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Onboard Operations: A Case for Systems Thinking

Posted: 14th Dec 2020

Written by: Dave Clarke

Some believe having standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place can reduce the level of safety onboard yachts. I believe this can be true, only if you blindly follow a checklist. So as fallible beings, how do we prevent mistakes from happening? Read More

Small Yachts in Big Seas

Posted: 11th Dec 2020

Written by: Captain Brendan O'Shannassy

Most photos of yachts are near the coast, in beautiful weather and with their best finery on show, but it is not always like this. Two stories, two yachts, two oceans and one message…it can be frightening out there over the horizon and good yacht crew need to be prepared. 

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Yacht Cyber Security - Preparing for IMO2021

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Dominique Smit & Bec McKeever

With many yachts preparing for the IMO's new cyber security legislation in January 2021, it's sobering to hear that by 2025 the annual cost of cyber crime is expected to exceed the total cost of damage from natural disasters and profits from the trade of illegal drugs combined. Read More

Fendering - Transforming the Guest Experience

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Shipyard Supply Co.

Transom fenders were once rare to find on many superyachts due to the lack of a useable swim platform or transom space. Fast forward 20 years and they are now a staple part of the guest setup - in particular small to medium yachts are extending their cruising capabilities. Read More

Personal Safety Ashore - Aide Memoire

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Securewest International

As the threat of terrorist attacks upon civilians still remain, Securewest International has produced an aide memoire based on incident response procedures, with practical advice on how to protect yourself if you are caught in the midst of a terror attack, civil unrest, organised or opportunistic crime.
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DLBA Using AI to Evolve Yachts into a Human-Machine Team

Posted: 8th Dec 2020

Written by: DLBA Naval Architects

Earlier this year DLBA unveiled a 58-meter, artificial intelligence-powered superyacht concept - TEMPO. As the importance of social distancing was brought to the fore in 2020, DLBA has expanded on the improved safety, efficiency and reliability the superyacht industry can expect from AI. Read More

To the Bitter End: How Sailors Have Shaped the English Language

Posted: 4th Dec 2020

Written by: Jo Morgan

Feeling blue? Push the boat out! Spend the slush fund and get three sheets to the wind. OnboardOnline looks into the nautical origins of some popular English expressions. Read More

The Infinite SIM - Disrupting Superyacht Connectivity?

Posted: 1st Dec 2020

Written by: Ryan Porter

Like everything we do at the YOT Store, we disrupt the yachting industry norms. When it comes to connectivity and data, we realised something had to change, so we set out to simplify the new normal with a no-nonsense, cost-effective solution where there are genuinely no limits. Read More

Leadership Ashore - Captains of Industry

Posted: 20th Nov 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

Last month the team at LH answered some common leadership questions faced by yacht captains in relation to their crew. Following on, we shine a light on companies ashore and asked them to share an example of great leadership and how it impacts the way they do business today. Read More

Superyacht Nautique - Shaping the Wave

Posted: 11th Nov 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

When it comes to wake boats, the stand-out brand on everyone's lips is Nautique which recently selected SYTT as global dealer for the large yacht market. Angus Gilmour, project manager of the newly formed Superyacht Nautique explains the vision. Read More

Nautical Superstitions

Posted: 6th Nov 2020

Written by: Captain Ken Kreisler

Throughout the ages, poets, scientists, scholars, and theologians have contemplated the roots of superstition, yet none are more under its spell than those of us who go down to the sea in ships. Here's a how-to guide for banishing superstitions aboard, nautically balancing your vessel, and keeping it that way. Read More

Nautical Superstitions: Part Two

Posted: 6th Nov 2020

Written by: Ken Kreisler

To carry on from my previous feature on nautical superstitions, I am delighted to present the second part of this intriguing subject, and hopefully I’ll be able to help you free your boat of any bad mojo that you may have unwittingly conjured up. So let us begin with launching a boat! Read More

The Rise of Remote Assistance for Superyachts

Posted: 3rd Nov 2020

Written by: Bec McKeever & Dominique Smit

Working on board we're accustomed to virtual communications and tech to bridge the gap between the vessel and parties ashore. The yachting industry has come a long way in 10 years and it's set to go further as 2020 fast-tracks a wider shift. Read More

Superyacht Solutions: VesselWatch Meets GEST

Posted: 29th Oct 2020

Written by: Gemma Fottles

Superyacht experiences are known for being the best of the best but technology on board often falls short compared to solutions ashore. Demand is high for evolved, superyacht-specific solutions and Net-Logic Marine and YachtCloud’s latest technical collaboration is set to meet it. Read More

Cyber Security On Board - Get Ready for IMO2021

Posted: 19th Oct 2020

Written by: Richard Hodder

The IMO2021 regulations regarding cyber risk management required compliance by 1 January 2021, or no later than the first annual vessel verification and audit. The overall uptake across the yachting industry has been slow, but Founder of Pelion Consulting, Richard Hodder, tells you how to be prepared. Read More

Ghost Ships - Should we be Afraid?

Posted: 16th Oct 2020

Written by: Linda Revill

There has been a recent media frenzy around the controversial subject of autonomous vessels, often referred to as ghost or phantom ships. Linda Revill explores the potential impact on crew employment and the vulnerability to cyber attack. Read More

Lost at Sea with Force Majeure?

Posted: 15th Oct 2020

Written by: Linda Revill

I find myself intrigued by the legal term ‘force majeure’. The Oxford English dictionary defines this French originated term as “unexpected circumstances, such as war, that can be used as an excuse when they prevent somebody from doing something that is written in a contract”. Read More

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

The Complexities of Food & Wine Provisioning for Superyachts

Posted: 24th Sep 2020

Written by: Lorna Titley

Fourth in a series ahead of Quaynote Communications' online conference - The Future of Superyachts, Business Aviation and Luxury Property - Lorna Titley of examines the landscape of food and wine provisioning in the current climate. A full roundup of the event to follow soon. Read More

YachtCloud Launches YIS - The Ultimate Yacht Information System

Posted: 24th Sep 2020

Written by: Anna-Maria Janssen

A result of intense research, collaboration and engineering, Dutch technology company YachtCloud launches YIS, an innovative Yacht Information System designed to offer yacht guests and owners unparalleled access to the yacht journey in one innovative platform. Read More

I Contracted Covid-19 Travelling from Home to the Yacht

Posted: 22nd Sep 2020

Written by: Bec McKeever

After three days of back and forth between Croatian and Australian authorities, we finally got the green light to leave the country and fly out to join the yacht. Things did not exactly go to plan and three months later I wanted to share my experience with fellow crew. Read More

What is the Future for Superyacht Shows and Events?

Posted: 21st Sep 2020

Written by: Lorna Titley

Ahead of the online conference for the Future of Superyachts, Business Aviation and Luxury Property, Quaynote Communications looks at how the pandemic has affected several annual yachting shows and conferences, and what this means for the superyacht industry going forward. Read More

What are the Top Superyacht Cruising Destinations of the Future?

Posted: 12th Sep 2020

Written by: Lorna Titley

We've heard a lot over the last few years about superyachts seeking out more unusual destinations. While no-one doubts the appeal of the Med and the Caribbean, regions off-the-beaten track are gaining traction with adventurous owners and charterers.  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

What is the Future for the Business Aviation and Superyacht Industries?

Posted: 7th Sep 2020

Written by: Lorna Titley

As the pandemic threatens to bring many businesses to their knees, what does the future look like for the business jet and superyacht industries? Will markets contract or change beyond recognition, or have COVID restrictions created unexpected opportunities? 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

Crew Employment and the COVID Curveball

Posted: 23rd Aug 2020

Written by: Dominic Bulfin

As the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic emerges, Dominic Bulfin at law firm Bargate Murray examines the employment issues faced by yacht owners, managers and crew, and how well the seafarer employment agreement (SEA) has held up during this time. Read More

Choosing Your Yacht's AV/IT System - 7 Things to Consider

Posted: 19th Aug 2020

Written by: Ryan Porter

Despite there being such a high demand for it, ‘reliability’ is consistently overlooked when sourcing a new AV/IT system. Ryan Porter highlights the seven parts to consider, all of which play a vital role in the overall outcome of any integration or systems upgrade. Read More

When the Knives Went Still - In Memory of Cy

Posted: 19th Aug 2020

Written by: Captain Brendan O'Shannassy

I returned from leave to find a broad chested, heavily tattooed, wide grinning, carving machine working in the galley. Before I could fully process the image of the chef before me, the knife was laid to the side and after two farmer’s steps in my direction, a hand was extended in greeting. Read More

Cyber Security Onboard - Know Your Suppliers & Vendors 

Posted: 19th Aug 2020

Written by: Richard Hodder

Experts have been advising for several years that the risk of cyber attack is rapidly increasing, with superyachts being an obvious target for hackers due to their value and high-profile status. Yet we still find complacency among yacht owners, crew, management companies and suppliers.  Read More

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