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Top 10 Interview Questions for Yacht Crew

Posted: 20th Oct 2021

Written by: Jessica Mountford

When it comes to hiring superyacht crew, it is important to find candidates who will not only perform their job to a high standard but who will also fit well with the rest of the crew, whilst living and working together in close quarters. Read More

Powering the Rise of Strong Leaders

Posted: 18th Oct 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

The ability to encourage and aid strong leadership in crew regardless of their starting position on the yacht is vital to improving crew communication, cohesiveness, team efficiency and ultimately, the guest experience on board. Read More

Keeping Your Crew Motivated During the Season

Posted: 16th Aug 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

As we approach the end of the European charter season, keeping crew motivated, interested and on their best game is of vital importance, it’s this time of year when crew can feel stretched or fatigued. Read More

When is the Best Time to Train Your Crew?

Posted: 14th Aug 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

With the high season now upon us, yacht crews are at their peak in their efforts to provide the ultimate guest experience and the vital role of training is in full evidence. Read More

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When to Leave the Yacht & Move Ashore?

Posted: 24th Nov 2020

Written by: Luke Randall

We know the feeling - you’ve been at sea for a while and it’s getting harder each time to go back to sea after being on leave, but the money is good, the travel is exciting and the crew are (sometimes!) like family. So how do you know when you're ready to move ashore?  Read More

How to Deliver Effective Feedback Onboard

Posted: 9th Nov 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Feedback. It’s important and you know it. According to American author Kenneth Blanchard, ‘feedback is the breakfast of champions’, and the giving and receiving of feedback is probably one of the most vital skills of a leader. Read More

Transitioning from Commercial to Yachting

Posted: 29th Oct 2020

Written by: Louise Forster

In the last 10 years we have seen an influx of applications from commercial deck officers looking to enter the yachting industry. We spoke with a number of deck officers who have made the transition to see how the two worlds compare.    Read More

Nine Service Qualities that Define Luxury Hospitality

Posted: 22nd Sep 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

At Luxury Hospitality we believe nine Service Qualities make exceptional guest service possible. Here the team at LH describes what each Service Quality means to them and their significance in practice. Read More

Captains - Common Leadership Issues On Board

Posted: 8th Sep 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

The management consultant, Peter Drucker, famously said: "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Putting this into context, leadership coach Martin Mainey steps on board to answer some common questions raised by captains in relation to their crew. Read More

Video Interviews: Top Tips for Crew

Posted: 1st Sep 2020

Written by: Nicola Morgan

Video interviewing is not new, but with the recent pandemic and the subsequent boom of video calling platforms such as Zoom or Teams, they are rapidly becoming mainstream for crew interviews. Read More

Shorebased vs Crew Recruitment

Posted: 10th Jul 2020

Written by: Nicola Morgan

Recruitment within the yachting industry is somewhat different to more 'mainstream' recruitment, and if you are someone who uses yacht recruitment agencies, there are a few differences that you need to be aware of. Read More

The Importance of Building Diverse Teams

Posted: 6th Jun 2020

Written by: Luxury Hospitality

At Luxury Hospitality we recently announced our support for She of the Sea and their Diversity Pledge, making a public commitment to creating real, positive change within our organisation and across the yachting industry when it comes to gender diversity. Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Creating 7-Star Teams

Posted: 1st Apr 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

When it comes to standing out among today’s superyacht fleet, it’s not enough to be the largest or shiniest yacht on the market. Captains and owners must shift their focus to providing the ultimate guest experience, with technical and leadership skills more essential than ever. Read More

The Millennial Landscape in the Superyacht Industry

Posted: 15th Feb 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Millennials began entering the workforce in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with studies showing that by 2020 they will comprise half of the American workforce, and 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025. Read More

Packing Essentials for New Yacht Crew

Posted: 15th Feb 2020

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Knowing what to pack for when you first step onto a yacht can seem like a daunting task and is one of the most frequently asked questions by green yacht crew. This article should serve as a handy guide on what to pack when you’re coming to look for work on yachts. Read More

The Importance of Self Development for Yacht Crew: Round Up

Posted: 29th Jan 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Personal development is vital for an individual’s growth, and when it comes to working on board a superyacht, crew must keep growing and progressing so as to maintain a competitive edge in the industry. Read More

Perspectives on Onboard Culture: Round Up

Posted: 23rd Jan 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

We set out to uncover what determines the culture on board a yacht and how to change a negative one to a positive one, from the perspectives of three experts working in this field. Here's what we found out... Read More

Preparing your Crew Team for the Season

Posted: 14th Jan 2020

Written by: Sara Ballinger

Training, qualifications and experience – these are the things we look for when hiring great crew, but what about their ability to work as a team? This is always seen as a ‘nice to have’ when in fact it’s crucial to the whole operation. Read More

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