• Be My GUEST: Why Interior Courses are Vital

    Posted: 9th November 2014 | Written by: Jo Morgan

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    Like many others, I thought that interior training courses were unnecessary money-spinners, after all, we all managed fine without these courses before, didn’t we? Well I’m not sure that most of us did, not at the beginning of our yachting careers anyway, and this applies regardless if we came from strong hospitality backgrounds or not.
  • Is Technology Killing Hospitality?

    Posted: 31st October 2014 | Written by: Isobel Odendaal

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    When I was in yachting – back in the day – my laptop weighed more than my aeroplane luggage allowance, a cell phone was something you kept in your cabin all season and needed dusting off at the end of the summer, we still used to buy phone cards to call home (from a pay phone 2 miles away), and a tweet was a sound the odd bird made in port.
  • 4 Essential Cocktails in 5 Easy Steps

    Posted: 10th October 2014 | Written by: Lauren Williams

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    We've got four cocktails that cover all the taste bases. If you learn to make them well, you'll pleasantly surprise your guests every time. (And the crew probably won't mind being your guinea pigs.)
  • PYA Table Setting Competition: Monaco Glam

    Posted: 9th October 2014 | Written by: Lauren Williams

    This year at Monaco Yacht Show the PYA held their first ever table setting competition. OnboardOnline were invited to cover the event, following the judges on their journey through various interpretations of the theme ‘Monaco Glam’.
  • Stew Disasters!

    Posted: 22nd September 2014 | Written by: Isobel Odendaal

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    Steward/esses work in an environment where a 'disaster' is something that people on land might discount as merely a little accident, but for yacht crew, could spell the end of their job.
  • When Would You Walk?

    Posted: 27th August 2014 | Written by: Bianca Meyjes

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    I stood on the dock in the baking summer heat, with my bags next to me and nowhere to go. I'd never jumped ship before that day, and had never thought I would.
  • Yacht Uniform: Are You the Right Fit?

    Posted: 12th August 2014 | Written by: Lauren Williams

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    Most of us have encountered it. Sitting in a guest cabin, watching the chief stew pulling out the uniform from under the bed, only to find that the size you requested doesn't fit.
  • Stew Tips: Natural Cleaning Products (Not) to Die For

    Posted: 10th July 2014 | Written by: Isobel Odendaal

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    Healthier products in cleaning caddies mean healthier stews and a healthier ocean, and it's naive to think that strong, chemically laden cleaning products will do a better job.
  • Stowage That Won't Break the Bank

    Posted: 25th June 2014 | Written by: Superyacht Operating Systems

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    Wouldn't it be great if it didn't cost a fortune to create professional stowage. Doesn't everyone want a beautiful walk in china store to house the yacht's collection of plates, flatware, glassware and accessories?
  • Stew Tips: Fear suede? Fear not!

    Posted: 19th May 2014 | Written by: Isobel Odendaal

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    Stews often fear or dislike cleaning suede. In her third Q-Tips and Toothpicks column, SYSA's Isobel Odendaal gives some advice about the care and cleaning of this difficult fabric.
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