Hope for the best, plan for the worst. Even the most careful boaters can sometimes be caught off guard, which is why it’s a good idea to be sure you have everything you need on board in case of an emergency. Just Marine recently demonstrated two easy-to-use products that aim to do just that.
The Intracoastal Waterway, after 72 years of loyal services to the boating community, is in trouble. This 1,200-mile-long thoroughfare (stretching from Norfolk to Key West, Fla.) used by commercial and recreational vessels alike, is no longer as accessible and safe as it should be.
Think twice about what you post online. Social media is here to stay and though it's a good way to stay in touch with friends and family and expand your network, there are reasons to worry. Do you know who will re-tweet or like your page? Once your news is out, there is really not way to know where it will end.
Recently, the US Navy released statistics showing a significant drop in incidences of piracy near Somalia. The New York Times, picking up on the news, characterized it as a “plunge.” Indeed the numbers are telling: There were reported 46 attacks in 2012, versus 222 in 2011 and 239 in 2010.
Several leading security experts have questioned whether superyacht shipyards are taking maritime security seriously enough when recommending the specification of new build projects. Furthermore, they state that little is being done to ensure the appropriate systems are in place to help guarantee safety on board in the future, following recent reports that the global piracy situation remains highly problematic.
Traveling far and wide is quite appealing, but what to do in case of a medical emergency? A number of superyachts have onboard hospitals and a full-time physician traveling with guests and crew. Realistically, most people do not have these kinds of resources available aboard their yachts.