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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

Onboard with Mark Savage of Excelerate Marine

Posted: 31st Jan 2019

Written by: Sam Watson

When Excelerate Technology Group, the leading provider of mobile connectivity for the UK emergency services, decided to apply their expertise to superyachts, they were in for a few surprises. Compared to their core business ashore... 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, most notably a change of ownership and a change of name. We hear from chief operating officer Richard Mason on the ... Read More

Doyle Sails CEO Mike Sanderson

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 g... Read More

Daryl Wislang on the Volvo Ocean Race

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. He cinched wins in 2014-15 and 2017-18 aboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team respectively. W... 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. Sharing the same award-winning ethos of innovation and unparal... Read More

Fraser Yacht Manager, Harald Van Exem

Posted: 6th Feb 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

Having attracted 18 new yachts in 2017, the Fraser management fleet is going from strength to strength. As reported in its end of year review, demand for Fraser’s yacht management services was highest in the Middle East, while dem... Read More

Xavier Nedjam, Nautech Group Shipyards

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

Going Local with Caterina Oliviero of BWA Italy

Posted: 3rd May 2017

Written by: Sam Watson

When your clients are anywhere and everywhere you need a global presence to take care of business. For successful yacht agents this means having a local network on the ground with the expert knowledge and passion to give clients t... Read More

Cedric Seguela, Founder of Secrets de Cuisine

Posted: 1st Feb 2017

Written by: OnboardOnline

A passionate cook from the age of 14, Cedric Seguela began working on board cruise ships before landing his first job as a chef on a superyacht, openning his eyes to a very different challenge. When he later moved ashore he founde... Read More

Paolo Casani, President Camper & Nicholsons

Posted: 7th Jan 2017

Written by: Sam Watson

Camper & Nicholson's has long been synonymous with the pedigree of old school style, a familiar brand with a face you can trust. But yacht brokerage is notoriously competitive and changes in technology and patterns of wealth are k... Read More

Josh Richardson on the Business of Superyacht Tenders & Toys

Posted: 13th Nov 2016

Written by: Sam Watson

As superyachts get bigger and the quest for novelty continues, there's growing demand for custom tenders and toys at sea and on land. Josh Richardson saw the opportunity to deliver, but there's more to this story than luck. We met... Read More

Yacht Carbon Offset: PR Hype or Making a Difference?

Posted: 27th Sep 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Yacht Carbon Offset is not a particularly sexy proposition but if there's substance to the hype, why aren't more yacht owners signing up? What are the barriers and what needs to change? We met with Mark Robinson to get his views a... Read More

French Polynesia with Etienne Boutin: CEO Tahiti Ocean

Posted: 26th Sep 2016

Written by: Sam Watson

When you think of Tahiti, you think of palm trees and reefs and beautiful people living the simple island life. All of this is true, but French Polynesia is a semi-autonomous territory of France and it's a slick operation. In the ... Read More

Debbie Blazy: Director of Recruitment, Camper & Nicholsons

Posted: 15th Sep 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Like so many of us in the yachting industry, Debbie Blazy, Director of Recruitment at Camper & Nicholsons, had an interesting journey getting here. Years later, and having witnessed a lot of change, Debbie shines a light on the ch... Read More

Debbie Elliott of TAG Global Training: Yacht Crew & Private Jets

Posted: 14th Sep 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Private aircraft with fewer than 19 seats are not legally required to have trained cabin crew and many yacht crew find themselves working onboard their bosses’ private jet without any specific training. Debbie Elliott of TAG Globa... Read More

Danny McGowan on the Role of Nautilus in Yachting

Posted: 17th Aug 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

For many seafarers, Nautilus International is an important ally during their maritime careers, while for many in the yachting industry it remains a bit of a mystery. There's also the view in some corners that superyacht employment... Read More

Paul Pringle of Solarglide on the Trends in Solar Screens

Posted: 12th Aug 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Solar screens are not compulsory on board yachts but we've all heard stories of the effects of solar glare in terms of safety and possible damage to your eyes. Recognizing the potential market, Paul Pringle founded Solarglide in 2... Read More

Paul Pringle of Solarglide on the Trends in Solar Screens

Posted: 12th Aug 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Solar screens are not compulsory on board yachts but we've all heard stories of the effects of solar glare in terms of safety and possible damage to your eyes. Recognizing the potential market, Paul Pringle founded Solarglide in 2... Read More

Photographer Katie Jane Howson

Posted: 8th Aug 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

Working on yachts can be a feast for the eyes, rich pickings for the observer with an artistic bent in a hotbed of sharp design, remote locations, the colours, the light and the people. For stewardess Katie Jane Howson it all star... Read More

Interview: Daniel Ziriakus, COO Northrop & Johnson

Posted: 25th Jun 2016

Written by: Sam Watson

Daniel Ziriakus is not someone you forget in a hurry. As well as his physical stature, you cannot fail to notice his energy and drive; this is a man on a mission. Following a rapid ascent, Daniel is now Chief Operating Officer at ... Read More

Robert Goodwill MP Speaks at London Boat Show

Posted: 14th Jan 2016

Written by: Robert Goodwill MP

Speaking at the London Boat Show yesterday, Robert Goodwill MP praised the UK's expertise in the design and build of superyachts, sailing yachts and motor boats, confirming "The government is clear that growth in these industries... Read More

Interview: Terry Gilmore, Abacus & March

Posted: 13th Nov 2015

Written by: OnboardOnline

With growing demand for on board training in the interior department, we caught up with Terry Gilmore to find out what's involved and how it compares with training ashore. Founder of Abacus & March recruitment, and The Interior Tr... Read More

Olympian James Cracknell: Fitter, Stronger

Posted: 13th Oct 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

If there’s anyone qualified to talk about how to smash the glass ceiling in achieving your own personal goals, it has to be James Cracknell. The Olympic rower knows what it takes to be the best having won gold at the Sydney and At... Read More

Interview: Stuart Biesel, MTSI

Posted: 28th Sep 2015

Written by: OnboardOnline

Stuart Biesel is the director of MTSI, Megayacht Technical Services International, a regulatory consultancy and statutory management company based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. He talks to OnboardOnline about his company and h... Read More

Ian Walker on What it Takes to Win the Volvo Ocean Race

Posted: 17th Aug 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

Two times Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker has a simple formula for the winning streak he has been on of late. Of course, the training counts but it’s all about the right food and, even more importantly, the right kit. Read More

Interview: Louise Sydbeck, Master of Wine

Posted: 22nd Jul 2015

Written by: Riviera Wine

Louise Sydbeck is the founder of Riviera Wine based in Antibes in the south of France. Speaking to OnboardOnline, Louise talks about her early childhood ambitions and the journey that led to becoming the world's 100th female Maste... Read More

Interview: Jonathan Beckett, Burgess Yachts

Posted: 7th Jul 2015

Written by: Karen Hockney

Look around at the world’s leading yacht brokers and you would be hard pressed to find one with as colourful and interesting a story as Jonathan Beckett. Burgess’s CEO and charismatic frontman has weathered many a storm over the l... Read More


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