Wednesday, November 26, 2014


For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!©

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GOOD NEWS: Hurricane Season Ends In 5 Days!

At the risk of jinxing us all, we're relieved there are only five days left in the Atlantic hurricane season, per the official calendar keepers. Let's take a look at this year's activity (so far):
NOAA on Twitter 
Looks like the forecasters were pretty spot on with their predictions this year. Here, in South Florida, at least, we were spared yet again. And, in keeping with this week's holiday theme, for that we are thankful! Let's hope the same holds true next year! For further details, read on:
Atlantic hurricane season stays quiet as predicted
To all who were unfortunately impacted by this season's storms, we hope your recovery and rebuilding efforts have been successful. We join everyone in wishing for a "net zero" hurricane season 2015.

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!©

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Update From Team Alvimedica
And Special Thanks To All The OBRs!

Amory Ross, OBR Team Alvimedica
Photo | Team Website
Thanks to the steady nerves (and perhaps, iron gut?) of Team Alvimedica's on-board reporter [OBR], Amory Ross, we're privy to brilliant, exciting and often humorous descriptions of life at sea in the middle of the Volvo Ocean Race. The 30-year-old Rhode Island native has a distinct knack for painting pictures with his narrative. Add to that his actual photography and videos and you're basically on deck - without having to get all wet and whatnot.

Catching up on the daily blogs posted by Ross and all the other boats' OBRs has become one of our favorite coffee breaks in the comfort and calm of our galley here in Fort Lauderdale. So, thanks to the OBRs! Keep up the excellent job!

Onboard Alvimedica - November 21

Be sure to visit the team's webpage for regular updates and much more information. And to all the sailors, may the winds be ever in your favor!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!©

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

You Leave Your A/C Running ... But Is That Cool?


Stepping into a perfectly climate-controlled wheelhouse or main salon can set the tone for your entire cruise. After all, who wants to invite guests into a floating sweat lodge? And, if you're like some of our clients, you know there are certain benefits to leaving your air-conditioning system running at all times.

That being said, before you tape the A/C breaker in the "ON" position, you should be aware of some of the pricey pitfalls this cool convenience can present. From plastic bags and jellyfish, to equipment failure and bad luck, several factors should be seriously considered lest you sink your boat. Literally.

A/C Pros & Cons

There are several steps you can take should you opt for the more cautious approach of turning your A/C off when you leave your boat for an extended length of time. For example:
  • Set up a dehumidifier - place it in the galley sink so excess moisture pulled from the air drains away safely. Products such as DampRid® are also helpful.
  • Plug in simple electric fans - these can be used throughout your boat to keep air moving. Place air fresheners nearby for clean, fresh scent.
  • Install solar vents on hatches - to facilitate the escape of hot air in the cabins.
  • Fasten solar screens to windows - fabrics such as Textilene® can protect your interior from glare and excess heat, protecting your wood finishes.
On the other hand, maybe you prefer to keep your floating paradise cool and crisp at all times. If you plan on running your A/C non-stop after you leave the dock, you might want to:
  • Insert chlorine tablets in sea strainers - this will cut down on barnacle growth, etc. in raw water intakes and hoses.
  • Double clamp those raw water hoses - routinely check for proper placement and fit.
  • Inspect hoses for cracks - a deteriorating hose can burst unexpectedly.
  • Keep a close eye on sea strainers - be prepared to remove & clean regularly.
  • Schedule regular bottom cleanings - unplugging thru-hull intakes is part of the job.
If you're ready to make a bigger investment, you may even favor a remote integrated system controller. The ability to remotely monitor and control your boat's systems is becoming increasingly popular and financially feasible. From high-end Internet-based interfaces, such as the one offered by Dometic, for example, to Marine Control Systems' more moderately priced Yacht Guard SMS-8 controller, solutions are available that allow you to start your A/C in advance of your arrival or turn it off in the event of say, a high water alarm code sent to your cellphone. So, problem solved, right?

Not so fast.

No matter what, when it comes to running your boat's A/C, whether you choose to keep it on "at all times" or "only as needed", you should always consider hiring a competent management team located near your vessel to maintain and inspect your systems and/or take corrective measures as needed. Nothing beats a set of real eyes and hands on board and at the ready! And, you know what we're going to say ...

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!©

Friday, November 14, 2014

Over 6,000 Miles Down; A Whole Bunch To Go
VOLVO OCEAN RACE | Leg 1 Highlights [VIDEO]

Over the span of almost a month, they sailed 6,487 nautical miles non-stop from Spain to South Africa, racing against the clock, the winds, the seas, and themselves. And, at last, the weary and weather-worn travelers docked. Here are some highlights from Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race - Alicante to Cape Town.

With the longest leg of the race safely past stern, the seven valiant VOR teams enjoyed some well-deserved rest while their vessels were hauled out for inspection. With any necessary fine-tuning and repairs complete, the fierce competitors are now ready for Leg 2 - Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. Yesterday, the teams were given the all-clear by VOR security experts so they should be able to sail the entire course without undue interference from would-be ne'er-do-wells on the high seas.

All-clear from piracy threat

But, before they sail off, there's a bit of business to be taken care of - Saturday's In-Port race. With a windy weather forecast for the start at 2:00 p.m. in Cape Town (7:00 a.m. Eastern), it looks like we'll get to watch a thrilling go-round. The young American crew, Team Alvimedica, is hoping for an improvement on its fourth place finish in the practice run which took place earlier this week. So, early risers, want to see how the lads do? Tune in here to watch the live video stream.

Best of luck to all the salty sailors and may the winds be ever in your favor!
For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!©

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


You may have read about, or even experienced first-hand, the decline in sales and other revenue the boating industry suffered during the last recession. Well, according to industry experts and observers, it looks like that trend has reversed and we're well on our way back to smooth sailing. Between a healthier economy, concerted marketing efforts and outreach programs, the tide has turned in the industry's favor.

Not only are sales on the rise - up by 4.7% for power boats in 2013 - Americans are flocking to the water in record numbers, with some 88 million participating in recreational boating last year. According to Carl Blackwell, a spokesman for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), "Florida, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota and New York were the leading boating states" in 2013.

This is good news for everyone for, as NMMA's infographic shows, recreational boating has a significant impact on Florida's economy.

Economic Significance Of Recreational Boating In Florida

So, get on board and let's cruise together. Boating is back!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!©

Friday, November 7, 2014

Freedom - The Other One - Locked Down
Delayed 8 Days By River Lock Repairs

Docked by the Tennessee Aquarium
Photo | Tim Barber
Not to be confused with Stanley Yacht Service's 61-foot charter yacht, Freedom, this bearer of the wildly popular boat appellation measures 151 feet and is worth a purported $20 million. Formerly known as Bella Bri, the 2008 Northern Marine tri-deck motoryacht was recently hampered by an unexpected lockdown of the Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River. As the Times Free Press reports:
A routine lock inspection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Oct. 27 found a crack in one of the anchors to the upper gate. The Corps immediately shut down the lock, idling barge, yacht and recreational boat traffic through Chattanooga until the lock could be repaired. 
Those repairs, originally expected to take up to three weeks, were completed within eight days. The Chickamauga Lock reopened last Tuesday, allowing Freedom to resume a two-week journey to Fort Lauderdale.

To read more, click here:-->  $20 million yacht gets stuck on Tennessee River | Times Free Press

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!©

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Coast Guard Hoists Injured Woman From Bimini Superfast Ferry


Click for video of hoist | USCG
MIAMI — A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami hoisted an injured woman Wendesday night from the Bimini Superfast ferry approximately 10 miles off the coast of Bimini, the Bahamas.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard 7th District command center received the request for a medical evacuation at 6:20 p.m., Wednesday. The 40-year-old woman aboard the Bimini Superfast ferry had reportedly suffered a head injury.

An MH-65 Dolphin search and rescue helicopter from Miami was launched and arrived on scene at 7:15 p.m. The injured woman was hoisted into the helciopter and then transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

/ / /

For breaking news, follow USCG on Twitter @uscgsoutheast. We wish the injured passenger a speedy recovery and, as always, thank the Coast Guard for all they do!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!©

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Just Another Day At The Office"
Cheeky Video By Volvo Ocean Race Sailors

We think everyone will enjoy this glimpse into a day in the life of the hardy sailors currently racing around the globe in the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.

We wish all teams the best of luck - fair winds and friendly seas! And we are certainly following and cheering on the sole American entry, Team Alvimedica!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!©

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...