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Yachties & the Instagram Lie

Posted: 12th Jul 2021

Written by: The K Flag

‘Not a bad day in the office!’ says the caption under yet another sidedeck sunset photo. Scrolling through Instagram I feel a bristle of irritation. A large proportion of my friends on social media are yachties and I wish I had a fiver for every time I’ve seen that post. Read More

Yacht Crew Stranded in The Netherlands

Posted: 22nd May 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Imagine resigning from your position on a superyacht only to find yourself stranded in a foreign country for weeks on end, with no clear advice and no legitimate means to leave. This is precisely what happened to a number of yacht crew in The Netherlands earlier this year. Read More

The Explosion of the Mainstream Boating Market

Posted: 20th May 2021

Written by: Richard Hagan

The mainstream boating industry is exploding right now and the implications for the future of the superyacht industry are significant. Richard Hagan says it's time we started talking about it and here's why. Read More

Too Woke for Your Boat?

Posted: 16th May 2021

Written by: The K Flag

Regardless of where you are in the world right now, it’s hard to avoid the relentless invoking of ‘wokeness’ in the news. It’s at the heart of some of the biggest recent movements and controversies; a compliment to some, an insult to others Read More

Combatting Suicide with sail2help

Posted: 29th Apr 2021

Written by: OnboardOnline

Suicide is the biggest killer of young men in the UK and the numbers have drastically increased since the first lock down began. Following the tragic loss of his own son George, Captain Tim Davies shares his personal insight and what he hopes to achieve with his charitable organisation sail2help. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

I Contracted Covid-19 Travelling from Home to the Yacht

Posted: 22nd Sep 2020

Written by: Bec McKeever

After three days of back and forth between Croatian and Australian authorities, we finally got the green light to leave the country and fly out to join the yacht. Things did not exactly go to plan and three months later I wanted to share my experience with fellow crew. Read More

What is the Future for Superyacht Shows and Events?

Posted: 21st Sep 2020

Written by: Lorna Titley

Ahead of the online conference for the Future of Superyachts, Business Aviation and Luxury Property, Quaynote Communications looks at how the pandemic has affected several annual yachting shows and conferences, and what this means for the superyacht industry going forward. Read More

What are the Top Superyacht Cruising Destinations of the Future?

Posted: 12th Sep 2020

Written by: Lorna Titley

We've heard a lot over the last few years about superyachts seeking out more unusual destinations. While no-one doubts the appeal of the Med and the Caribbean, regions off-the-beaten track are gaining traction with adventurous owners and charterers.  Read More

What is the Future for the Business Aviation and Superyacht Industries?

Posted: 7th Sep 2020

Written by: Lorna Titley

As the pandemic threatens to bring many businesses to their knees, what does the future look like for the business jet and superyacht industries? Will markets contract or change beyond recognition, or have COVID restrictions created unexpected opportunities? Read More

When the Knives Went Still - In Memory of Cy

Posted: 19th Aug 2020

Written by: Captain Brendan O'Shannassy

I returned from leave to find a broad chested, heavily tattooed, wide grinning, carving machine working in the galley. Before I could fully process the image of the chef before me, the knife was laid to the side and after two farmer’s steps in my direction, a hand was extended in greeting. Read More

Richard Sprenger: The Future of Food Safety on Board Superyachts

Posted: 11th Jul 2020

Written by: Gemma Fottles

Founder and Chairman of Highfield Qualifications Richard Sprenger has been an advocate for food safety his entire life. A prolific author and world renowned expert, he discusses the importance of the new Manager in Charge for Luxury Yachts Program. Read More

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