirate attack on a 58ft sailboat. Even these small boats are susceptible to piracy from desperate thugs. I would not think a 58ft sailboat, run by Christian missionaries (this was probably not a brand new Hinckley, Hylas or Oyster) and was probably not thought of as high value, but maybe an easy target.  

Just a few days ago, a private security company was able to scare off pirates before anything horrible happened. (source)

Private security firm Naval Guards Ltd successfully rescued their Dutch clients on board M/Y Capricorn after it had been overrun by pirates in the central Arabian Sea yesterday.  The crew of the 21-meter M/Y Capricorn had contracted Naval Guards Ltd to provide armed escort for their eastbound trip from Djibouti in the western Gulf of Aden, through the Arabian Sea.

Naval Guards’ Operations Chief, Thomas Jakobssen, explained to gCaptain that the 42-meter escort vessel Marshal-5 had been shadowing the Capricorn at a distance of approximately 100m when both vessels were attacked simultaneously by the Somali pirates.  Reacting quickly, Capricorn’s crew fled to previously rehearsed hiding spots on the yacht, buying them valuable time as their rescuer’s fought off the pirates.

After a fierce exchange of gunfire between the pirates and the escort vessel, there were no injuries reported on either side, and only minor damage to the vessels themselves.  With a clear firepower advantage however, the Naval Guards quickly gained control of the situation and the pirates gave up.

“The pirates are becoming more aggressive”, Jakobssen explained.  ”Our team was on board a grey ship with military markings in very close proximity to the Capricorn.  These pirates were likely on their way home empty-handed and desperate for whatever they could get.”

 

This boat had obviously thought it a good idea and was able to afford the price of private help. I'd say it was a good investment! Even with a strong, multi-national naval presence in the area, there is a lot of water to cover, and relying on the authorities to get there in time is not always possible. Not to mention the considerable complications of a navy "babysitting" pleasure craft; should they send a naval ship to protect a $75mm boat? How about a 30footer? How much force are they allowed to use? etc.

The Triton did a very informative write up of the situation after the deaths of the 4 crew, and they discuss many tactics and possible solutions. Some considerations for running the vessel including turning of anything to broadcast your location (AIS) and not giving agents (marinas, customs, etc) in the area details about your travels, as that information may be sold to pirates.

For all the diving lovers out there - How to hold your breath like David Blaine by Ryan

If you are like many boaters, diving around to check out fish, ship wrecks, and other underwater curiosities probably gets you excited. If you are looking to shave a couple of bucks off of your boating budget but don't want to sacrifice the underwater scenery, you can try ditching the expensive scuba gear for some serious free diving!

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