Meet the OO Team 


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Sam Watson

CEO & Editor:

Graduating in psychology, Sam has over 30 years experience in sales and marketing across a range of sectors. After working for a pioneering online charter brokerage, in 2013 Sam was inspired to create, a content marketing platform for the yachting community worldwide.


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Captain Rod Hatch

Contributing Editor:

With over 45 years experience in commercial shipping and yachting, Rod is an ILO certified Trainer of MLC Inspectors, an MCA approved Maritime Auditor and Lead Auditor, ISM and ISO, and also provides training on the implementation of MLC 2006.

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Bianca Ljungberg

Contributing Editor

South African Bianca Ljungberg studied radio journalism before leaving her desk job for a more interesting life at sea. She now lives in the south of France where she teaches Pilates and writes features and opinion on a range of topics of interest to crew.

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Karen Hockney

Contributing Editor:

Karen is an experienced author and journalist writing for UK national newspapers and magazines, including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail, You Magazine and Hello. Based on the Cote d’Azur, Karen covers events, destinations and interviews.

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Ken Kreisler

Contributing Editor:

Ken graduated in fine arts before going to sea on board commercial ships, deep sea fishing vessels and charter yachts. Ken specializes in technical writing and sea trials, and has worked as senior editor on a number of US boating magazines.



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Francis Carter

Commercial Manager:

Francis is an experienced sales and account manager with over 20 years experience in both print and digital media sales. With expert knowledge of the yachting and nautical tourism sectors Francis also manages OnboardOnline's input to YachtEye and Nautiq in partnership with Oculus Technologies.                                                                                                                     



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Dr Ben Wu

Principle Programmer

With a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Ben is a specialist in internet applications and the development of complex intranet systems. Ben creates dynamic content management systems, web based applications and manages e-commerce.                                                                                                         

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Catherine Bodley

Web Designer

With a degree in Professional Media and over 15 years experience in website design, Catherine specialises in the user interface and graphics.


Video Partner 


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Klaarwakker Producties 


Klaarwakker is a video production company based in Amsterdam. Pim and Dirk have extensive experience in the maritime sector and became OnboardOnline's preferred video partner in 2017.