• Rotating Heads: Is crew rotation the answer?

    Posted: 1st August 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea

    Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. The daily demands of a long season, back to back charters and little privacy are tiring and stressful. The yachting life, through the eyes of a weary crewmember, can start to look very grim indeed. Most jobs these days allow for a dichotomy to exist in an employee’s life. However, yachting, by its very nature, remains an exception.
  • Rolex Fastnet 2013 on a 101-year-old gaff yawl!

    Posted: 14th July 2013 | Written by: jelly

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    We're proud to support young sailor and writer jelly, who is taking part in the notorious Fastnet race onboard 101-year-old classic gaff yawl 'Duet'. The crew are raising funds for The Cirdan Sailing Trust, a fantastic organisation that teaches disadvantaged teenagers the basics of sailing, while developing important life skills in a challenging environment. Here jelly introduces the work of Cirdan, and she'll be sending us a personal account of Duet's many adventures in her build up to the big day.
  • Below Deck: Superyacht Reality TV

    Posted: 1st July 2013 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    People have been saying for a long time that yachts would make a great reality show, so it’s no real surprise that the day has finally arrived: Tonight in the US, yachting reality show ‘Below Deck’ screens on Bravo TV. With episode titles like “Luggage, luggage, everywhere” and “Dude, that’s a dude, dude”, I’m guessing it’s not aimed at the intellectual end of the market. I lost 24 brain cells just watching the trailer.
  • Panamanian Scramble: American ports vie for future benefits

    Posted: 7th June 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea

    The Panama Canal is still at least two years from opening its new set of locks but for years now those very locks have been the cause of much commotion and consternation among ports along the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean. It seems every decent-sized port is now scrambling to get a piece of the action – many of them making big bets with little or no assurance of long-term payoff, according to some analysts.
  • Monty Python and the Rise of the Multicultural Yacht Crew

    Posted: 23rd May 2013 | Written by: Jo Morgan

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    “It’s just a flesh wound,” I said, as I sucked the blood off my finger. I smiled at the Filipino stewardess. “Yes, I know. You cut your finger. It is little – not bad.” She looked at me oddly. “Monty Python?” I said hopefully. Blank look. “The Black Knight, he gets his arm chopped off, but he yells, ‘Come back here and fight, you pansy! It’s just a flesh…’” I stopped. Why bother? She’s Filipino: I can hardly expect her to know Monty Python.
  • Wealth, Ego and Innovation

    Posted: 29th April 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea

    While superyachts are centuries removed from the artistic revival of Europe, they reflect the same age-old relationship between wealth and innovation which has been shaping art, design and architecture throughout history.
  • The Rise of the Submersible?

    Posted: 2nd April 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea

    It may be hard to believe, but you couldn’t always land a helicopter on yachts. Suffice it to say, those days are behind us. Helidecks and helicopters are fast becoming just another accessory these days. But in the same way that helicopters first started to appear on boats at the behest of owners willing to take the risk, designers and engineers are now starting to explore ways of accommodating submersibles. Three companies have started to tailor their subs for the superyacht market and they’re hopeful that the timing is ripe for their products.
  • Selling the Experience: Re-thinking how superyachts are sold

    Posted: 28th February 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea

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    A sleek white boat sits at anchor. At the bow stands a slender white woman in a seductive white bikini. The boat and the woman rest idly in the protection of a bright blue bay, hemmed in on the sides by a sliver of white beach set against a tropical forest set against a reflective blue sky. The hull shines, the water shines, the woman’s skin shines. Everything shines.
  • A Passage to Antarctica

    Posted: 24th February 2013 | Written by: Patzi Haslimann

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    The Akademik Ioffe pulled out of Ushuaia into the summer sunset of the Beagle Channel a little late. The ninety passengers on board, mostly wildlife photographers, eager on deck as the sky turned from gold to red to pink, and the only sound was the clacking of camera shutters. As the polar night dimmed, we set a southerly course towards the continent of Antarctica, across Drakes Passage, where the Pacific meets the Atlantic.
  • Unchartered Waters: The Business of Expedition Yachting

    Posted: 8th February 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea

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    It was almost always light out. Places like the Antarctic get that way during their summer months – in this case, December and January. The sun burns the candle from both ends, staying out until late at night and back up again well before anyone would want to wrest themselves from the comfort of sleep.
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