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Vanquish with Vinegar!

Posted: 13th Feb 2015

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Keeping within the spirit of natural cleaning products that I have been discussing over the past few columns, it would be almost irresponsible of me not to dedicate an entire column to the most magic natural cleaner of all – good ... Read More

Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 1)

Posted: 12th Feb 2015

Written by: Captain Horatio Hardy, aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

What can yachties teach crusty old Master Mariners? What can yachting learn from the wider shipping industry? Captain Horatio Hardy and Yachtmaster Skippy Brewster embark on a journey of discovery, from which both emerge wiser me... Read More

The Best Wine in the World - Its Sherry!

Posted: 23rd Dec 2014

Written by: Rod Smith

For most people the word Sherry conjures up images of sticky brown liquids dragged reluctantly from the same bottle in Great Aunt Mildred’s drinks cabinet, Christmas after Christmas, and forced to be sipped, even more reluctantly,... Read More

Transatlantic Delivery - Are You Prepared?

Posted: 18th Dec 2014

Written by: Ted Street

The Med season has ended and it’s time to deliver your boat. These days in yachting that could be absolutely anywhere! Owners are keener than ever to head off the beaten path and explore new cruising grounds while the standard sea... Read More

Laundry Disasters and Stain Removal

Posted: 4th Dec 2014

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

As promised in our previous article in September, this month, we are focusing on undoing some of those laundry horrors that many of you have had to deal with. Read More

Be My GUEST: Why Interior Courses are Vital

Posted: 9th Nov 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

Like many others, I thought that interior training courses were unnecessary money-spinners, after all, we all managed fine without these courses before, didn’t we? Well I’m not sure that most of us did, not at the beginning of our... Read More

Is Technology Killing Hospitality?

Posted: 31st Oct 2014

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

When I was in yachting – back in the day – my laptop weighed more than my aeroplane luggage allowance, a cell phone was something you kept in your cabin all season and needed dusting off at the end of the summer, we still used to ... Read More

Six More Wine Myths

Posted: 31st Oct 2014

Written by: Rod Smith

Following on from last month’s article exploring common wine myths, Rod Smith of Riviera Wine Academy shares six more things to be taken, unlike most red wines, with a pinch of salt. Cheers! Read More

Buying Certified Bluefin Tuna

Posted: 17th Oct 2014

Written by: Chez Laurent

With the conservation measures required by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in place, technically the Atlantic and Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna is now no longer endangered. Which is great n... Read More

Leadership at Sea - Closing Words on an Abused Topic

Posted: 17th Oct 2014

Written by: Shawn Engbrecht - CASS Global

If every article on Leadership in the Maritime world was represented by a toothpick, most of us would agree that we would require the services of a chain saw for a very long day to cut through all the dead wood out there. Read More

4 Essential Cocktails in 5 Easy Steps

Posted: 10th Oct 2014

Written by: Lauren Williams

We've got four cocktails that cover all the taste bases. If you learn to make them well, you'll pleasantly surprise your guests every time. (And the crew probably won't mind being your guinea pigs.) Read More

PYA Table Setting Competition: Monaco Glam

Posted: 9th Oct 2014

Written by: Lauren Williams

This year at Monaco Yacht Show the PYA held their first ever table setting competition. OnboardOnline were invited to cover the event, following the judges on their journey through various interpretations of the theme ‘Monaco Glam... Read More

Stew Disasters!

Posted: 22nd Sep 2014

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Steward/esses work in an environment where a 'disaster' is something that people on land might discount as merely a little accident, but for yacht crew, could spell the end of their job. Read More

Blue Fin Tuna Sushi Cuts Explained

Posted: 8th Sep 2014

Written by: Chez Laurent, Fine Yacht Provisions

With approximately 80% of the world’s Blue Fin Tuna catch being used for sushi, we help unravel the mysterious names for all the different sushi cuts from this wonderful fish. Read More

Tuna Belly: An Overlooked Ingredient

Posted: 8th Sep 2014

Written by: Chez Laurent, Fine Yacht Provisions

Tuna belly is an often overlooked ingredient but it is in fact very versatile and high in omega3. There's only a small portion available per tuna and often expensive, but it's worth it. Read More

Wine Myths Exposed

Posted: 5th Sep 2014

Written by: Rod Smith

Do you check if a wine is bad by smelling the cork? Do you blame the sulphites in wine for your headaches, or turn your nose up at drinking red wine with fish? In the first of a two part series, Master of Wine Rod Smith explains ... Read More

When Would You Walk?

Posted: 27th Aug 2014

Written by: Bianca Meyjes

I stood on the dock in the baking summer heat, with my bags next to me and nowhere to go. I'd never jumped ship before that day, and had never thought I would. Read More

Haystacks and Beanbags: Where do all the sails go?

Posted: 21st Aug 2014

Written by: Richard Donkin

Racing sails aren't cheap, only lasting three years at peak performance. So what happens to them after they're replaced? A new industry is reconditioning sailing history for a new life. Read More

Dear Yachty

Posted: 20th Aug 2014

Written by: Lisa Dijkshoorn

I just want to take this moment to write this down, as there are some things I'd like to highlight about our lives in this industry. Go ahead, read. Let me know what you think. Read More

Reckless Jetski /Tender Handling Crackdown

Posted: 18th Aug 2014

Written by: Camper & Nicholsons

Following a recent fatal jetski accident in Porquerolles near St Tropez, French authorities are cracking down on tender and jetski operation in the South of France. Read More

Yacht Uniform: Are You the Right Fit?

Posted: 12th Aug 2014

Written by: Lauren Williams

Most of us have encountered it. Sitting in a guest cabin, watching the chief stew pulling out the uniform from under the bed, only to find that the size you requested doesn't fit. Read More

Sous Vide: The Basics

Posted: 11th Aug 2014

Written by: Spike Steele

While you’ll seldom see the words ‘sous vide’ on any menu, this cooking technique was originally utilized in the early 1970s to minimize product loss when cooking foie gras. Read More

Thunderstorms on the Horizon

Posted: 8th Aug 2014

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

As the Mediterranean yachting season hits its peak, Captain Rod Hatch alerts us to some regulatory inspections, visa issues and possible dangers that yachts should be aware of. Read More

Hours of Rest Inspection Campaign

Posted: 7th Aug 2014

Written by: Paris MoU and Toyko MoU

An Inspection Campaign on STCW Hours of Rest will be carried out by Port State Control Officers between the 1st of September and the 30th of November 2014 in the Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU regions. Read More

Classic Yachts: Dumping Money for Love

Posted: 4th Aug 2014

Written by: Richard Donkin

If you love yachts, and I mean really love yachts, then you have to love classic yachts. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a motor yacht, a tender, or a sailing yacht; for sheer head-turning elegance there’s little to beat the classi... Read More

Ship's Cook Certificate: UPDATE

Posted: 24th Jul 2014

Written by: PYA

The Ship's Cook Certificate (SCC) is required for all cooks who cook for crew and work onboard MCL compliant yachts with 10 or more crew. Read the summary on the latest details. Read More

Six Ways to Help Your Crew Go Above and Beyond

Posted: 24th Jul 2014

Written by: The Crew Coach

As the summer warms up, the heat is on and you’ve been very busy with guests, by now your crew’s desire to go above and beyond the call of duty could be starting to wane. Read More

Communicating with Captains

Posted: 18th Jul 2014

Written by: Ian Bone

This article isn't about a watch-keeping function or whether there is a risk of a collision.It's about how you communicate as captain, which reveals much about your leadership style. Read More

Yacht Chef Inspiration: Sweet and Sour Rhubarb Cheesecake

Posted: 17th Jul 2014

Written by: Spike Steele

Working as a yacht chef, you sometimes come across treasured ingredients you haven’t seen in years. In Antibes I found a small market stall which had 8 stalks of ruby red rhubarb. Read More

Stew Tips: Natural Cleaning Products (Not) to Die For

Posted: 10th Jul 2014

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Healthier products in cleaning caddies mean healthier stews and a healthier ocean, and it's naive to think that strong, chemically laden cleaning products will do a better job. Read More


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