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Winter Berths: The New Superyacht Marinas

Posted: 23rd Sep 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

With new developments opening in Barcelona, Cyprus, Malta, Turkey, Montenegro and Croatia, yacht owners can now look beyond the Cote d'Azur for the winter months. We explore some exciting new ports around the Med to see why they h... Read More

MYBA Celebrates Thirty Years

Posted: 21st Sep 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

As MYBA celebrates its 30th anniversary, it can say without reservation that the last decade has been a doozy. But faced with technological revolution, rapid expansion of the market and massive haemorrhaging post financial crisis,... Read More

New Builds: Functional Crew Mess Design

Posted: 16th Sep 2014

Written by: Superyacht Operating Systems (SOS)

All too often the functional spaces on board a yacht are designed by people who are proficient in design and have the best intentions but have never been crew. Read More

Crew Safety Ashore: Time to Act

Posted: 14th Sep 2014

Written by: Felix Rowe

A lot of effort goes into protecting yachts, but how much thought goes into protecting the crew, especially ashore? The risk of being attacked used to be highest in the Caribbean, but things are changing. So is enough being done t... Read More

Brass Monkeys and Clean Slates: Nautical Terminology II

Posted: 13th Sep 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

Following on from our first feature on nautical terminology, we venture further into the truths and myths of old sailing expressions. Join us for a look into the origins of grog, the fate of that poor doomed monkey and the legend... Read More

The PYA: The Minnow and the Whale

Posted: 19th Aug 2014

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

Ever heard of the PYA? Never heard of the PYA? Heard of it as Protect Your Ass?
What do you do to protect your ass? Take another course, move up the ladder, earn more pay? Of course you protect your ass. But you are not doing it ...
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MLC 2006, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, and You

Posted: 6th Aug 2014

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

There would seem to be no connection whatsoever between the three items in the headline. However, under the MLC, are you confident that you would have no conceivable liability for what happens to a travelling seafarer under circum... Read More

Agent Provocateur: A Yachting Survey Backfires

Posted: 4th Aug 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

In May of 2014, The Superyacht Report published a report naming the 'best' and 'worst' yacht agents in the industry. The article prompted much debate over whether the survey methods were flawed and whether the article should have... Read More

Buying a Yacht: Has Fractional Ownership Found its Niche?

Posted: 1st Aug 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

Imagine a world of financial insecurity, where some of the richest people have the least time for leisure. This is the reality facing the yachting industry, and it's prompting a rise in the number of companies promoting fractional... Read More

Piracy: Responding to Threat at Sea

Posted: 1st Aug 2014

Written by: Felix Rowe

In 2008, an unarmed private security team (including two ex-marines) aboard MV Biscaglia abandoned the ship, leaving the vessel fatally exposed to armed hijackers. The ship and crew were held by pirates for three months. Read More

Make the Most of Being in Port

Posted: 1st Aug 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

A chief stewardess stands near the transom, impatiently tapping her foot as the yacht enters the port and draws slowly towards a rusting commercial dock. She squints her eyes: are there people waiting on the dock? She hopes so, t... Read More

Piracy: Disarming the Media Hype

Posted: 3rd Jul 2014

Written by: Felix Rowe

There is no doubt that piracy is a real threat that requires a definitive and robust response. Few disagree that media reporting is vital in maintaining the debate over the security of vessels to ensure safe passage. But does the ... Read More

VAT is the Question - The Bureaucratic Maze in the Med

Posted: 2nd Jul 2014

Written by: Dan Shea

There are many reasons why people choose to cruise the Med’s hotspots, but clarity of regulatory requirements is certainly not one of them. Not only are superyachts struggling to figure out the exact implications of the Maritime L... Read More

Galactica Star: Changing the Rules of Yacht Design

Posted: 2nd Jul 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

What travels faster than a nuclear submarine, Usain Bolt on a good day, or a dolphin? What’s the same length as a jumbo jet, but is built with aluminium three times as thick? Read More

PYA: Working for Yachting Professionals

Posted: 21st Jun 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

On any given night in Antibes, you can find crew willing to debate the finer points of the yachting life over a few beers – from the merits of new courses to how to deal with crew disputes or non-payment. However, if you’re look... Read More

Agent Provocateur - A Survey Backfires

Posted: 30th May 2014

Written by: Karen Hockney

It's a well known adage that you don't bite the hand that feeds. So why then did The Superyacht Report, one of the industry's most established and reputable titles, publish a report naming and shaming the best and worst yacht agen... Read More

Yacht Provisioning: An Elephant Named Rose

Posted: 29th May 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

In last month’s feature, yacht provisoners shared their stories with OnboardOnline about wacky requests, such as provisioning live crickets to feed a yacht’s iguana and supplying haute couture. The stories don't stop there though... Read More

Luxury Yachts: Design Takes a New Track

Posted: 12th May 2014

Written by: Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

While it’s widely recognized that HTC smartphones, Garmin GPS devices and a sweeping array of big-brand laptops are staples of the Made in Taiwan effort, it’s a lesser-known fact that luxury yachts (those measuring 80 - 120 ft.) a... Read More

Tracking & MOB Systems to Live By

Posted: 2nd May 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

For anyone who has gone to sea in bad weather, there is always a sense of relief when you set foot on solid ground. Today it's hard to imagine life without GPS navigation and weather reports and, in an emergency, we have the trac... Read More

Yacht Provisioning: Haute Couture & Stealing The President's Lunch

Posted: 2nd May 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

In a bay in Alaska, a superyacht sits rocking gently at anchor. A man in an expensive bathrobe is at the breakfast table, reading the paper. He looks up and calls over the stewardess to inform her that he wants Alaskan King Crab... Read More

VSAT: State of the Art or Crying Out for Innovation?

Posted: 1st May 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

In January OnboardOnline published an opinion piece by Edoardo Zarghetta of SkyTech, following an uninspiring visit to METS 2013. He argued that the VSAT industry was crying out for innovation. After 14 years in the industry, “I w... Read More

ICOMIA: A Partner with Clout

Posted: 1st Apr 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

When the superyacht industry wants a little help in pushing its message to the world, it turns to ICOMIA. The International Council of Marine Industry Associations has been speaking up on behalf of recreational boating since long ... Read More

Cleaning Up Antifouling’s Dirty Image

Posted: 31st Mar 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

It’s clear that modern antifoulings – despite their high level of toxicity – are less bad than the alternative. However, this general understanding hasn’t stopped some governments and regulators from restricting what goes into the... Read More

Crocodiles and Drop Bears: Cruising the Australian Kimberleys

Posted: 31st Mar 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

In north Western Australia, far from the crowded anchorages of the Mediterranean, an area three times the size of England offers some of the most staggering cruising on the planet. Read More

MYBA: Beyond the Med

Posted: 22nd Mar 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

The origins of MYBA – The Worldwide Yachting Association – are as simple as this: A group of professionals in yacht brokerage and sales got together to create a standardized contract because they were tired of haggling over the de... Read More

MYBA: Economic Impact of Yachting

Posted: 21st Mar 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

It’s a no-brainer to anyone who works in the superyacht industry: That for such a niche market, the economic impact is substantial and far-reaching. A study conducted by the London School of Economics tells the story of an industr... Read More

Tenders: Repair or Replace?

Posted: 28th Feb 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

A tender says a lot about a yacht. It speaks to the program, the aesthetic and the desires of the owner. These days, the tender market is so diverse that most things are possible and virtually nothing need be spared. There is a st... Read More

Superyacht Crew: Is it the Right Job for You?

Posted: 25th Feb 2014

Written by: Jo Morgan

In an article ominously titled ‘Sun, Sex and Scandals: Secrets of the Superyacht Club’, Marie Claire Australia shows a picture of a superyacht and asks us, ‘Wish you worked here?’ As the mainstream press yet again misrepresents th... Read More

USSA: A Voice for the American Market

Posted: 6th Feb 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

No one can say exactly why it took so long for the U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) to come about. But in the seven years it has been in existence, it has grown substantially, and has become the industry’s strongest voice within... Read More

International Superyacht Society: Staying relevant in a changing industry

Posted: 9th Jan 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

Ken Hickling found himself sitting as a panelist at the 2011 Global Superyacht Forum. It was November in Amsterdam. As president of the International Superyacht Society (ISS), Hickling had grown very familiar with the city at this... Read More

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