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

Top Superyacht Toys of 2013

Posted: 25th Apr 2013

Written by: Josh Richardson

The superyacht toy market is exploding with new and exciting toys that can be carried on board and used on the surface, in the air or underwater. A selection of tried and tested, realistic options can be seen below. All of these ... Read More

MCA on Port State Control

Posted: 22nd Apr 2013

Written by: Mike Sanderson

I am writing to you about recent changes which have taken place relating to Port State Control inspections (PSC) inspections in Europe, and to which your yacht may be subject. We recognise that this is causing some concern amongst... Read More

No More Domes?

Posted: 18th Apr 2013

Written by: Edoardo Zarghetta

When I was a child, I thought domes on top of yachts were, in fact, water boilers positioned high up to provide pressure for long, hot showers. It's funny I ended up working with something about which I understood so little… Even ... Read More

Good Faith Deposits

Posted: 17th Apr 2013

Written by: Danielle J. Butler Esq.

With most failed yachting transactions, the biggest reason for litigation is determining who breached the agreement and what happens to the money that’s already changed hands – otherwise known as the “good faith deposit.” The good... 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

The Changing Face of Superyacht Toys

Posted: 22nd Mar 2013

Written by: Josh Richardson

Yacht ownership is all about family, fun and relaxation. No other element of the yacht experience meets these criteria better than being able to mess around on toys and interact with friends on the water in the local environment. ... Read More

Charter Listings by Expedia?...Not quite, but close

Posted: 11th Mar 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Its breadth is modest enough at the moment, but that doesn’t mean Charter Digest couldn’t flip the charter industry on its head. Just look at what’s happened to travel agents: they’re nearly extinct thanks to sites like Expedia an... Read More

Deterring Piracy in West Africa: Why the East African Model is Ineffective

Posted: 7th Mar 2013

Written by: John Holden

The contributory factors that have led to a sharp fall in piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden are well known: greater take-up of BMP4 (Best Management Practices Version 4), increased and more effective naval presence (eith... Read More

MLC 2006

Posted: 2nd Mar 2013

Written by: Mike Sanderson

MLC 2006

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) becomes mandatory on 20 August 2013.
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MLC 2006 Ratification

Posted: 1st Mar 2013

Written by: Captain Rod Hath

Before ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006 could come into force, it required ratification by enough nation states representing a specific proportion of the world’s shipping tonnage. These two criteria have now been met and the Co... 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

Things to Know Before Contracting to Build a Yacht

Posted: 25th Feb 2013

Written by: Andrew High

The current worldwide economic climate has forced shipyards to reduce prices for new construction in order to compete in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Oftentimes, prospective purchasers will find it more cost-effective to p... 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

WindGURU: Because weather is not absolute!

Posted: 15th Feb 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

Under the wrong circumstances, WindGURU can be irritatingly accurate. The reason I say “irritatingly” accurate is because, as is the case with things like weather, being right isn’t always good for the user. I specifically recall ... Read More

Remote CCTV, Wireless v Cable: from a guru in Carrara...

Posted: 15th Feb 2013

Written by: Edoardo Zarghetta

The story goes that you haven’t fully appreciated the real jet-set lifestyle of yachting until you have visited the SEA-TEC trade show in Carrara.

Notwithstanding the poor state of the Italian yachting industry, and February's ...
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Play it safe: The legal obligations of superyacht toys

Posted: 12th Feb 2013

Written by: Josh Richardson

There is currently a big difference between what is recommended and what is actually required onboard a superyacht in relation to tenders and toys as the law on superyacht toys is unable to keep up with their development. There ar... 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

Green Yachts introduces inflatable climbing walls for yachts

Posted: 4th Feb 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline, with World Interior Design Network

The biggest problem facing people with the dual passions of rock climbing and yachting has been that they tend to be mutually exclusive. There are very few places that allow for you to both climb and be on the water. Now, Italy-ba... 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

LY3 Main Changes from LY2

Posted: 24th Jan 2013

Written by: Mike Sanderson

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is a world leading maritime administration and the originator of the Large Commercial Yacht Code. Ensign is the Large Yacht Survey unit of the MCA. Read More

Do you supply, manufacture or repair tenders or toys?

Posted: 22nd Jan 2013

Written by: OnboardOnline

OnboardOnline features topical articles from professionals working in all areas and at all levels of the yachting industry. We're looking for people who can write and are keen to share their knowledge and opinions with our readers... 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

Vessel Arrest in the USA

Posted: 13th Jan 2013

Written by: Danielle J. Butler Esq.

The arrest of a vessel in the USA, whether she is private or commercial, is part of the process by which a Court in Admiralty gains jurisdiction over the subject matter of a lawsuit. These lawsuits are known as "in rem" actions, m... Read More

QuinSec Technology: An alternative approach to maritime security

Posted: 11th Jan 2013

Written by: John Holden

The maritime security industry is still relatively new, and was born from the need to protect mariners on board commercial ships, transiting what is known today as the High-Risk Area (HRA), where piracy has become a significant pr... Read More

Technology: A general overview

Posted: 10th Jan 2013

Written by: Dan Mickelsen

It’s a trite way to start an article, but let’s do it anyway: Technology |tekˈnäləjē|, noun, the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. Now that we are all together on the real meaning... Read More

Piracy and Armed Security

Posted: 8th 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

Jetlev Takes Off

Posted: 7th Jan 2013

Written by: Daniel Shea

It was the belle of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. One of the first stands you came across after entering the Boat-Builders and Designers Tent. A large space with a jet ski-looking vessel at the center and a couple o... Read More


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