Industry

Tom Mukamal on IGY's Vision for the Caribbean Charter Yacht Show

Posted: 23rd May 2021

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY Marinas, joins Rhea Rouw on Yachting International Radio to discuss the inaugural Caribbean Charter Yacht Show set for December in St Thomas and how they plan to deliver on the promise. Read More

Yacht Crew Stranded in The Netherlands

Posted: 22nd May 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Imagine resigning from your position on a superyacht only to find yourself stranded in a foreign country for weeks on end, with no clear advice and no legitimate means to leave. This is precisely what happened to a number of yacht crew in The Netherlands earlier this year. Read More

Buying a Yacht or Jet in the UK or EU: What You Need to Know

Posted: 20th May 2021

Written by: Lorna Titley

For the uninitiated, the process of buying a yacht or jet anywhere in the world seems complicated enough. Add Brexit into the mix and it can suddenly become even more complex. However, Brexit does bring silver linings, at least for some UK yacht and jet owners. Read More

The Explosion of the Mainstream Boating Market

Posted: 20th May 2021

Written by: Richard Hagan

The mainstream boating industry is exploding right now and the implications for the future of the superyacht industry are significant. Richard Hagan says it's time we started talking about it and here's why. Read More

Five Best Ways to Connect Your Ship to the Internet

Posted: 19th May 2021

Written by: Ryan Porter

In today's digital age, a reliable internet connection is one of the most essential things on board a superyacht. Ryan Porter discusses the five most popular ways of connecting your vessel to the internet plus a general overview and comparison of each type of technology. Read More

Too Woke for Your Boat?

Posted: 16th May 2021

Written by: The K Flag

Regardless of where you are in the world right now, it’s hard to avoid the relentless invoking of ‘wokeness’ in the news. It’s at the heart of some of the biggest recent movements and controversies; a compliment to some, an insult to others Read More

Economic Substance Requirements – Something to Worry About or Something Out of Nothing?

Posted: 30th Apr 2021

Written by: Dominic Bulfin

The term ‘economic substance’ is not a new one, but for most of those working in the superyacht industry, it's either something they have heard of in passing, or an alien concept altogether. So what is it and what does it mean? Read More

How AI is Transforming the Superyacht and Business Aviation Industries

Posted: 21st Apr 2021

Written by: Lorna Titley

For two industries that have much in common, the difference in the adoption of artificial intelligence on private jets versus superyachts is stark. While the aviation industry has been using AI in its engines for almost 30 years, the superyacht industry is yet to get started. Read More

Repatriation of Personal Possessions

Posted: 14th Apr 2021

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

Last month the crew on the 31m MY La Dolce Vita had to abandon their burning yacht off the Florida Keys before fire totally gutted it and the yacht sank, and they may not have managed to take many of their personal belongings with them when they abandoned the yacht. Read More

My Client is Buying a Private Jet, Now What?

Posted: 14th Apr 2021

Written by: Lorna Titley

Whether it's individuals who have achieved new levels of wealth or those looking for safety and convenience in light of the pandemic, both superyachts and private jets are attracting an array of new buyers. Read More

Cyber Security in the Yachting Industry – What’s the story so far?

Posted: 12th Apr 2021

Written by: Richard Hodder

During the first part of 2021 there have already been a number of high-profile breaches affecting the yachting industry either directly and indirectly, the most notable being the Microsoft Exchange server vulnerabilities that were discovered during March. Read More

Mentoring in Yachting: A Peculiar Challenge?

Posted: 10th Apr 2021

Written by: Commander Sean O'Reilly

Yachting is awash with dilemmas, and what is a just culture to you might not be to others. Agendas are aplenty, so if you ever find yourself in a difficult situation, maybe what you need is a confidante whose personal situation is wholly unrelated to you and what you do. Read More

Yacht and Business Jet Finance: What Does the Future Hold?

Posted: 8th Apr 2021

Written by: Lorna Titley

The adage about luxury asset finance that says: “If you need the finance, then you're probably not eligible for it” may sound confusing, but the fact that wealthy business owners would sooner finance their jet or yacht purchase, rather than pay cash, often makes perfect sense. Read More

The Weight of Expectations - Yacht Crew & Eating Disorders

Posted: 1st Apr 2021

Written by: The K Flag

Resolutions, detoxes and diets...How's it going? Are you living in a haze of green smoothies and dawn yoga sessions, or have you fallen off the wagon and eaten half the crew mess Pringles? Are you sure it's just a fad or is something else going on? Read More

Social Storm: Safeguarding Crew Reputation in the Age of Social Media

Posted: 26th Mar 2021

Written by: Chrissie McClatchie

On the morning of February 24th, Captain Simon Johnson was lining up MY Go in preparation for the 10.30am bridge in St. Maarten. If you’re in the yachting industry, you’ve probably been hiding under the proverbial rock if you don’t know the rest of the story. Read More

The Status of Diversity and Inclusion in Yachting: Part 2

Posted: 19th Mar 2021

Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke

Diversity and inclusion are not the same. Inclusion is about authenticity, empathy and equality, and is more focused on the policies and procedures a yachting company implements in the workplace. There’s never been a better time for advocates to be 100 per cent vocal for these causes. Read More

The Status of Diversity and Inclusion in Yachting

Posted: 19th Mar 2021

Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke

The superyacht industry has been paying closer attention to diversity and inclusion, with a focus on equality and creating a more sustainable industry. However few articles have reported on navigating the barriers and successes of building diversity and inclusion strategies into yachting companies. Read More

Why Are We Still Using Two-Way Radios?

Posted: 3rd Mar 2021

Written by: Ryan Porter

It's 2021 and we are still using two-way radios on board to communicate with our fellow crew members. Why haven't we all moved on to something more sophisticated? It’s as simple as the fact that no alternative is as reliable when it comes to two-way communication. Read More

Crew NDAs: All You Need To Know

Posted: 28th Feb 2021

Written by: Dominic Bulfin

NDAs go by many names, but whatever you may call them, if you work on a superyacht you have probably been asked to sign one at some point in your career. If you haven’t, here is your chance to swot up before it’s your turn. Read More

Crew Culture: Private Vs Charter Yachts

Posted: 17th Feb 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

There’s a myth in yachting that working on a charter yacht equates to seeing the world on a bumped up salary in a party atmosphere, while private vessels spell a slower pace of life. Anyone who works in the industry knows it’s a lot more nuanced than that... Read More

New Inmarsat Report Helps Superyacht Professionals Withstand Threats At Sea

Posted: 12th Feb 2021

Written by: Peter Broadhurst

With the IMO introducing a new cyber security regime for the industry, Inmarsat’s Peter Broadhurst outlines how superyacht professionals can protect their vessels and comply with the on-board cyber risk management rules. Read More

Crew Retention - How to Build and Keep a Great Team

Posted: 9th Feb 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Crew retention is generally perceived to be one of the biggest headaches in the yachting industry yet the most important in maintaining a happy ship. We spoke to leading industry figures to ascertain the issues surrounding crew retention and how to improve longevity. Read More

Crew Culture: Large Vs Small Yachts

Posted: 9th Feb 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Crew culture is created by people regardless of the size of a yacht but it can vary immensely between small and large vessels. What’s not in doubt is the importance of teamwork for it is this foundation upon which the happiness and satisfaction levels on board depend.
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The Power of Partnerships in a Pandemic

Posted: 5th Feb 2021

Written by: Gemma Fottles

As we navigate through 2021, perhaps one of the most important things that the last year has shown is that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and the power of good partnerships has never been more critical. Read More

Sarnia Yacht's Bruce Maltwood Talks Fiduciary in the Marine Industry

Posted: 31st Jan 2021

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

Growing Demand for Elite Chefs for Private Dining

Posted: 25th Jan 2021

Written by: Karen Hockney

Kate Emery, Founder of the prestigious Amandine Chef Placement sourcing the best chefs for superyachts, villas, ski chalets and events, discusses the growing demand for elite chefs for private dining experiences on board an ashore. Read More

Cybersecurity - Next Gen Firewalls for Superyachts

Posted: 24th Jan 2021

Written by: Ryan Porter

Firewalls were designed to protect conventional networks against cyber threats. However, on board a superyacht it's not so straightforward as the firewall is instrumental not only to protect your yacht's network but also to manipulate the owners/guest experience. ETO Ryan Porter explains. Read More

2021 Scams and Cybersecurity Threats: A Summary

Posted: 12th Jan 2021

Written by: Richard Hodder

There have been many scams related to COVID-19 over the past year, where unscrupulous criminals use the fear and uncertainty of a pandemic to trick people. Here’s just a handful of things to be aware of. Read More

The Changing Climate for Superyacht Regulation

Posted: 9th Jan 2021

Written by: Dominic Bulfin

In recent months and years, the topic of making yachting more environmentally friendly has escalated from a simmer across the industry to a bubbling hot saucepan of change, and here's what's to come. Read More

Below Deck - How Accurate is it Really?

Posted: 9th Jan 2021

Written by: The K Flag

Welcome to our new column, with straight talk and humour from our resident insider waving The K Flag. This month we kick off with a view on Below Deck, the show we all love to hate, but why? And how accurate is it really? Read More

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