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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

Personal Safety Ashore - Aide Memoire

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Securewest International

As the threat of terrorist attacks upon civilians still remain, Securewest International has produced an aide memoire based on incident response procedures, with practical advice on how to protect yourself if you are caught in the midst of a terror attack, civil unrest, organised or opportunistic crime.
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Yacht Cyber Security - Preparing for IMO2021

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Dominique Smit & Bec McKeever

With many yachts preparing for the IMO's new cyber security legislation in January 2021, it's sobering to hear that by 2025 the annual cost of cyber crime is expected to exceed the total cost of damage from natural disasters and profits from the trade of illegal drugs combined. Read More

DLBA Using AI to Evolve Yachts into a Human-Machine Team

Posted: 8th Dec 2020

Written by: DLBA Naval Architects

Earlier this year DLBA unveiled a 58-meter, artificial intelligence-powered superyacht concept - TEMPO. As the importance of social distancing was brought to the fore in 2020, DLBA has expanded on the improved safety, efficiency and reliability the superyacht industry can expect from AI. Read More

To the Bitter End: How Sailors Have Shaped the English Language

Posted: 4th Dec 2020

Written by: Jo Morgan

Feeling blue? Push the boat out! Spend the slush fund and get three sheets to the wind. OnboardOnline looks into the nautical origins of some popular English expressions. Read More

Infinity SIMs - Disrupting Superyacht Connectivity?

Posted: 1st Dec 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

Like everything we do at the YOT Store, we disrupt the yachting industry norms. When it comes to connectivity and data, we realised something had to change, so we set out to simplify the new normal with a no-nonsense, cost-effective solution where there are genuinely no limits. Read More

Leadership Ashore - Captains of Industry

Posted: 20th Nov 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

Last month the team at LH answered some common leadership questions faced by yacht captains in relation to their crew. Following on, we shine a light on companies ashore and asked them to share an example of great leadership and how it impacts the way they do business today. Read More

Superyacht Nautique - Shaping the Wave

Posted: 11th Nov 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

When it comes to wake boats, the stand-out brand on everyone's lips is Nautique which recently selected SYTT as global dealer for the large yacht market. Angus Gilmour, project manager of the newly formed Superyacht Nautique explains the vision. Read More

Nautical Superstitions

Posted: 6th Nov 2020

Written by: Captain Ken Kreisler

Throughout the ages, poets, scientists, scholars, and theologians have contemplated the roots of superstition, yet none are more under its spell than those of us who go down to the sea in ships. Here's a how-to guide for banishing superstitions aboard, nautically balancing your vessel, and keeping it that way. Read More

Nautical Superstitions: Part Two

Posted: 6th Nov 2020

Written by: Ken Kreisler

To carry on from my previous feature on nautical superstitions, I am delighted to present the second part of this intriguing subject, and hopefully I’ll be able to help you free your boat of any bad mojo that you may have unwittingly conjured up. So let us begin with launching a boat! Read More

The Rise of Remote Assistance for Superyachts

Posted: 3rd Nov 2020

Written by: Bec McKeever & Dominique Smit

Working on board we're accustomed to virtual communications and tech to bridge the gap between the vessel and parties ashore. The yachting industry has come a long way in 10 years and it's set to go further as 2020 fast-tracks a wider shift. Read More

Serious Allergy Suffered On Board

Posted: 3rd Nov 2020

Written by: Dr. David Irons

Serious allergies have been shown to be on the increase. When we talk about 'serious', we mean something which may be or is life-threatening, usually rapidly in most cases although there are rarer, different, slow-developing allergies that could happen after exposure. Read More

Superyacht Solutions: VesselWatch Meets GEST

Posted: 29th Oct 2020

Written by: Gemma Fottles

Superyacht experiences are known for being the best of the best but technology on board often falls short compared to solutions ashore. Demand is high for evolved, superyacht-specific solutions and Net-Logic Marine and YachtCloud’s latest technical collaboration is set to meet it. Read More

IGY’s Caribbean Yacht Launch a Welcome Boost for the Season

Posted: 23rd Oct 2020

Written by: Karen Hockney

As the Caribbean season approaches, the yachting industry finds itself in a different position this year. With that in mind, IGY gears up to host an event tailored to our times, bringing brokers and industry professionals to increase awareness of what's available this winter season. Read More

Cyber Security On Board - Get Ready for IMO2021

Posted: 19th Oct 2020

Written by: Richard Hodder

The IMO2021 regulations regarding cyber risk management required compliance by 1 January 2021, or no later than the first annual vessel verification and audit. The overall uptake across the yachting industry has been slow, but Founder of Pelion Consulting, Richard Hodder, tells you how to be prepared. Read More

A Charter Season Like no Other

Posted: 19th Oct 2020

Written by: Chrissie McClatchie

In a yachting season best described as ‘expect the unexpected’, even seasoned industry professionals are still finding plenty to be surprised about. This summer, the north-eastern region of the USA was, as Forbes puts it, the new hub of the superyacht world. Read More

Ghost Ships - Should we be Afraid?

Posted: 16th Oct 2020

Written by: Linda Revill

There has been a recent media frenzy around the controversial subject of autonomous vessels, often referred to as ghost or phantom ships. Linda Revill explores the potential impact on crew employment and the vulnerability to cyber attack. Read More

Lost at Sea with Force Majeure?

Posted: 15th Oct 2020

Written by: Linda Revill

I find myself intrigued by the legal term ‘force majeure’. The Oxford English dictionary defines this French originated term as “unexpected circumstances, such as war, that can be used as an excuse when they prevent somebody from doing something that is written in a contract”. Read More

The Complexities of Food & Wine Provisioning for Superyachts

Posted: 24th Sep 2020

Written by: Lorna Titley

Fourth in a series ahead of Quaynote Communications' online conference - The Future of Superyachts, Business Aviation and Luxury Property - Lorna Titley of examines the landscape of food and wine provisioning in the current climate. A full roundup of the event to follow soon. Read More

YachtCloud Launches YIS - The Ultimate Yacht Information System

Posted: 24th Sep 2020

Written by: Anna-Maria Janssen

A result of intense research, collaboration and engineering, Dutch technology company YachtCloud launches YIS, an innovative Yacht Information System designed to offer yacht guests and owners unparalleled access to the yacht journey in one innovative platform. Read More

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