Crew Life

What is Most Important to Crew Candidates Now?

Posted: 26th Jul 2021

Written by: Luke Randall

Had we had been asked this question a few years back, the answer would have been quite straight forward – the number one priority for most candidates when job searching on yachts or ashore would have often been salary. Read More

Q&A: Superyacht Captain Nicholas Doyle

Posted: 13th Jul 2021

Written by: Richard Hagan

Captain Nicholas Doyle is a man of many talents. When he’s not behind the wheel of a luxury superyacht, he’s rebuilding classic sports cars or flying aeroplanes and helicopters. Here Nick gives an insight into the journey so far and shares his views on some hot industry topics. Read More

The Devil is in the Detail: Hartnack & Co.

Posted: 8th Jul 2021

Written by: Gemma Fottles

It’s no secret that quality and bespoke design are integral to the superyacht industry, and one company that prides itself on every detail of its trade is Hartnack & Co., a family-run business specialising in hand-crafted guest books, menus, portfolios and presentation boxes. Read More

Q&A: Superyacht Stewardess Sarah McNally

Posted: 10th Jun 2021

Written by: Sam Watson

After working in hospitality, Sarah McNally's leap into the role of stewardess was a natural fit. But it's also allowed her to find her creative side and she's now an accomplished florist. Here, she discusses the latest trends in superyacht flowers and her long term ambitions. Read More

Business Lessons from Trans-Ocean Crossings

Posted: 1st Jun 2021

Written by: Lance Mortlock & Tristan Mortlock

Trans-ocean crossings are serious business. They can be carefully prepared and a great experience, but they can also be an encounter that hits you broadside with no prior warning, leaving you scrambling for what to do next. Read More

Q&A: Marine Engineer Mustafa Kara

Posted: 17th May 2021

Written by: Sam Watson

Marine Engineer Mustafa Kara describes himself as a citizen of the world with a voracious appetite for life and learning. Over Zoom we discuss his early years in Bodrum, how the commercial sector compares to yachting, and pays tribute to those who helped him along the way. Read More

Powering the Rise of Female Captains

Posted: 6th May 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Gender imbalance has long been a hot potato in yachting but it’s still surprising to discover that only 2% of superyacht captains are women. We spoke to three who have made it to the top to find out what it takes and what needs to change.
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Preparing Your Crew for the Charter Season

Posted: 30th Apr 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Teambuilding is a major consideration at any time of the year but particularly just ahead of the start of the yachting season when the onus is on getting every aspect of crew relations in harmony. Read More

Ask The Recruiter: Will The Future of Dockwalking Change?

Posted: 30th Apr 2021

Written by: Nicola Morgan

In any normal year, new crew would head to South of France or Palma in order to pick up day work and meet captains face-to-face. However in the time of Covid, what’s been going on and what’s in store for the future of dockwalking? Read More

Flowers with Longevity – Blooms for Long Guest Trips

Posted: 26th Apr 2021

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

While colour and variety are of course important factors to take into consideration when perfecting the ideal flower arrangement on board, it’s also essential to consider how long your flowers will last. Read More

A Complete Guide to Caring for Flowers on Board Superyachts

Posted: 26th Apr 2021

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

While flowers play such huge part when it comes to creating the ambiance of a superyacht, with so much information to navigate, arranging the perfect display can be a challenge. Here we’ll discuss some expert ways to arrange and care for flowers and more. Read More

Q&A: Bosun Josh Nicholson

Posted: 26th Apr 2021

Written by: Sam Watson

Working rotation on a 100m+ charter yacht, Josh Nicholson is an experienced bosun with his feet firmly on the ground. Currently based in Palma, we discussed the impact of the pandemic, the mood on the dock and the secret to a successful career in yachting. Read More

Cyber Security: AV/IT Advisory

Posted: 14th Apr 2021

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

Whoever has responsibility for a yacht’s AV/IT systems has two tasks. The first is to maintain the functioning of all units associated with entertainment and with communications/connectivity. The second is to detect and prevent malicious interference with such functioning.
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GUEST: A Charter Broker’s Perspective

Posted: 14th Apr 2021

Written by: Fiona Maureso

Northrop & Johnson France’s senior charter broker Fiona Maureso is a well-known figure in the yachting industry so we asked her to share her insight on the guest experience and her view on the value of GUEST training for interior crew. Read More

Blockchain - Coming Soon to a Certificate Near You?

Posted: 14th Apr 2021

Written by: Captain Stephen Thomas

Nearly five years ago, the IMO issued guidelines to all its member states aimed at introducing electronic certificates to the maritime industry. The aim was to reduce the administrative burdens caused by reliance on traditional paper certificates. Read More

Q&A: Superyacht Purser Samantha Morris

Posted: 6th Apr 2021

Written by: Sam Watson

As finance manager on board a cruise ship, superyachts first caught the eye of Samantha Morris when she was moored alongside in St Martin. Now a purser on a 130m+ vessel she's paying it forward to younger crew coming up the ranks. Read More

Luxury Hospitality Gives Power to ACREW+

Posted: 19th Mar 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Poor crew retention and how to solve it has been a serious talking point for a while, not least here at OnboardOnline as we look at potential pathways to remedying this enduring and costly issue. Read More

Q&A: Superyacht Chef Caroline Morgan

Posted: 19th Mar 2021

Written by: Sam Watson

When it comes to the culinary world, like so many others, it's notoriously been a man's one for many years. Thankfully the tables are turning and, making waves as a young, talented chef in the superyacht industry, Caroline Morgan is certainly one to watch. Read More

Ship's Cook Certificate: About Time, or Waste of Time?

Posted: 5th Mar 2021

Written by: OnboardOnline

Seven years on, we have a clearer idea of the requirements for the Ship's Cook Certificate for yacht chefs, but there is still some confusion. With the help of OceanWave Monaco, we clarify what's involved and do away with some of the myths. Read More

Yacht Crew Recruitment - How Can I Prepare for an Interview?

Posted: 3rd Mar 2021

Written by: India Thomson Virtue

From what the captain is looking for to what to ask during your meeting, wilsonhalligan puts together a list of the most asked questions relating to job interviews alongside the correct answers to help crew prepare. Read More

Ensuring Superyacht Quality from Farm to Table

Posted: 9th Feb 2021

Written by: Gemma Fottles

The superyacht industry proudly boasts seven stars standards for guests in all aspects of the onboard experience, but when it comes to the suppliers to the yachts themselves, do chefs have the same peace of mind? Read More

Crew Placement - Should You be Exclusive to One Agent?

Posted: 5th Feb 2021

Written by: Freddie Jones

In the world of Hollywood, actors have agents just as superyacht crew have crew placement agents.The difference is that yacht crew are rarely, if ever, exclusive to one agent, but could this work in our industry too? Read More

Yacht Crew Recruitment - What's the Outlook for 2021?

Posted: 8th Jan 2021

Written by: Nicola Morgan and Liam Dobbin

2020 was a year like none of us had ever experienced before. Not only did we find ourselves coming to grips with a deadly virus, each one of us no doubt experienced our own challenges within the industry we work in, whether this was from a business or crew perspective. Read More

Stew Tips: Wellbeing Ahead of the Charter Season

Posted: 12th Dec 2020

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

During a busy yacht charter season, long hours, stressful conditions and demanding guests can take their toll on our physical and emotional health. We sometimes forget that we have to first take care of ourselves before we can serve others. Isobel Odendaal, ex-chief stewardess and trainer, shares her personal tips to soothe your body and soul. Read More

New Year, New You - The Power of Sankalpa

Posted: 10th Dec 2020

Written by: Noona Ayres - Revitalize

The new year is the perfect time to take stock of those areas of our lives where we want to achieve greater balance. New Year’s resolutions rarely last, usually because we’ve set unrealistic goals but here's a remedy to strengthen your resolve. Read More

Long Stays: Activities for Guests On Board

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

With Covid-19, some of us have had guests on board for extended periods of time, many wanting to live aboard for weeks or months to avoid the risk of infection. Here are some tips and ideas on how to keep your guests entertained during long stays at sea. Read More

Growing Awareness of Support for Crew Mental Health

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Karen Passman

This year a lot of work has gone into supporting seafarers' mental health, from the agreed standards to certify crew in ‘Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing Training’, to the launch of ISWAN’s 24 hour support line for superyacht crew - YachtCrewHelp.org.

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Luxury Hospitality Goes Virtual

Posted: 4th Dec 2020

Written by: Karen Hockney

With the introduction of social distancing, the traditional method of training courses has been superseded by online offerings. Luxury Hospitality Management have tailored their courses accordingly - a savvy and forward-thinking move in these increasingly unusual times. Read More

Crew-Glue Joins Luxury Hospitality - Stronger Together

Posted: 27th Nov 2020

Written by: Karen Hockney

Luxury Hospitality, superyachting’s premier training and leadership agency, has formed an exciting new partnership with Crew-Glue, strengthening their pioneering position in leadership training and development across the superyacht sector. Read More

Financial Success: The Golden Rules for Yacht Crew

Posted: 26th Nov 2020

Written by: Olivia Wigg

Picture a time in the future when you're ready to leave yachting behind, the choice of what to do is all yours, or is it? Blacktower Financial Group specialise in Financial Advice for crew and share their tips on how to best take care of your finances before heading back ashore. Read More

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