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SeaClean for Eliminating Soot

Posted: 30th Mar 2015

Written by: Ken Kreisler

All diesel engines produce soot as a product of combustion. A 99kW generator installed on a yacht before 2012 is allowed to produce over 700 grams (more than 1.5 pounds) of particulate matter (primarily soot) per day. Read More

Penum Yacht Chef Mentor Program

Posted: 25th Mar 2015

Written by: Ellie Barker

We are excited to launch the “Penum Yacht Chef Mentor Program”. The goal of this informal program is to connect established Yachting Head Chefs with: Crew Chefs, Second Chefs, Sole Chefs, Junior Chefs, Sous Chefs – all aspiring y... Read More

Continuous Professional Development for Yacht Captains

Posted: 13th Mar 2015

Written by: Ian Bone

A reasonable amount of information and discussion is beginning to emerge in the yachting media concerning the development of an unlimited yacht specific Masters certificate of competency. Read More

The Crew Academy GUEST Courses

Posted: 11th Mar 2015

Written by: Lauren Williams

This month, OnboardOnline was invited to attend a lunch for the Crew Academy PYA accredited GUEST Level 2 Interior Training course. Rather than outdated and unrealistic theory training, The Crew Academy uses a villa with a realist... Read More

Wine Buffs: Name that Taste

Posted: 18th Feb 2015

Written by: Rod Smith

Have you ever wondered exactly what your wine tastes of? Of for that matter, wondered why wine-geeks talk of wines tasting of a plethora of things other than grapes, or any other kind of fruit for that matter? Read More

Inspire to Lead

Posted: 14th Feb 2015

Written by: Simon Harvey

As yachts get ever larger and regulations increase, the role of a superyacht Captain, Officer, or HOD can seem less about the vessel and crew and more about admin and paperwork. These things are important, but don't let them rob y... Read More

PYA Guest Awareness Programme

Posted: 13th Feb 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

What will it take for yachting to see that interior training is commercially viable? If the reaction from the first PYA GUEST Awareness Workshop held earlier this week is anything to go by, the industry is slowly but surely waking... Read More

Vanquish with Vinegar!

Posted: 13th Feb 2015

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Keeping within the spirit of natural cleaning products that I have been discussing over the past few columns, it would be almost irresponsible of me not to dedicate an entire column to the most magic natural cleaner of all – good ... Read More

Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Chapter 1)

Posted: 12th Feb 2015

Written by: Captain Horatio Hardy, aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

What can yachties teach crusty old Master Mariners? What can yachting learn from the wider shipping industry? Captain Horatio Hardy and Yachtmaster Skippy Brewster embark on a journey of discovery, from which both emerge wiser me... Read More

Captain Paul Bickley, Motor Yacht Latitude

Posted: 28th Jan 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

You don’t have to spend very long talking to Paul Bickley, captain of motor yacht Latitude, to grasp the fact that onboard mentoring and training, crew development and team spirit are where it’s at. Read More

The Best Wine in the World - Its Sherry!

Posted: 23rd Dec 2014

Written by: Rod Smith

For most people the word Sherry conjures up images of sticky brown liquids dragged reluctantly from the same bottle in Great Aunt Mildred’s drinks cabinet, Christmas after Christmas, and forced to be sipped, even more reluctantly,... Read More

Transatlantic Delivery - Are You Prepared?

Posted: 18th Dec 2014

Written by: Ted Street

The Med season has ended and it’s time to deliver your boat. These days in yachting that could be absolutely anywhere! Owners are keener than ever to head off the beaten path and explore new cruising grounds while the standard sea... Read More

Interview: Captain Mark O'Connell

Posted: 17th Dec 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

As a member of the British Army's elite Parachute Regiment, Mark O’Connell followed an unusual and rather eventful path into yachting. Read More

Laundry Disasters and Stain Removal

Posted: 4th Dec 2014

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

As promised in our previous article in September, this month, we are focusing on undoing some of those laundry horrors that many of you have had to deal with. Read More

Be My GUEST: Why Interior Courses are Vital

Posted: 9th Nov 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

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... Read More

Is Technology Killing Hospitality?

Posted: 31st Oct 2014

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

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 ... Read More

Six More Wine Myths

Posted: 31st Oct 2014

Written by: Rod Smith

Following on from last month’s article exploring common wine myths, Rod Smith of Riviera Wine Academy shares six more things to be taken, unlike most red wines, with a pinch of salt. Cheers! Read More

Buying Certified Bluefin Tuna

Posted: 17th Oct 2014

Written by: Chez Laurent

With the conservation measures required by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) in place, technically the Atlantic and Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna is now no longer endangered. Which is great n... Read More

Leadership at Sea - Closing Words on an Abused Topic

Posted: 17th Oct 2014

Written by: Shawn Engbrecht - CASS Global

If every article on Leadership in the Maritime world was represented by a toothpick, most of us would agree that we would require the services of a chain saw for a very long day to cut through all the dead wood out there. Read More

Captain Andy Cully

Posted: 14th Oct 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

Walking along the Esplanade du Bastion St Jaume as some of the Med’s finest examples of classic yachts nestle cheek by jowl at the Antibes Yacht Show, one of those that immediately catches the eye is S/Y Eilean. Read More

4 Essential Cocktails in 5 Easy Steps

Posted: 10th Oct 2014

Written by: Lauren Williams

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.) Read More

PYA Table Setting Competition: Monaco Glam

Posted: 9th Oct 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... Read More

Stew Disasters!

Posted: 22nd Sep 2014

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

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. Read More

Q&A: Captain Nolan Ross, M/Y Serenity J

Posted: 9th Sep 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

Like so many in yachting, Nolan Ross ran away from a desk job. 15 years later, he is captain of 55m motoryacht Serenity J. Read More

Blue Fin Tuna Sushi Cuts Explained

Posted: 8th Sep 2014

Written by: Chez Laurent, Fine Yacht Provisions

With approximately 80% of the world’s Blue Fin Tuna catch being used for sushi, we help unravel the mysterious names for all the different sushi cuts from this wonderful fish. Read More

Tuna Belly: An Overlooked Ingredient

Posted: 8th Sep 2014

Written by: Chez Laurent, Fine Yacht Provisions

Tuna belly is an often overlooked ingredient but it is in fact very versatile and high in omega3. There's only a small portion available per tuna and often expensive, but it's worth it. Read More

Wine Myths Exposed

Posted: 5th Sep 2014

Written by: Rod Smith

Do you check if a wine is bad by smelling the cork? Do you blame the sulphites in wine for your headaches, or turn your nose up at drinking red wine with fish? In the first of a two part series, Master of Wine Rod Smith explains ... Read More

When Would You Walk?

Posted: 27th Aug 2014

Written by: Bianca Meyjes

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. Read More

Haystacks and Beanbags: Where do all the sails go?

Posted: 21st Aug 2014

Written by: Richard Donkin

Racing sails aren't cheap, only lasting three years at peak performance. So what happens to them after they're replaced? A new industry is reconditioning sailing history for a new life. Read More

Dear Yachty

Posted: 20th Aug 2014

Written by: Lisa Dijkshoorn

I just want to take this moment to write this down, as there are some things I'd like to highlight about our lives in this industry. Go ahead, read. Let me know what you think. Read More


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