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MegayachtNews.com Editor Now USSA Vice Chair

MegayachtNews.com’s founder and editor, Diane M. Byrne, is the newly elected vice chair of the U.S. Superyacht Association, a.k.a. the USSA. As such, she remains a member of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The USSA is a non-profit trade organization that promotes and supports the American superyacht industry. It does so through advocacy, marketing, and education. Byrne Continue reading


Wendy Schmidt, Ocean Advocate & SeaKeeper

When it comes to the yachting lifestyle and ocean conservation, Wendy Schmidt believes the two are entwined. She also believes humanity and the oceans are entwined. In fact, Schmidt calls the ocean “our life-support system,” since we are “profoundly dependent on healthy soils, air, and oceans.” The International SeaKeepers Society has named her its SeaKeeper Continue reading


Avaletta Takes Superyacht-Specific Accounting Approach

Small-business owners and yacht captains can commiserate over one thing. Administrative paperwork, particularly bookkeeping, consumes a lot of time. An accounting firm specializing in the superyacht market, Avaletta, says it can save your captain and management team significant time. More significant, it guarantees you’ll save at least 20 percent annually. Avaletta employs an entirely online, Continue reading