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  • Breaking into the Yacht Business

    So, you’ve just learned about the yachting industry from a friend who’s been off living the dream and is back in your hometown for a quick visit before her...

    • Posted January 26, 2011
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  • Bottoms Up, Caribbean Style (Part II)

    It’s 7 a.m., I just got off watch and its 8 degrees outside. We are 30 miles from Gibraltar after a 1,600-mile trip from Turkey. I can’t emphasize enough...

    • January 1, 2011
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  • Not Business As Usual

    Credit card companies, banks, airlines and other establishments have been offering platinum service to their top-tier customers for years. In June 2008, West Marine, the world’s largest retailer of...

    • November 1, 2010
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  • JoAnn “Didgie” Vrana

    Where Are They Now? In a world of nicknames, JoAnn Vrana is rather unique. Her dad gave her the moniker “ Didgie ” because, when she could first talk,...

    • November 1, 2010
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  • I walked into Jim Ruch’s studio in Ft. Lauderdale to see black walls, a makeshift galley, guitar against the table, and framed photos and books of his heroes: Jerry Garcia, Michelangelo, and Lewis and Clark.
    Jim Ruch Makes Food That Rocks

      Profile of a Charter Chef I walked into Jim Ruch’s studio in Ft. Lauderdale to see black walls, a makeshift galley, guitar against the table, and framed photos...

    • July 1, 2010
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  • Megayacht Marina Comes to Cyprus

    Cyprus is on the fast track to becoming the newest megayacht port in the Mediterranean. Where previously there’d been only three marinas catering to a local boat and small...

    • July 1, 2010
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  • Ah, Venice

    One of my ambitions has always been to sail into Venice. When we finally got a booking that started there and ended in Dubrovnik, Croatia, I was ecstatic. Our...

    • July 1, 2010
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  • Michelle Simionato grew up in Melbourne, Austrailia, and until four years ago she didn’t even know her port from her starboard.
    Meet Michelle Simionato

    Stewardess of the Month Michelle Simionato grew up in Melbourne, Austrailia, and until four years ago she didn’t even know her port from her starboard. “ I ended up...

    • July 1, 2010
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