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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

Sexual Harassment in Yachting

Posted: 10th Nov 2015

Written by: Lynne Edwards

There's no denying it – sexual harassment occurs in the yachting industry (as it does to varying degrees in many other industries) and you only have to look at the Dockwalk forum on the subject to confirm it. But are yacht crew mo... Read More

Who is Responsible for Safety On Board?

Posted: 2nd Nov 2015

Written by: Lynne Edwards

Who is responsible for safety on board? In my opinion, the answer is EVERYONE! Everyone, to varying degrees from the Owner to Management companies, to the Captains and Crew. No one is exempt. It is essential that everyone gets b... Read More

Broadband On Board: Making Sense of the Numbers

Posted: 28th Oct 2015

Written by: Daniel Shea

When it comes to vital services, the general principle in yachting is that you don’t skimp on price. In this age of the Internet, the same applies to broadband onboard, but a few key pointers can help you choose the right service ... Read More

Blue Is the New Green

Posted: 22nd Oct 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

When Mark Robinson set up Yacht Carbon Offset eight years ago, 'going green' was not high on the list of priorities within the luxury superyacht industry. But treading more lightly on the planet and putting something back are now ... Read More

Getting a Schengen: The Struggle for South African Yacht Crew

Posted: 15th Oct 2015

Written by: Bianca Ljungberg/ The Swedish African

First time and unemployed South African seafarers are in a state of visa confusion. With more South Africans set to enter the industry, and visas becoming more difficult to get, you have to ask: Where is this boat headed? Read More

Yachting’s Golden Handcuffs - Part 3

Posted: 11th Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Wondering what to do after yachting? In her final article in this series, Alison Rentoul looks at how to decide what your best direction should be, what to take with you along the journey and how to create a roadmap to get you the... Read More

Yachting's Golden Handcuffs - Part 2

Posted: 8th Oct 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

In the second installment of her series on how to make the transition ashore, The Crew Coach, Alison Rentoul, shows us how our life experience to date can help to identify and guide us towards the next chapter. Read More

I Need Support not 'Management'!

Posted: 18th Sep 2015

Written by: Stuart Biesel, MTSI

Would you travel on an airplane if you knew the airline had no schedule in place for maintenance, crew training, or safety procedures? Similarly, as the owner of a yacht, or simply as a guest, I would like to know there is a syste... Read More

Yachting's Golden Handcuffs - Part 1

Posted: 16th Sep 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Yachting's Golden Handcuffs hold tight, and the longer you’ve worked in yachting the tighter they grip - a healthy disposable income and the freedom and luxuries it affords you are pretty hard to give up. In my series for OnboardO... Read More

Cyber Security On Board: The Legal Implications

Posted: 14th Sep 2015

Written by: William MacLachlan & Lizzie Gray

With the rapid rise in cyber attacks across the board, ranging from large corporations to powerful individuals, private yachts are an attractive target. It doesn't matter who you are or where you are, the risks are real and it's b... Read More

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