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Prevent Fires On Board with Preventative Maintenance and Documentation

Posted: 29th Jun 2020

Written by: Sam Wheaton

News travels quick. Maybe it’s because we live in an age of the creating and sharing information that we are hearing of more and more fires on board yachts. Most crewmembers out there will know of someone who has had an encounter with an onboard fire incident. Read More

The Importance of a Superyacht’s Vision Statement

Posted: 8th Jun 2020

Written by: Captain Brendan O’Shannassy

Last month on OnboardOnline I talked about the best models of yacht management, and referred to the importance of a vision statement to guide the yacht’s efforts. This generated a lot of reader interest and in response I will unpack this a bit further. Read More

Managing Maintenance On Board Post COVID-19

Posted: 21st May 2020

Written by: Sam Wheaton & Matt Hyde

The impacts of COVID-19 have reached far and wide within the yachting community. Owners, suppliers and crew alike have all been impacted in recent months, causing a revaluation of how different elements of the industry interact. Read More

What is Yacht Management and What Should it Be?

Posted: 14th May 2020

Written by: Captain Brendan O’Shannassy

There was a time when I shared the view that yacht management reduces the ability of good yacht captains to deliver their service to yacht owners. Now with more experience and maturity, I see the view that management is not essential was wrong. Captains should not work in isolation. Read More

Yachtmasters: Ship's Captain or Boat Skipper? (Conclusion)

Posted: 24th Aug 2019

Written by: Horatio Hardy - aka Commander Sean O'Reilly

The story concludes with more than a sting... Captain Horatio Hardy is on a mission to find his lost triplet nieces whose parents have been kidnapped by marauding pirates in the Gulf of Socotra. His search leads him to the Cote d'... Read More

Stew Tips: Taking Care of Yourself During the Charter Season

Posted: 7th Jun 2019

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Isobel Odendaal knows how difficult it is to switch off and relax on charter, but as an ex-chief stewardess she has some insider tips on how to take care of yourself and restore your energy reserves so you can give your all to the... Read More

Stew Tips: Wellbeing Ahead of the Charter Season

Posted: 6th Jun 2019

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

During a busy yacht charter season, long hours, stressful conditions and demanding guests can take their toll on our physical and emotional health. We sometimes forget that we have to first take care of ourselves before we can ser... Read More

Experts: Be Careful who you Listen to

Posted: 29th May 2019

Written by: Jodie Clarke

Plenty of people are eager to offer their expert advice, but how much do they really know? Ultimately we’re only as good as the education we’ve received along the way, but too often that knowledge comes from third parties who aren... Read More

LUXE Experts: Master Carpet Cleaner Richard Perkins

Posted: 2nd Jan 2019

Written by: OnboardOnline

Carpets. They're everywhere you look, but often unnoticed until sensed by your feet, sinking into a plush pile, or until wine is spilled, leaving a stain that stubbornly draws the eye. We speak to Richard Perkins, a carpet special... Read More

The Key to Cristal

Posted: 13th Nov 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

If you work in the yachting industry you probably already know that Cristal is one of the most exclusive champagnes you can find, but here are some interesting facts so you can impress your charter guests when the opportunity aris... Read More

Super Tuscans for Superyachts

Posted: 12th Nov 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Tignanello, Masseto - all big wine names in yachting but what are they? All harking from Italy, full-bodied and densely structured, these big hitters belong to a breed called Super Tuscans. In the early 1980s... Read More

The Art of Wine Tasting

Posted: 10th Nov 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

To the average wine consumer, the quirks of professional wine tasting may seem unnecessary, if not downright silly. Assessing legs, shade and rim, aroma, structure, length, sniffing and spitting can seem frivolous. However, a litt... Read More

Is the Criminalisation of Shipmasters an Occupational Hazard?

Posted: 8th Nov 2018

Written by: Nautilus Int. - Andrew Linington

It has become so common for shipmasters to be arrested as criminals following an incident that this is starting to deter seafarers from rising through the ranks. Andrew Linington reports from a Nautilus industry symposium set up t... Read More

Managing the Paperwork in the Event of an Accident Onboard

Posted: 7th Nov 2018

Written by: Dave Clarke

What do you tell the judge when it all goes pear-shaped? In the unfortunate event that an accident happens onboard your yacht, as captain or head of department you'll have to demonstrate a good safety culture and responsible recor... Read More

Implementing PMS Solutions for Yachts in Build is the New Norm

Posted: 21st Sep 2018

Written by: Matt Hyde - Seahub

New builds are a chance to improve on the way things have been done in the past and give owners and build engineers the opportunity to fulfil their wildest design and engineering dreams. The deployment of planned maintenance syste... Read More

The Human Face of Seven Star Hospitality

Posted: 25th Jul 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

Back in April during the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona, the 70m motor yacht JOY won the Table Decor category of the Superyacht Chefs’ Competition with a tablescape that captured the essence of Seven Star Hospitality. So what did ... Read More

The World's Most Expensive Rosé: Château d'Esclans

Posted: 11th Apr 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

Château d'Esclans is a beautiful estate in the Var, it covers 260 ha of which 47 are planted with vines. The owner is Sacha Lichine, former owner of Château Prieurie Lichine in Margaux, Bordeaux. Sacha's philosophy is to make the ... Read More

Vintage Variations

Posted: 11th Apr 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

Louise Sydbeck of Riviera Wine recognises that there is a lot of media hype, and commercial significance, around certain vintages. She guides us through the sometimes baffling question of vintage, explaining why it is important an... Read More

Female Experts in the Engine Room

Posted: 20th Mar 2018

Written by: Holland Yachting Group

Despite making the right noises, it can seem that the yachting industry is desperately slow to change: in British shipping just 1% of engineer officers are women, for example. But perhaps the pertinent question is whether the work... Read More

The Engineering Watchkeeper

Posted: 21st Feb 2018

Written by: Matt Hyde

The exact role of the engineering watchkeeper varies from vessel to vessel. A vessel's size, number of crew and weather are important factors, as are the expectations of the Chief Engineer or Captain. It can therefore be difficult... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 3

Posted: 22nd Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

How many of us have the best of intentions of going green? The fact is that making changes to our behaviour to benefit the environment can be difficult. That's why ex-chief stew and trainer Isobel Odendaal is here to help, with fo... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 2

Posted: 16th Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

In part 2 of our overview of ecological cleaning techniques, Isobel Odendaal sings the praises of vinegar and has tips for cutting chemicals and waste in the laundry. In addition to reducing harm to marine life and decreasing wate... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 1

Posted: 10th Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

Eco-friendly products are improving all the time, along with a growing readiness to consider alternatives to the plastics that pollute our oceans. Ex-Stewardess and interior trainer, Isobel Odendaal, shares her tips on using natur... Read More

Polish up Your Marble and Stone Care Skills!

Posted: 14th Dec 2017

Written by: Isobel Odendaal & Dawn Riordan

Marble and stone care experts Isobel Odendaal and Dawn Riordan leave no stone unturned in this comprehensive guide to looking after the expensive and beautiful materials in your yacht's interior, from bar tops and shower floors to... Read More

Keys to Deploying New Maintenance Software Onboard

Posted: 11th Aug 2017

Written by: Matthew Hyde

The decision to adopt a new technology onboard is a significant decision. With any new product, component or software comes an inherent learning curve and with that, stumbles along the way. Engineering departments can be effective... Read More

Positive Vibes at the GUEST Event in Antibes

Posted: 1st Aug 2017

Written by: Sophie Leach

During the summer in Antibes, a selection of junior and senior interior crew congregated at the Royal Hotel to participate in a day of training workshops offered by GUEST, the yachting industry standard for interior training. From... Read More

The Untapped Potential of Water

Posted: 25th Jun 2017

Written by: Steve Wright

Not all water is the same and not for the reasons you might expect. The tap water I use to fill my fish tank is positively charged, which is why algae and water borne diseases can thrive. But the water inside the cells of my fish... Read More

Riding a Yacht in Transit

Posted: 22nd Jun 2017

Written by: Matthew Hyde

Ever wondered what it would be like to cross the Atlantic on a superyacht? And what about crossing the Atlantic on a yacht that’s on an even bigger ship? Floating yacht transport ships carrying superyachts around the world has bec... Read More

Total Superyacht App - The Future of Interior Operations

Posted: 23rd Feb 2017

Written by: Jodie Clarke

When it comes to interior operations, there has never been a more powerful or simple-to-use piece of software that encompasses everything from SOPs, familiarizations and training to crew certificates and hours of rest. The Total S... Read More

Sous-Vide: Making Life Easier for Yacht Chefs

Posted: 20th Feb 2017

Written by: Jacqui Leigh

Most of you will have heard about – or remember – the heady days of 1970’s boil-in-the-bag cooking, allowing us to conjure up tasteless pieces of cod in a watery white sauce in under five minutes. Today it's back in vogue under a ... Read More

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