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Placing Green Crew - A Recruiter’s Point of View

Posted: 27th Feb 2024

Written by: Andreas Gran

In many parts of the world dockwalking is a thing of the past, but greater awareness of the yachting industry is attracting a larger pool of candidates, prompting a shift in focus during the recruitment process. Read More

The Importance of Professional Training in the Superyacht Industry  

Posted: 7th Feb 2024

Written by: Georgia Tindale

As the superyacht industry becomes increasingly professionalised, the days when green crew could simply smile in the right direction and hop on board without any qualifications are long gone.  Read More

Quay Crew Releases 2023 Captains Salary Survey

Posted: 23rd Dec 2023

Written by: Charlotte Flake

Quay Crew has announced the release of its latest and largest HoD salary survey to date. Almost 300 captains responded across a range of yacht sizes from under 30 meters to over 100 meters. Read More

A Guide to Superyacht ETO and AV/IT Careers

Posted: 5th Dec 2023

Written by: OnboardOnline

Following on from our guides on superyacht deck, interior, engineering and chef careers, it’s time to get technical and clear up some confusion around the roles of an ETO and an AV/IT officer. Read More

Captain Antoine Capstick on Rule Books and Mentorship

Posted: 21st Nov 2023

Written by: Louisa Gallimore

Antoine Capstick is someone who likes to pay it forward. A marine fuels and logistics specialist, published author and mentor, he is also the 'go to' for all things jet drive. I recently caught up with him in Antibes to find out more.  Read More

The Quick & Easy Guide to Superyacht Chef Careers

Posted: 26th Oct 2023

Written by: Richard Hagan

Continuing our series on crew career pathways, it’s time to get delicious and lay out the routes to becoming a superyacht chef, along with the various qualifications required to enter and progress up the ranks. Read More

Ask Erica: How to Find the Right Captain

Posted: 24th Sep 2023

Written by: Erica Lay

Erica Lay, founder of El Crew Co, is known to many as The Honest Crew Agent, and for good reason. After decades in the industry, she's seen it all and tells it straight, so buckle up for some honest and valuable advice! Read More

The Quick and Easy Guide to Superyacht Interior Careers

Posted: 7th Aug 2023

Written by: Georgia Tindale

For all aspiring superyacht steward/esses, we take a look at how to enter and get ahead in the interior department with help from the recently-launched careers guidance platform, Academy by Ephemeris. Read More

A Quick and Easy Guide to Superyacht Deck Careers

Posted: 7th Jul 2023

Written by: Georgia Tindale

For those looking to enter the superyacht industry from the outside, a career on deck represents the ultimate escape from the drudgeries of a 9-to-5 office job, thanks to its winning combination of sunlight, fresh air, physical activity and travel. Read More

Louisa Gallimore on Transitioning to Onshore Life after Yachting

Posted: 7th Jul 2023

Written by: Louisa Gallimore

There is no denying the fact the superyacht industry is a fantastic one to be part of. However, at some stage or another, which is normally after a long season with demanding guests, there comes a time when the question of ‘what to do next’ springs to mind. Read More

Class Act: How Crew Can Benefit from Academy by Ephemeris

Posted: 19th Jun 2023

Written by: Georgia Tindale

OnboardOnline speaks to Claire Barnard, Customer Liaison Officer at Academy by Ephemeris, to dig deeper and discover more about the numerous benefits for crew in using the platform – from significant time saving, to 24/7 accessibility and many more. Read More

Yacht Crew Recruitment with Northrop & Johnson's Louisa Gallimore

Posted: 31st May 2023

Written by: OnboardOnline

We speak to Louisa about her early years in the banking industry, her transition into the world of yachting, the challenges faced by crew in 2023, and why she believes the future is looking bright. Read More

New Survey Investigates why Young Crew Leave a Yacht

Posted: 24th May 2023

Written by: Quay Crew

In a recent survey of junior crew, Quay Crew asked what factors made them leave a yacht and what would encourage them to stay on board. The findings reveal small changes that could help yachts keep hold of great candidates. Read More

Supercharging Superyacht Careers with Academy by Ephemeris

Posted: 16th May 2023

Written by: Georgia Tindale

Introducing Academy by Ephemeris, a new superyacht career guidance platform for crew which simplifies the process by mapping out career pathways and identifying the training required to progress at every stage. Read More

Uncover Your True Talents with LH Dynamics

Posted: 5th Apr 2023

Written by: Richard Hagan

As Head of Insight at Luxury Hospitality, Julia Rogers is an expert at uncovering your natural talents via her cupid’s arrow: The LH Dynamics talent awareness tool, which is always the first step in any new client relationship. Read More

Impact Crew Survey: The Realities of Crew Turnover

Posted: 29th Mar 2022

Written by: Karen Passman

We know that the rate of crew turnover is higher than most owners, managers and crew themselves would like. With it comes disruption, inefficiencies and the need to re-train; not to mention the cost. Read More

PYA Advice for Crew on Russian-Linked Vessels

Posted: 7th Mar 2022

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

There are concerns among some of our PYA members regarding their legal and financial status if they are working on yachts which are Russian flagged or are owned by Russian individuals or Russian entities. Read More

Shirley Janssen Powering Luxury Hospitality

Posted: 3rd Feb 2022

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

With extensive experience organising corporate events and delivering custom incentive journeys for global companies, Shirley Janssen was surely destined to join forces with Luxury Hospitality. Read More

Luxury Hospitality: A Year in Review

Posted: 15th Dec 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

After a difficult year in which many businesses have had to adapt rapidly to stay afloat, Luxury Hospitality Management has adapted its crew training to accommodate the new normal and continues to go from strength to strength. Read More

Speaking with LH's Ceri McVittie, Head of Client Services

Posted: 9th Dec 2021

Written by: Sam Watson

Armed with tertiary qualifications in psychology and qualified in the use of psychometrics, Luxury Hospitality’s new head of client services, Ceri McVittie is an expert in understanding how people think, feel and behave. Read More

Top 10 Interview Questions for Yacht Crew

Posted: 20th Oct 2021

Written by: Jessica Mountford

When it comes to hiring superyacht crew, it is important to find candidates who will not only perform their job to a high standard but who will also fit well with the rest of the crew, whilst living and working together in close quarters. Read More

Powering the Rise of Strong Leaders

Posted: 18th Oct 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

The ability to encourage and aid strong leadership in crew regardless of their starting position on the yacht is vital to improving crew communication, cohesiveness, team efficiency and ultimately, the guest experience on board. Read More

Keeping Your Crew Motivated During the Season

Posted: 16th Aug 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

As we approach the end of the European charter season, keeping crew motivated, interested and on their best game is of vital importance, it’s this time of year when crew can feel stretched or fatigued. Read More

When is the Best Time to Train Your Crew?

Posted: 14th Aug 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

With the high season now upon us, yacht crews are at their peak in their efforts to provide the ultimate guest experience and the vital role of training is in full evidence. Read More

What is Most Important to Crew Candidates Now?

Posted: 26th Jul 2021

Written by: Luke Randall

Had we had been asked this question a few years back, the answer would have been quite straight forward – the number one priority for most candidates when job searching on yachts or ashore would have often been salary. Read More

Getting Personal: Inside LH's New Dynamics Questionnaire

Posted: 4th Jun 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Discovering your talents and being able to optimise them to create more motivation, stronger bonds and greater communication skills sounds like an obvious recipe for success in the workplace. Read More

Powering the Rise of Female Captains

Posted: 6th May 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Gender imbalance has long been a hot potato in yachting but it’s still surprising to discover that only 2% of superyacht captains are women. We spoke to three who have made it to the top to find out what it takes and what needs to change.
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Ask The Recruiter: Will The Future of Dockwalking Change?

Posted: 30th Apr 2021

Written by: Nicola Morgan

In any normal year, new crew would head to South of France or Palma in order to pick up day work and meet captains face-to-face. However in the time of Covid, what’s been going on and what’s in store for the future of dockwalking? Read More

Preparing Your Crew for the Charter Season

Posted: 30th Apr 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Teambuilding is a major consideration at any time of the year but particularly just ahead of the start of the yachting season when the onus is on getting every aspect of crew relations in harmony. Read More

Blockchain - Coming Soon to a Certificate Near You?

Posted: 14th Apr 2021

Written by: Captain Stephen Thomas

Nearly five years ago, the IMO issued guidelines to all its member states aimed at introducing electronic certificates to the maritime industry. The aim was to reduce the administrative burdens caused by reliance on traditional paper certificates. Read More

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