Sharing Your Yacht – Owner Managed Syndicates

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Sharing your yacht with friends, family or trusted business partners can prove to be a cost effective way of ‘having your cake and eating it to’. It’s fair to say that generally your purchase will be emotional and involve a dream. However, every purchase has a cost point where your wishes and reality intersect and this should be considered….

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A Practical Guide to Buying or Selling Boats

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Marcel, Principal Solicitor and Consultant of Vaarzon-Morel Solicitors shares some of his experiences while assisting in boat transactions both in Australia and Overseas alerting the reader to both the practical and legal realities. Early Advice Early contact with your solicitor is in itself an important point, as so often clients contact us after the horse has bolted or should I say…

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Sea Routes in Disputed Territories

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Centuries of trade have defined many different trade routes throughout Asia based on favourable currents and winds that made trade commercially viable. While wind and currents are no longer essential to use these routes, they remain historically and legally essential for the transit of vessels from; commercial shipping through to fishing and the smaller cruising craft and the modern…

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Keeping it Shipshape with Maritime Insurance

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Maritime Insurance The origin of insurance itself is water-bound. Maritime insurance is considered one of the earliest well-developed forms of insurance, with its origins in the Greek and Roman maritime loans of the 18th Century. Today, In Australia, marine insurance policy contracts are governed by the Marine Insurance Act 1909 (MIA). Marine ‘adventures’ and ‘perils’ Under MIA, contracts of marine insurance are…

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LY3 For Superyachts in Australia

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By Marcel Vaarzon-Morel Aims of AMSA Under AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Association) new National Standards have several aims, including simplifying maritime safety laws, removing barriers to inter-state commercial business activities; providing uniform safety requirements and standards; and providing a national framework for enforcement and compliance with these standards. Under the National Standards, AMSA becomes the national regulator, and has its…

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Pilots and Great Barrier Reef

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Recent criminal charges brought against the Captain of a ship travelling through the Great Barrier reef raise the question of pilotage of Superyachts through this most precious and spectacular of Marine Parks. Two days after the 2015 New Years Eve, Vaarzon-Morel Solicitors represented an unlucky Chinese captain who found himself miles from home languishing in the lock-up under Newcastle Court…

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