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Are You on Transmit Only?

Posted: 7th Jan 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Captain, 42: "At the end of last year my first mate left because he said my inability to listen was doing his head in. The thing is I’m not really sure exactly what I’m doing wrong a lot of the time, or what to do about it. How... Read More

Confidentiality and NDAs on Superyachts

Posted: 18th Dec 2015

Written by: Jason Scott

It’s easier than ever to broadcast our lives but it’s important to remember that some things should be kept confidential and out of our news feeds - especially when working on a luxury superyacht. Read More

Bridging the Generation Gap with Younger Crew

Posted: 2nd Dec 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: John, Captain , 46: “Most of my crew had been with me a very long time, most more than five years, a few even more than 10, but several just left at once to climb the ladder or move ashore. So I’ve just had to hire quite a few ... Read More

Is it OK to Publish Public Photos of a Yacht?

Posted: 25th Nov 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Elise, 26, Stewardess: “I was recently walking past a yacht in Antibes and I took a photo of it, only to be yelled at and told off by the Chief Officer onboard! I work on yachts, so I understand the need for discretion and priv... Read More

How Writing Better Job Ads will Find Better Crew

Posted: 28th Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Jacinta, 2nd Stew, 26:
"I recently had a bad experience during an interview – the Chief Stewardess interviewing me said I’d wasted her time when I told her at the end I wasn’t interested in the role.
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Keep Interviewing or Wait for an Offer?

Posted: 21st Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Dan, Junior Engineer, 24:
“I’ve only been job hunting for a short time and had a few interviews already, and things are looking pretty good for one of these, so I’ve started turning down interviews.
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How to Leave a Boat on Good Terms?

Posted: 6th Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Todd, Bosun:
"I’ve been on my boat three months now and it’s not working out for several reasons. I have another brilliant opportunity elsewhere that I just can’t say no to. I’ve made my decision to quit, but this Captain is ...
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PYA Deck & Engineering: Minutes

Posted: 2nd Oct 2015

Written by: PYA

Minutes of the Sea Changes Forum for Engineering and Deck, held in the IHO offices during the Monaco Yacht Show on Thursday 24/9/15. Read More

Warsash Superyacht Academy Training Update

Posted: 28th Sep 2015

Written by: Warsash Superyacht Academy

With the debate about the new STCW updating requirements heating up ahead of the enforcement date of 1 January 2017, Warsash Superyacht Academy (WSA), part of Southampton Solent University, explained at Monaco Yacht Show why these... Read More

Can you Learn to be a Leader or is it Inborn?

Posted: 24th Sep 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Anonymous, Captain, 36:
"How much of being a leader is inborn, and how much can be learnt? I have been a captain for just over a year and I’m still finding some things about the people management side of things pretty difficul...
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Superyacht Sector Calls for New Approach to Crew Recruitment

Posted: 21st Sep 2015

Written by: Faststream

The growing requirement to source yacht crew from outside the superyacht sector has led to a call for a more sophisticated approach to recruitment from managers and owners' representatives. Read More

Crew: Make Them Walk, or Wait?

Posted: 2nd Sep 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Anonymous, Captain, 41:
Two of my crew went out the other night and brought some girls back to the boat – where they hung out in the hot tub and drank guest champagne all night.
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Yacht Crew - Help our Industry by Taking this Survey!

Posted: 20th Aug 2015

Written by: Katarina Polijak

Calling all yacht crew! Please help our industry to grow and shine by taking this brief survey aimed at improving working and living conditions and delivering a memorable charter experience. Read More

Nasty or Nice? Dilemmas of a New Leader

Posted: 17th Aug 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

A new Chief Stew has a leadership question for The Crew Coach: "I’m four months in on my first chief stew role, and I know that my girls can’t stand me. I took over an existing team and at first I thought it might resolve itself i... Read More

Have you Acquired a 'Frenemy' Onboard?

Posted: 6th Aug 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Steve, Deckhand, 27:
I've been on my current yacht for 3 years and joined the same time as another guy. We went through everything together as mates, in and out of work.
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Why it’s Good Sometimes to not Fit In!

Posted: 30th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Kate, Junior Stewardess, 22:
"I’ve been on board this yacht for 2 months, and I’m just not fitting in. It’s a big boat full of big personalities and everyone parties a lot. I’m fairly shy and I get a bit nervous in the crew me...
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Petition to 'Keep Warsash in Warsash'

Posted: 29th Jul 2015

Written by: PYA

Following proposals to transfer some of the activities of Warsash Maritime Academy to Southampton Solent University’s city centre site, and have the governance of Warsash Maritime Academy fully subsumed into the body of SSU, the P... Read More

Is your department working hardest?

Posted: 22nd Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Fiona, Stew, 24:
"Our yacht owners are older, so don’t spend much time in the water, meaning the deckies sit around watching whole seasons of Breaking Bad in the crew mess while we stews break our backs working and cleaning up...
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Charter Tips: Declare or not?

Posted: 16th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul - The Crew Coach

Q: Anonymous, Junior Deckhand, 24:
"I spent a huge amount of time with the charterer’s kids this trip, and he passed me an extra thousand euros on the way to the airport and said it made all the difference to their holiday.
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Decent Salary v Foot in the Door – Tough Decision?

Posted: 8th Jul 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Anonymous, Junior Deckhand:
Should I accept a junior deckhand position for $1200 on a 60m MY with an exotic itinerary? Where will this lead?
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The Crew Coach now Available for all Yachts Worldwide

Posted: 1st Jul 2015

Written by: Teh Crew Coach

As of 1 July 2015 The Crew Coach, founded in 2009 by yachting career guidance, team building and leadership training expert Alison Rentoul, is available once again to work with all yachts worldwide. Read More

The Crew Coach Leadership Training Receives ILM Accreditation

Posted: 25th Jun 2015

Written by: The Crew Coach

Independent yacht crew leadership training and career development specialist, The Crew Coach, is delighted to announce that their superyacht-specific online leadership training for senior crew has been awarded formal accreditation... Read More

Is your CV underselling your strongest points?

Posted: 10th Jun 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Tom, New Deckhand, 23:
"I’m looking for a job as a deckhand, and people keep telling me I need to make my CV more relevant to yachting. But I don’t really know what that means? I’m not very good at writing and everyone keeps g...
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Australia - New Yacht Licenses to be Introduced

Posted: 28th May 2015

Written by: Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Four new certificates of competency for seafarers working on commercial motor yachts will be introduced in Australia from early 2016. Read More

Monjin Yachting Launches First Online Video Interview Platform

Posted: 22nd May 2015

Written by: Monjin Yachting

Monjin Yachting has launched the first video-interviewing online platform for the yachting world and believes that this is the way forward for recruitment procedures in the industry. Read More

When is it Too Late for Job Hunting in the Med?

Posted: 21st May 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Hayley, New Stewardess: "I’m keen to get my first job as a stewardess but I’m committed to a position that doesn’t finish until the end of May. Is it too late to come to Antibes looking for work in June?" Read More

3 Reasons People Get Passed Over for Promotion

Posted: 4th May 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

"I recently got passed over for promotion, and I genuinely don’t understand why. I’ve done my courses and I’ve got experience, yet when the Chief Officer position came up on our boat recently, they hired someone in. When I went to... Read More

How to Remember Names for Success in Yachting

Posted: 15th Apr 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

It happens to us all! Remembering names, especially when the job requires it, is not always easy so here is some helpful ways to deal with it. Read More

Bumper Turnout for First Crew Talk of 2015!

Posted: 30th Mar 2015

Written by: The Crew Coach

The first of The Crew Coach’s annual pre-season Free Talks for New Crew got off to a brilliant start in Antibes this week, with prospective new crew queuing around the block to gain entry to this popular event at The Quays Irish B... Read More

Is 35 too old to start out in yachting?

Posted: 19th Mar 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

I'm considering going through the required training to become a Stewardess. I believe I have the skills and personality to be a really good stewardess, but I'm 34 years old, and I know that realistically age is a factor in this in... Read More


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