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Big Green Eggs: The Ultimate in Outdoor Cooking!

Posted: 13th Oct 2016

Written by: Laurent Castel

The Big Green Egg stands alone as the single most versatile barbecue or outdoor cooker on the market, with more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. From appetizers to main courses and desserts, the Big Green... Read More

Help! My Guests are Seasick

Posted: 4th Aug 2016

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Many years ago a female guest walked on board and announced that she was going to be seasick the entire trip and that her children were forcing her to come along on this charter. I had the unfortunate experience an hour or so lat... Read More

New Engineer Certification: All Vessels Under 3000GT

Posted: 30th Jul 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

For several years the yachting industry has suffered a shortage of qualified engineers. Another problem has been the lack of transferability of engineering qualifications across different sectors of the marine industry. Marine Inf... Read More

Females at Sea

Posted: 22nd Jul 2016

Written by: Pippa Nicholas

When I first went to sea (don't ask when), we used things like Loran C and sextants, women were on the odd ship here and there, but the British fleet didn't start to accept them for many years to come. Being transgender, I have se... Read More

Opinion: Wage Pressures in the Engine Room

Posted: 10th Jul 2016

Written by: Steve Wright

There seems to be some evidence that initial 2016 pay rates offered in commercial yachting are somewhat below the standard rates for the wider shipping industry. I would argue that the reasons behind this may potentially harm the ... Read More

Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 4)

Posted: 9th Jul 2016

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

Retired mariner, Horatio Hardy, is on a mission to find his itinerant nieces whose parents have been kidnapped off north-east Africa. The story continues as H is employed as Mate of M/Y Caviare, under the command of Captain ‘Skip... Read More

When Your Dream Job Goes Wrong

Posted: 6th Jul 2016

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: Katie, Stewardess, 24: “I saved up for so long to come to Antibes and get a stewardess position, but now I have one I’m not enjoying it at all! It feels bad even admitting it - but I can’t bear the lack of freedom onboard and I... Read More

PYA and Worldchefs Certification for Yacht Chefs

Posted: 22nd Jun 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) recently signed a reciprocal agreement with WORLDCHEFS whereby each will recognise the other as an Associate Member of their respective organisations. PYA and WORLDCHEFS have agreed a re... Read More

Sea Bass Stocks are Critical

Posted: 21st Jun 2016

Written by: Laurent Castel

Sea Bass numbers are critical at the moment so the fishing quota for this year has been slashed in half and scientists are arguing that this should be reduced to a quarter. We are actively encouraging everyone to buy Sea Bass only... Read More

Girls on Deck in the Year of the Girl

Posted: 4th Jun 2016

Written by: Robyn Santa Maria

Luxury yachting is still an industry in which men tend to hold deck and engineering roles while women more usually work in the interior department as stewardesses. However, a ground shift for gender equality in yachting is gatheri... Read More

Girls on Deck: Female Exterior & Engineering Crew

Posted: 3rd Jun 2016

Written by: Robyn Santa Maria

Luxury yachting has long been an industry in which men have traditionally held deck and engineering roles while women have automatically filled stewardess and interior positions. However, thanks to passionate women – and men – who... Read More

You Know You're a Superyacht Steward/ess When...

Posted: 21st May 2016

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

For this column, I'm stepping away from the educational side of Facebook group, Yacht Stewardess Tips, and I'm taking a light-hearted look at our ‘more serious’ personality (dis)orders and how these affect us each and every day, e... Read More

Onboard Core Wine List

Posted: 16th May 2016

Written by: Jessica Evans

The summer charter season is fast approaching and now is the time to think about stocking your yacht's wine cellar. Here are some suggestions for a basic core wine list to have on board to ensure you're ready for any occasion. Read More

An Innovation in Water Technology

Posted: 2nd May 2016

Written by: Steve Wright

In the beginning, there was light, then earth, then water. Approximately 97 percent of the earth’s water is salt water, 3 percent is fresh water and less than 1 percent of that is fit for human consumption. It's time we got smart ... Read More

Superyacht Crew Giving Back

Posted: 1st May 2016

Written by: Lauren Williams

As yacht crew, sometimes we forget just how fortunate we are. The positions we are in are well paid and we have few, or no, responsibilities outside of the yacht. We make a lot of money which we sometimes spend unwisely, and when ... Read More

Fitting Out a New Build: Linen & Tableware

Posted: 18th Mar 2016

Written by: Jodie Clarke

The rate of expansion in our industry in the last twenty years, combined with natural attrition, has resulted in a shortage of experienced interior crew. Training opportunities have certainly improved, and relevant experience alwa... Read More

The Secret of Hungarian Charcuterie

Posted: 15th Mar 2016

Written by: Gabor Ivanacz

It is well known that charcuterie is a branch of cuisine devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, salami, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit, primarily from pork, but it also can be made fro... Read More

Yacht Crew Start Your Wine Collection!

Posted: 16th Feb 2016

Written by: Jessica Evans

We all like a spot of plonk every now and again but, have you ever thought about having a decent collection of wine for your home once you leave the yachting industry? Or have you ever thought about wine as a long-term investment?... Read More

Interior Training: Strive to be the Best

Posted: 27th Jan 2016

Written by: Karen Hockney

When it comes to interior, crew and leadership skills training, there aren’t many individuals with more passion or zest for the business than Peter Vogel. A veteran who managed Paul Allen’s superyacht stable for nine years, Peter ... Read More

How to Spot a Faulty Wine

Posted: 26th Jan 2016

Written by: Louise Sydbeck MW

As a crew member in the yachting industry I´m sure that you have had your fair share of faulty wines! With (in some cases) inappropriate storage conditions on yachts resulting in dry, hot and moving environment, wines tend to matu... Read More

Chefs...The Competition Begins!

Posted: 25th Jan 2016

Written by: Gabor Ivanacz

Venison Gusto is proud to launch their Chefs Competition. Entries must be received by the 19th February and the lucky winner will receive a 500€ Venison Gusto voucher. Read More

5 Reasons to Study a WSET Wine Course

Posted: 25th Jan 2016

Written by: Emma Laval

Are you a stew or stewardess and thinking of completing a course during the winter? Why not learn all about wine and spirits by completing WSET Wine & Spirits qualification. Riviera Wine are offering these internationally recognis... Read More

Taste and Quality with Natural, Unfarmed Meats

Posted: 22nd Jan 2016

Written by: Gabor Ivanacz

You cannot see it and you cannot always recognize it by reading the label but, unfortunately, most of the meat in the supermarket these days has gone industrial and it is also affecting the food on board superyachts. Read More

Dropped in at the Deep End

Posted: 15th Jan 2016

Written by: Eugene the Deckie

Not many places are as captivating as a boat’s bridge at 3am. It’s here, four coffees and six packs of M&Ms deep, the world’s most intriguing problems are debated while steaming into the darkness. Why hasn’t the see-through toaste... Read More

MarQuip Facilitates Transition to Tier III Benchmark

Posted: 6th Jan 2016

Written by: Marquip

The Tier III regulations of the United Nations International Marine Organization (IMO) regarding marine emissions came into force on 1 January. They specify a reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions by nearly 80% compared to Tier II... Read More

Fizz the Season for Champagne!

Posted: 29th Dec 2015

Written by: Jessica Evans

This time of year always calls for a glass of Champagne to celebrate, especially on New Year's Eve, so we thought we'd answer some questions so you know a little more about the famous bubbly! Read More

Going Down With The Ship?

Posted: 8th Dec 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Welcome to the working life of a superyacht captain, a leadership role unlike any other. With anywhere between five and 50 employees and a legion of suppliers and contractors, running a superyacht is like being the CEO of a large,... Read More

On Par with the Boss

Posted: 8th Dec 2015

Written by: Eugene the Deckie

Failing to clear the ladies tee is the biggest faux pas a male golfer can make, and it’s a very real possibility every time I put driver to ball. So imagine my state of mind as I prepare to tee off in front of the boss, one of Chi... Read More

Luxury Charcuterie - Taste the Difference

Posted: 1st Dec 2015

Written by: Lucinda Frye

Venison Gusto, supplier of luxury charcuterie, has been busy with a number of educational tastings for superyacht chefs and crew along the French and Italian Rivieras. At these events, Gabor Ivanacz explained how to cut and prepar... Read More

Which Wine with Which Food?

Posted: 20th Nov 2015

Written by: Louise Sydbeck, Master of Wine

The raison d’être of food and wine pairing is to enhance the gastronomic experience of a meal, be it a lunch on the beach or an exclusive dinner in a three star restaurant. Here are some tips to bear in mind when choosing the perf... Read More


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