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Ballast Water Treatment - Time to Take Action

Posted: 12th Nov 2015

Written by: Richard Woolley

Over the coming months owners of superyachts will be looking very closely at the latest developments in the introduction of legislation from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) concerning the discharge of ballast water. Read More

Tips and Tricks for Decanting Wine

Posted: 12th Nov 2015

Written by: Jessica Evans

Your boss or charter guest has asked you to decant a bottle of wine. But how long do you decant it for and how do you know which wines should be decanted in the first place? Here is our guide to help you on board! Read More

New Engineer: Is Yachting Really Worth it?

Posted: 4th Nov 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: John, Chief Engineer, 41: "After several friends told me about luxury yachting I recently made the move over from commercial, but I don’t really understand what’s so great about yachting. Read More

Pass the Prosecco

Posted: 30th Oct 2015

Written by: Emma Laval

While Champagnes are usually the bubbles of choice on board luxury yachts, we have seen a huge rise in Prosecco orders the past few seasons. Even outside the yachting industry, Prosecco has been booming worldwide with sales growin... Read More

Coravin: The Ultimate Wine Tool for Stews

Posted: 23rd Oct 2015

Written by: Riviera Wine

How many times have you served just one glass of wine from a bottle and the rest has gone to waste? Now there's a solution called Coravin - a simple device that allows you to pour a glass of wine without pulling the cork. Read More

MCA Notice for Ships' Cooks

Posted: 16th Oct 2015

Written by: Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)

Important notice from the MCA on recognized certificates for food safety onboard - for Ships' Cooks as well as others processing food in the galley - which clearly states their position on online courses. Read More

The Low Down: Fresh Water On Board

Posted: 23rd Aug 2015

Written by: Tim Moss

This article is written with the dual aim of educating and preparing yacht Engineers, their Captains, Operators, Owners and Management Companies to best plan and comply with the regulations and good practice for the production, tr... Read More

No More Sulphites in Wine?

Posted: 17th Aug 2015

Written by: Jessica Evans

A chemistry graduate who claims his new gadget can filter out sulphites in wine as it is poured is seeking $100,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. The device, named Üllo and pronounced ‘oo-lo’, is described by developer James K... Read More

When Life Hands You Lemons... Get Cleaning!

Posted: 10th Aug 2015

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

I always tell my students at the Steward/ess course that Grandma had the right idea – she used basic ingredients in the house, such as glycerine, soap made from animal fat (see definition Boerseep) baking soda, vinegar, sunshine, ... Read More

Pursers: Financial Software to Balance the Books

Posted: 17th Jul 2015

Written by: Jodie Clarke

A Purser’s training for bookkeeping is challenging because many different software platforms are used on board yachts. Specific financial reporting requirements are determined by whoever manages the yacht and there is enormous var... Read More

Guest Gifts & Theme Nights - Part Three

Posted: 8th Jul 2015

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Carrying on from Great Theme Nights - Part Two, here are some ideas for impromptu theme nights as well as great ideas for turn-downs and guest gifts. Read More

Slovenia Wine

Posted: 22nd Jun 2015

Written by: Robi Novak

That which is made with love, effort and knowledge has a greater possibility to succeed. However, this is not possible without natural resources. Read More

Great 'Theme Nights' for Charter Guests - Part Two

Posted: 20th Jun 2015

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Carrying on from Great Theme Nights - Part One, here are some additional tried and tested, popular themes that will ensure owners and charter guests enjoy a memorable time on board. As we need to keep the children happy too, let's... Read More

Great 'Theme Nights' for Charter Guests - Part One

Posted: 8th Jun 2015

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Some Steward/esses possess a natural flair and creativity and can dream up a theme evening in a matter of minutes. A frequently asked question on my Facebook group, ‘Yacht Stewardess Tips’, is regarding classy theme ideas, especi... Read More

Steer your Engineering Career: PYA/IET Survey

Posted: 22nd May 2015

Written by: PYA

The PYA and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are working collaboratively to support Yacht engineers who are keen to progress their careers through Professional Registration qualifications, such as Chartered Engi... Read More

Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 3)

Posted: 18th May 2015

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

That Yacht Masters routinely refer to their 3000 tonne vessels as ‘boats’ is not unique – Admiral Lord Mountbatten habitually called aircraft carriers ‘boats’ but not without a hint of irony, not least because he knew the differe... Read More

Venison: Did you know...

Posted: 15th May 2015

Written by: Gabor Ivanacz

Venison has always been a top quality choice when it comes to red meat and the quality of Hungarian free-range venison is famous throughout Europe. Hunting genuinely wild, sustainable Red Deer and Wild Boar, Grey Cattle and Buffal... Read More

Bordeaux: Another Vintage of the Century?

Posted: 12th May 2015

Written by: Rod Smith

Bordeaux En Primeur 2014: “I think that the En Primeurs market – except in a great, great vintage – is largely moribund, it is largely dead, for now,” Robert Parker. When the world’s most influential wine critic, Robert Parker, an... Read More

Penum Yacht Interior Mentor Program

Posted: 5th May 2015

Written by: Penum

We are excited to launch the “Penum Yacht Interior Mentor Program”.The goal of this informal program, is to connect established Yacht Interior Managers/Chief Stews with Second Steward/esses and other aspiring Yacht Steward/esses. Read More

The Origin of Toast

Posted: 15th Apr 2015

Written by: Rod Smith

The exact origins of the celebratory gesture of raising a toast are lost in the mists of time. There is enough evidence to suggest that cultures as old as those we know performed some version of making a toast. Read More

New Fuel Emission Regulations

Posted: 8th Apr 2015

Written by: Tim Moss

There are 90,000 ocean going cargo ships, and 85% of all ship pollution is in the northern hemisphere. With the increasing demand to reduce exhaust gas emissions created by fuel and engine selection, changes are afoot, and Tim Mos... Read More

Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 2)

Posted: 8th Apr 2015

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

Curious thing, fate; what is ‘meant to be will be’ pondered H; I don’t believe in fate, but even if I did what could I do about it? Such thoughts were forged from a lucky opportunity presented to Claude, a consequence of which led... Read More

Tips on How to Book an Artist Onboard

Posted: 2nd Apr 2015

Written by: Acrew/ Onno Ebbens

I still remember the first time I booked an artist. We needed a DJ for an event in Turkey and I started Googling and asked around. Luckily one of my friends knew some really good DJ’s and put me in touch with them. Read More

SeaClean for Eliminating Soot

Posted: 30th Mar 2015

Written by: Ken Kreisler

All diesel engines produce soot as a product of combustion. A 99kW generator installed on a yacht before 2012 is allowed to produce over 700 grams (more than 1.5 pounds) of particulate matter (primarily soot) per day. Read More

Penum Yacht Chef Mentor Program

Posted: 25th Mar 2015

Written by: Ellie Barker

We are excited to launch the “Penum Yacht Chef Mentor Program”. The goal of this informal program is to connect established Yachting Head Chefs with: Crew Chefs, Second Chefs, Sole Chefs, Junior Chefs, Sous Chefs – all aspiring y... Read More

Continuous Professional Development for Yacht Captains

Posted: 13th Mar 2015

Written by: Ian Bone

A reasonable amount of information and discussion is beginning to emerge in the yachting media concerning the development of an unlimited yacht specific Masters certificate of competency. Read More

The Crew Academy GUEST Courses

Posted: 11th Mar 2015

Written by: Lauren Williams

This month, OnboardOnline was invited to attend a lunch for the Crew Academy PYA accredited GUEST Level 2 Interior Training course. Rather than outdated and unrealistic theory training, The Crew Academy uses a villa with a realist... Read More

Wine Buffs: Name that Taste

Posted: 18th Feb 2015

Written by: Rod Smith

Have you ever wondered exactly what your wine tastes of? Of for that matter, wondered why wine-geeks talk of wines tasting of a plethora of things other than grapes, or any other kind of fruit for that matter? Read More

Inspire to Lead

Posted: 14th Feb 2015

Written by: Simon Harvey

As yachts get ever larger and regulations increase, the role of a superyacht Captain, Officer, or HOD can seem less about the vessel and crew and more about admin and paperwork. These things are important, but don't let them rob y... Read More

PYA Guest Awareness Programme

Posted: 13th Feb 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

What will it take for yachting to see that interior training is commercially viable? If the reaction from the first PYA GUEST Awareness Workshop held earlier this week is anything to go by, the industry is slowly but surely waking... Read More


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