Crew Life

Gin Cocktails for Connoisseurs

Posted: 6th Sep 2013

Written by: Andy Ives, Bar Life UK

Tired of serving the same old cocktails? Ever thought of garnishing a cocktail with a sprig of lavender and a macaron? Do sherbet, olive oil and pink peppercorns feature in your cocktail repertoire? In the first of his series fo... Read More

Reasons for Leaving a Job that Won't Raise Red Flags

Posted: 6th Sep 2013

Written by: Alison Rentoul

While almost everyone has had some kind of employment disaster where things didn’t work out, we then have the problem of answering awkward questions about it from potential new employers or crew agents. Read More

Here's Why the Superyacht Industry Isn't for Everyone

Posted: 6th Sep 2013

Written by: Victoria Bourhill

When I first joined the ‘glamorous’ world that is the yachting industry, I would hear from people here and there that ‘this isn’t for everybody’. If you can identify with the majority of the following points then perhaps seeing th... Read More

Keeping Your Eye on the Ball at the End of the Yachting Season

Posted: 28th Aug 2013

Written by: Alison Rentoul

It's the end of the season, you and your team have been working your behinds off all summer, and not only is everyone tired and crotchety, but you can almost taste the delicious freedom that is just around the corner. But, be warn... Read More

Q&A: Mel Thunderbolt

Posted: 14th Aug 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Engineer Mel Thunderbolt loves boats. Sailing them, working on them and fixing them (although she could happily do without the shore power cable system.) Join her as she describes her sheer love of yachting, a lucky escape from an... Read More

Charter for Charity?

Posted: 13th Aug 2013

Written by: Dave the Deckie

Charity for charter, or charter for charity? It may be totally legal but, on some level, it doesn't feel quite right to me. Call me old fashioned.. Read More

EQ vs IQ: Which is More Important?

Posted: 12th Aug 2013

Written by: Alison Rentoul

A person's IQ (or intelligence quotient) has widely been considered the most reliable indicator of their potential to succeed in life. However, if you think about the people you have worked with over the years, my bet is there’s s... Read More

Three Effective Stress-busters for When it all Gets too Much

Posted: 6th Aug 2013

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Once stress gets its big fat foot in the door of your psyche it has a nasty habit of barging right in, making for the sofa and taking up unwelcome residence in the living room of your mind. Read More

The Crew Coach: Pressure vs Performance

Posted: 31st Jul 2013

Written by: Alison Rentoul

We are unconsciously drawn to the need to add pressure in our lives, yet sometimes the pressure turns into unproductive stress. The trick is to maintain enough pressure to produce the magic, without allowing it to tip us over the ... Read More

Astroboy and the Mystery of the Odd Sock

Posted: 29th Jul 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

Odd socks, whingeing crew and mugs left in the's clearly time for a mid-season hissy fit.Jo Morgan on what drives us batty when life in the crew mess gets messy. Read More

Yacht Crew: How Well do You Know Your Cabin Mate?

Posted: 23rd Jul 2013

Written by: Jenny Howarth

You work all day together, you socialize together, and you may even share a cabin. But how much do you really know about the people you work with? Recent revelations about a convicted paedophile working as a superyacht captain hav... Read More

M/Y Pet Hate: When did yacht crew get so fussy?

Posted: 8th Jul 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

In an industry where ‘attention to detail’ needs to be ‘obsession to detail’, it is perhaps no surprise that yacht crew have a bewildering array of ‘pet hates’ and phobias. Read More

My Happy Place

Posted: 5th Jul 2013

Written by: Mel Thunderbolt

We engineers have to have ‘know-how’ on every little thing, but I'd take a pair of overalls and the hot sweaty heartbeat of the engine room over a chamois any day.One day I will find myself doing an oil change on the main engines ... Read More

Journey Over Water: Nautical Horoscopes

Posted: 3rd Jul 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

There's an excellent chance that you'll travel over water this month. The forecast is for blue skies, except for when it will be raining, or gloomy. Or nighttime. Read More

Everything Crew Need to Know about MLC 2006

Posted: 25th Jun 2013

Written by: Melanie Langley

MLC 2006 will finally be implemented on 20 August - so how will it affect you? Melanie Langley answers your most frequent questions. Read More

Q&A: Mike Wilson

Posted: 16th Jun 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Not everyone who grows up in South Florida ends up the better for it. But Mike Wilson seems to be one of the few to have bucked that trend by taking advantage of the most visible industry in the region. No – not sales in bright ne... Read More

Repowering, Rebuilding, and Remanufacturing

Posted: 5th Jun 2013

Written by: Charlson C. Smith

Today, the concept of sustainability is both a ubiquitous and welcome concept that has affected not only modern industry but also most aspects of life in the 21st century. Businesswise, doing more with (much) less is now not so mu... Read More

MLC 2006: All Your Questions Answered

Posted: 25th May 2013

Written by: Melanie Langley, Moore Stephens Crew Solutions

Thank you to our readers for your comments on Melanie Langley's article published on 4 March: 'MLC 2006: What You Need to Know'. We asked Melanie to respond to each point and you can now read her answers to your questions here. Read More

Q&A: Mex

Posted: 21st May 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Mex has pretty much seen and done it all in yachting as well as the wider maritime industry. That’s why he’s known to most people simply as ‘Mex’. Over the years he’s served as a captain, a chief and sole engineer, a program manag... Read More

An Argument Against the 'Half Tip' Policy

Posted: 6th May 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

Imagine if you found out that half the generous tip you gave to the waitress last night for outstanding service had been confiscated by her manager and was being held ransom for a year, in a bid to coerce the waitress into staying... Read More

Dazed and Delighted with Difficult Clients

Posted: 4th May 2013

Written by: Mex

I love being at sea, more a seadog than an hotelier, but the service aspect aboard has become one of the driving factors in the yachting industry. Read More

Yacht Crew: How to Create a Strong CV

Posted: 22nd Apr 2013

Written by: Erica Lay

With the Med season already under way, new crew are arriving in their hundreds to the top locations: Antibes and Palma, hitting the docks and armed with CVs. Here's how to make sure yours stands out. Read More

Engineering Crew Expectations

Posted: 18th Apr 2013

Written by: Mike Wilson

Over the years, we have all worked on yachts with overall programs that vary from the very best to the very worst. The right overall package can be a very tough thing to find and is not something you just walk into either; it tak... Read More

Yacht Crew Training: More Needs to be Done

Posted: 11th Apr 2013

Written by: John Wyborn

There is a popular myth that all of us training providers are at each other’s throats, stabbing each other in the back (mmmm…can you do both?...maybe not). But anyway it’s not true. Read More

A Wine Tour de France

Posted: 9th Apr 2013

Written by: Rod Smith MW

The wines of Europe in general, and those of France in particular, can seem very confusing. This is especially true for people who may have grown up with more familiarly labelled New World wines. In essence the difference for this... Read More

Pascal Pellat-Finet

Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Captain Pascal Pellat-Finet grew up on the crystalline waters of southern France. It was in Toulon that he started sailing at age 8. His passion only grew with age.Racing became his life. It began in the familiar waters of the Med... Read More

The Right Stuff

Posted: 21st Mar 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

As a yacht manager and former yacht captain, Fabien Roché has had quite a bit of experience with placing crew. In recent years however, he’s noticed that not everyone has necessarily put in the right amount of time to gain the exp... Read More

Q&A: Adam Laithwaite

Posted: 15th Mar 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Adam Laithwaite had always sailed. And when his career as head of “arty farty marketing bollocks” ended prematurely, he had to decide what to do next.“ Thanks to my friend and a few pints of quietly disturbing local village cider ... Read More

Surfing Aboard

Posted: 11th Mar 2013

Written by: Mex

Nowadays, before guests sip their first cocktail, the first and most common question seems to be: ‘Do you have internet?’ Internet has become a lifeline for some, and rather than surfing the waves, many spend hours surfing the Net... Read More

Fuelling Your Investment

Posted: 8th Mar 2013

Written by: Charlson C. Smith

This year marks the 120th anniversary of the ingenious inception of Dr. Rudolf Diesel’s eponymous creation, and few inventions of similar vintage can claim credit for markedly improving the quality of life of the globe’s populatio... Read More


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