Industry

How AI is Transforming the Superyacht and Business Aviation Industries

Posted: 21st Apr 2021

Written by: Lorna Titley

For two industries that have much in common, the difference in the adoption of artificial intelligence on private jets versus superyachts is stark. While the aviation industry has been using AI in its engines for almost 30 years, the superyacht industry is yet to get started. Read More

My Client is Buying a Private Jet, Now What?

Posted: 14th Apr 2021

Written by: Lorna Titley

Whether it is individuals who have achieved new levels of wealth or those who desire the expediency and safety of travelling by private jet or isolating on a yacht during and after the pandemic, there is now an array of new entrants for both markets. Read More

Repatriation of Personal Possessions

Posted: 14th Apr 2021

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

Last month the crew on the 31m MY La Dolce Vita had to abandon their burning yacht off the Florida Keys before fire totally gutted it and the yacht sank, and they may not have managed to take many of their personal belongings with them when they abandoned the yacht. Read More

Cyber Security in the Yachting Industry – What’s the story so far?

Posted: 12th Apr 2021

Written by: Richard Hodder

During the first part of 2021 there have already been a number of high-profile breaches affecting the yachting industry either directly and indirectly, the most notable being the Microsoft Exchange server vulnerabilities that were discovered during March. Read More

Mentoring in Yachting: A Peculiar Challenge?

Posted: 10th Apr 2021

Written by: Commander Sean O'Reilly

Yachting is awash with dilemmas, and what is a just culture to you might not be to others. Agendas are aplenty, so if you ever find yourself in a difficult situation, maybe what you need is a confidante whose personal situation is wholly unrelated to you and what you do. Read More

Yacht and Business Jet Finance: What Does the Future Hold?

Posted: 8th Apr 2021

Written by: Lorna Titley

The adage about luxury asset finance that says: “If you need the finance, then you're probably not eligible for it” may sound confusing, but the fact that wealthy business owners would sooner finance their jet or yacht purchase, rather than pay cash, often makes perfect sense. Read More

The Weight of Expectations - Yacht Crew & Eating Disorders

Posted: 1st Apr 2021

Written by: The K Flag

Resolutions, detoxes and diets...How's it going? Are you living in a haze of green smoothies and dawn yoga sessions, or have you fallen off the wagon and eaten half the crew mess Pringles? Are you sure it's just a fad or is something else going on? Read More

Social Storm: Safeguarding Crew Reputation in the Age of Social Media

Posted: 26th Mar 2021

Written by: Chrissie McClatchie

On the morning of February 24th, Captain Simon Johnson was lining up MY Go in preparation for the 10.30am bridge in St. Maarten. If you’re in the yachting industry, you’ve probably been hiding under the proverbial rock if you don’t know the rest of the story. Read More

The Status of Diversity and Inclusion in Yachting

Posted: 19th Mar 2021

Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke

The superyacht industry has been paying closer attention to diversity and inclusion, with a focus on equality and creating a more sustainable industry. However few articles have reported on navigating the barriers and successes of building diversity and inclusion strategies into yachting companies. Read More

The Status of Diversity and Inclusion in Yachting: Part 2

Posted: 19th Mar 2021

Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke

Diversity and inclusion are not the same. Inclusion is about authenticity, empathy and equality, and is more focused on the policies and procedures a yachting company implements in the workplace. There’s never been a better time for advocates to be 100 per cent vocal for these causes. Read More

Why Are We Still Using Two-Way Radios?

Posted: 3rd Mar 2021

Written by: Ryan Porter

It's 2021 and we are still using two-way radios on board to communicate with our fellow crew members. Why haven't we all moved on to something more sophisticated? It’s as simple as the fact that no alternative is as reliable when it comes to two-way communication. Read More

Crew NDAs: All You Need To Know

Posted: 28th Feb 2021

Written by: Dominic Bulfin

NDAs go by many names, but whatever you may call them, if you work on a superyacht you have probably been asked to sign one at some point in your career. If you haven’t, here is your chance to swot up before it’s your turn. Read More

Crew Culture: Private Vs Charter Yachts

Posted: 17th Feb 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

There’s a myth in yachting that working on a charter yacht equates to seeing the world on a bumped up salary in a party atmosphere, while private vessels spell a slower pace of life. Anyone who works in the industry knows it’s a lot more nuanced than that... Read More

New Inmarsat Report Helps Superyacht Professionals Withstand Threats At Sea

Posted: 12th Feb 2021

Written by: Peter Broadhurst

With the IMO introducing a new cyber security regime for the industry, Inmarsat’s Peter Broadhurst outlines how superyacht professionals can protect their vessels and comply with the on-board cyber risk management rules. Read More

Crew Culture: Large Vs Small Yachts

Posted: 9th Feb 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Crew culture is created by people regardless of the size of a yacht but it can vary immensely between small and large vessels. What’s not in doubt is the importance of teamwork for it is this foundation upon which the happiness and satisfaction levels on board depend.
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Crew Retention - How to Build and Keep a Great Team

Posted: 9th Feb 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Crew retention is generally perceived to be one of the biggest headaches in the yachting industry yet the most important in maintaining a happy ship. We spoke to leading industry figures to ascertain the issues surrounding crew retention and how to improve longevity. Read More

The Power of Partnerships in a Pandemic

Posted: 5th Feb 2021

Written by: Gemma Fottles

As we navigate through 2021, perhaps one of the most important things that the last year has shown is that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and the power of good partnerships has never been more critical. Read More

Growing Demand for Elite Chefs for Private Dining

Posted: 25th Jan 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Kate Emery, Founder of the prestigious Amandine Chef Placement sourcing the best chefs for superyachts, villas, ski chalets and events, discusses the growing demand for elite chefs for private dining experiences on board an ashore. Read More

Cybersecurity - Next Gen Firewalls for Superyachts

Posted: 24th Jan 2021

Written by: Ryan Porter

Firewalls were designed to protect conventional networks against cyber threats. However, on board a superyacht it's not so straightforward as the firewall is instrumental not only to protect your yacht's network but also to manipulate the owners/guest experience. ETO Ryan Porter explains. Read More

2021 Scams and Cybersecurity Threats: A Summary

Posted: 12th Jan 2021

Written by: Richard Hodder

There have been many scams related to COVID-19 over the past year, where unscrupulous criminals use the fear and uncertainty of a pandemic to trick people. Here’s just a handful of things to be aware of. Read More

The Changing Climate for Superyacht Regulation

Posted: 9th Jan 2021

Written by: Dominic Bulfin

In recent months and years, the topic of making yachting more environmentally friendly has escalated from a simmer across the industry to a bubbling hot saucepan of change, and here's what's to come. Read More

Below Deck - How Accurate is it Really?

Posted: 9th Jan 2021

Written by: The K Flag

Welcome to our new column, with straight talk and humour from our resident insider waving The K Flag. This month we kick off with a view on Below Deck, the show we all love to hate, but why? And how accurate is it really? Read More

‘Crisis? What Crisis?’ The Resilience of the Superyacht Industry

Posted: 8th Jan 2021

Written by: Quentin Bargate

There are many words I could use to describe the superyacht industry and those who work within it, but if pushed for two key words to sum up the industry in 2020 I would have to choose “resilient” and “adaptable”. Read More

Superyachts and the New Sustainable Movement

Posted: 7th Jan 2021

Written by: Dominic Bulfin

Traditionally in yacht design, sustainability has not been high up on the priority list. However the world we live in is changing rapidly, and rather than claiming luxury immunity, the superyacht industry is starting to emerge at the forefront of clean technologies. Read More

Sara Ballinger - Team Building with Crew-Glue

Posted: 22nd Dec 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

The eldest of four siblings, Sara Ballinger's grasp of group dynamics inspired an early passion for teaching and team building. Having worked with large corporations as well as crew on large yachts, Sara discusses the road to success and shares her insight into two very different worlds.  Read More

Luxury Hospitality – A Year of Change

Posted: 22nd Dec 2020

Written by: Karen Hockney

To call 2020 a year of change is something of an understatement. The world today is a very different place, yet it’s clear that by looking forward fearlessly and adapting rapidly, some companies have become even stronger during these challenging times. Read More

Seamless Handovers & Crew Vacations

Posted: 15th Dec 2020

Written by: Sam Wheaton

The holidays are nearing...with festive joy comes the administrative nightmare of replacing crew on leave. The transfer can cause concern for those away who hope work will continue as usual. The use of a Planned Maintenance System on a yacht can greatly streamline the transfer of information to new crew. Read More

Onboard Operations: A Case for Systems Thinking

Posted: 14th Dec 2020

Written by: Dave Clarke

Some believe having standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place can reduce the level of safety onboard yachts. I believe this can be true, only if you blindly follow a checklist. So as fallible beings, how do we prevent mistakes from happening? Read More

Small Yachts in Big Seas

Posted: 11th Dec 2020

Written by: Captain Brendan O'Shannassy

Most photos of yachts are near the coast, in beautiful weather and with their best finery on show, but it is not always like this. Two stories, two yachts, two oceans and one message…it can be frightening out there over the horizon and good yacht crew need to be prepared. 

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Fendering - Transforming the Guest Experience

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Adam Hunkin

Transom fenders were once rare to find on many superyachts due to the lack of a useable swim platform or transom space. Fast forward 20 years and they are now a staple part of the guest setup - in particular small to medium yachts are extending their cruising capabilities. Read More

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