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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

Meet Ken Hickling, President of the International Superyacht Society

Posted: 28th Aug 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

While a specialist in marine paints, Ken Hickling has thrived as a generalist during his tenure as president of the ISS, unafraid to take on major issues like ethics in the superyacht industry. 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

Monaco Marine: A Study in Growth

Posted: 19th Aug 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

On the hour-long train ride from Antibes to Monaco, four of the stops along the way have shipyards managed by Monaco Marine. This is no accident. The company has expanded along the French coastline since its founding in 1995, slo... 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

Y.CO's Tom DeBuse: A Man of the People

Posted: 2nd Aug 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Despite a desire to run away to sea on a superyacht, Tom DeBuse has never quite been able to. It wasn’t that he never planned to do so. But he was thrown off course by a lost credit card that needed his attention in Greece and by ... 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

Eric Rahn on the Business of Bunkering and what it Takes to Compete

Posted: 30th Jun 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Peterson Fuel Delivery has been offering bunkering services in South Florida since 1990. In 2006 the company was on a downward trend and the owners hired Eric Rahn, a management consultant, to figure out how to turn things around... 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

Trinity Yachts' Billy Smith on Weathering the Storms

Posted: 4th Jun 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Hurricane Katrina was not kind to the Gulf Coast and it didn't spare Trinity Yachts or its VP William S. Smith III. In 2000, Mr Smith, John Dane III and Felix Sabates had bought the company and by 2005 they were making a name for ... 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

Roberto Lottini on what Makes Italians such Great Craftsmen

Posted: 26th Apr 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Two giants in yacht interiors – Genesis and Yachtline – merged in 2001, and the manufacturing company has been a force to be reckoned with ever since, spurring innovative techniques and diversifying their business. So what is it t... Read More

Erica Lay - From Sharks to Superyachts

Posted: 10th Apr 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

She may be small in stature, but that hasn’t stopped Erica Lay from doing some very big things. Only recently, Lay launched her own international yacht crew agency – the Erica Lay Crew Company – in Palma de Mallorca. But like so m... 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

Raphaël Domjan on a Mission to Circumnavigate the Globe on a Solar Powered Yacht

Posted: 12th Feb 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

After witnessing the effects of fossil-fuel dependency on the environment firsthand, the 40-year-old Swiss founder of PlanetSolar, Raphaël Domjan, set off on what would become an eight-year mission to show what could be done with ... 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

Captain Patrick Marchesseau - Encounters with Pirates & Polar Bears

Posted: 1st Feb 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Four years ago, Captain Patrick Marchesseau found himself surrounded by a group of Somali pirates pointing assault rifles at him and his crew aboard the 88m (288 ft) French cruiser M/V Le Ponant. Here he shares his experience and ... Read More

Piracy and the Rise of Armed Security

Posted: 18th Jan 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

As piracy off the coast of Somalia has increased, so has the number of private maritime security companies in operation – expanding nearly fourfold since 2008. However, there is almost no regulation of the industry, and stories o... Read More

Speaking with Bob Haywood of Oceans Beyond Piracy

Posted: 7th Jan 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

In a distinguished career, Bob Haywood of Oceans Beyond Piracy has focused much of his attention on getting government out of the way. More recently, he became the first executive director of the One Earth Foundation, expanding hi... Read More

The Experience Factor: The Relationship Between Captain and Management

Posted: 7th Jan 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

For Fabien Roché, COO of Sunrise Yachts and ex captain, the art of yacht management is all about relationships – the most perilous of which is that between the management company and the captain. Too often that relationship can be... Read More


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