• Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Conclusion)

    Posted: 24th August 2019 | Written by: Horatio Hardy - aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

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    The story concludes with more than a sting... Captain Horatio Hardy is on a mission to find his lost triplet nieces whose parents have been kidnapped by marauding pirates in the Gulf of Socotra. His search leads him to the Cote d'Azur and a stint as mate on motor yacht Caviare, a world apart from his life as a retired naval and commercial master mariner.
  • Is the Criminalisation of Shipmasters an Occupational Hazard?

    Posted: 8th November 2018 | Written by: Nautilus Int. - Andrew Linington

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    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 to tackle the problem…
  • Managing the Paperwork in the Event of an Accident Onboard

    Posted: 7th November 2018 | Written by: Dave Clarke

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    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 record keeping. All this is easier to achieve if your paperwork is in order as a matter of course, using a tried and tested management system such as Total Superyacht from Superyacht Operating Systems.
  • Paul Pringle of Solarglide on the Trends in Solar Screens

    Posted: 12th August 2016 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    Solar screens are not compulsory on board yachts but we've all heard stories of the effects of solar glare in terms of safety and possible damage to your eyes. Recognizing the potential market, Paul Pringle founded Solarglide in 2008, now supplying solar screens to some of the largest vessels afloat. From generations of shipbuilders in the North East of England, Paul shares his take on the superyacht sector and what's new on the horizon.
  • Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 4)

    Posted: 9th July 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 ‘Skippy’ Brewster...
  • Going Down With The Ship?

    Posted: 8th December 2015 | Written by: Alison Rentoul

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    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, busy company.
  • 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 difference between a ship and a boat. Does it matter? Does it shape the mentality, the attitude and ultimately the way in which a vessel’s crew is managed and led? Horatio returns to his beloved oggin; with Skippy as his new boss might this be a marriage made in heaven, or a recipe for a disaster?
  • Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 2)

    Posted: 8th April 2015 | Written by: Captain Horatio Hardy, aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

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    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 the ancient mariner to embark in wholly new territory: the superyacht. What did the old hand make of this extraordinary vessel without any apparent purpose, at least to him?
  • Continuous Professional Development for Yacht Captains

    Posted: 13th March 2015 | Written by: Ian Bone

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    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.
  • Inspire to Lead

    Posted: 14th February 2015 | Written by: Simon Harvey

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    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 you of your role or your purpose, or the reason you became a Captain in the first place.
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