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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

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


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