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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

Yachting Associations Take a Stand

Posted: 8th Jan 2014

Written by: Daniel Shea

There is an urgency in the air these days. It is a feeling that hovers over boat shows and boardrooms and shipyards alike. Five years after the onset of the financial crisis, the yachting industry is only now beginning to regain i... Read More

A Postcard from Antigua

Posted: 27th Dec 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

I very nearly didn’t make it to the Antigua Charter Yacht Show. The trains to Gatwick Airport were delayed, and the taxi I'd eventually found inched along the motorway at the pace of a snail on Valium, the driver looking worriedl... Read More

Merry Christmas Aboard!

Posted: 24th Dec 2013

Written by: Jelly

Walking the pontoons at Christmas is about as romantic as it gets. Boats are festooned with twinkling lights, and the unmistakeable shape of lavish trees can be seen through portholes along the way. Chefs are busy, stews are decor... Read More

Barcelona Rising: The Superyacht Hub of the Future?

Posted: 10th Dec 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

Barcelona, as a yacht hub, is rising. Will it soon challenge Antibes as a place not only to base or repair a yacht, but also to launch a yachting career? Will yachting hopefuls soon fly to Barcelona, rather than the South of Franc... Read More

Does Yachting Need to Get Ugly?

Posted: 24th Nov 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

Some years ago, a story did the rounds of the yachting community about a Caribbean crew agent who told a prospective stewardess that she shouldn’t waste her time looking for a yacht job, as she wasn’t attractive enough. This cause... Read More

Superyacht Builders Pitch and Roll

Posted: 19th Nov 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

The golden era of 2008 feels like a long time ago. The tide is turning but, even in difficult times, the global economic impact of superyachts remains immense, providing hundreds of thousands of jobs around the globe. Read More

The Bermuda Triangle: A story of lore and legend

Posted: 13th Nov 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

They found the five-masted schooner Carroll A. Deering run aground on the outer Diamond Shoals near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It was an eerie, unsettling scene. There was no trace of the crew. Nine other ships went missing ar... Read More

From Mogadishu to Antibes: Leaving the Royal Australian Navy for Superyachts

Posted: 28th Oct 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Somalia is not exactly what you would consider to be a place of rebirth. Over the past 20 years, the primary reason Somalia has made international headlines has been because of death – either death by starvation, internal conflict... Read More

Why Yachting is Better Now

Posted: 14th Oct 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

People keep telling us that yachting has changed. And not for the better. Apparently the industry is being ruined by over-regulation and the calibre of crew coming in, young folk; money-hungry; less interested or adept in the ways... Read More

The Upside of Superyachts

Posted: 2nd Oct 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

It’s easy to resent the superyacht set. With the recent launch of motor yacht AZZAM (180m/ 590.6 feet) overtaking Roman Abramovich’s ECLIPSE (162.50m/533.1 feet) to become the world’s largest private yacht, it’s tempting to grumbl... Read More

Can the Yachting Industry Change the World?

Posted: 5th Sep 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

Sometimes something happens to remind us just how small the yachting industry really is. And what extraordinary friendships are forged across oceans and through seasons of exhaustion and laughter. I spent last week thinking about ... Read More

The Fight for Antibes as the Capital of Yachting in the Med

Posted: 24th Aug 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Since 1981, Port Vauban has been the undisputed heart of yachting in the Mediterranean. While it’s perhaps not the most popular destination for yacht owners or charterers, a stop at The Blue Lady Pub confirms the volume of yacht c... Read More

An Argument Against the Half Tip Policy

Posted: 15th Aug 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

Imagine if you found out that half the generous tip you gave to the waitress last night for outstanding service had been confiscated by her manager and was being held ransom for a year, in a bid to coerce the waitress into staying... Read More

Management: Good, Bad or Ugly? A Captain's Perspective

Posted: 14th Aug 2013

Written by: Captain Anonymous

At best, a valued resource and partner. At worst, undermining to captain and crew confidence, chasing a quick buck to the long-term detriment of the entire industry. Read More

First Over the Line! (Well the start line, anyway.)

Posted: 3rd Aug 2013

Written by: Jelly

In preparation for the Rolex Fastnet starting on Sunday 11th, Jelly takes us onboard gaff-yawl Duet for the qualifying cross-Channel Morgan Cup. This 101-year old classic takes on the biggest and the best, in support of the Cirdan... Read More

Rotating Heads: Is crew rotation the answer?

Posted: 1st Aug 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. The daily demands of a long season, back to back charters and little privacy are tiring and stressful. The yachting life, through the eyes of a weary crewmember, can start to look v... Read More

Rolex Fastnet 2013 on a 101-year-old gaff yawl!

Posted: 14th Jul 2013

Written by: jelly

We're proud to support young sailor and writer jelly, who is taking part in the notorious Fastnet race onboard 101-year-old classic gaff yawl 'Duet'. The crew are raising funds for The Cirdan Sailing Trust, a fantastic organisatio... Read More

Below Deck: Superyacht Reality TV

Posted: 1st Jul 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

People have been saying for a long time that yachts would make a great reality show, so it’s no real surprise that the day has finally arrived: Tonight in the US, yachting reality show ‘Below Deck’ screens on Bravo TV. With epis... Read More

Management Companies: Good, Bad or Ugly? An Engineer's Perspective

Posted: 15th Jun 2013

Written by: Mike Wilson

Isn’t that the question of the decade? As the years have progressed, there has been a significant shift in the industry towards owners putting the well-being of their vessels in the hands of more organized and structured programs... Read More

Panamanian Scramble: American ports vie for future benefits

Posted: 7th Jun 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

The Panama Canal is still at least two years from opening its new set of locks but for years now those very locks have been the cause of much commotion and consternation among ports along the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and in the Ca... Read More

Monty Python and the Rise of the Multicultural Yacht Crew

Posted: 23rd May 2013

Written by: Jo Morgan

“It’s just a flesh wound,” I said, as I sucked the blood off my finger. I smiled at the Filipino stewardess. “Yes, I know. You cut your finger. It is little – not bad.” She looked at me oddly. “Monty Python?” I said hopefully. ... Read More

Wealth, Ego and Innovation

Posted: 29th Apr 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

While superyachts are centuries removed from the artistic revival of Europe, they reflect the same age-old relationship between wealth and innovation which has been shaping art, design and architecture throughout history. Read More

The Rise of the Submersible?

Posted: 2nd Apr 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

It may be hard to believe, but you couldn’t always land a helicopter on yachts. Suffice it to say, those days are behind us. Helidecks and helicopters are fast becoming just another accessory these days. But in the same way that h... Read More

Selling the Experience: Re-thinking how superyachts are sold

Posted: 28th Feb 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

A sleek white boat sits at anchor. At the bow stands a slender white woman in a seductive white bikini. The boat and the woman rest idly in the protection of a bright blue bay, hemmed in on the sides by a sliver of white beach set... Read More

A Passage to Antarctica

Posted: 24th Feb 2013

Written by: Patzi Haslimann

The Akademik Ioffe pulled out of Ushuaia into the summer sunset of the Beagle Channel a little late. The ninety passengers on board, mostly wildlife photographers, eager on deck as the sky turned from gold to red to pink, and the ... Read More

Unchartered Waters: The Business of Expedition Yachting

Posted: 8th Feb 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

It was almost always light out. Places like the Antarctic get that way during their summer months – in this case, December and January. The sun burns the candle from both ends, staying out until late at night and back up again wel... Read More


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