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The Art of Wine Tasting

Posted: 10th Nov 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

To the average wine consumer, the quirks of professional wine tasting may seem unnecessary, if not downright silly. Assessing legs, shade and rim, aroma, structure, length, sniffing and spitting can seem frivolous. However, a litt... Read More

Is the Criminalisation of Shipmasters an Occupational Hazard?

Posted: 8th Nov 2018

Written by: Nautilus Int. - Andrew Linington

It has become so common for shipmasters to be arrested as criminals following an incident that this is starting to deter seafarers from rising through the ranks. Andrew Linington reports from a Nautilus industry symposium set up t... Read More

Managing the Paperwork in the Event of an Accident Onboard

Posted: 7th Nov 2018

Written by: Dave Clarke

What do you tell the judge when it all goes pear-shaped? In the unfortunate event that an accident happens onboard your yacht, as captain or head of department you'll have to demonstrate a good safety culture and responsible recor... Read More

Implementing PMS Solutions for Yachts in Build is the New Norm

Posted: 21st Sep 2018

Written by: Matt Hyde - Seahub

New builds are a chance to improve on the way things have been done in the past and give owners and build engineers the opportunity to fulfil their wildest design and engineering dreams. The deployment of planned maintenance syste... Read More

The Human Face of Seven Star Hospitality

Posted: 25th Jul 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

Back in April during the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona, the 70m motor yacht JOY won the Table Decor category of the Superyacht Chefs’ Competition with a tablescape that captured the essence of Seven Star Hospitality. So what did ... Read More

Vintage Variations

Posted: 11th Apr 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

Louise Sydbeck of Riviera Wine recognises that there is a lot of media hype, and commercial significance, around certain vintages. She guides us through the sometimes baffling question of vintage, explaining why it is important an... Read More

The World's Most Expensive Rosé: Château d'Esclans

Posted: 11th Apr 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

Château d'Esclans is a beautiful estate in the Var, it covers 260 ha of which 47 are planted with vines. The owner is Sacha Lichine, former owner of Château Prieurie Lichine in Margaux, Bordeaux. Sacha's philosophy is to make the ... Read More

Female Experts in the Engine Room

Posted: 20th Mar 2018

Written by: Holland Yachting Group

Despite making the right noises, it can seem that the yachting industry is desperately slow to change: in British shipping just 1% of engineer officers are women, for example. But perhaps the pertinent question is whether the work... Read More

The Engineering Watchkeeper

Posted: 21st Feb 2018

Written by: Matt Hyde

The exact role of the engineering watchkeeper varies from vessel to vessel. A vessel's size, number of crew and weather are important factors, as are the expectations of the Chief Engineer or Captain. It can therefore be difficult... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 3

Posted: 22nd Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

How many of us have the best of intentions of going green? The fact is that making changes to our behaviour to benefit the environment can be difficult. That's why ex-chief stew and trainer Isobel Odendaal is here to help, with fo... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 2

Posted: 16th Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

In part 2 of our overview of ecological cleaning techniques, Isobel Odendaal sings the praises of vinegar and has tips for cutting chemicals and waste in the laundry. In addition to reducing harm to marine life and decreasing wate... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 1

Posted: 10th Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Eco-friendly products are improving all the time, along with a growing readiness to consider alternatives to the plastics that pollute our oceans. Ex-Stewardess and interior trainer, Isobel Odendaal, shares her tips on using natur... Read More

Polish up Your Marble and Stone Care Skills!

Posted: 14th Dec 2017

Written by: Isobel Odendaal & Dawn Riordan

Marble and stone care experts Isobel Odendaal and Dawn Riordan leave no stone unturned in this comprehensive guide to looking after the expensive and beautiful materials in your yacht's interior, from bar tops and shower floors to... Read More

Keys to Deploying New Maintenance Software Onboard

Posted: 11th Aug 2017

Written by: Matthew Hyde

The decision to adopt a new technology onboard is a significant decision. With any new product, component or software comes an inherent learning curve and with that, stumbles along the way. Engineering departments can be effective... Read More

Positive Vibes at the GUEST Event in Antibes

Posted: 1st Aug 2017

Written by: Sophie Leach

During the summer in Antibes, a selection of junior and senior interior crew congregated at the Royal Hotel to participate in a day of training workshops offered by GUEST, the yachting industry standard for interior training. From... Read More

The Untapped Potential of Water

Posted: 25th Jun 2017

Written by: Steve Wright

Not all water is the same and not for the reasons you might expect. The tap water I use to fill my fish tank is positively charged, which is why algae and water borne diseases can thrive. But the water inside the cells of my fish... Read More

Riding a Yacht in Transit

Posted: 22nd Jun 2017

Written by: Matthew Hyde

Ever wondered what it would be like to cross the Atlantic on a superyacht? And what about crossing the Atlantic on a yacht that’s on an even bigger ship? Floating yacht transport ships carrying superyachts around the world has bec... Read More

Total Superyacht App - The Future of Interior Operations

Posted: 23rd Feb 2017

Written by: Jodie Clarke

When it comes to interior operations, there has never been a more powerful or simple-to-use piece of software that encompasses everything from SOPs, familiarizations and training to crew certificates and hours of rest. The Total S... Read More

Sous-Vide: Making Life Easier for Yacht Chefs

Posted: 20th Feb 2017

Written by: Jacqui Leigh

Most of you will have heard about – or remember – the heady days of 1970’s boil-in-the-bag cooking, allowing us to conjure up tasteless pieces of cod in a watery white sauce in under five minutes. Today it's back in vogue under a ... Read More

NeKo: Putting the Vision into Yacht Provisions

Posted: 15th Feb 2017

Written by: Karen Hockney

NeKo certainly knows how to make an impression, and anyone who attended the 2014 MYBA Charter Show in Genoa will remember their spectacular stand and lively after show drinks along Porto Antico’s Molo Vecchia. Three years on, NeKo... Read More

The Assessment in Marine Cookery: Nothing to be scared of!

Posted: 1st Feb 2017

Written by: Andrew Maxwell

We’ve had an interesting few months at Tante Marie Culinary Academy since starting delivery of the Assessment in Marine Cookery - a key requirement for the Ship’s Cook Certificate of Competency. At the same time there seems to hav... Read More

Interior Training: Old School with a Modern Twist

Posted: 27th Jan 2017

Written by: OnboardOnline

When it comes to high end hospitality, etiquette and manners are timeless fundamentals. But fashions change, and owners are also getting younger, perhaps with different expectations. Does this pose a challenge for interior trainer... Read More

The Mystery, Sorry History, of Waste Water

Posted: 9th Jan 2017

Written by: Pippa Nicholas

Since as long as people have used the water for transportation there has been the need to rid vessels of all the waste that human bodies emit on a daily basis. In the early days a simple wooden platform over the side of the ship s... Read More

The 5 Best Scuba Diving Accessories

Posted: 23rd Dec 2016

Written by: Zahra Pettican

Scuba diving is one of the most rewarding activities you can do during a luxury yacht charter but it also presents unique dangers, and divers rely heavily on their training and equipment to keep them safe. Whether a novice or a se... Read More

Christmas Roundup from Steward/ess Tips

Posted: 19th Dec 2016

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

As Christmas is fast approaching, this is one of the busiest times of the year for many yachts so we've put together some of our most popular Christmas ideas and suggestions from our Facebook group, Yacht Stewardess Tips. Read More

Cedric Seguela: Founder of Secrets de Cuisine

Posted: 18th Dec 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

As regulations in the yachting industry increase, no department is immune. Under MLC 2006, as of 7 August 2014, it is a requirement for all chefs/ cooks onboard charter yachts with 10 or more crew to have an MCA Ships Cook Certifi... Read More

Yacht Engineers Then & Now

Posted: 6th Dec 2016

Written by: Pippa Nicholas

Yachts engineers, the technical knowledge and qualifications required, have come a long way since the turn of the century. Back in the day, with little or no regulations, the term engineer was used loosely in the yachting communit... Read More

Raising the Bar in Superyacht Hospitality

Posted: 1st Dec 2016

Written by: Sam Watson

Over the years we’ve seen a shift from selling superyachts to selling the ultimate experience which, by definition, puts the spotlight on luxury hospitality. However, according to Peter Vogel of Luxury Hospitality Management, the ... Read More

Wine Tasting Terms - From Round to Steely

Posted: 10th Nov 2016

Written by: Jessica Evans

If you're a steward/ess choosing a selection of fine wines for your yacht it helps to understand the peculiar wine tasting terms on the label. Many are apt descriptions, but it's not always easy to imagine the taste of a wine on y... Read More

Alternative Route to OOW (Yachts under 3,000GT)

Posted: 3rd Nov 2016

Written by: Lars Lippuner

Since the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competency (CoC) is a command certificate for small craft, the RYA insists that at least half the qualifying 2,500 nautical miles have been acquired on a small vessel under 24m and... Read More

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