Crew Life

Repowering, Rebuilding, and Remanufacturing

Posted: 5th Jun 2013

Written by: Charlson C. Smith

Today, the concept of sustainability is both a ubiquitous and welcome concept that has affected not only modern industry but also most aspects of life in the 21st century. Businesswise, doing more with (much) less is now not so mu... Read More

MLC 2006: All Your Questions Answered

Posted: 25th May 2013

Written by: Melanie Langley, Moore Stephens Crew Solutions

Thank you to our readers for your comments on Melanie Langley's article published on 4 March: 'MLC 2006: What You Need to Know'. We asked Melanie to respond to each point and you can now read her answers to your questions here. Read More

Q&A: Captain Mex

Posted: 21st May 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Mex has pretty much seen and done it all in yachting as well as the wider maritime industry. That’s why he’s known to most people simply as ‘Mex’. Over the years he’s served as a captain, a chief and sole engineer, a program manag... Read More

An Argument Against the 'Half Tip' Policy

Posted: 6th May 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

Imagine if you found out that half the generous tip you gave to the waitress last night for outstanding service had been confiscated by her manager and was being held ransom for a year, in a bid to coerce the waitress into staying... Read More

Dazed and Delighted with Difficult Clients

Posted: 4th May 2013

Written by: Mex

I love being at sea, more a seadog than an hotelier, but the service aspect aboard has become one of the driving factors in the yachting industry. Read More

Yacht Crew: How to Create a Strong CV

Posted: 22nd Apr 2013

Written by: Erica Lay

With the Med season already under way, new crew are arriving in their hundreds to the top locations: Antibes and Palma, hitting the docks and armed with CVs. Here's how to make sure yours stands out. Read More

Engineering Crew Expectations

Posted: 18th Apr 2013

Written by: Mike Wilson

Over the years, we have all worked on yachts with overall programs that vary from the very best to the very worst. The right overall package can be a very tough thing to find and is not something you just walk into either; it tak... Read More

Yacht Crew Training: More Needs to be Done

Posted: 11th Apr 2013

Written by: John Wyborn

There is a popular myth that all of us training providers are at each other’s throats, stabbing each other in the back (mmmm…can you do both?...maybe not). But anyway it’s not true. Read More

A Wine Tour de France

Posted: 9th Apr 2013

Written by: Rod Smith MW

The wines of Europe in general, and those of France in particular, can seem very confusing. This is especially true for people who may have grown up with more familiarly labelled New World wines. In essence the difference for this... Read More

Q&A: Captain Pascal Pellat-Finet

Posted: 27th Mar 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Captain Pascal Pellat-Finet career began in the familiar waters of the Mediterranean where he was involved in the construction of the first Maxi in the Med, S/Y Halisara, and learned from the likes of Dennis Conner and Gary Jobson... Read More

The Right Stuff

Posted: 21st Mar 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

As a yacht manager and former yacht captain, Fabien Roché has had quite a bit of experience with placing crew. In recent years however, he’s noticed that not everyone has necessarily put in the right amount of time to gain the exp... Read More

Q&A: Adam Laithwaite

Posted: 15th Mar 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Adam Laithwaite had always sailed. And when his career as head of “arty farty marketing bollocks” ended prematurely, he had to decide what to do next. Read More

Surfing Aboard

Posted: 11th Mar 2013

Written by: Mex

Nowadays, before guests sip their first cocktail, the first and most common question seems to be: ‘Do you have internet?’ Internet has become a lifeline for some, and rather than surfing the waves, many spend hours surfing the Net... Read More

Fuelling Your Investment

Posted: 8th Mar 2013

Written by: Charlson C. Smith

This year marks the 120th anniversary of the ingenious inception of Dr. Rudolf Diesel’s eponymous creation, and few inventions of similar vintage can claim credit for markedly improving the quality of life of the globe’s populatio... Read More

Provision Me This

Posted: 5th Mar 2013

Written by: Morgan Lonergan

The act, or ‘art,’ of filling a space which is half the required size with twice the required amount of supplies, with the added psychic ability of the provisioner to ascertain with no prior knowledge whatsoever which particular s... Read More

MLC 2006: What You Need to Know

Posted: 4th Mar 2013

Written by: Melanie Langley

On 23rd August, the Philippines became the 30th country to ratify Maritime Labour Convention 2006, setting in motion the 12 month run-up to its full implementation and some major changes for yacht crew. Read More

Industry-wide Blame for Insufficient Crew Training

Posted: 28th Feb 2013

Written by: Lulu Trask, SuperyachtNews.com

Off the back of a day of candid discussion surrounding the training of engineers, John Wyborn, training director at Bluewater Yachting, discusses how crewmembers, training providers and regulatory bodies can work together to move ... Read More

Speaking with Pascal Goger, Captain of SY Douce France

Posted: 28th Feb 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

The 52-year-old captain has been with the 42m (138 ft) ketch sailing catamaran almost since it was built in 1998. To this day, it is one of the largest sailing catamarans on the water, and blisteringly fast – sailing at up to 18 k... Read More

MLC Ratification and its Impact on Crew Employment

Posted: 27th Feb 2013

Written by: Grant Atchison

Grant Atchison – Director at Moore Stephens IOM, considers the impact of MLC 2006 from an owner's perspective. Are owners being made adequately aware of these changes, and how will they effect crew employment? Read More

The Russian (Language) Revolution On Board Superyachts

Posted: 25th Feb 2013

Written by: Kevin Connor

Recent years have seen a surge in Russian-speaking superyacht owners, bringing with it a range of new demands for captains and crew. One is communicating with them, as on the whole Russians tend to speak little English and feel m... Read More

Tender Handling: Crew Training

Posted: 22nd Feb 2013

Written by: Rick Thomas

The water was sparkling like a thousand diamonds in the early morning sun rising over the quiet anchorage. The guests were arriving up on deck, enjoying their first coffee while starting another day in paradise. The deck crew ju... Read More

Crew Interviews: How to Interview a Candidate

Posted: 22nd Feb 2013

Written by: Erica Lay

Lots of crew magazines offer helpful hints and advice on how to prepare and behave in a job interview, but not much consideration has been given on the other side of the table: how do you interview a potential crewmember? Read More

Managing Inventory and Spares

Posted: 21st Feb 2013

Written by: Mike Wilson

Anyone working as an engineer in the marine industry, whether it be on yachts, commercial vessels, or anything in between, knows that organization, orders and tracking, spare parts and inventory are integral to a successful engine... Read More

Q&A: Anni Riedel

Posted: 21st Feb 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Better known among her peers as "German Anni", this 15-year veteran of the superyacht industry got into it by accident. It started when Anni Riedel moved from Germany to the Caribbean, where she worked on land for a while. But the... Read More

If You Drive the Yacht, What Drives You?

Posted: 21st Feb 2013

Written by: Mark 'Ted' Street

What drives you can be the route to success, and there are many ways to gauge that success. Sure, money is one of them. So is position, size, program, type of yacht. But for the yacht crew I’ve known to be the happiest, the greate... Read More

A Stellar Cellar On Board

Posted: 15th Feb 2013

Written by: Rod Smith MW

Wine is becoming an increasingly important part of many superyacht trips, whether they are for charter or owner. An understanding of wine is often de-rigueur for many crew nowadays as a result of wine-knowledgeable guests, and the... Read More

Q&A: Brandon Matley

Posted: 7th Feb 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

The 25-year-old South Africa native left his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa, in May of 2011 and moved to Antibes. After a lot of dockwalking, he eventually landed his current position: second engineer on M/Y Shooting Star. He... Read More

Maximizing fluid life can minimize cost

Posted: 17th Jan 2013

Written by: Charlson C. Smith

Although perhaps not as exciting as a new delivery or christening, there are few events more satisfying to owners, captains, and crews than an uneventful return to their vessel’s home port; as the boat approaches its mooring, the ... Read More

Lynne Edwards on What it Takes to be a Great Chief Stew

Posted: 16th Jan 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

OnboardOnline recently sat down with Lynne Edwards and asked her a few questions about herself, her career and what she's learned over the years about what it takes to be a great chief stew. Read More

Bluewater Yachting: Advice for New Crew

Posted: 15th Jan 2013

Written by: Lizzie Irving

Every year we see a massive influx of green crew looking to make their mark in the industry and yachting forums seem to have the same topic posted weekly: “I am looking for my first position on board, where should I go, what shoul... Read More

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