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Yacht and Commercial Qualifications and the Path to Yachts >3000gt

By |August 27th, 2020|captains, qualifications|

With the superyacht fleet >3000gt still growing, I thought it worthwhile to look at the difference between Yacht and Commercial qualifications, the various pathways to an Unlimited CoC and, some considerations to factor into your choice of [...]

How I Learnt What Was Missing From My Yacht Captaincy

By |August 9th, 2020|captains, leadership, mentoring, ship handling|

Co-founder of OnlyCaptains Brendan O’Shannassy talks of his own experience of mentorship and how this experience awakened the need for this service in yachting. In my early yachting career I often felt the ‘imposter’ as I stepped [...]

Superyachts – A Question Of Manning

By |July 24th, 2020|captains, Managment, Operations, regulations, Safety, yachtowners|

The quality of captain, officers and crew and, the onboard experience is, without doubt, key to the success of a superyacht and this can only be achieved with the right manning levels which, unfortunately, have not kept pace with the advances made in the rest of the industry.

Superyacht – Employment Disputes

By |May 8th, 2020|captains, Managment, Operations, regulations|

It is without doubt that we have seen some significant improvements in employment of yacht crew over the last decade or so and, on the whole, they fare very well compared to many working on commercial ships.  Unfortunately, disputes still do arise and, if it cannot be resolved amicably, legal action may be necessary.

Superyacht – The Art Of The Budget

By |February 1st, 2020|captains, Finance, Managment, Operations, yachtowners|

Whenever I talk to owners and clients, the subject running costs and budget always comes up.  I always advise it is the fundamental tool for measuring the finances of the yacht but, like fine art, requires careful crafting and curation to be of value, and a caveat  - there is no 'one size fits all' model.

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