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Capt. Jeff Werner

Capt. Jeff Werner is a Senior Instructor with International Crew Training in Ft. Lauderdale, and is a 22 year veteran of the yachting industry. www.yachtmaster.com

Sound Signals in Restricted Visibility

  Fog, mist, falling snow, heavy rainstorms, sandstorms or any other similar causes can make conditions that hamper visibility. Sound signals for vessels in restricted visibility, whether underway, at anchor or aground, day or night, are the subject of Rule …

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Of Whistles, Bells and Gongs

The Royal Clangor

While the Rules of the Road do not make for stimulating bedtime reading, unless one is studying for their captain’s license, they do contain an interesting set of guidelines pertaining to the equipment for sound signals. Masters of superyachts and …

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Safe Speed Rule

Time to apply the safe speed rules

If you think about it conceptually, two vessels in a meeting situation must be able to successfully stop within a hair’s breadth of each other in order to avoid a collision at sea. That, in a nutshell, is the raison …

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New Reels Catch Fish So Purchase Some – COLREGS


Sailors are notorious for having poor memories, perhaps due to the copious amounts of rum they have imbibed. Whatever the reason, over the years they have developed memory tools that aid in information retention and these aids are called mnemonics. …

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Avoiding Collisions with Colregs

Contrary to popular belief, the phrase ‘right of way’ is never mentioned once in the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCS). Prior to 1977, vessels were called either burdened or privileged in potential collision situations, which may have …

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Hauling Out Catamarans in South Florida – Part II

Hauling Out Catamarans South Florida: Courtesy of Catamaran Boatyard

Strictly Sail Miami, this past February, was a catamaran enthusiasts’ dream. Production, semi-custom and custom cruising cats lined the docks at Bayside in Miami. All those multihulls shared a common need; sooner or later they will have to be hauled …

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Hauling Out Catamarans in South Florida

Hauling out Catamarans in South Florida

After spending almost a quarter century under sail, cruising catamarans are my favorite boats. As a professional captain, I have crossed oceans and seas on monohulls, catamarans and trimarans of all sizes, but it is always aboard a cat I …

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The VHF Radio Distress Call

The VHF Radio Distress Call:VHF operator in action. Photo: Jeff Werner

The unthinkable has happened; your boat, you and your crew are in grave and imminent danger. To raise the alarm, you sent a distress call by voice on VHF Channel 16. That distress call, with ‘Mayday’ spoken three times followed …

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The VHF Radio Distress Call

VHF Radio Distress Call: British Post Office engineers inspect Guglielmo Marconi’s  wireless telegraphy (radio) equipment, during a demonstration on Flat Holm Island, 13 May 1897. This was the world’s first demonstration of the transmission of radio signals over open sea, between Lavernock Point and Flat Holm Island, a distance of three miles.

Radio or ‘wireless’ was first used aboard ships early in the 20th century. The wireless signal itself was just the carrier for telegraph and telephone messages through the ether. Telegraphy was sent via Morse code and telephony was done by …

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Buoys Part II: The Cardinal Rule

Buoys II: The Cardinal Rule Which direction would you steer to avoid the danger? Photo: OceanMedia

Boaters growing up sailing in the United States who still spend their time solely in U.S. waters face two navigational quandaries. First, we are metrically challenged. As long as our charts display soundings in ‘feet’ and not ‘meters’, we are …

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Lateral Marks For Pilotage

Cluster of buoys. Photo: Arne Hückelheim

The Strait of Dover, the narrowest point in the English Channel, was shrouded in thick fog on January 11, 1971 when the tanker Texaco Caribbean was struck by the freighter Paracas. The collision caused the tanker to explode, split in …

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Carbon Craft: Luxury Yacht Tenders

Photo courtesy of Carbon Craft

Bringing a new product to market begins with an aha moment, followed by the realization of a great design once only seen in the mind’s eye. From there, it is carried forward by an individual with the passion for and …

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Cuba … That Was Then, This is Now

Havana’s Parque Central. Photo by Capt. Jeff Werner

In 1994, I had the good fortune to sail to Cuba from Jamaica, and spend the three most enjoyable weeks of cruising in my life. This past spring, I had the opportunity to fly to Havana from Miami to experience …

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The Beaufort Scale

Francis Beaufort

“And now here is the shipping forecast issued by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency at 0505 on Friday the 31st of July: Thames, Dover, Wight, northwesterly 4 or 5 becoming variable 3 or 4 …

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Code of Safe Working Practices

Photo credit: Francois Rigaud

Working aboard a superyacht can appear very glamorous on the surface. In reality, a dedicated crew aboard the yacht works long hours and very hard to keep their vessel in Bristol condition. Part of that work can be dangerous. To …

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Super Tenders For Superyachts

“tt Faith” was designed and built as a custom tender, and is made out of African Mahogany. She is currently with her mothership in France. Photo credit: Van Dam Custom Boats

  Let’s face it; the job of a superyacht deckhand can be pretty tedious. Wax on, wax off. Polishing a yacht’s exterior to a mirror finish day in, day out can be a bit boring. The high spot in a …

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Yacht Industry Training


Many crew who are new to the yachting industry are curious about the range of jobs that are available on a superyacht. However, the sheer size of larger yachts quickly pigeonholes crew into the deck, engineering or interior departments once …

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