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Onboard Operations: A Case for Systems Thinking

Posted: 30th Aug 2017

Written by: Dave Clarke

Some believe that having standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place can actually reduce the level of safety onboard yachts. I believe this can be true, but only if you blindly follow a checklist without giving any thought to th... Read More

Is Crew Training Disconnected?

Posted: 24th Aug 2017

Written by: John Wyborn

I have watched the growth of the superyacht industry over the last 27 years and in my opinion it's one of the most exciting and stimulating careers at sea that anyone could have. But I also believe that we don’t train people prope... Read More

Open Reply: Big Changes with Small Thinking

Posted: 19th Aug 2017

Written by: Captain Adrian Croft

An open reply from Captain Adrian Croft to the article 'Big Changes with Small Thinking written by Captain Rod Hatch - Part 2 in our series 'Perspectives on the Safety Culture in Yachting'. Read More

Big Changes With Small Thinking

Posted: 17th Aug 2017

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, ISM and ISPS were all drafted to improve safety at sea, while MLC 2006 has enshrined seafarers’ rights to a safe place of work. None prevented the sinking of M/Y Yogi in February 2012 or the fatal accidents on... Read More

The Evolution of Yachts for Leisure

Posted: 11th Aug 2017

Written by: Ian Biles

The origins of yachting, like the word itself, probably originate in the Netherlands (which seems kind of appropriate to me). The first yachts were light, fast vessels used to convey important persons or messages and they evolved ... Read More

Perspectives on the Safety Culture in Yachting

Posted: 9th Aug 2017

Written by: Sam Watson

Working on a superyacht conjures up a lot of things but risk of life and limb isn’t one of them. If you listen to insider stories on incidents and near misses you start to wonder, although the yachting industry is characteristical... Read More

Unsung Heroes: Meet the Load Master with DYT Yacht Transport

Posted: 22nd Jul 2017

Written by: Karen Hockney

Like many industries, yachting has its share of unsung heroes doing all manner of skilled and important jobs that we never hear about. Following Matt Hyde's article about riding a yacht in transit, we wanted to know how these yach... Read More

Crisis at Sea off the Cote d’Azur

Posted: 24th May 2017

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

It happened recently near Cannes and the general public knew nothing about it. A superyacht was involved in three MOB incidents, a fire broke out on board, SNSM lifeboats were scrambled, and a burns victim was airlifted by a naval... Read More

Sea Shepherd's Operation Nemesis

Posted: 30th Apr 2017

Written by: Karen Hockney

The crew carrying out Sea Shepherd’s Operation Nemesis recently returned to Fremantle after a three month whale defence campaign in the Southern Ocean. Reflecting on the outcomes, we spoke with the captains of M/Y Ocean Warrior an... Read More

What do You Know About Yacht Transport?

Posted: 25th Apr 2017

Written by: Sam Watson

For decades yacht owners have been using yacht transport services to get around the problem of range or to save on engine time and avoid wear and tear. It's also an opportunity to give the crew some down time between seasons. What... Read More

Nautical Structures & the Art of Heavy Lifting

Posted: 28th Mar 2017

Written by: Captain Ken Kreisler

Nautical Structures is known as the go-to powerhouse for tender handling and boarding systems for superyachts, a niche that's far more creative and diverse than one might think. With a new service hub in Fort Lauderdale and some e... Read More

Developing Crew Stability: The Crew Turnover Survey

Posted: 10th Mar 2017

Written by: Karen Passman

There are many myths and differing perceptions about the causes of crew turnover, but it remains a challenging issues for the superyacht industry. Last year Impact Crew conducted a crew turnover survey to identify the facts and di... Read More

Sea Shepherd: Cool Ships and Conservation

Posted: 1st Mar 2017

Written by: Captain Mark Russell

Marine wildlife has been a passion of mine for many years and when Sea Shepherd announced in early 2015 that they were building a new custom patrol vessel in Turkey, I wanted to get involved. Unfortunately the timing was off but l... Read More

Cyberbullying: An Extended Guide

Posted: 27th Dec 2016

Written by: Jenny Holt

With the ease and convenience of technology comes a new set of issues. Cyber attacks at sea have increased and it seems hackers can access pretty much anything. Another more sinister abuse of the internet is cyberbullying. It can ... Read More

The Future: Life, the Universe and Everything

Posted: 23rd Dec 2016

Written by: Shawn Engbrecht

I'll be honest: I wasn't sure whether or not to publish this piece. There are exceptions but, for many people, 2016 was a stinker! Smiles still abound, but when something like this comes across my desk I have to stop and think. It... Read More

Social Responsibility and Yachting - How we can all get involved

Posted: 10th Oct 2016

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

With Hurricanes Matthew and Nicole currently wreaking havoc in the Caribbean, Bahamas and USA, and already having beaten down Haiti, I thought it appropriate in this month’s column, to discuss how yachties can become more socially... Read More

Reportage from a Voiles Virgin!

Posted: 8th Oct 2016

Written by: Katie Jane Howson

This year for the first time I attended the Voiles de St Tropez on the press boat for OnboardOnline. Arriving at the Voiles Village the sense of expectation was palpable and with its infamous location and sailing prestige, synonym... Read More

Fact of Life: Pregnancy Cover Doesn't Have to Cost More

Posted: 16th Aug 2016

Written by: Melanie Langley

In yachting, crew pregnancy is often a taboo subject, especially when it comes to medical insurance, and many crew members believe pregnancy cover doesn't exist or that it's very expensive. Following the hugely popular article by ... Read More

Bullying & Harassment Onboard

Posted: 3rd Aug 2016

Written by: Danny McGowan

‘Bullying and harassment’ is an oft-used phrase, but do people really know what the difference is, and how to deal with it? Both take place in workplaces around the world but, according to Nautilus, the seafarers' union, being at ... Read More

Superyacht Crew: Speak Your Mind

Posted: 9th Jun 2016

Written by: Sam Watson

It’s not often in the supeyacht industry that we’re invited to say it as it is, far less so at an open session with the billing “Speak Your Mind”. That so many people showed at 9.30am on a Saturday was a sign of good things to com... Read More

Crew Pregnancy: Where the Industry Fails Us

Posted: 4th Jun 2016

Written by: Bianca Ljungberg

Pregnancy and motherhood are an exciting time. From the early weeks to birth, miraculous changes occur in a woman’s body and, while this is a significant journey, pregnancy on board is often a vulnerable and unvoiced time for many... Read More

The Superyacht Cadets Shaping the Future

Posted: 1st Jun 2016

Written by: Sam Watson

Usually when something exciting happens in yachting it concerns size or speed or technology. This time it’s about people, Italian people to be precise. The superyacht powerhouse of Viareggio in Tuscany has come together, with gove... Read More

Building the Perfect Team

Posted: 3rd May 2016

Written by: Robyn Santa Maria

We’ve all heard about, or experienced, discord amongst crew. The horror stories of crew members screaming at each other or falling out because of personal differences or miscommunication, or a combination of the two. Tensions can ... Read More

A Return to Gunboat Diplomacy

Posted: 27th Apr 2016

Written by: Shawn Engbrecht

Most people would agree that the arming of yacht crew is a ludicrous proposition, but it's a topic that periodically comes up for discussion. More interesting are the reasons why not and whether basic recognition and familiarizat... Read More

Global Trends for Superyachts

Posted: 20th Apr 2016

Written by: Camper & Nicholsons

Camper & Nicholsons, the global leader in luxury yachting activities, and Wealth-X, the global authority on wealth intelligence, have released a first-of-its-kind report on the world’s ultra wealthy and the luxury yachting sector.... Read More

Skullduggery at Sea Aka “How to Cook the Books”

Posted: 28th Mar 2016

Written by: Shawn Engbrecht

We’ve all done it. If you are in the service industry, sooner or later, you will take a swim in these murky waters. That includes providers of security services, who find themselves in identical conditions to the situation about t... Read More

Personal Safety Ashore

Posted: 24th Feb 2016

Written by: Rod Hatch, David Summerfield, Andreas Hartinger

In light of the growing number of terrorist attacks around the world, it's also a reminder that such atrocities can happen to anyone, anywhere. If you were caught up in a terror incident ashore, would you know what to do? A few im... Read More

The Joy of Armageddon

Posted: 22nd Feb 2016

Written by: Shawn Engbrecht

I was asked to write an article about the threat of 'small terror' for a publication that is upbeat and positive, contrary to the wave of negativity currently inundating the world. So this is it, scribed in February, 2016. Life i... Read More

ISIS vs ISPS: The Limitations Ashore

Posted: 20th Jan 2016

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

The USA has not always been in a rush to ratify international treaties, but it pushed the ISPS Code through the IMO in just 18 months. However, when it comes to the personal safety of seafarers and shore based personnel, it's wort... Read More

Drone Operations: Aide Memoire for Yacht Crew

Posted: 25th Nov 2015

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

You are working on a yacht, you’ve bought yourself a UAV, aka drone, and you want to launch it from on board. What is the captain going to say? Or, you are the captain, and one of the crew wants to launch a drone from on board. ... Read More

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