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Speaking to Arthur de Lucy at Carenantilles Shipyard in Martinique

Posted: 9th May 2019

Written by: OnboardOnline

Tucked into the well-protected Le Marin Bay on Martinique, Carenantilles shipyard is forging a sterling reputation thanks to captains' word of mouth. Founded 25 years ago, the ambition today is to become the shipyard of choice for... Read More

America’s Cup is Unfinished Business for Skipper Terry Hutchinson

Posted: 14th Mar 2019

Written by: Justin Chisholm

American yachtsman Terry Hutchinson is no stranger to success at the highest level in the sport of yacht racing. He has racked up countless world championship titles during his career and has played senior roles in four America’s ... Read More

Behind the Lens: Superyacht Photographer Stuart Pearce

Posted: 7th Mar 2019

Written by: Victoria Pearce

Stuart Pearce's shots have become classics, exuding energy and using colour and light to showcase yachts in all their glory. They evoke a feeling of awe and wonder in those of us who sail on them, and pride in those who own them. ... Read More

Richard Mason on the Changes at Volvo Ocean Race

Posted: 18th Dec 2018

Written by: Justin Chisholm

A tide of change has swept over the Volvo Ocean Race since the spectacular conclusion of the 2017-18 race in June, including a change of ownership and a new name. COO Richard Mason discusses developments, challenges and hopes for ... Read More

Doyle Sails CEO Mike Sanderson on the Rapidly Evolving Professional Yacht Racing World

Posted: 30th Nov 2018

Written by: Justin Chisholm

As CEO of the powerhouse sailmaking brand Doyle Sails, Kiwi sailor Mike Sanderson gets involved in just about every area of the fast-evolving professional yacht racing world. From the 52 Super Series and Maxi 72s, through the new ... Read More

Daryl Wislang on Winning the Volvo Ocean Race and the Introduction of IMOCA 60

Posted: 6th Nov 2018

Written by: Justin Chisholm

New Zealand ocean racer Daryl Wislang has an exceptional track record over the last four editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, cinching wins in 2014-15 and 2017-18 aboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team respectively. Read More

Spirit Yachts - Handcrafted & Shamelessly Beautiful

Posted: 1st Nov 2018

Written by: Sarah Forge

“Why do all modern yachts have to be fat, white and plastic?” asked the founders of Spirit Yachts. Their beautiful sailing yachts, including Gaia and Flight of Ufford, handcrafted out of wood, prove that this needn't be the case. Read More

Luke Porter at the Helm of Shipyard Supply Co.

Posted: 25th Sep 2018

Written by: Sam Watson

Created by the founders of Superyacht Tenders & Toys, Shipyard Supply Co. (SSCo.) is a new venture set up to meet growing demand for quality superyacht deck equipment. We met up with commercial manager Luke Porter to discuss his a... Read More

Extreme Sailing: No Rest for the Wicked

Posted: 3rd Aug 2018

Written by: Nick Moloney

Nick Moloney, one of the world’s most respected Ocean Sailors, is all too familiar with sleep deprivation on the front line of extreme sailing. While offshore racers are well trained in maintaining their physical fitness, the effe... Read More

Insurance for Dummies - A Smart Guide for Yacht Crew

Posted: 17th Feb 2018

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

The only item anybody buys in the hope they are throwing their money away is insurance, regardless of the asset or the risk. In the case of a large yacht, it’s natural to assume that the owner's insurance would cover all eventuali... Read More

Fraser's Harald Van Exem Discusses Current Trends

Posted: 6th Feb 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

Having attracted 18 new yachts in 2017, the Fraser management fleet is going from strength to strength, with high demand in the Middle East while demand from Russian clients is somewhat static. Harald Van Exem explores the trend b... Read More

When You're Ready to Move Ashore

Posted: 25th Jan 2018

Written by: Mark Upton

How many people start out in the superyacht industry thinking they will do it forever? Since yachting has never been conducive to having a home life and family the answer is very few. But a job aboard has a habit of turning into a... Read More

Getting to the Bottom of the B1B2 Visa for Yacht Crew

Posted: 21st Dec 2017

Written by: Sarah Laty

There are many grey areas in the yachting industry, but perhaps none as perpetually frustrating as visas, particularly the B1B2 sought by non-US yacht crew voyaging Stateside. Sarah Laty demystifies the process with tips for getti... Read More

The CHENNAI SIX - What’s it got to do with Yachting?

Posted: 20th Dec 2017

Written by: Commander Sean O'Reilly

I’m not a regular listener of BBC Radio 2 but my attention was grabbed recently by a chatty news item on the release of six British former Servicemen who have just been liberated after being banged up for 30 months, in what was pr... Read More

Is VR the Next Disruptor for the Superyacht Industry?

Posted: 6th Nov 2017

Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke

Virtual Reality (VR) isn't a new concept, but the yachting industry is awakening to the shift in the digital landscape and looking beyond predictable sales and marketing campaigns.
The days of miniature scale yacht models in bro...
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New Horizons for Nautech Group in the Caribbean

Posted: 27th Sep 2017

Written by: OnboardOnline

As one of the oldest luxury superyacht refit and repair shipyards in the South of France, the Nautech Group has enjoyed years of continued growth and that development continues in 2017 with the acquisition of additional shipyards ... Read More

When Things Go Wrong: Crisis Management

Posted: 25th Sep 2017

Written by: Nick Thomas

Despite well thought out safety standards and increased training for yacht crew, incidents will happen and one doesn’t have to go too far to find them, reported and unreported. In this article I recommend that all levels of manage... Read More

Superyacht Accident Reporting - A P&I View

Posted: 23rd Sep 2017

Written by: Louise Hall

The role of a P&I Club (Protection & Indemnity) is to provide vessel operators with liability insurance in the event of a claim in relation to cargo, collision, damage to/loss of property, people (including crew and passengers), p... Read More

Situational Awareness Onboard & Ashore

Posted: 22nd Sep 2017

Written by: Wayne Britton

As we’ve already heard earlier in this series on safety in yachting, around 80% of incidents and accidents at sea are caused by human error, often due to a loss of Situational Awareness. Could these have been avoided? Absolutely.... Read More

10 Steps to Cyber Security

Posted: 21st Sep 2017

Written by: Steve Mair

Much of the language used in the media around cyber is designed to spread fear and uncertainty. It’s deliberately emotional with the intention of causing some form of reaction, if only to read the article. This is a distortion of ... Read More

Safety Onboard, a Yacht Manager's View

Posted: 20th Sep 2017

Written by: Franc Jansen

The topic of safety covers a lot of ground, so it’s difficult to decide where to start. Without trying to be comprehensive I have picked a few key issues that I think are crucial to the safety of yachts: compliance to the rules an... Read More

Safety and Crew Recruitment

Posted: 18th Sep 2017

Written by: Nicola Morgan

When I was asked if I would write something on this subject, at first I was a little unsure how (and if) safety and recruitment are related. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realised that so much of what we do thro... Read More

Safety by Design - Why is this not the Norm with Superyachts?

Posted: 12th Sep 2017

Written by: Ian Biles

In 1988 'The Superyachts' published by Boat International offered the following definition: “A superyacht, we feel, is generally large and at the same time it meets the highest standards of design and construction. It is, addition... Read More

Leadership in Developing a Culture of Safety First

Posted: 11th Sep 2017

Written by: Karen Passman

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a reported 80% of incidents and accidents at sea are caused by human error. The interesting question is why? Are we putting people in positions of authority without the appropriate training? Ar... Read More

Yachting’s Next Generation

Posted: 7th Sep 2017

Written by: Bianca Ljungberg

The Monaco chapter of Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY) is now in its fifth year, with an even stronger vision to attract the very best of yachting’s next generation. The first YPY opened its doors in Fort Lauderdale in 2009 a... Read More

The Impact of Technology on Safety in Superyachts

Posted: 4th Sep 2017

Written by: Matt Hyde & Sam Wheaton

The use of technology has played an invaluable role in ensuring the safe arrival of sailors and crew members for hundreds of years, from the sextant to radio to satellite. From the perspective of a superyacht engineer there are ma... Read More

Safe Navigation - What are we Still Failing to Address?

Posted: 31st Aug 2017

Written by: Captain Adrian Croft

Currently there is no regulatory requirement for any deck officer (including Master) following the attainment of their last CoC, to be formally re-assessed (post ECDIS certification) as to the level of their navigational skills at... Read More

Is Crew Training Disconnected?

Posted: 24th Aug 2017

Written by: John Wyborn

I have watched the growth of the superyacht industry over the last 27 years and in my opinion it's one of the most exciting and stimulating careers at sea that anyone could have. But I also believe that we don’t train people prope... Read More

Open Reply: Big Changes with Small Thinking

Posted: 19th Aug 2017

Written by: Captain Adrian Croft

An open reply from Captain Adrian Croft to the article 'Big Changes with Small Thinking written by Captain Rod Hatch - Part 2 in our series 'Perspectives on the Safety Culture in Yachting'. Read More

Big Changes With Small Thinking

Posted: 17th Aug 2017

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, ISM and ISPS were all drafted to improve safety at sea, while MLC 2006 has enshrined seafarers’ rights to a safe place of work. None prevented the sinking of M/Y Yogi in February 2012 or the fatal accidents on... Read More


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