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Suddenly in Command: Spare Parts and Tools

This article was published in Winter 2020 Nor’Easter for TONE (Tartan Owners Northeast; page 3).  For the rest of the series go here. It’s 4:00pm and the last tender from Grand Cayman Island left the dock an hour ago. Everyone’s safely on board and we’re heading for Cozumel. As I prepare to get ready for […]

A Day in the Life of a Seafarer

Some will argue life at sea was easier back before regulations were established by the IMO, US Coast Guard and ABS. But was it really? Most of the ships were Foreign Flags. That meant long tours of duty and no union. Today you’ll find seafarers prefer American flagships; the pay is better, and they’re unionized. […]

Suddenly in Command ~ Preparation is Key!

“Thank you for the article – the message is fantastic – appropriate, timely and perfect. I love the photo, it speaks volumes…well done.” Sam Swoyer, TONE It’s funny how things happen. I struggled with this article’s topic until 2 weeks before it was due.  I was waiting for a friend at the beach when I […]

Nautic Alert X2

“One of the key things that differentiates us from other products,” says Nick Velado, VP Engineering at Nautic Alert, “is the fact that we rely on measured and verified data.” Nautic Alert X2™ is an early detection platform. It gives boat owners the information and time they need to deal with critical situations on their […]

Six New Products at IBEX Also to Display at Workbo...

Thirteen products were pitched at IBEX Show 2017. These five, plus one not pitched but new, can be seen at Workboat Show 2017 in New Orleans. Product Pitch began a few years ago as “Pitch the Press”. It grew to be such a popular program that this year IBEX decided to open it up to […]

Suddenly in Command ~ Murphy’s Law

This article was published in Summer 2017 Nor’Easter for TONE (Tartan Owners Northeast). for the rest of the series go here: by Robin G. Coles Suddenly-in-Command: Murphy’s Law!   Don’t give up your compass, VHF radio or common sense just yet.  Both brothers Murray and Murphy are coming for a visit. Murray’s the one that […]

Suddenly in Command ~ Know Your Crew; Keep Them Sa...

This article was published in Winter 2017 Nor’Easter for TONE (Tartan Owners Northeast). for the rest of the series go here: by Robin G. Coles They say the most successful businesses are those that work well with their employees. The same holds true with Captains of boats. The most successful trips are the ones who […]

Five Ways Kluber Lubricants Help Marine Operators

“Imagine using a common grease and it’s dripping on the deck of a ship. People slip and fall,” says Ben Bryant, Marketing Manager of Kluber Lubricants. To prevent this from happening in the future, Bryant recommends using their adhesive grease. “It adheres well in these situations,” he says. “You probably wouldn’t use that same grease […]

How Much is a Life Worth to You?

Workboat Show 2016 in New Orleans, was a huge success.  Subchapter M was the big focus this year. June 2016 the Coast Guard released the final rule. July 20, 2018 is the deadline for the two-year phase-in.  By 2022, Subchapter M should be fully in place.  This means, towing vessels will become safer vessels and […]