News about motor yachts and boats - Interesting facts
It's very hard to keep up with what you'll be paying to charter a yacht in Europe these days. It's all about taxes. Croatia's charges have been altered by her entry into the EU on 1st July, yachts have been fleeing from Italy to places like Montenegro because of the high Italian charges, France has just agreed to levy VAT on yacht charters and now Spain has made a change of their own - for the better.
As cruising sailors we depend heavily on the Coast Guard. What happens when you take a Coast Guard asset or office and fill it full of women? Give up? No, this is not a joke. The answer always was … the same job would get done as if it were all male (some would say, better). But this was a difficult learning curve for traditionalists in the USA.
No sailor wants to fall overboard and there are many who say that no sailor should ever fall overboard if he or she complies with all correct safety procedures. The truth is that, if a cruising sailors does end up overboard, given that most cruising sailors sail two - or short-handed, history says there is almost no chance of their recovery.
The HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show 2012, which took place last week at the NDSM site in the Amsterdam Marina, got off to a great start in its new city centre location on the northern banks of the IJ waterway. Satisfied exhibitors, enthusiastic visitors, beautiful boats and a wealth of activities on the water, helped by fine weather conditions, made for a dynamic atmosphere at the exhibition.