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Pirate Series

 

Careers on the High Seas

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Many sailors of old “jumped ship” to pursue the promise of untold wealth on the high seas.  Instead of a life of backbreaking work for minimal wages in the service of the king, thousand of men pursued a career of piracy, although what they mostly found was a life of misery and untimely death.

These sailors were known by many names–pirates, buccaneers, privateers, filibuster and freebooters.  Whatever the name, they were seafaring bandits.

The term buccaneer came from the French “boucaanier” which referred to the French backwoods men on the island of Hispaniola that smoked meat using a “boucan” (barbeque).

A pirate that obtained written permission from the king or government to plunder ships from enemy countries were called privateers.

Filibusters were soldiers who acted without official authority from their government for personal gain.  Today, the term is used to describe t political act of filibustering in our U.S Congress.

 

 


LOG FROM CAPTAIN RICHARD

Luhrs underway     Some of you may or may not know that I am also a licensed Yachts Salesman. I recently listed White Pearl, one the boats in the Yachts4Fun fleet. She is a 44’ Luhrs Convertible Sportsfisher that all about fishing—live bait tanks and outriggers with all the comforts and performance of a luxury yacht.

If you’ve been dreaming of a owning a fishing boat, here’s the perfect opportunity to purchase a yacht that is already in an established LLC in the Y4F charter service that can provide some tax benefits including depreciation and operating expense deductions.

Stop by and see me. I’ll be hanging out on the White Pearl at the Newport Beach show May 12 through 15. Welcome abroad!


Man Overboard

from SANDY’S LOG

I remember the first time we went for a boat ride after Richard (Capt. Richard) got is Coast Guard license.  There were about 7 or 8 of us leaving out of Long Beach that day.  We were excited to spend a beautiful warm summer’s day out on-the-water.

But before we left the dock, Richard took a few minutes to orient the passengers on where the life vests were located, and a few other safety instructions.  But etched in my mind were his instructions in the event of man overboard.  He told us that in the event of someone falling overboard, the person who witnessed the event or saw the person overboard was 100% responsible to NEVER , NEVER lose sight of the person.  They are to yell out ‘MAN OVERBOARD”, and extend their arm and finger pointing to the person overboard.  They are not relieved of this duty until such time is that person is back on the boat.Picture1

I hope to never experience that but just knowing what to do in case of such an emergency put me at ease.

 


Long Term Yacht Living

Most of the choices we make involving where we live involve state, city, or (if we’re really dedicated) country. Things like the number of accessible grocery stores and the number of parking spaces (to determine the number of parties hosted, of course) are real considerations. If we’re pushing it, maybe we have to choose between a backyard or a porch, a lawn or a two-car garage, or wood floors versus carpet. Wherever we touch down in the end we know we’re getting four walls, windows, a few bedrooms, and a (fairly) solid foundation. Life on this green earth is never really questioned. So what happens when we swap the walls for paneling, the windows for portal, and the bedrooms for bunks? A few years of life as a liveaboard – the term for someone who uses a boat as a place of permanent residence – can answer those questions and maybe even shed a little light on what we truly want.

LongTermYachtLivingAnyone who’s even set foot on a boat immediately recognizes the fact that space is an issue – more of an issue, in fact, than it is in any normal situation. After all, conforming to the shape of a floating vessel is a task most modern essentials just weren’t made for. As you might expect, plenty of businesses have risen to the challenge: a dorm-room-sized refrigerator, mini microwaves, and single-burner stoves are now no-brainers for any conscious liveaboard.

That being said, how small is small? Most consider liveaboard boats to be comfortable and cost-effective when they approach the 40-foot realm, with boats manned by a single soul usually a few feet under the number. One major consideration is standing space: does the boat have enough room for you to stand up straight, stretch, and move around comfortably? If not, it’s probably a no-float.

So do liveaboards really just sail the seven seas a few hundred times a year? Probably not, although who’s to say no, right? Boat maintenance, laundry, running water, internet access, and supply space are potentially limiting factors: after all, one can only fit so many cans of beans into 40 feet and still have room for the paddles, right? As well, for the amount of time the boat spends cradled in its element, water and boat-building materials have a uniquely hostile relationship – every year, about 30% of the boat’s original cost should be set aside for maintenance. This could mean new sails, engine repairs, deck replacements, or electrical upgrades. Staying safe, happy, and warm flat-out requires more work at sea than it does on land.

Unless you’re a fan of minimalism and very handy with a glue gun, none of this may seem very positive! So why do people chose the liveaboard lifestyle? Like anything worth doing, long-term life aboard a boat requires a true passion for the lifestyle. In the words of Sir Francis Drake, famed nautical mariner, “It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” It could be the neighbors (or lack thereof), the early morning sunrises, or the ocean breeze, but when you find your heart’s home, live there – even if it means rolling with the waves.


Los Angeles Boat Show

from SANDY’S LOG

Los Angeles Boat Show

IMG_20160228_153812Last weekend Captain and crew were at the Los Angeles Boat Show. We had two exhibitor booths – one at the Los Angeles Convention Center and one at Burton Chase Park. This year we partnered up with Discover Boating, and provided on-the-water introductory lesson on Y4F’s training yacht, Vesper.

 

It was a beautiful day on the water, and Y4F Capt. Matt and First Mate Angel were on board along with Capt. Jeff Gunn giving people a wonderful introduction to boating. When he wasn’t on the water, Angel was manning the booth at Burton Chase Park. He did a great job telling people about the powerboat passport program.
20160228_101549We also exhibited at the LA Convention center presenting to the public Boat Command and Powerboat lessons. Keah, Y4F Operation Manager, and Tehra, Admin Asst, mostly manned the booth at the Convention Center. They did an awesome job. We couldn’t have done it without them. (Big hug).

20160225_150339Richard and I moved back and forth at all three locations. We had a steady stream of visitors at both locations. We were very pleased with the interest in both Boat Command and Powerboat lessons, and expect to see lots of new students on the water this summer.

Will one of them be you? Have a great day on-the-water!


Giga Yachts

For most of us, ‘giga’ is a prefix almost exclusively reserved for words related to the Internet or, if we’re really digging in, light bulb wattage. However, in a world where smaller seems better, the rise of the giga-yacht is an opulent exception. Massive luxury boats decked with multi-million dollar living equipment, helicopter ports and miniature racetracks are an increasingly common sight on the high seas today, but for those who aren’t quite as intimately connected to the giga-yacht scene, here are a few things to keep in mind.

GigaYachtYachting as recreation is commonly credited to the rise of 20th century commercialism. An excellent case study is Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping magnate and suitor to Jackie Kennedy, and his Canadian frigate – a 300-plus foot multi-million dollar renovation project that later became the favorite floating haven for moguls, millionaires, and movie stars.

Onassis’ monopoly on all things luxury-boating is now no longer impressive, thanks to the modern-day elite. Russian oligarchs, Saudi monarchs, and sporting club owners commonly shell out for price-tags approximating one million dollars per meter. In a world where the giga-yacht yardage minimum is 220 feet, the price-per-foot is about $330,000 and the price per inch around $27,500 – and that’s just the base line.

As one might imagine, these inches are a precious commodity to their owners, who take the opportunity to retrofit their floating kingdom with all things luxury, delicacy, and cutting edge technology. After all, even multi-billionaires need to eat, and most prefer to do so in style. Five-star restaurants and multiple chefs are often housed between private cinemas, helicopter hangers, hair salons, and more than one (or two, or three) swimming pools.

Whether they’re named after women, natural phenomena, or just “My World”, giga-yachts like the Lady Moura and Eclipse have left quite a legacy – and one that constantly provokes one-uppers, despite changing economic conditions. Sometimes you have to go big (literally) to go home; after all, what better way to prove you’re better than everyone else than by dumping a boatloads of cash into one of the biggest transportation devices known to man? You tell me, and then let’s go for a ride.


Yachting with Children

We have said it once and we will say it again: yachting is fun for the whole family! For kids, a day on the water can be educational or completely relaxing. While yachting can be an amazing experience for our children we must remember that safety must come first. Today we go beyond the typical life vest lecture and give you a few helpful tips to follow while keeping your loved ones safe this boating season.

YachtSafetyFrom Toddlers to Teens

When children are very young, they do not know enough about safety and may not be at an age where they are able to absorb all of the instructions given at the beginning of a power boating session. By the time they are teenagers, they may think that they are invincible! One way to combat both of these mindsets is to implement a: “Do as I say now, ask questions later.” rule.

Toddler Tips

Everyone on board should wear a life vest that is comfortable. When children are raised wearing life jackets that properly fit they will simply know that when it is time to get on the boat, the jacket goes on! We recommend for very small children, a full harness attached to a runner.

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

Yachting with children, or any guests for that matter, can be tricky! Create a plan for docking, anchoring etc. Who will watch the children while you ensure that all is running smoothly? Some other tips include: hydrating your guests, keeping a fully stocked first aid kit and educating your guests on safety procedures prior to departure.

At Yachts4Fun we want your day at sea to be fun, educational and safe. Call us today to learn more from our powerboat instructors!


Coastal Bird Species Part II

Bird Watching 101

Whether you are new to bird watching or a seasoned pro, coastal bird species are fun to spot and fascinating to watch. Have you ever seen an interesting bird while out on the water and wondered what it was? Yachts4Fun aims to not only educate you on powerboat operation, but we also aim to share our love and admiration for the ocean and its creatures with you. As promised, an ongoing blog series dedicated to your education about seafaring birds will be presented here today. We will continue highlighting two more of the ocean’s most amazing species of birds!

CoastalBirdSpeciesDouble Crested Cormorant

The double crested cormorant is matte-black and stocky bodied. This is a bird you may have spotted standing on docks or rocks with their wings spread wide to dry. It may look weird but this behavior is easily explained! The sun dries the bird and warms their bones. Double crested cormorants are not fully waterproofed and must manually dry the underneath areas of their wings. These solid, heavy boned birds are experts at diving and catch small fish easily. At one point in time double crested cormorants were threatened by the use of DDT, in recent years their numbers have increased to a level that no longer renders them endangered.

Great Egret

This all white, long-legged beauty of a bird has probably caught your eye more than just a few times. With their svelte bodies and graceful presence they may have you convinced that they are gentle creatures. Think again! Young egrets are so aggressive in the nest that the stronger siblings often kill their weaker kin. When the survivors of these brutal nest wars become mature they stand at about three feet tall and boast an impressive wingspan of five feet. Males are only slightly larger than females. Great egrets hunt prey like fish or frogs. They stand nearly immobile, when the prey comes close enough; it only takes one deadly jab of their bill to kill.

Bird watching and powerboating go hand-in-hand. As always we recommend keeping a pair of nice binoculars on deck. Happy powerboating!


Powerboating: What does it mean to become certified?

Powerboating certifiedWe get this question all the time! Many people feel that operating a yacht is a simple task. When it comes to safety though, especially on bays and in the open ocean, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that to operate any powerboat safely on ocean waters, proper training is key to avoiding accidents and that unfortunate moment where you have to signal to the coast guard for help.

Read on for the top 5 reasons to get certified in powerboat operation with Yachts4Fun before heading out on the water:

  1. Safety: Would you know what to do if a large ship was coming your way? Would you know what to do if you took on a leak? Don’t take risks like these, you will enjoy yourself much more having the knowledge to face any sticky situation on the water. Certification gives you this!
  2. Our certified instructors have years of experience and use nationally validated skill-based standards for teaching and testing. The programs are comprehensive and there is no substitute for this level of experience.
  3. Charter boats on your next vacation out of town. The next time you go on vacation somewhere else in the USA, you can charter a boat and show your family a good (and safe) time wherever you are. Many charter companies only rent their boats to pilots with certification. With that piece of paper in hand, you know you are covered.
  4. Fully embrace the “boating-lifestyle”. We love being on the water, and we know you will too. Proper certification will assist you whether you are chartering a boat somewhere or planning on purchasing your own.
  5. Boat Owners – Protect your Investment! If you own a yacht or plan on purchasing one, you can protect your investment by becoming certified with us – this will help you avoid costly mistakes down the road.

Call us to find out more about Powerboat Passport!


Famous Sailors

We spend a lot of time on the water and love being able to share our passion for the ocean with you. Now that you know how to navigate a powerboat, you may want to learn more about the famous sailors to came before you (and most before the powerboat itself).

Famous-SailorsWe’ve complied a list of five fabulously famous sailors. Although some certainly had their controversies, their stories still make for great reading, even today.

Jessica Watson

This was the 16 year old girl who, in 2010, became the youngest person to ever sail without help and without stopping around the world. An absolutely amazing and seemingly fearless young lady!

Captain James Cook

Credited with many achievements, including accurately mapping the coastline of New Zealand and North America’s northwest coast, Captain Cook took three epic voyages in the late 1700s, making many discoveries along the way. He also debunked Aristotle’s theory that there was a giant southern continent (Antarctica) that also included Australia and New Zealand.

Magellan

Credited with the first circumnavigation of the earth, Magellan and his crew were true explorers, absolutely fearless! Unfortunately Magellan died at sea, but many landmarks were named in his memory, such as the Straight of Magellan.

Joshua Slocum

The first to single-handedly circumnavigate the world, Slocum did so in 1898. Unfortunately he disappeared on another voyage in 1909 on his way to the Caribbean.

Thor Heyerdahl

By building a handmade raft and sailing from South America to French Polynesian Islands in the mid twentieth century, Heyerdahl proved that it was possible that first settlers on the South Pacific islands were originally from South America.