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100 Years of Sailing - Key Milestones in Yachting and Racing

Posted: 19th Jan 2015

Written by: Felix Rowe

Which sport boasts the world’s longest-running international competitive event? Medieval jousting fell out of favour a while back, so it must be football (soccer)… right? Try again. Cricket, maybe? Nope. Perhaps surprisingly, the ... Read More

The Legend of the Sea, Spectacular Marine Photography

Posted: 14th Jan 2015

Written by: Mike Horsley

“Oh no!” I thought, as another large rectangular volume landed on my desk, “Not another yachtie coffee table book”. But on opening this latest publication, ‘The Legend of the Sea: The Spectacular Marine Photography of Gilles Marti... Read More

Canada's First Polar Icebreaker

Posted: 18th Dec 2014

Written by: SNAME /Scott Newbury & Dan McGreer

Canada’s first polar icebreaker, CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, is a key element of Canada’s Northern Strategy. The ship is to be built by Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards as part of the Canadian government’s National Shipbuilding Procureme... Read More

World's First Superyacht Vet

Posted: 18th Dec 2014

Written by: Richard Donkin

I don’t know if you are one of the 5m or so viewers who have been attracted to a Wall Street Journal video of Andrey Melnichenko’s superyacht on YouTube. If not, I’d recommend a nosey because it’s not often that a billionaire supe... Read More

Panama Digs Deep: The troubled progress of the canal expansion

Posted: 18th Dec 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

It’s been a tumultuous year for the Panama Canal. This year marked the canal’s centennial and was supposed to be the year the expansion project was completed. However, the new locks did not open this year, as originally planned. Read More

Yachts: From Concept to Reality

Posted: 29th Nov 2014

Written by: Richard Donkin

In yachting everything starts with the dream – the vision of doing something extraordinary, of visiting exotic locations or witnessing the raw beauty of somewhere remote. But is reality ever quite up to the dream? Read More

Young Professionals in Yachting

Posted: 12th Nov 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

The yachting industry is not always kind to its young and inexperienced. So, in 2009, a group of young people in Florida got together and founded Young Professionals in Yachting, an organization meant to change all that. Read More

China Yacht Market: Rising Dragon or Paper Dragon?

Posted: 9th Nov 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

Is the long-awaited explosion in yacht sales in China about to take place? There are good reasons to believe that it is, but did we underestimate cultural differences, attitudes towards conspicuous wealth and the viable pace of tr... Read More

The Digital Revolution in Yachting

Posted: 6th Nov 2014

Written by: Felix Rowe

What a difference a decade makes. Last month, two corporate giants unveiled their latest products: the long-anticipated Apple Watch (coming next year) and the innovative Amazon Fire smartphone linked to its ‘Prime’ content-streami... Read More

Superyacht Bullies: When Crew Turn on Crew

Posted: 17th Oct 2014

Written by: OnboardOnline

A female crew member was allegedly repeatedly attacked by a senior male crew member over a period of months. Bullying exists on yachts as it does in life, but this case is instructive, in that it paints a worst-case scenario of wh... Read More

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


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