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Q&A: Nicole Romanet of DEEP Blue Soft

Posted: 24th Sep 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

It seems the world has suddenly gone digital but leading software developers in the yachting industry were on the case years ago, directing a wholesale shift from paper systems, or no systems at all. One such company is DEEP Blue Soft, with a best in breed solution for yacht management. Read More

Superyacht Chef Duncan Biggs on Why Knowledge is Power

Posted: 23rd Sep 2020

Written by: Gemma Fottles

Starting out as yacht crew and working his way up to head chef on iconic boats such as 113-metre Luna, Duncan Biggs has always had a passion for knowledge. In 2015 he co-founded Ocean Wave Monaco to educate aspiring superyacht chefs and pay it forward. Read More

Lynne Edwards - Reflecting on an Industry State of Mind

Posted: 21st Sep 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

At the height of the pandemic, the world of yachting began discussions behind the scenes about our lives and the future of the planet. Unsurprisingly, mental health also came to the fore and Lynne Edwards of Luxury Hospitality shared her candid view on the industry’s way forward. Read More

Peter Vogel, Founder of Luxury Hospitality

Posted: 8th Sep 2020

Written by: Karen Hockney

Having worked on board some of the world's most impressive superyachts including Lady Moura and Octopus, Peter Vogel discusses the journey to setting up Luxury Hospitality, leaders in seven star service training for superyacht crew. Read More

Virtual Pursers - The Trend for Remote Support

Posted: 3rd Sep 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

Having the right idea at the right time is a fortunate state of affairs and for Bec McKeever and Dominique Smit, the stars have aligned for the launch of Virtual Pursers, offering shoreside assistance to superyachts just as 'virtual' becomes the norm. Read More

Efrem Leigh on the Business of Yacht Chef Recruitment

Posted: 30th Jul 2020

Written by: Gemma Fottles

Founder of YachtChefs.com, former yachtie and digital entrepreneur Efrem Leigh has forged his own path in the highly competitive world of superyachts. What started as a career on board led to consultancy in hospitality ashore and a move into recruitment at the start of the internet boom. Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Chief Stew and Trainer Svenja Halligan

Posted: 27th Jul 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

Growing up far from the sea where a superyacht was never to be seen, how does an A grade student in Germany become the chief stew on one of the world’s most iconic vessels? Now a specialist trainer at Luxury Hospitality, Svenja Halligan tells us how it all came about. Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Cocktails & Beverages with Rob Rademaker

Posted: 11th Jul 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

From running his own lounge bar in Greece to winning awards and training bar tenders around the world, mixologist Rob Rademaker is a natural when it comes to the theatre of luxury F&B. Read More

Forever Flowers at The Roses Empire

Posted: 11th Jul 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

Every yachtie knows the struggle of finding fresh flowers on a busy yacht, especially off the beaten track, so the novel idea of 'forever flowers' is going down a storm with owners and stews. This is the concept behind The Roses Empire and we met up with the founder, Loreta Cazacu, to find out more. Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Superyacht Service with Renata Balla

Posted: 10th Jul 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

As head of interior training at Luxury Hospitality (LH), Renata Balla is well versed in delivering seven-star service for superyacht owners and guests. We caught up with Renata to learn about her background and her role at LH. Read More

Luxury Hospitality: The Guest Experience with Lazlo Gal

Posted: 30th Jun 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

What do we imagine when we think of a butler? Perhaps a stoic figure in a bygone world of period drama, a silver platter ahead of every wish and command of the master? Lazlo Gal is a man in the know, so we asked him what it takes to succeed and create a truly memorable guest experience. Read More

Adam Hunkin on Trends at Shipyard Supply Co.

Posted: 29th Jun 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

A keen sailor and experienced deckhand, we spoke to Adam Hunkin of Shipyard Supply Co.about some of his specialist projects, what's trending, and how the company plans to move forward in a post COVID-19 world. Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Standout Service with Erik Smit

Posted: 19th Jun 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

With over 20 years’ experience working in and managing Michelin-starred restaurants and five-star hotels around the world, Luxury Hospitality's operations manager Erik Smit is passionate about service and the finer things in life. Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Building Strong Teams with Julia Rogers

Posted: 12th Jun 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

As head of Insight at Luxury Hospitality, Julia Rogers is an expert in team building, helping individuals and groups to up their game by playing to their strengths. Julia explains how this works in practice, and how greater awareness of self and others is crucial to happiness and success. Read More

Luxury Hospitality: Inspiring Leadership with Martin Mainey

Posted: 21st May 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

Martin Mainey is a born teacher, starting out as a chemistry teacher in Istanbul and later working in senior roles in establishments of further education. He has also worked in industry and on board, always a keen observer of what makes people tick and perform to the max. Read More

DYT’s Gabriele Consiglieri on Yacht Transport During COVID-19

Posted: 14th May 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

While the coronavirus pandemic has caused many yachting businesses to take a pause, a team of highly skilled people are hard at work to ensure that yachts can still get home. DYT’s Gabriele Consiglieri gives us the story on the ground. Read More

Georgie Mainey on Food Safety Management for Superyachts

Posted: 30th Apr 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

Food safety management is not something we often hear about in yachting but, in an industry that prides itself on excellence, most of us presume this extends to the way food is sourced, stored and prepared on board, in much the same way as on land. Read More

Superyacht Laundry Services with Jill Devine

Posted: 29th Apr 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

While superyacht charters are on hold for now, it’s only a matter of time before things pick up and crew prepare to welcome guests back on board. Behind the scenes this includes everything from safety drills to laundry, a topic on which few are more qualified than Jill Devine. Read More

Uncensored with Marien Sarriera of Yachts Mermaids

Posted: 21st Mar 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

Founder of Yachts Mermaids, an online platform which provides resources, tools and support for female yacht crew, Marien Sarriera isn’t afraid to discuss the more difficult aspects of yachting that are seldom aired in public. Read More

Sarnia's Bruce Maltwood Talks Fiduciary in the Marine Industry

Posted: 17th Mar 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

As director of Sarnia Yachts and a member of the board, Bruce Maltwood discusses the ever-changing complexities of a fiduciary business operating in the superyacht industry and what actions owners and charterers need to explore post-Brexit. Read More

Heath McCormack on Riviera Cbay - the eBay for Superyachts

Posted: 16th Mar 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

Known as the eBay of the superyacht industry, Riviera Cbay is a platform for selling your used tenders and toys, furniture, galley and interior items, giving money back to the yacht while reducing storage costs and waste. Managing director Heath McCormack tells us how it works... Read More

In Discussion with Master Yacht Photographer Carlo Borlenghi

Posted: 16th Mar 2020

Written by: Victoria Pearce

It is always a massive pleasure talking to a grand master, and if there's one thing Carlo Borlenghi is, it’s a master of the art of yacht photography. It was a delight for him to take time out of his busy schedule to grant us a Skype interview from his photography agency office in Milan. Read More

Mark Peak of SYTT on the Trends in Water Toys for 2020

Posted: 16th Jan 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

As toy specialist at Superyacht Tenders & Toys, Mark Peak has one of the most enviable jobs in the business. We caught up with Mark to get the low down on the latest water toys for this year. Read More

Alexander Coles on Life as a Superyacht Charter Broker

Posted: 16th Jan 2020

Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke

Bespoke Yacht Charter is one of the predominant yacht charter specialists in the Mediterranean with a healthy base of repeat clients. So what underpins Alex Coles' success in a competitive market? Read More

VHR’s Dale Fisher on Technical Recruitment in the Superyacht Industry

Posted: 15th Jan 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

International technical recruitment company VHR has expanded rapidly over the last few years, and Dale Fisher, GM of its Marine Division, is responsible for sourcing the best talent for some of the superyacht industry’s biggest players Read More

Louise Sydbeck, Master of Wine & Author of The Yacht Cru Wine Guide

Posted: 1st Dec 2019

Written by: Sam Watson

There are only 367 Masters of Wine in the world and Louise Sydbeck, founder of Riviera Wine and author of the Yacht Cru Wine Guide, is proud to be one of them. But as Louise explains, mastering wine involves lifelong learning driven by passion and the pursuit of excellence in matching wines with personal preference. Read More

Daniel Echasseriau Talks Cuisine at Marigot Bay

Posted: 24th Oct 2019

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

As the newly-appointed Director of Food and Beverage at the Marigot Bay Resort and Marina on St Lucia, Daniel Echasseriau brings with him over 26 years of experience. We speak to him about what you can expect from your plate durin... Read More

Ally Ford on Working at Superyacht Tenders & Toys

Posted: 18th Oct 2019

Written by: OnboardOnline

Ally Ford is the longest serving staff member of Superyacht Tenders & Toys, a close-knit team that works hard and plays hard with a work-life balance that many simply dream of. The role of Office Manager is not without its challen... Read More

Behind the Scenes with DYT Yacht Transport

Posted: 16th May 2019

Written by: Sam Watson

Yacht Transport is not a common topic of conversation, and vessels just magically appear wherever they're supposed to be, wherever in the world. But behind the scenes there are some hefty logistics and a team of highly skilled peo... 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

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