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Deck Tips: Teak Nemeses

Posted: 21st Mar 2014

Written by: George Evans

When you first begin yachting, it seems everything is novel and no job is too much of a chore. However, after a couple of seasons certain things can induce sudden rage. Read More

10 Things I Didn't Know: Yacht Dogs Drink Evian

Posted: 20th Mar 2014

Written by: Nikki Morgan

It would probably be easier to ask me 10 things that I DID know about yachting when I arrived in Antibes in the summer of 2001. Read More

Ten Things I Didn't Know: Yacht Origami

Posted: 7th Mar 2014

Written by: Lauren Williams

To kick off the new '10 Things' series from OnboardOnline, Lauren Williams tells us 10 things she didn't know before joining yachting, starting with the wonder that is toilet paper origami. Read More

Superyacht Chef Simon Furey

Posted: 28th Feb 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Sitting in a careers class in Coventry 25 years ago, little did Simon Furey realise that one day, he would make his name cooking on one of the most sumptuous private yachts. Read More

HELM: Steering Crew in a Different Direction?

Posted: 25th Feb 2014

Written by: Elliot Shane

Many yacht crew view the new OOW HELM course as just another money-making opportunity for trainers. Deckhand Elliot Shane argues that there's more to it than that. Read More

The Crew Factor: Are You Cut Out to Sail?

Posted: 21st Feb 2014

Written by: Sandwich

Sailing is long stretches of boredom punctuated by episodes of sheer heart pounding terror. If this still sounds romantic to you, then crewing is a good way to test your resolve. Read More

Introducing the Stew Tips Column

Posted: 21st Feb 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline with Isobel Odendaal

Steward/esses, as a group, have a huge amount of knowledge when it comes to solving problems on board, but are often unable to take advantage of each other’s experience. Read More

Fishy Business

Posted: 4th Feb 2014

Written by: Annie Fischer

Did you know that Mahi-Mahi mate for life? That Orange Roughy live up to 100 years? For a yacht chef, knowing where to buy sustainably-sourced seafood can be a fishy business. Read More

Cabin Fever

Posted: 2nd Feb 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

If someone had asked my teenage self where I expected to be living in my 30’s, it’s unlikely I would have said I was aiming for a bunk-bed situation. Read More

Q&A: Stewardess Elise Ciappara

Posted: 20th Jan 2014

Written by: Elise Cappiara

Elise Ciappara joined yachting after a diverse career in finance and wedding planning. Now second stew on M/Y Titania, she tells OnboardOnline about the virtues of taking a risk to find a career you love. Read More

Ships and Crew Rot in Port: The argument to go to sea

Posted: 15th Jan 2014

Written by: Ted Street

While much has been written about the need for adequate rest for crew, little has been written about what happens when boats and crew get the opposite: too much down-time. Read More

Two Ways to Cross the Atlantic

Posted: 14th Jan 2014

Written by: William Garnier

Author and skipper William Garner shares two dramatically different journeys across the Atlantic- the solitude and discomfort of a solo crossing versus the luxury and camaraderie of a charter yacht. Read More

Disaster: Fire on a Weekend Watch

Posted: 6th Jan 2014

Written by: Mel Thunderbolt

In light of the recent yacht fires in Genoa, engineer Mel Thunderbolt shares her own lucky escape from a serious engine room fire and the lessons learnt from the experience. Read More

Big Boats, Small Spaces

Posted: 3rd Jan 2014

Written by: Jelly

It’s safe to assume that you are reading this because you like boats. Maybe you like the atmosphere aboard them and that feeling of being an important part of the crew; or perhaps you enjoy the engineering side; possibly even the ... Read More

Baby On Board: The Benbrooks

Posted: 3rd Jan 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

Carol Benbrook has spent much of her career redefining roles and expectations. As well as beng a female captain, she has broken convention by raising her children on board. Read More

5 Questions When Hiring a Yacht Electro-Technical Officer (ETO)

Posted: 31st Dec 2013

Written by: Great Circle Systems

Yachting technology specialist Great Circle Systems shares the first of its 5 most popular blogs of 2013. Read More

Vegan Recipe from Tami Ayers

Posted: 27th Dec 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Vegan charter coming up? Want to introduce more vegetarian meals into your cheffing repetoire? Chef Tami Ayers from S/Y Marie kindly shares the recipe that won her third place in the fiercely contested Concours de Chef at the rec... Read More

Anders Pedersen

Posted: 27th Dec 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Chef Anders Pedersen from M/Y Altitude talks to OnboardOnline about his competition win in Antigua, and his belief that yacht chefs need to share their knowledge more. Read More

Crew Meals: Caramel five spice meatballs

Posted: 19th Dec 2013

Written by: Ivy Dai

Because almost all yacht chefs run out of ideas sometimes, (especially when cooking for crew), OnboardOnline has decided to start an online recipe library.To kick off the series, chef Ivy Dai has kindly given us her recipe for Car... Read More

Crew Meals: Feeding Body and Mind

Posted: 29th Nov 2013

Written by: Ivy Dai

As a chef, sometimes you think your crew is spoiled and should be happy with what's on the table. But take their criticisms and turn it around! One of the joys (and headaches) of crew cooking is giving them what they need. Read More

Bridging Communications

Posted: 25th Nov 2013

Written by: Simon Harvey

Today's superyachts come equipped with every modern piece of equipment to navigate the globe, however, one ingredient that needs constant upgrading is human command. Read More

Where Does All the Food Go?

Posted: 18th Nov 2013

Written by: Ivy Dai

Every time I prepare for a charter, I wonder if I’ve bought too much food. Space is always a premium on yachts, but you need to have everything a guest might ask for. Read More

Manage Expectations…but plan for the worst

Posted: 7th Nov 2013

Written by: Croque Madame

Whether guest, captain or crew, everybody has expectations of the chef. Croque Madame discusses how to manage those expectations, the frustration of fad diets, and how mise en place can save the day. Read More

Q&A: Joss Willner

Posted: 7th Nov 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Joss Willner, Captain of M/Y Baton Rouge, has come a long way since arriving in the South of France in 1983 after a teenage stint in the Merchant Navy. He's a pragmatist, described by friends as 'old school' and a safe pair of han... Read More

What Floats Your Boat?

Posted: 30th Oct 2013

Written by: Paula Herbert

Some people are sailing yacht people, others are motor yacht people, but rarely is someone both. In fact a (mostly) friendly rivalry runs through the water between these two worlds. Each has perceptions about the other; perception... Read More

Planned Maintenance Schedules - Computer or paper?

Posted: 17th Oct 2013

Written by: Mike Wilson

Are computer-based programs the way forward, or is the old fashioned way of paper logs and the ‘Chief’s way of doing things’ still the better option? Read More

Croque Madame Gives a Toasting

Posted: 9th Oct 2013

Written by: Croque Madame

Reporting from the dark side: The trials and tribulations of Croque Madame and five things no one tells you about life as a superyacht chef. Read More

Mat Barker & The Blue Peter

Posted: 30th Sep 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Of all the crashes that Mat Barker saw in his past life as a derivatives trader, nothing prepared him for the day The Blue Peter snapped her mast. Read More

Stewardesses: Keep Calm and Drink Tea

Posted: 25th Sep 2013

Written by: Mrs Steele

Chief stewardesses often get a bad wrap for nagging and over-reactions to trivialities. But, as Mrs Steele argues, sometimes you just have to stand your ground. Read More

Top Tips- Bed Linens

Posted: 24th Sep 2013

Written by: The Cabin Shop

Charter guests and owners will use, touch and sleep in the linens on board. They will notice and appreciate luxurious softness, but will also remark on scratchy towels or bed linen. The interior of the cabins need to make a great ... Read More


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