Sailing the pristine waters of Miami can be one of the most rewarding experiences ever. It is also an undoubtedly fun experience.
The boating season here is all year round long thanks to the unique and pleasant subtropical climate. Regardless of whether you are looking to soak up the sun or visit a private island, get a glimpse of the city’s coastline or sail in the lagoons, harbours and marinas, there is so much to do making it a relaxing and memorable trip.
You can choose to hire a yacht from any of the several boarding locations at South Beach, Miami Beach, Bahia Mar, Coconut Grove, Aventura, etc, but finding a dependable yacht charter that offers high quality boats is key.
Getting your hands on a good deal that draws the fine line between quality (of the yacht) and an attractive package takes a lot of research and time considering there are numerous options everywhere you look. Here’s how you can expedite the process and have a memorable experience, too.
Size does matter when it comes to finding a good yacht – although this also depends on your personal preferences as well as the number of people you plan to have on board. Yachts range from 70-140 feet and the rental price will differ accordingly.
Quality and reliability
Companies offering yacht rentals must be backed by years of sailing experience. Some also have a reputed clientele list. These are the two main characteristics to look for when speaking to these businesses.
The fleet of yacht must also be reliable in terms of operation. They must be of high-quality and well-maintained to avoid any technical complications when sailing.
You will notice that quality rental companies are constantly upgrading or changing their yachts to improve the cruising experiences of their customers. Being aware of the quality of the yacht is crucial and a bit of research does come in handy at this juncture.
A basic inspection
Do make a thorough inspection of the yacht you will be renting before you jump aboard (literally and figuratively speaking) to ensure that the company is providing what they claim. New model yachts or ones that are refitted or continually maintained are the types of yachts you must keep an eye out for.
Professional companies that have been around for a while will ensure that you have smooth transaction with them from all the way without any complications. Before you sign on the dotted line, be fully aware of the many safety procedures on the boat and how best various unexpected emergency situations can be dealt with.
Ask about safety and evacuation measures available on board and stress that proper safety gear be made available for each of your guests on board. Your on-board crew must also comprise of qualified professionals that are trained specifically for yachts and are well-seasoned.
Last but not the least, be aware of what you are paying for. Compare prices between your top few picks to ensure that you are not being ripped off and that you get value and an experience of a lifetime.
In March of 2014 the BP Deepwater Horizon met a disaster ending and multiple sailors and employees of the BP corporation met an unfortunate ending. While this disaster might have been avoided if proper safety precautions were taken it also points to another important lesson for people working offshore.
Legality and Offshore Work – Do you know your rights?
Workers and expats who opt to work overseas are not subject to the laws, rights and regulations imposed by US labor lawyer. As a result employees can be subject to actions or results that would otherwise be deemed illegal in the US.
One of the biggest areas is personal injury. If you’re injured overseas the company that you’re working for may not be held liability for a number of reasons including:
- Local law – local laws may override international labor laws and allow companies operating out of a local subsidiary corporation the ability to waive legal rights.
- Contractual issues – Contracts for workers heading overseas to pursue employment are particualy tense with legal jargon and sub-clauses.
- Medical assessment of injury – payout for injuries overseas often require a “qualified” medical examiner to determine the nature of the injure and extent. These medical requirements may or may not be met by overseas doctors.
We suggest that anyone looking to move overseas for work consult with an offshore injury lawyer first.
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Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency in use today. It is not the first internet currency, but it has proven to be one with the most promise. There are also other cryptocurrencies in use by different organizations and websites, however, these all have a theoretical basis on block chains.
There are financial analysts who don’t consider bit coin and other block chain based cryptocurrency as real currency. The main reasons for this is that no government backs bitcoin as their official currency. Due to this no government uses any cryptocurrency. The backing of a government is important for a form of money to be considered as a currency. For another, the current value of bitcoin is highly speculative and the exchange of cryptocurrencies is still based on barter.
Even with all of those hurdles, bitcoin use is increasing, and there does not seem to be any reason it will become less popular any time soon. Here are other reasons for the continuing rise of bitcoin.
1. Secure currency transactions. One of the foundations of a cryptocurrency is the use of keys. For a person to pay in bitcoin, he is given a digital key for the transaction. This pushes the money as payment, going to the payee. The payee, in turn, has his own secure digital key in order to access his bit coins. In addition, there is a built-in system to ensure that no double-payment occurs. It is a self-checking procedure within the transaction chain list.
2. Faster clearing of transactions. A credit card or a checking account makes use of a clearing house (the credit card company, or a central check clearing house) which does the transaction reconciliation. Bitcoin does not have a central bank, or any bank for that matter. However, it comes with a list of transactions from the time the bitcoin was generated (also called a block chain). Any payment is considered a recording or posting of a new transaction in the block chain. There is no central copy of the transaction which will be used to transfer funds from one bank to another. This results in the immediate clearing of the transaction.
3. No transaction fees. The exchange is a transfer transaction moving bitcoin between two wallets. Transaction fees occur when there is a third-party facilitating or overseeing the transaction. In this case, since the electronic transfer is registered in the block chain as a transaction, this is recorded only in the buyer and seller’s bitcoin wallet.
4. No Tracking. Money in bitcoins is stored in chain blocks. These chain blocks are stored in personal bitcoin wallets. There is only one key to each wallet, and it is the responsibility of the owner to keep this secure. The transactions themselves are used to verify the transactions and to ensure that the block chains are correct. Although these are stored as encrypted transactions, there is no way for any person to be able to read this as raw data.
5. No third-party control. Bitcoin transactions occur along only one block chain. The transactions are only between two parties without any need of a third-party. This means that there is no monitoring by outside parties, and no resulting tax on the transaction.
6. Growing Use. Even though bitcoin values in terms of “real” money is speculative and prone to wild swings, there are already a lot of companies which accept it for payment. In turn, this has created a demand for more bitcoin use. This provides the stability of real world use for bitcoin as a currency still in its infancy.
Bitcoin presents a different paradigm for money. It takes away the middleman, as well as any backing like government stability or gold reserves. However, its use of cryptography makes it a very secure alternative to what we still call as “real money.”