Posted: 1st November 2018 | Written by: Sarah Forge
“Why do all modern yachts have to be fat, white and plastic?” asked the founders of Spirit Yachts. Their beautiful sailing yachts, including Gaia and Flight of Ufford, handcrafted out of wood, prove that this needn't be the case. We spoke to MD Nigel Stuart about how a starring role in Casino Royale raised Spirit Yachts' profile and why the industry needs to consider more environmentally friendly ways of disposing of boats at the end of their life.
Posted: 3rd August 2018 | Written by: Nick Moloney
Nick Moloney, one of the world’s most respected Ocean Sailors, is all too familiar with sleep deprivation on the front line of extreme sailing. While offshore racers are well trained in maintaining their physical fitness, the effects of sleep deprivation on health and performance are often underestimated. Here Nick shares some insights and lessons from his time out on the beautiful but unforgiving oceans.
Posted: 2nd August 2018 | Written by: Laura Beard
It is undeniable. Hurricanes and natural disasters are getting more frequent - and more violent - with every season. Spending time in Dominica and Martinique, we have learnt that mangroves and coral reefs are nature's flood defences, offering protection against tidal surges, tsunamis and damage linked to hurricanes and tropical storms. As these events, exacerbated by climate change, become more deadly, it seems clear that we should be protecting and encouraging these natural barriers.
Posted: 17th February 2018 | Written by: Captain Rod Hatch
The only item anybody buys in the hope they are throwing their money away is insurance, regardless of the asset or the risk. In the case of a large yacht, it’s natural to assume that the owner's insurance would cover all eventualities, but what does this mean for the yacht's crew? It's worth knowing to what extent you are covered by the owner's insurance so you can decide for yourself whether you need additional personal cover.
Posted: 25th January 2018 | Written by: Mark Upton
How many people start out in the superyacht industry thinking they will do it forever? Since yachting has never been conducive to having a home life and family the answer is very few. But a job aboard has a habit of turning into a career and many people don't think about what they'll do afterwards or how they'll fund a life ashore until they're already planning their escape.
Posted: 21st December 2017 | Written by: Sarah Laty
There are many grey areas in the yachting industry, but perhaps none as perpetually frustrating as visas, particularly the B1B2 sought by non-US yacht crew voyaging Stateside. Here, Sarah Laty demystifies the process with tips for getting you through every stage, from the application to full compliance.
Posted: 20th December 2017 | Written by: Commander Sean O'Reilly
I’m not a regular listener of BBC Radio 2 but my attention was grabbed recently by a chatty news item on the release of six British former Servicemen who have just been liberated after being banged up for 30 months, in what was presumably a very nasty Indian prison. I was also struck by the relevance of this case to the Captains of large yachts.
Posted: 6th November 2017 | Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke
Virtual Reality (VR) isn't a new concept, but the yachting industry is awakening to the shift in the digital landscape and looking beyond predictable sales and marketing campaigns.
The days of miniature scale yacht models in brokerage offices, print brochures, fly-over videos or renderings with PDFs are changing and VR is leading the way.
Posted: 25th September 2017 | Written by: Nick Thomas
Despite well thought out safety standards and increased training for yacht crew, incidents will happen and one doesn’t have to go too far to find them, reported and unreported. In this article I recommend that all levels of management work together to deal with the immediate and subsequent impacts of what may seem initially to be a small incident with the potential
to evolve into a full blown crisis. Whatever happens we need to be ready.
Posted: 23rd September 2017 | Written by: Louise Hall
The role of a P&I Club (Protection & Indemnity) is to provide vessel operators with liability insurance in the event of a claim in relation to cargo, collision, damage to/loss of property, people (including crew and passengers), pollution, towage and wreck removal. With this in mind, let's take a look at the frequency and trends in claims recorded during the 2016 policy year.