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publication for the members of the florida yacht brokers association         august/september 2012

                                              Global Marketplace Pitfalls
                                                  Speak Their Language!
                                                              Boat Show Season:
                                                                       Planning Pays Off

              amver: Your Client’s Yacht Could Save Lives
                                          COMPASS                  august/september 2012

                                          p u b l i c at i o n f o r t h e m e m b e r s o f t h e f l o r i d a ya c h t b r o k e r s a s s o c i at i o n

                                                                                                                      4     Fall Boat Show Season Arrives:
                                                                                                                            Challenges and Opportunities
                                                                                                                      8     The ABC’s of SEO
                                                                                                                     17     AMVER: How the Yacht World
                                                                                                                            Can Save Lives
                                                                                                                     18     Changes to MARPOL Annex V
                                                                                                                     23     Information Advisory – Florida
                                                                                                                            Electronic Lien and Title Program

                                                                                                                      3     Note from Executive Director
                                                                                                                     6-7    Member News

                                                                                                                      9     Bulletin Board
                                                                                                                     10     Maritime Law:
                                                                                                                            The Sun Never Sets
                                                                                                                     15     On the Move
                                                                                                                     20     Charter News

                                                                                                                    14-15   New Members

                                                                                                                  Events & Seminars

                         13                                                                         20
                                                                                                                     12     July Brokers Open House
                                                                                                                     13     August Brokers Open House

                                                                                                                   Calendar of Events

Ad Index                                         To advertise in Compass please contact fyba
                                                 at 954.522.9270 or e-mail
                                                                                                                      11    West Coast Yacht Sales Summit
                                                                                                                      27    Brokers Open House
Concord Marine Electronics .................19          Moore & Company, P.A.........................11
Dockwise Yacht Transport ....................16         Pioneer Linens ......................................16
Foster’s Yacht Services ........................22      Simex International ............................. 22          3    Yacht Sales & the Law Seminar
Howard S. Reeder, Inc............................9      Steven H. Hibbe Maritime Attorney .....18
                                                                                                                      10    2012 Charter Seminar
Interglobal Yacht Sales .........................22     Turnkey Communications .....................22
                                                                                                                      18    Brokers Open House
JP Reynolds Company, Inc. ................ 19           World Yacht Survey ..............................22
                                                                                                                            at Palm Harbor Marina
Lost River Marine .................................20   Yacht Closer ........................................15
                                                                                                                    25-29   Fort Lauderdale International
Monocle Yachts ....................................20
                                                                                                                            Boat Show

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                                                                                                              PUBLICATION FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA YACHT BROKERS ASSOCIATION                  AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012

 of the Executive                                                                                                                                           Global Marketplace Pitfalls
                                                                                                                                                                Speak Their Language!

                                                                                                                                                                            Boat Show Season:
                                                                                                                                                                                      Planning Pays Off

         IS IT BOAT SHOw SeASOn ALreAdy?
                         By Ann Vernon, FYBA Executive Director

H       ot and humid, humid and hot! This is South Florida in
        August! The summer doldrums! Maybe next summer
I’ll take a trip to Alaska. Those brokers who head up north for
                                                                                                                            AMVER: Your Client’s Yacht Could Save Lives

                                                                                                                           AMVER: Your Client’s Yacht Could Save Lives

the summer know what they’re doing! But it’s already back                                                  Inside This Issue
to school for kids though, and back to work for the rest of
                                                                                                           Are you ready for FLIBS? Once
us, especially with boat show season quickly approaching.
                                                                                                           again, the world economy is going to
      Boat show season will begin with Cannes on September
                                                                                                           make this year’s show a challenge
11-16 for the FYBA. For any members going over to the
                                                                                                           for brokers – not to mention the
Med, we will have a booth in the Florida Pavilion thanks
                                                                                                           fact that it falls right before the
again to Enterprise Florida. We would also like to welcome
                                                                                                           Presidential election. The article,
Larry Bernaski who has taken over Julie Balzano’s position
                                                                                                           “2012 Boat Show Season Arrives”,
as Regional Manager of International Trade Development &
                                                                                                           on page 4, offers tips from President
                                                                                                            Planning Pays Off

Marine Industry Export Marketing for Enterprise Florida. Our booth will be located just in
                                                                                                            Boat Show Season:

                                                                                                           of IYC Yachts and current FYBA
                                                                                                                Speak Their Language!
front of the Gare Maritime at the corner of the north dock at the Vieux Port (Old Port). All
                                                                                                           Board Member Bob Saxon on how to
                                                                                                            Global Marketplace Pitfalls
                                                                                                            Global Marketplace Pitfalls

members are welcome to come by!
      Then it will be on to the Monaco Yacht Show for a couple of days, no booth but lots of
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                                                                                                           maximize sales at this year’s show.
                                                                                                               How visible are you to clients,
walking the docks!
                                                                                                           really? Today, it’s not enough to fly
                                                                                                            AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012                   PUBLICATION FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE FLORIDA YACHT BROKERS ASSOCIATION

      The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, commonly known to our members as
                                                                                                           your banner on the boat show docks
FLIBS, will be just around the corner after the Med shows on October 25-29. The FYBA will
                                                                                                           and advertise in yachting magazines
have a new location and new booth for FLIBS! Other surprises are to come, and all will be
                                                                                                           and on brokerage websites. You also
revealed in the next issue of COMPASS.
                                                                                                           need to make your own website “pop
      Fall also means seminar season and we have them lined up for you! On September 11th,
                                                                                                           up” when prospective buyers Google
there will be the West Coast Yacht Sales Summit in Sarasota. It promises to be as much of
                                                                                                           for the services you offer and yachts
a success as the East Coast Yacht Sales Summit was in June.
                                                                                                           you represent. Check out “The ABCs
      The Yacht Sales and The Law seminar takes place on October 3rd, followed by the
                                                                                                           of SEO” on page 8 for some valuable
Charter Seminar on October 10th. Both of these seminars will be held at the Bahia Mar.
                                                                                                           advice on how to optimize your site
Watch for our email blasts with more details. The Seminar Committee and Charter
                                                                                                           for search engines.
Professionals Committee hope that all members will clear their calendars for these dates
                                                                                                               Each year, the yachting industry
as they are working hard to bring interesting speakers and topics.
                                                                                                           becomes increasingly global. Today,
      Not to be too idle for too long, we are organizing a Third Thursday Open House once
                                                                                                           brokers work with clients to purchase
again in Palm Beach. This will take place on October 18th.
                                                                                                           new and pre-owned yachts not only
      Last but not least, FYBA has finally gone mobile! Thanks to our new app, you may now
                                                                                                           in The Netherlands, Italy and other
access the member’s directory, events, and much more from your mobile phones. Go to the
                                                                                                           European countries, but also in website on your phone, then save the FYBA Mobile icon to your phone for easy
                                                                                                           China and developing nations. In our
reference. For your information, the FYBA website had almost 5,000 hits in July, with over
                                                                                                           “Maritime Law” column on page 10,
24,000 pages viewed! I would like to continue to urge all members to use the site as we are
                                                                                                           Scott Wagner of Moore & Co. shares
constantly updating it with interesting articles.
                                                                                                           some insights on doing deals in
                                                                                                           someone else’s backyard that could
See you at the boat shows!
                                                                                                           save you and your clients headaches
                                                                                                           and money.

                                                                                                           On the Cover
Ann Vernon
                                                                                                           A bird's eye view of the Fort Lauderdale
                                                                                                           International Boat Show by photographer
                                                                                                           Forest Johnson.

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            BOArd Of dIreCTOrS

                                                          ShOw tIPS
         Lon McCloskey, The Marine Group

                 VICe PreSIdenT
         Gary Smith, Sarasota Yacht & Ship

                   TreASUrer                              2012 Fall Boat Show Season Arrives Offering
   Bob Zarchen, Ardell Yacht & Ship Brokers

                                                            Challenges as Well as Great Opportunity
          Paul Flannery, HMY Yacht Sales

        Jonathan Burkard, Allied Marine

       Bob Denison, Denison Yacht Sales                     t’s hard to believe, but the fall boat show season is once again upon us. While the
   Whit Kirkland, Bradford Marine Yacht Sales
   Crom Littlejohn, Merle Wood & Associates
                                                            U.S. economy remains mired in a slow, but steady growth pattern, many markets
   Bob Saxon, International Yacht Collection              in Europe are in recession. Elsewhere, the once hot-growth Asian economies -
            Bruce Schattenburg, Y.CO                      especially in China and India - are beginning to show signs of slowing down.
                                                               All this, naturally, is having an impact on worldwide demand for yachts and
             COMMITTee CHAIrMAn                           megayachts. While most FYBA members say the market is better than it was two
                                                          or three years ago, especially in the charter segment, yacht buyers remain cautious.
        Crom Littlejohn and Frank De Varona               That means brokers have their work cut out for them as the fall boat show season
                 Arbitration ethics:
  Gary Smith, Paul Flannery, Jonathan Burkard                  As always, advance planning is key. Major boat shows, such as the Fort
                & Bob Zarchen                             Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), which this year runs from Oct. 25-29,
                Boat Show Liaison:
                                                          offer huge opportunities to generate sales and meet new customers. But you can’t
   Lon McCloskey, Crom Littlejohn, Gary Smith,            just show up with a display full of hot offerings and expect prospects to flock to
          Bob Denison & Bob Saxon                         your booth.
         Charter Professionals Committee:
                                                               Now is the time to start reaching out to past clients and current prospects,
            Crom Littlejohn, Bob Saxon,                   and engage in some aggressive pre-show marketing and promotions. And, as Bob
           Daphne D’Offay & Jeff Shaffer                  Saxon, President of IYC Yachts and current FYBA Board Member, suggests in the
                      forms:                              Q&A that follows, it pays to maintain a positive attitude.
         Paul Flannery & Jonathan Burkard
                  Charter forms:
                                                             In addition to discussing IYC’s plans for the upcoming fall boat show season,
        Crom Littlejohn & Bruce Schattenburg              Saxon offers some tips that the brokerage community might find helpful.
   Bob Saxon, Paul Flannery, Frank De Varona              fyBA: For this year’s fall boat show season, do you plan to display as many boats
               & Shay Fortman                             as in previous years, or are you cutting back?
         Seminars, Sponsorship & events:
Gary Smith, Bob Saxon, Jon Burkard, Bob Denison           Saxon: IYC has exactly the same number of slips and display configuration as we
               & Lon McCloskey                            had last year. We’ve not cut back at all. In fact, we have made numerous changes to
                   Public Affairs:                        our display that will enhance the boat show experience for our customers.
Lon McClosky, Jeff Erdmann, Bruce Schattenburg,
         Jon Burkard & Crom Littlejohn
        Marine Organizations & Associations:              fyBA: In terms of promotions, are you doing anything special this year to drive
Crom Littlejohn, Bruce Schattenburg, Whit Kirtland,       sales?
                 & Lon McCloskey
                       MLS:                               Saxon: We’ve reached out to some of the emerging markets with our advertising,
     Bob Denison, Gary Smith, Whit Kirtland               and we are running ads in local upscale publications in order to drive the affluent
              & Lon McCloskey                             resident sector to our display. We tend to forget that there is a lot of wealth between
              exeCUTIVe dIreCTOr
                                                          the Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach regions and expect them to attend without
                    Ann Vernon                            prompts. We’re hoping this strategy will get them excited about attending.
            dIreCTOr Of OPerATIOnS
                    Randi Myers
                                                          fyBA: Are you inviting more prospects to shows, especially FLIBS, this year?
        dIreCTOr Of MeMBer SerVICeS
                   Shay Fortman                           Saxon: All of our salespeople are inviting their “A” lists of qualified customers, but
                                                          that is not a shift in marketing strategy at all. We do it every year.

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                                                                                                                          17th Annual Yacht Sales & the Law Seminar
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                                                                                                                           2012 Annual Dinner       2012 Annual Dinner
                                                                                                                                      2012 Events Sponsor
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                                                                                                                          2012 Golf Scramble          2012 Golf Scramble

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                                                                                                                                 3rd Thursday Broker Shows
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                                                                                                 Photo by Gary Beckett
                                                                                                                                   3rd Thursday Broker Shows

                                                                                                                                  S I lV E r S p o n S o r S

The Monaco Yacht Show is one of the major events on the fall boat show calendar.                                               fOwLer wHITe BUrneTT, P.A.
                                                                                                                                 2012 Yacht Sales Summit

                                                                                                                                  HOwArd S. reeder, InC.,
fyBA: Overall, how has 2012 looked as compared to last year?                                                                       2012 Yacht Sales Summit

Saxon: It’s a down market, according to the market analysis statistics disseminated                                                  BAnk Of AMerICA
                                                                                                                                  Annual Dinner Meeting (band)
throughout the industry, but we’ve seen some recent activity, and charter has livened
up considerably. Chartering is often the entry portal, and we see this as a good sign.                                          TOTAL dOLLAr InSUrAnCe
                                                                                                                             2012 West Coast Yacht Sales Summit

fyBA: Is the ongoing Euro-crisis having a negative impact on business?
                                                                                                                                   BronZE SponSorS
Saxon: There are so many factors impacting our market presently that I can’t point the
finger at the Euro-crisis as the single element having an adverse effect. It’s become
                                                                                                                                         Igy MArInAS
a cliché, but it’s all about ‘uncertainty.’ Our stock market has peaked out and well
                                                                                                                                      2012 Charter Seminar
beyond where it was five years ago, yet high-end buying is somewhat drowsy. I feel
that once we are past the Presidential election, regardless of the outcome, business                                            BOAT InTernATIOnAL MedIA
will pick up because our clients will have a sense of certainty about where our country                                             2012 Charter Seminar
is headed, even if it’s a bitter pill they have to swallow. Nobody likes uncertainty.                                           dOUgLAS' yACHT SerVICeS
                                                                                                                                   2012 Charter Seminar

fyBA: What’s the most important advice you’d offer brokers right now heading into
the fall shows?

Saxon: Maintain a positive attitude and always speak to your clients in terms of their                                         C ON tAC t US FOr
being validated for having the wherewithal to charter, build, or buy. They’ve worked                                      SPONSOr Sh I P I N FOr M At ION
hard to get where they are, and they deserve the incredible rewards that the yachting
                                                                                                                         fLOrIdA yACHT BrOkerS ASSOCIATIOn
experience can deliver.
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» yACHTIng exPerTS, which was named exclusive sales and                       » CAMPer & nICHOLSOnS is delighted to welcome the
    marketing representative for Riviera Yachts in Florida’s Monroe and        following yachts to its sales fleet: 36.47m (119’7) LADY AIDA
    Miami/Dade counties in 2010, announces that Riviera has expanded           from Bugari Custom Yachts; 34.75m (114’) CORTINA from
    the dealership’s territory north to Atlantic Boulevard in Delray Beach,    Newcastle Marine; 29.57m (97’) STARSHIP from Ferretti.
    including the greater Fort Lauderdale area. In addition to providing
    sales and service for the entire Riviera Yachts line of yachts from       » wOrTH AVenUe yACHTS is pleased to announce the delivery
    38 to 75 feet, Yachting Experts also will represent the Australian         of PERCHERON, 86’ Darwin Class by Cantiere delle Marche.
    manufacturer’s new 52-foot Belize Motoryacht Series.                       PERCHERON will be on display at both the Cannes and Fort
        Yachting Experts also is proud to announce that Sea Force IX,          Lauderdale International Boat Shows.
    builder of custom sport yachts ranging from 61 to 116 feet, has named
    it Central Exclusive Agent for Florida’s Dade and Monroe County,          » LAZZArA InTernATIOnAL yACHT SALeS announces
    the Bahamas, Caribbean, Central and South America. Sea Force IX,           the following:
    located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, offers two yacht lines combining            Sales: New build of 9505, a LSX95 Lazzara, sold by Peter Lenton
    advanced naval architecture with luxurious custom interiors: the Sport     and Rich Lazzara.
    Yacht series and the Global Series.                                          New Listings: Michael Stevenson announces two new Central
                                                                               Listings; M/Y HAIL MARY, 80’ 2004 Lazzara Sky Lounge & M/Y
» nOrTHrOP & JOHnSOn is delighted to announce the sale of                      ENIGMA L, and 94’ 2002 Lazzara Sky Lounge.
    CARYALI, the 86’ (26m) Nordhavn. Michael Nethersole from the
    Fort Lauderdale office represented the seller and JP Shipman from the     » MerLe wOOd & ASSOCIATeS reports the following activity
    Northrop & Johnson Boston office represented the buyer. CARYALI            for the month of July:  
    sleeps eight owners and guests in four ensuite staterooms.                    New Central Agencies for Sale: 205’ (62.50m) Icon Yachts
                                                                               Motoryacht, 2012 MAIDELLE ( Joint with Burgess).
                                                                                  New Price Reductions: 102’ Oceanfast Motoryacht, 1989/2011
                                                                               GAZELLE  (was $1,900,000, now $ 1,800,000.)
                                                                                  Sold: 105’ (32m) Azimut, 2010 LA RUBIA.

                                                                              » BrAdfOrd MArIne yACHT SALeS reports the following
                                                                               recent activity:
                                                                                  New Central Listings: TRANQUILITY, 130’ 1995/07 Hatteras,
                                                                               Joint CA Whit Kirtland CPYB; CAMELOT, 123’ 1985 Royal
                                                                               Huisman, CA Whit Kirtland CPYB; RESILIENCE, 112’ 1999
                                                                               Westport, CA Tucker Fallon CPYB; MOON RIVER, 101’ 1997
                                                                               Palmer Johnson, Joint CA Tucker Fallon CPYB; ESSENCE, 88’
                                                                               1997/98 Broward, CA Whit Kirtland CPYB; SEA VISTA, 80’ 1990
HMy yACHTS has just completed yet another sale of the                          Hatteras, CA Steve Fill; CASA BLANCA, 67’ 1996/97 Hatteras,
Viking Yachts flagship, the 82’ Convertible. SCOOTER was                       CA Parker Bogue; VENTURESUM IV, 67’ 1988 Hatteras, CA
listed by Rob Spano and sold by Brian S. Nopper from the                       Whit Kirtland CPYB; LADY LINDSEY III, 63’ 1990 Viking, CA
Dania Beach office. The sale concluded days before the 4th of                  Carlos Navarro; DALEK, 60’ 2008 Sea Ray, CA Chris Saumsiegle;
July, when the Viking did a shakedown cruise to the Bahamas.                   AMNESIA, 59’ 2004 Carver Marquis, CA Doug Smith; ANDIAMO,
The boat is now BADONKADONK.                                                   56’ 2001/02 Sunseeker, CA Tucker Fallon CPYB; ATLANTIC
                                                                               RANGER, 55’ 1996 Fleming, CA Steve Fill; MISS BRADFORD,
                                                                               55’ 1970 Rybovich, CA Shaun Mehaffey; ISLAND BREEZE, 55’
» InTergLOBAL yACHT SALeS’ Joel Brakha and his team are                        1998/99 Neptunus, CA Parker Bogue.
    proud to announce the price reduction on the Central Listing Azimut            Price Reductions: CONTRARIAN, 105’ 1993 Broward, reduced
    85’ 2007 to a new asking price of $2,369,000. The Bertram 63’ 2005         to $2,250,000, CA Doug Smith; TIN LADY, 94’ 1987 Broward,
    Enclosed Bridge also is reduced to $1,659,000. Lastly, a “cherry pie”      reduced to $649,000, CA Whit Kirtland CPYB; *LA SIRENA,
    among others, Sea Ray 47 Sundancer 2010 is reduced to $619,000,            90’ 1984/03 Broward, Joint CA Doug Smith; MARY, 87’ 2001
    and probably will be on display at the upcoming 2012 Fort Lauderdale       Queenship, reduced to $2,250,000, Joint CA Parker Bogue;
    International Boat Show.                                                   SILVER CLOUD, 80’ 1974 Burger, reduced to $585,000, Joint CA

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 Whit Kirtland CPYB; SEA VISTA, 80’ 1990 Hatteras, reduced                     East Coast and will be available for viewing at numerous coastal
 to $599,000, CA Steve Fill; YTO, 74’ 2010 Sunseeker, reduced to               hotspots during her journey. Although she already has visited some
 $3,295,000, CA Chris Saumsiegle; COMPROMISE 72’ 2008                          of her destinations, there is still plenty of time to see her at her next
 Hatteras, reduced to $3,199,000, CA Parker Bogue; GLOBAL                      stop…her schedule is below. The Horizon EP69 will be available
 ONE, 70’ 1990 Hatteras, reduced to $629,000 CA Chris Surprenant;              for viewing at each location during the weekend, and yacht brokers
 TIGER VI, 70’ 1999/2000 Hatteras, reduced to $1,250,000, CA                   and guests are welcome aboard. For more information on the
 Whit Kirtland CPYB; ALWAYS SOMETHING. (*NOT FOR                               Horizon EP69 or her East Coast tour, please contact Horizon
 SALE TO U.S. RESIDENTS WHILE IN U.S. WATERS.)                                 Yacht USA at 561.721.4850 or email
    Sold Vessels: THE HIGHLANDER, 1985 Feadship, listing and selling
 broker Whit Kirtland CPYB; TEMPTATION, 65’ 1992 Hatteras,                     Aug 29 - Sept 3, 2012 | Third Street Marina in Annapolis, MD
 listing broker Steve Fill; LADY LINDSEY III, 63’ 1990 Viking, listing         Sept 13 - 16, 2012        | Newport Boat Show, RI
 broker Carlos Navarro; JUST REWARD, 61’ 1998/99 Queenship, listing
                                                                               Sept 28 – 30, 2012        | Henderson’s Wharf Resort Marina
 and selling broker Parker Bogue.
                                                                                                           in Baltimore, MD
» gILMAn yACHTS announces the following news:
    New Listings: Jim McKee just signed MAGIC TIME, 103’
 Christensen 1988 as a Central Listing. The yacht has been
 immaculately maintained by her previous and present owner. She
 sleeps six in three staterooms and has a Captain’s cabin. MAGIC
 TIME is asking $1,895,000 and is located in Fort Lauderdale. Jeff
 Stanley has signed X SALANT, 47’ Sea Ray 2008 for sale. Packed
 with amenities and features, this two-stateroom yacht has a unique
                                                                                                                                    HORIZON EP69
 aft galley, a huge master cabin and an air-conditioned flybridge built
 for entertaining. X SALANT is located in Aventura, Florida and is          » fOSTer’S yACHT SerVICe’s private, interactive and
 asking $499,000.                                                              customized website tracking system, which is updated regularly
     Price Reductions: LADY BARBARA, 2008, has been reduced to                 throughout a project, allows clients to track the progress and
 $1,550,000; THUMPER, 61’ Blackwell Boatworks 2002, has been                   schedules from anywhere in the world, right from their computers.
 reduced to $559,000; please contact Central Agent Jeff Stanley for            Clients simply log on to a private, dedicated website to view weekly
 additional information at cell, 954.249.0360; office, 954.525.8112, or        updated tracking schedules, job status updates and photos, offering
 email MATTANZA, 51’ Heritage Boatworks                 them an easy and worry free way to monitor progress. For more
 2008 just coming out of winning the Bermuda Billfish Tournament,              information please visit, or call,
 has been reduced to $649,000; contact Joe Majcherek for further               954.524.9098 or toll free at 877.733.4887.
 details, by calling 561.346.2367 or email
 BEECH N’IT, 30’ Tiara 3000 Open 2007, is back on the market and            » dwIgHT TrACy & frIendS (dT&f) yACHT SALeS
 reduced to $139,000; contact Wayne Cannava for further details by             announces that Garrett Schwartz has joined the growing DT&F
 calling 954.646.5099 or email                         yacht sales team. Garrett brings a wealth of digital technology &
    Gilman Yachts is full of New Sales! Wayne Cannava has just                 media expertise to “Team DT&F”; expertise that has captured the
 delivered to his clients a new 2012 82’ Viking Convertible. Look              interest of sophisticated yacht sellers and buyers, and has in turn
 for this stunning sportfish at the next tournament! Also, Wayne               led to numerous yacht sales.Welcome aboard, Garrett!
 recently went to Horizons Open House in Taiwan with his client
 who just signed contract for a new build 80’ Horizon due to deliver        » LUke BrOwn yACHTS is pleased to report the following
 March 2013. Joe Majcherek just sold KOKOMO, 69’ Real Ships                    notable sales in July: Marc Thomas sold TIN MAN’S PRIDE,
 Expedition Yacht 2000. For further details please contact him at the          70’ Malle Sportfish, 2010. Dana Cambon sold 95’ Astondoa tri-
 phone number provided above. John Noone sold 63’ Hatteras 2003.               deck PHOENICIA II, 95’ Astondoa, 2001. Steve Deane sold
 For more information, please contact him by calling 561.307.6353 or           PATRIOT, 58’ West Bay Sonship, 1997.
 email                                                      Jason Dunbar of Luke Brown Yachts has secured the central
                                                                               listing on INSATIABLE 98’ Broward, 1985 and VIAGGIO, 90’
» HOrIZOn yACHT USA announces that the Horizon EP69                            Cheoy Lee, 2006.
 expedition yacht is currently on a summer expedition up the U.S.

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        On the other hand, one of the worst architectures to use for a         alt-tag). Plus, you can use the phrase in navigation and links from
    website is a Flash design. Flash is very difficult for the spiders to      other pages on the site.
    read and it is not read by iPhones and iPods.                                  Google’s search spokesperson Matt Cutts has a great tip
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    Backlinks are activated links from other websites to your website.         great way to “apple a day” your site.
    Each backlink tells the search engines that there is something                 Good luck with your ABC’s and SEO results!
    worth seeing on your website, a virtual endorsement for your site.
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    media sites are better than links from small sites unrelated to
    your industry. Free tools and other compelling content are the
    type of things other sites will link to. Can you create a calculator       By Jay Berkowitz, Founder and CEO of Internet Marketing Agency http://
    or a free guide for your industry that bloggers and the media     Mr. Berkowitz is an author and a keynote
    would refer to via a link? Another great way to get backlinks is to        speaker at industry events.

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 find what you’re
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  BrOkerAge is looking for additional sales agents for its
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  is looking for brokers; experienced or will train. Positions
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                                                                          HSR-4331-FLYachtBrokersAdvFinal.indd 1                                 1/14/11 10:49 AM
                                                                                                                            By Scott wagner, esq.
                                                                                                                 attorney at Moore & Company, P.a.

MaritiMe Law
                                              The Sun Never Sets

         he world is getting smaller. And you are going global in          representative to remain onsite at all times during any build
         places like Italy, Germany, Brazil, Singapore, Australia and      or construction period. And, while we all know that brokerage
         China. You’ve been dealing in these countries for almost          commissions should be received up front, it is imperative for
 20 years. After all, that’s the nature of the yacht brokerage             the health of your long term relationship with the purchaser that
 business. It’s inherently international.                                  your are not completely absent from the deal moving forward.
     But have you stopped to ask yourself what the ramifications           So proceed with caution.
 are for you and your client with regard to the different laws that            Another notable risk is the perceived inability to perform
 apply country to country?                                                                                 due diligence on the yard and/or
     As we progressively move toward                                                                       construction because it is taking
 a more international business model,                                                                      place on Mainland China. To counter
 we rarely take notice of the fact that                                                                    this risk, insist on arranging for your
 each country we step into has a                                                                           client and an expert to visit the yard,
 different set of laws and regulations                                                                     inspect its capabilities and verify its
 with very different remedies, and                                                                         prior work and operations. Finally, be
 consequences than we may be                                                                               sure to hire an owner’s representative,
 accustomed to.                                                                                            capable of conversing in Mandarin
     Let’s take China as an example.                                                                       and English, who can remain onsite
 Doing business there is very                                                                              during the build.
 appealing. The lure of labor arbitrage,                                                                       Asking tough questions up front
 quick builds, and cheap prices on                                                                         will protect you (and your client) on
 the front end of a transaction can                                                                        the back end. Not only do you want
 persuade savvy purchasers to enter                                                                        to protect your commission, your
 Chinese waters. But the path to happiness on a Chinese deal is            relationship with your client, and your exposure to possibly
 never on the front end; it’s on the back end.                             being sued for negligent referral, but you also want to preserve
     Protecting yourself in any business transaction is important.         your reputation.
 However, when the stakes are high and the deal is in a country                Another potential risk in dealing with China is that there are limited
 like China, it becomes even more important to take proper                 remedies should a breach occur. Contract provisions that simply call
 precautions.                                                              for a venue in Florida and for the application of Florida law are simple
     Notable risks include the use of exotic financing instruments         but flawed because U.S. judgments cannot be enforced in China.
 for the purchase and/or construction of vessels, such Letters of          More intricate structures, sometimes involving arbitration tribunals
 Credit, which allow a U.S. purchaser to forestall ultimate payment        and predetermined escrowed funds can be used.
 until the end of the construction period, but also run the risk               China is a robust economy with tremendous opportunity, but
 of coming due even though your vessel was not constructed.                it must be met with a degree of caution and a legal process to
 One way to protect yourself when using a Letter of Credit is to           adequately protect you from the inherent risk of a cross-border
 secure a valid, highly rated, verified Performance Bond to cover          transactions. Knowledge of the laws and regulations in China is
 a construction default.                                                   an important part of the due diligence process in any deal.
     Also consider utilizing deal-specific escrow accounts, as
 well as currency hedging. Deals should be done with proper                Scott Wagner is a litigation and trial attorney handling domestic and
 due diligence and should include a provision for an owner’s               international maritime issues at Moore & Company, P.A.

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Moore & Company, P.A.
 Moore & Company, Law
Maritime • Art • Aviation P.A.
Maritime • Art • Aviation Law
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open house
                                                                                                The July Brokers Open House was
                                                                                                held on July 19 at Bahia Mar in ft.
                                                                                                Lauderdale. Just under 100 industry
                                                                                                professionals attended the event and
                                                                                                enjoyed networking amongst their
                                                                                                peers while viewing the 19 yachts that
                                                                                                were displayed.

                                                                                                yacht participants ranged from the
                                                                                                110’ LAdy A to the 48’ nO PrOBLeM.
                                                                                                Thanks to Mayra’s Personal Touch
                                                                                                Catering, attendees enjoyed delicious
                                                                                                hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

                                                                                                fyBA would like to thank yachtworld.
                                                                                                com, Scott financial & yacht Controller
                                                                                                for sponsoring the open house.
                                                                                                Congratulations go to Charlie king of
                                                                                                Merritt yacht Brokers for winning the
                                                                                                iPad3 drawing. Thank you to Scott
 iPad3 winner Charlie King with sponsors Melanie Jolles (Scott financial                        financial Services and yacht Controller
 Services) & alex Harrison (yacht Controller)                                                   for sponsoring the iPad3 drawing.

                                                                                                watch your emails and the fyBA
                                                                                                website for information on the next
                                                                                                open house!

 M/y NaTaliTa iii                                   M/y HUC-A-Bee

 Members networking on the docks                                     Neil Emmott, Jake Stratman & Mike Scalisi

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open house
                                                                                                 More than 75 people attended the
                                                                                                 brokers open house held on August 16
                                                                                                 at the Bahia Mar fort Lauderdale Beach
                                                                                                 Hotel, in fort Lauderdale. The clouds
                                                                                                 and rain held off, and members were
                                                                                                 able to enjoy networking while viewing
                                                                                                 the 20 yachts on display, which ranged
                                                                                                 in size from the 33’ rampage 33 to the
                                                                                                 110’ LAdy A. Thanks to Mayra’s Personal
                                                                                                 Touch Catering, attendees enjoyed
                                                                                                 delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

                                                                                                 fyBA would like to thank yachtworld.
                                                                                                 com, Scott financial and yacht Controller
                                                                                                 for sponsoring the open house.
                                                                                                 Congratulations go to Jeff erdmann, of
                                                                                                 Bollman yachts, for winning the iPad3
                                                                                                 drawing. Thanks go to Scott financial
                                                                                                 Services and yacht Controller for
                                                                                                 sponsoring the iPad3 drawing.

fyba august brokers Open House                                                                   The next open house will be September
                                                                                                 27 at Bahia Mar. Please watch your
                                                                                                 email and the fyBA website for more

                                            Sponsors anthony Valiente and Melanie Jolles
Chris Saumsiegle & bobby Parker                                                                   M/y LAdy eLISe
                                            with iPad3 winner Jeff Erdmann

Jeffrey Spector, Jackie Hargett, John Keenan, Ned bruck & Jenny Wicker    M/y Lyken LIfe

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NEW MEMbErs                                       neil Plummer – MarineMax                            August new Members
        July new Members                          18025 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33764
                                                  Phone: 727-536-2628, Fax: 727-532-8367
      proFESSIonal actIVE                         Roger Hansen & Justin Williams                  proFESSIonal aSSocIatE

richard Augusto* - R.A. Marine Brokerage,         Bill Shewbridge – Ferretti Group              donald Campbell – Tom George Yacht
Inc., 4617 SW 34 Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale,         1445 SE 16th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316    Group; 748 Broadway, #201, Dunedin, FL
FL 33312, Phone: 954-249-7565, Fax: 954-          Phone: 954-303-4033, Fax: 954-462-5563        34698; Phone: 727-734-8707, Fax: 727-
989-4904; Peter Kehoe & Andrew Cilla              Pete Woods & Jon Burkard                      734-8723; Tom George & Gary Smith
Steve Buckley* - Steve Buckley Yacht              Jason wood – Ferretti Group                   Michael C. galati – Galati Yacht Sales
Sales & Charters, Inc.; 1201 River Reach          3660 NW 21st St., Miami, FL 33142             900 S. Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216
Dr., #519, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315               Phone: 305-638-8495, Fax: 305-634-9071        Phone: 941-778-0755, Fax: 941-778-3084
Phone: 954-494-8383, Fax: 954-494-8383            Jeff Erdmann & Jon Burkard                    Carmine Galati & Steve Moynihan
Mack Carroll & Neil Emmott
                                                          aFFIlIatE actIVE                      Brent Hermann – The Catamaran Company
     proFESSIonal aSSocIatE                                                                     4005 N Federal Hwy, #200, Ft. Lauderdale,
                                                                                                FL 33308; Phone: 954-449-4653, Fax: 954-
                                                  eric goldring* - Goldring & Goldring, P.A.    727-0024; Hugh Murray & Scott Woodruff
rafael Bosch – Luke Brown Yachts                  9 Professional Circle, #202, Colts Neck, NJ
1500 Cordova Rd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL              Phone: 732-414-6600, Fax: 732-414-6599        Jack nitabach – Bradford Marine Yacht
33316; Phone: 954-525-6617, Fax: 954-             Peter Insull & Craig Cadwalader               Sales; 3051 W St. Rd 84, Ft. Lauderdale,
525-6626; Andrew Cilla & Jeff Erdmann
                                                                                                FL 33312; Phone: 954-377-3900, Fax: 954-
                                                  Baron rohl* - Marine Surveyor Group           377-3901; Paul Engle & Bob Denison
walter Catalano – Tom George Yacht                401 Southwest first Ave., Suite 301, Ft.
Group; 748 Broadway, #201, Dunedin, FL            Lauderdale, FL 33301; Phone: 9547-376-        Tony Mondello – Pier One Yacht Sales
34698; Phone: 727-734-8707, Fax: 727-             4813, Fax: 954-651-6413; Pete Woods &         1200 W Retta Esplanade #43, Punta Gorda,
734-8723; Tom George & Gary Smith                 John Cohen                                    FL 33952; Phone: 941-639-7777, Fax: 941-
                                                                                                639-7778; Len Garofoli & Ed Benson
John f. dane – International Yacht                nick Vanoff* – Outback Yachts
Collection; 1850 SE 17th St., #301, Ft.           19840 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA
Lauderdale, FL 33316; Phone: 954-522-                                                                 aFFIlIatE aSSocIatE
                                                  20135; Phone: 310-880-3003, Fax: 954-
2323, Fax: 954-522-2333; Bob Saxon &              522-2207; Andrew Cilla & Charles Datlen
Bruce Schattenburg                                                                              Samantha weiler – Pioneer Linens
                                                        aFFIlIatE aSSocIatE                     1388 SE 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Collin Heimensen – MarineMax                                                                    Phone: 954-990-4842, Fax: 954-990-4846
18025 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33764                                                         Brent DeSellier & Andrew Cohen
Phone: 727-536-2628, Fax: 727-532-8367            Sergio Botifoll – Steven H. Hibbe, P.A.
Justin Williams & Bob Fritsky                     1390 S Dixie Hwy, #1104, Coral Gables, FL     Joey gottfried – Newcoast Financial
                                                  33146; Steven Hibbe & Amalia Noguera          Services; 18167 US Hwy 19 N., #300,
Jay Hendrix – HMY Yacht Sales                                                                   Clearwater, FL 33764; Phone: 678-523-
400 N Flagler Dr., Ste C, West Palm Beach,                        Support                       7350, Fax: 813-402-0448; Vernon Blanc &
FL 33401; Phone: 561-833-6060, Fax:                                                             Kyle Vollenweider
561-833-6070; Steve Moynihan & Lon
McCloskey                                         Heather Hatcher – Worth Avenue Yachts
                                                  150 Worth Avenue, #136, Palm Beach, FL        Jennifer Christ – YachtCloser
                                                  33480; Phone: 561-833-4462, Fax: 561-         P.O. Box 950478, Lake Mary, FL 32795
Susan kipta – Woods & Associates                                                                Phone: 321-800-4801; Brad Parker & Kevin
2301 SE 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316        833-4463; Brian Tansey & Michael Mahan
Phone: 954-764-4880, Fax: 954-764-4995
Pete Woods & Chris Holtzheuser                    Vanessa Jiron – Northrop & Johnson
                                                                                                Maggie Hinesley – Camper & Nicholsons
                                                  Yachts-Ships, Inc.; 17 Rose Dr., Ft.
                                                                                                801 Seabreeze Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
gregory kovsky – Ocean Blue Yacht Sales           Lauderdale, FL 33316; Phone: 954-522-
                                                                                                33316; Phone: 954-462-1462, Fax: 954-
602 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart, FL 34994            3344, Fax: 954-522-9500; Kevin Merrigan &
                                                                                                462-1442; Janina Martinsen & Dee Kraley
Phone: 772-219-1981, Fax: 772-219-1982            Bruce Leffers
Bryan Boyd & Bill Watson
                                                  karina Lopez – Northrop & Johnson                    chartEr aSSocIatE
James Martin – Merritt Yacht Brokers              Yachts-Ships, Inc.; 17 Rose Dr., Ft.
2890 St. Rd 84, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312          Lauderdale, FL 33316; Phone: 954-522-
Phone: 954-761-1300, Fax: 954-463-8617            3344, Fax: 954-522-9500; Kevin Merrigan &     Charmaine du Plessis – Burgess Yachts
Charles King & Bob Denison                        Bruce Leffers                                 390 Alton Rd., Ste B, Miami Beach, FL
                                                                                                33139; Phone: 305-672-0150, Fax: 305-
                                                  daniel walsh – Yachting Experts               672-5050; Keith Maling & Tom Collins
Bobby nofsinger – Nautikos
2550 S Bay Shore Dr., #4, Coconut Grove,          2550 S Bayshore Dr., #205, Coconut Grove,
FL 33133; Phone: 305-856-4050, Fax: 305-          FL 33133; Phone: 786-228-8928, Fax: 786-
856-4030; Paul Burgess & Bobby Stotler            470-7404; Frank DeVarona & Gary Smith
                                                                                                * denotes the firm representative

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                                              Learn more about the
                               florida yacht Brokers Association at


            rebecca Adams – Total Marine
            821 NE 3rd St., Dania Beach, FL 33004
            Phone: 954-924-1688, Fax: 954-924-1689
            Jim Renfrow & Brian Tansey

            deborah Carbery – Tom George Yacht
            Group; 748 Broadway, #201, Dunedin, FL
            34698; Phone: 727-734-8707, Fax: 727-
            734-8723; Tom George & Gary Smith

            kristen engelmann – Northorp & Johnson
            17 Rose Dr., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
            Phone: 954-522-3344, Fax: 954-522-9500
            Gregg Child & Kevin Merrigan

           on the
» 26 nOrTH yACHTS has moved its office to 2525 Marina Bay
   West, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312. Phone: 954.372.7026; email:

» STeVe eLArIO has joined y.CO at its office located at 945
   E. Las Olas Blvd, 2nd Floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Phone:
   954.830.0288; email:

» HMy yACHT SALeS, InC.’s Palm Beach Gardens office is
   moving out of its present location at the end of the July. The expected
   move-in date to the new location is the 27th of August. We are only
   moving to a new suite in the same plaza. Our new address will be
   2401 PGA Blvd., Suite 100, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. Phone:

» rOB CArrOn, previously with MARSH, is now with wILLIS,
   located at 1500 Cordova Rd., #308. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.
   Phone: 954.524.9399; email:

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                                                                                                                     By Christina whitehurst
                                                                                                                                   Moore & Co.

          AMVer: How The yacht world Can Save Lives

          n October 4, 1980: a fire broke out in the engine room        yachtswoman Florence Arthaud after her trimaran capsized,
          of the Dutch-flagged cruise ship MS PRINSENDAM,               resulting in the program’s exposure on NBC’s “Today Show”
          in the Gulf of Alaska. Over 500 passengers and crew           and other network television programs. A similar incident shortly
members were onboard and in clear and present danger. In                thereafter landed AMVER in a National Geographic magazine
response, the Coast Guard orchestrated a massive response               feature. Yet, the system is still undersubscribed by Vessels that
in which nearby vessels of all sizes and classes arrived at the         could do so much to respond and save life at sea. Thus, the
scene within hours to take on survivors.                                purpose of this article: Enrolling the Yacht World.
    The vessel sank soon after, but by then, every single person            It can be easily understood that the success of the program
who had been on board just hours beforehand was alive,                  is directly tied to participation. The more enrolled Vessels, the
accounted for, and safe. In large part this great success story         greater the chance of search and rescue authorities locating a
was due to the close proximity of cruise ships in the Alaskan           vessel nearby to help, and the more effective AMVER becomes.
trade.                                                                  Luckily, there are plenty of incentives to register: enrolling
    This incident was also the entrance of AMVER to the global          in AMVER is free, voluntary, and open to vessels of all flags.
media but this was not the first use of this little known system in     Vessels incur no additional obligation to respond to a distress
recovery effort on the high seas. Established in 1958 at the NYC        call than what already exists under international law of the sea.
Customs House, the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel                   All information is protected and only used in true emergency
Rescue System or AMVER has always been in a league of its               situations. A vessel simply sends a sail plan electronically to
own as a worldwide ship reporting system. Today AMVER’s                 AMVER, reporting its location every 48 hours until arriving at its
goal is still the same: to arrange for assistance to persons and
    aFFIlIatE aSSocIatE                                                 destination. With this basic information, the system can predict
vessels in distress at sea. Time and time again it has served as        vessel locations at any given time, and greatly improve chances
a valuable asset to search and rescue authorities across the            of quick aid in the case of an emergency by finding the best ship
world, locating nearby vessels that are able and willing to help        to respond to a situation and allowing all others to continue their
in a particular situation.                                              voyage.
    It began as an experiment, confined to the waters of the                Today, over 22,000 vessels from over 100 nations are
North Atlantic for its first few years. As maritime computer            enrolled in AMVER. Around 4,000 are on plot each day, and
technology advanced, so did the program. Its computer-based             these numbers are only growing but the yacht world is under
software produces surface pictures, which display all AMVER-            represented. Enrollment was originally limited to merchant ships
participating ships near any given area of the ocean. With              only, but has been recently expanded to allow cruise ships,
this technology, it became much simpler and easier to locate            research vessels, FPSO’s, fish processors, and private yachts
not only a ship in distress, but also any other vessels in its          to participate.
vicinity. Furthermore, radio stations from California to Sweden             More than 3,000 lives have been saved by AMVER-
joined the network, increasing the system’s already-expansive           participating ships in the past decade. The program has been
coverage.                                                               lauded worldwide, with many governments actively encouraging
    AMVER has orchestrated assistance in a variety of                   participation. For more information, or to register your or your
situations, ranging from crew injuries or passenger medical             client’s yacht in the AMVER system, simply log onto www.amver.
emergencies to fires and floods onboard. Specifically, a                com and click on “Enrollment”.
nearby vessel may have a doctor on board, or the capacity                   Once you’ve completed this step, you are officially enrolled in
to take in survivors, as in the case of MS PRINSENDAM. In               the program, and AMVER will be there anytime you or someone
1992, an AMVER-participating ship recovered famed French                in distress needs help!

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STEVEN H. HIBBE                                                                         The New Year Will Bring
 Maritime Attorney
           “Guidance in the right direction”
                                                                                      Changes to MARPOL Annex V
                                                                                             By: Will Nock, Safety and Technical Manager
                                                                                      International Registries, Inc. / The Marshall Islands Registry

                                                                                      R    evisions to the International Convention for the Prevention
                                                                                           of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex V (Garbage)
                                                                                      will come into force on January 1, 2013. The revisions were
                                                                                      adopted through Resolution MEPC.201(62) during 62nd session
                                                                                      of The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of
                                                                                      the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which was held
                                                                                      in July 2011.
                                                                                        The most notable of these revisions is that the discharge of
                                                                                      all garbage into the sea will be prohibited, except as provided
                                                                                      otherwise in Regulations 4, 5, 6, and 7. This means that items
                                                                                      such as dunnage, lining, metal, bottles, and other items can no
                                                                                      longer be thrown overboard, regardless of the vessel’s distance
                                                                                      from shore; which may require some creative storage solutions
                                                                                      for smaller vessels.
                                                                                        In addition, 10.2 of Annex V will require that every vessel of 100
                                                                                      gross tons (GT) and above, and every vessel which is certified
                                                                                      to carry 15 or more persons, have a Garbage Management
                                                                                      Plan. This lowers the tonnage requirement from its current level
      VESSEL REGISTRATIONS                                                            of 400 GT, which will have implications for a large number of

      OFFSHORE COMPANIES                                                              smaller vessels; such as offshore supply vessels (OSV), tugs,
                                                                                      and yachts.
      MARINE LENDING                                                                    The establishment of the Garbage Management Plan may be
                                                                                      challenging for the yachting community given that there may
  Initial Consultation                                                                be a learning curve for many owners, crews, and managers
  without cost or obligation                                                          whose yachts fell below the 400 GT requirement. Guidance on
                                                                                      how to properly create and implement a Garbage Management
                                                                                      Plan can be found in Resolution MEPC.220(63).
                                                                                        Other changes have also been made to Annex V, including
                                                                                      updates of definitions, the addition of regulations pertaining to
                                                                                      the discharge of animal carcasses, and an expansion of the
                                                                                      requirements for placards onboard. Comprehensive guidelines
                                                                                      for implementing the revised MARPOL Annex V can be found
                                                                                      in Resolution MEPC.219(63).
                                                                                        Although these revisions may be relatively minor when
                                                                                      compared to other pending regulations affecting the industry,
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charter news                                     n   yACHTZOO is delighted to welcome             n CAMPer & nICHOLSOnS is
                                                     Charter   Broker,   June   Montagne,   to        delighted    to     be    appointed   Charter
                                                     its retail charter division in the Fort          Central Agency for the 55m (180’5)
                                                     Lauderdale office. June started as a             motor       yacht        OBSESSION      from
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                                                     experience as a sailor, charter crew and         with very distinctive styling and sleek lines.
                                                     a crew placement agent she is a natural          Her Aileen Rodriguez-designed interior
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                                                     Charter Fleet: CHILLS, a 2012 85’ Pacific        €180,000 and is available in the Western
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  Watch for more information on these exciting seminars!

     17th Annual Yacht Sales & the Law Seminar
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – Bahia Mar, Ft. Lauderdale
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