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Boating Homeland Security Rules You Need to Know

Monday, November 1st, 2010
Boating Homeland Security Rules
Boating Homeland Security Rules You Need to Know

As the U.S. Department of State recently issued a Travel Alert citing the possibility of European Terrorism, now is the perfect time to review your knowledge, and ensure you’re following security procedures when it comes to boating.

Naval Vessel Protection Zone

As part of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Maritime Transportation Act that was introduced in 2006, it is illegal to pass within 100 yards of any U.S. Naval, cruise ship, or commercial vessel.  Within 500 yards of these vessels, your boat must be operated at minimum; both of these rules apply to vessels that are under way, docked, or anchored.  Violators of the 100 yard approach law could be charged with a Federal Felony Offense punishable by up to $250,000 in fines and six years in prison.

USCG Security Zones

Boating security zones have been established at high risk water locations including beneath bridges; near locks, dams, and cruise ship docks; power plants; along with chemical, oil, and fueling depots which includes any commercial port activity.  Under security zone regulations, you cannot anchor or dock near any of these areas as you’ll be in strict violation of USCG law.

Suspicious Boating Activity

When you’re operating an automobile, you have the duty to report an accident or potentially dangerous situation that develops on the road – the same applies to boating.  If you suspect suspicious boating activity, it’s your obligation as a responsible boater to report those actions to:

•    Local law enforcement at 911
•    USCG on Marine Channel 16
•    local port or marinaclick here to locate contact info
•    National Response Center 1-877-24WATCH

America’s Waterway Watch (AWW), advises boaters to remember that “people are not suspicious, behavior is.” 

Below are some scenarios which suggest attention is advisable:

  1. A boat not following general USCG navigation rules which could point to a Boater Under the Influence(BUI) or possibly a potential security risk
  2. A vessel that seems to be conducting surveillance of a security zone or one that is seemingly taken too many photographs
  3. Unattended vessels
  4. Vessels anchored in an unusual location
  5. Boaters who are diving in an unusual location
  6. Boaters tossing and retrieving articles from the water
  7. A vessel transferring cargo or people with another vessel
  8. A person running from a security zone that seems out of place

When boating, it’s important to also be aware of the current USCG Maritime Security (MARSEC) levels as designated by Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) as part of the Department of Homeland Security.  A Level 1 rating corresponds to HSAS Threat Condition Green, Blue, and Yellow; Level 2 to Threat Condition Orange; and Level 3 to Threat Condition Red.

Part of being an international boater is complying with local Customs and Immigration Regulations.  If you’re looking for this information about the Caribbean, Latin America, and northern South America, Seaworthy.com is a great reference source.

Sources:
U.S. Department of State
Suite 101
America’s Waterway Watch

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Police Boat by Thomas Brightbill

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Shah of Iran Yacht Mysteries

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Tehran, IranBefore his overthrow by Islamic revolutionaries in the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Shah was Iran’s all-powerful top leader. The Shah of Iran yacht he once owned is a rather impressive, large vessel with all sorts of luxurious amenities. It was manufactured during the mid-1950s by Blohm & Voss. However, the current whereabouts and condition of the Shah of Iran yacht remain in dispute.

Is this really it?

Is this really it?

A Blohm & Voss yacht appears for sale on escapeartist.com for just under $700,000 dollars and is identified as the Shah of Iran’s former yacht. It is listed in good condition, with four diesel engines and a length of three-hundred feet. The vessel features a theatre, swimming pool, numerous lounges, and over one-hundred rooms. It is located in Austin, Texas. However, another site lists it for sale in California and estimates the value at twenty million dollars.

On the other hand, various blogs, forum messages, and Flickr photos identify an abandoned ship near the New Jersey turnpike as the Shah of Iran yacht. It rests not far from a defunct ferry boat which has been there for many years.   Search for marinas near the New Jersey Turnpike here.

Photos of it show a rusted vessel that does resemble the 1955 Blohm & Voss he owned. Some people claim that there was once a marina in the same location, or that a second owner had left the ship in this area after moving it from the Virgin Islands.

Which story is more likely true, and where is the yacht actually located? Considering that there appear to be no archived news reports on the Shah of Iran’s yacht being abandoned in New Jersey, it seems more likely that the ship either remains for sale or has already been sold. Another possibility is that the Shah of Iran owned multiple yachts but I failed to find reports credible reports to back up any theory… what do you know?

SOURCES:
1. EscapeArtist.com
2. YachtingBrokers.com
3. Dwarbi’s Roof
4. Flickr

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How can I know a Yacht from a Feadship?

Monday, December 28th, 2009
Even Luxury Cruisers Need Rest

Luxury at Rest

December 28, 2009
By Connie Motz, MarineFuel.com 

Established in 1949, the Feadship company is a conglomeration of three Dutch shipbuilding giants: De Voogt, De Vries, and Van Lent.  Over the years, the name ‘feadship’ has become synonymous with first-class exceptionally built yachts. 
 
“There are yachts, and there are Feadships,” states the Feadship website.  With over two hundred Feadships currently cruising world waters, the only way to truly experience the comfort and high quality of a Feadship yacht may be to sail onboard one.
 
With only five vessels produced each year,
some of the magnificent yachts in the innovative Feadship fleet include:
interior pictures

The Good Life

38’ wooden motor yacht, Refuge, built in 1931

94’ Sultan built in 1939 featured brightly colored opulent fabrics along with gold painted trim

41’ sailing yacht, Dutch Treat, built in 1954

Blackhawk IV, 123’ yacht built in 1971; an entertainment vessel featuring garbage compactors and a pre-microwave radar range; owned by Arthur Wirtz

Al Riyadh, 211’ yacht built in 1978 with room for 26 crew and 24 passengers; owned by Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid

157’ Daria, built in 1979 featured the first satellite communication system on a Feadship; now known as the Wedge One, owned by Matthew Freud (United Kingdom) and Elisabeth Murdoch (Australia)

1995 171’ Battered Bull featured the largest tender onboard a Feadship at 37’; owned by Donald Flynn

the 2008 248’ Ocean Victory, one of the largest Feadship yachts ever built

238’ Predator built in 2009, features a reverse bow

A complete list of the entire Feadship yachting fleet can be found at Wikipedia.

What’s the difference between a yacht and a feadship

Yacht vs. Feadship

“There are charters, and there are Feadship charters,” states the Feadship Charter website, a division of Feadship America.  Feadship Charters provides the utmost in privacy, service, with al fresco dining, an impeccable crew, and your very own itinerary specifically designed for your cruising enjoyment.  The Harle, a 146’ luxury Feadship yacht built in 2007, is available for charter and features expansive windows for viewing pleasure plus an impressive skylight in the master stateroom.  With accommodations for 10 guests, charter rates for the Harle can be obtained by contacting Feadship Charters headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Zazu Feadship: Luxury Charter

Zazu Feadship: Luxury Charter

The 1970 Zazu Feadship motor yacht offers accommodations for up to six guests and four crew members.  With its gorgeous art deco interior, this 95’ Florida and Bahamas based yacht is available for charter from Classic-Charters (United Kingdom) at a rate of USD $29,500 per week.  This includes a full crew plus a Yamaha jet ski, snorkel equipment, water skis, wake board, and fishing gear for your personal use. 

With the terms yacht and Feadship being synonymous, what is the difference between a yacht and a Feadship?  A yacht is sailing ship of standard quality while a Feadship is a luxurious, high quality, opulent vessel; when someone refers to a yacht as a Feadship, the yacht is sure to possess extraordinary characteristics or it may actually be a Feadship vessel.

Sources:   Wikipedia     Feadship    Classic-Charters    Feadship Charters

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Rent the Luxurious Peter Pan Yacht of Monaco

Thursday, September 10th, 2009
Connie Motz, Marinefuel.com News
September 10, 2009

If you’re considering sailing the Mediterranean, why not cruise in style?  Here’s your chance to rent the luxurious Peter Pan Yacht of Monaco.

Built in 2003 by Ferretti Yachts of Italy, the Ferretti 810 known as the Peter Pan is an 81’ vessel that can accommodate up to 10 guests in lavish style.  With a long standing reputation for exquisite quality and detailed craftsmanship, Ferretti Yachts has been producing world class luxury vessels since 1968.   The opulent ship features two 1,500 HP MTU diesel engines that produce a maximum speed of 31.5 knots with a cruising speed of 28 knots.

When you rent the luxurious Peter Pan yacht of Monaco, this will include the services of a Captain and a crew of three, ready to pamper you endlessly.  This fully air conditioned ship features a lower deck with a VIP stateroom at the bow and a mid-ship Master Stateroom, both offering double

Port Hercule, Monaco

Port Hercule, Monaco

beds.  There are also two guest cabins with twin beds plus Pullman berths; each stateroom has an ensuite along with a television and DVD player.

The Ferretti 810 Peter Pan offers a large living area featuring expanses of teak, leather, and silk, along with an inviting sofa and two arm chairs.  Here you can enjoy the enhanced AV entertainment package that includes a pop-up satellite LCD television that is cleverly hidden in the buffet cabinet and a surround sound stereo system.  The Peter Pan also has a professionally equipped kitchen, separate dining area, BBQ area, a lounge, is GPS equipped, and can accommodate a tender or jet ski.

The Peter Pan Yacht is based in the Principality of Monaco and is available for rental through several private boat booking companies in North America as well as Europe.  One of the largest boat chartering services is Boatbookings.com who represents over 5,000 yachts located worldwide.  With offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Athens, Singapore, London, Cannes, and Mauritius, BoatBookings.com offers a guarantee to its customers to provide the lowest price possible along with stress-free, fast, and efficient service.

Sailing the Mediterranean offers exotic locales like the French Riviera, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Turkey, Croatia, Morocco, and Greece.  When you rent the luxurious Peter Pan Yacht of Monaco in all its glory, expect to pay anywhere from €5,000 per day up to €32,300 per week, all inclusive.

Be sure to take the time to enjoy Monaco before you set sail.  Ruled by the Grimaldi family for seven centuries, this French speaking country is rich in history with not to be missed sightseeing that includes Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco Cathedral, Palais du Prince, and the Old Town.

Consider the opportunity to rent the luxurious Peter Pan Yacht of Monaco as the opportunity for the vacation of a lifetime.

Sources:
Ferretti Yachts
Visit Monaco
BoatBookings.com

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Boston Harbor Marina, Boston, MA

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Located between Logan Airport and historic downtown Boston, the Boston Harbor Marina offers 180 deep water slips that can accommodate vessels of almost any size.

This full service marina provides 24-hour security, dock attendants with both first aid and fire training, on-call pump out, and a generous 120’ fuel dock featuring ValvTect Marine Fuels.

From the Boston Harbor Marina, you can enjoy the views of the Boston city skyline or better yet, hop onboard the on-site water taxi and enjoy all the city has to offer.  Explore museums, art galleries, shopping, and restaurants like Neptune Oyster, to your heart’s content.  If you decide to stay in downtown Boston, consider the nearby Boston Harbor Hotel or the Boston Marriott Long Wharf.

The Boston Harbor Marina on-site maintenance facilities include a 50-ton travel lift, boat towing, boat repair by Active Marine Services, along with services to get your boat hull cleaned & waxed or their newest feature, bottom painting.

Eric’s Bait & Tackle shop is located within the Boston Harbor Marina, as is Drop-a-Line Charters and Reel Pursuit Charters for that deep sea fishing experience.  Boston Boat Works is also on hand featuring examples of their new construction vessels.

Additional features of the Boston Harbor Marina include free parking, wireless internet, fitness center, restrooms, laundry facilities, picnic area, and boaters lounge.  There’s also an on-site restaurant, Scups in the Harbor, well known for its delicious and abundant Sunday brunch.

The Boston Harbor Marina offers a .10 cent per gallon discount to members of Seatow and Boat U.S. and complimentary Logan airport shuttle.  The Boston Harbor Marina advises that Boston Harbor tide charts are available from the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association.

Guest dockage reservations for the Boston Harbor Marina can be made by email or telephone.

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