Its time to renew - 2020 Club Dues

Thanks for supporting the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club. We encourage you to stay on board and renew your membership for 2020.

Your current membership will expire December 31st, 2019. The annual renewal fee is $50.00. Please click on the link below to make payment.

Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club New Member Dues 2020

Reminder from our bylaws:
Failure to pay dues before the February luncheon meeting will result in forfeiture of active membership. 
A member may then apply for reinstatement by writing a letter to the skipper and payment of full delinquent dues plus a penalty of $10.
The member's name must be presented to the membership committee and approval of reinstatement granted by an affirmative vote of that committee.

Tom Nolan
2019 First Mate
Fort Lauderdale Mariner's Club

FLMC Lunch Meeting Photographs From March 5, 2020



Topic: Yacht Insurance Fundamentals: Underwriting & Claims
When: May 7, 2020 (9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. EST)
Where: Marine Industries Association of South Florida 221 SW 3rd Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Fee: $195 (Includes breakfast, lunch, course material, CE credits & reception)
Presenter(s): Rick Salway, Great American, Luxury Yacht, Mark Smieya, Claims Manager, Ocean Marine Claims, Travelers

This course will cover yacht insurance and risk selection that encompasses pleasurecraft of any length. Attendees will study the Marine Insurance Policy: policy definitions, terminology, physical damage, liability and protection and Indemnity (P & I) coverages; the Risk Selection part of the program including underwriting concerns, Vessel Ownership, Coverage Extensions. The class will include claims review and the use of the pleasurecraft surveyor report, claims including Hull Losses, Storm Planning/Hurricane Proof Facilities, Third-Party Losses (injuries, collisions, other propertydamage), Claims and Effect on Loss Ratio; Target Loss Ratio, LAE, ULAE Expense Ratios, Development Tails/Trends, Combined Ratio Results; Other Considerations including Crew and Operators, Aggregation of Limits, National CAT, Concentration of Values, Surveys, Reinsurance: Treaty & Facultative, Excess P&I and P&I Clubs.

Continuing Education Credits: Applications filed for six Agent/Broker CE in NY, NJ, TX and FL. Also, six SAMS & NAMS credits available

AIMU Certificate of Marine Insurance: Completion of this class can be credited toward AIMU COMI

To Register or Learn More: see education tab or click AIMU INTRO TOT REG 2020

SPIN FOR A cAUSEYacht crew with B1/B2 visas excluded from US entry ban


Posted 3/18/20 by Triton

Staff U.S. Customs and Border Protection has clarified that the travel ban on foreign nationals who were in Europe up to 14 days prior to their entry into the U.S. does not apply to yacht crew on valid B1/B2 visas.

On March 14, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation to suspend entry of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who could pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19. Anyone who was in one of the 26 Schengen Area countries of Europe during the 14-day period preceding their entry into the United States would not be admitted. Among others, the ban does not apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents or those traveling on a C-1/D visa “as air or sea crew”.

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida requested clarification of “air or sea crew” as it relates to yacht crew and received the following from Stephen Dearborn with the Office of Field Operations, Enforcement Programs Division, Admissibility and Passenger Programs, CBP.

“As it relates to the Presidential Proclamation of March 14, 2020, it is CBP’s policy determination that aliens applying for admission in the B (visitor) visa classification who are engaged in lightering, OCS activity, wind farm activity, private air/sea crew and other similar crewmember actives fall within the exceptions cited in the proclamation for crew.

“Specifically, although such aliens are not nonimmigrant crewmembers under INA 101(a)(15)(D), nor are they aliens in transit under INA 101(a)(15(C), these aliens are still crewmembers under the general definition of crewmember cited in INA 101(a)(10). As such, it is our policy opinion that such crewmembers fit within exceptions cited in Section 2(a)(vii) as ‘…otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew.’

“This determination only impacts whether such aliens fit the exception, designated for crew, when applying for admission at a port of entry. This policy determination is not binding on any other agency or entity. Aliens must still be otherwise admissible and meet all other requirements under the proclamation, or any other laws, rules or regulations as applicable.

“We will work to get this policy position communicated to air carriers as well.” Shawn O’Brien, manager of private yacht sales with Global Marine Travel in Fort Lauderdale, says GMT has been advising its clients to carry with them their current and valid B1/B2 visa, boat documentation and a print out of Dearborn’s statement.

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Becoming a Member of the Seminar Committee

FLMC is seeking volunteers to become a member of the Seminar Committee. Please have all inquiries sent to Michelle Otero Valdés at [email protected]

If you have any events, news, or photos to include in the monthly newsletters,
please reach out to 
Raúl J. Chacón Jr., 2019 Yeoman at [email protected].

Officers for 2020
Skipper: Hector Ramirez
First Mate: Tom Nolan
Purser: Raúl J. Chacón Jr.
Yeoman: Jonathan Hernandez
Program Chair: Tyler Tanner
Bos’n: Evan Andronis
Seminar Chair: Michelle Otero-Valdes
Activities Chair: Janice D’Ovidio and Co-chair: Roy Scott
Historian: George Florez
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