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The perfect boat: what makes an ideal offshore cruising yacht?

Choosing a boat for offshore cruising is not a decision to be taken lightly. I have researched this topic on dozens of rallies, speaking to hundred of skippers. Everyone you speak to will have a different point of view about which boat is best and why, but few question the importance of getting it right. No matter what your budget, there is a bewildering array of choice and a number of important decisions to make, any one of which could severely impact the enjoyment and eventual success of your voyage. What follows may serve as a checklist for first-timers as well as seasoned ocean sailors in helping to decide the essential elements concerning safety, comfort, performance and functionality, looking at the hull, deck, rig and interior. HULL, KEEL AND RUDDER Deciding on the size of a...

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The Monaco Yacht Show restructures for 2018

The Monaco Yacht Show has announced a new layout for the 28th edition of the show, which will be held from 26 to 29 September 2018. The main location undergoing a restructure, by the Principality of Monaco, is Quai des Etats-Unis. This quay, which formerly comprised an assortment of yachting-related companies, will now be dedicated to superyacht builders, design studios, and brokerage houses, which will be in front of the superyachts they have on display for sale and charter. There seemed to be a growing consensus that the B2B element of the show – and sheer number of attendees – was somewhat negating the client-centric focus that it used to deliver. However, the Monaco Yacht Show is looking to reinforce and underline this focus through greater segregation of the luxury m...

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First Look: Virgin Voyages Ship Renderings

A first look at Virgin Voyage's external design shows off a futuristic looking prototype ship. Under construction in Italy, Fincantieri will deliver the first of three ships to the new brand in 2020.  The ships will be 2,800 passengers and 110,000 tons and are being built at an estimated cost of $710 million each. The cruise experience will be for guests aged 18 and over, with no children allowed.  "Adorned at the hull you'll find our beautiful, mermaid guide. Inspired by the traditional bows from ships of yore, she is our ship's muse. The soul of the voyage. Our elegant leader. The feminine spirit of the ship," said Virgin, in a statement. "Designed with the glitter and glam of a yacht, the ship's livery stands out on the high seas. She glides with a u...

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Viking Recruitment & Maritime Skills Academy bring #PopUpPalma back!

We are pleased to announce that Viking will be returning to Palma from the 25thFebruary until 22nd April 2018 to continue the success following on from Pop Up Palma in 2017. After amazing feedback we are delighted to return to continue spreading the Viking word and meet with clients and candidates, old and new! Louise Hunter, Senior Crew & Operations Coordinator and Katie Thornton, Senior Yacht Recruitment Consultant will be based in Santa Catalina and on hand to talk all things Recruitment, Employment & Payroll, Crew Services, Marine Travel, Cadetships and Training. Whether you are looking for a competitive Full Crew Management Package or for your first job in the industry, Louise and Katie will be there to assist. Get in touch today via Palma@vikingrecruitment....

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Why are experienced candidates hired ?

'Recruiting' and 'Experienced Candidate' are like synonyms in today's world, especially in shipping. Be it commercial, cruise or yachting industry, every recruiter wants to hire an experienced sailor. The 'Experience' column is what catches the eye of the hiring manager rather than qualifications and skills. But we cannot blame them. If I would I have been a hiring manager, I would definitely be looking for an experienced candidate. But when it comes to junior positions like Deckhand or Stewardess, I would have chosen a fresher with good qualifications. A sailor and a hiring manager obviously have a different perspective. But what is shocking is that even Captains are expecting experienced hands on deck. My previous Captain used to tell me that...

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The secret of success!

We are all born to succeed. We must achieve something great in the limited time that we call life.. This is our duty - a duty that every man or woman should bear. But what should we do in order to achieve success? If you want to be successful in your work, you must follow this rule: focus on only one thing at a time. Indeed, this is a rule for anybody to follow. Some people are too ambitious. They want to do this and they want to do that. They want to do many things at one time, with the result that they accomplish nothing at all. Others are too idle. They do not know the value of time and they always put off until tomorrow what they should do today. They often say that they will do something by and keep putting off things until they cannot be done ant more. Being succe...

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The story of a thirty something Steward

Simon first stepped on yachts in 2009. How did you find your first job Simon? I found my first job through a crew agency, I only dock walked one time and quickly realised it was not the way to find a male Steward position, and consequently I did not manage to do any day work.   The crew houses were full when I came to Antibes, so I booked a budget hotel before sharing an apartment with people I met through doing STCW95 training, before finally moving to a caravan park for my last few weeks of the job hunt.   What was your first impression of the industry and how did you get treated? I really got a mixture of reactions from both agents and experienced crew! Some were impressed with my hospitality and boutique hotel background others were hung up that I had not worked in ...

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Cape Town | South Africa

As a creative living in Cap Town South Africa, its hard not to share the 'hidden gems" of this spectacular country I call my home.

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Mitmark - How to handle a terrorist attack!

MITMARK is a risk mitigation and smart logistics provider to private and sovereign clients, public entities and private companies. We are a corporate security and intelligence firm specializing in security advisory services, intelligence-led projects and logistics management services.   MITMARK has two key lines of business: Assisting former military personnel in the transition to working in the private sector. Mitmark can either directly employ such veterans, place them within client companies or even help them create their own company. Consultants to business and government in operational auditing and risk mitigation in complex operating environments.   MITMARK works across all industry sectors, with particular emphasis on the mining, natural resources and energy ...

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Your first steps in a career on the water

Are you looking to commence a career in the yachting industry and want to know where to start?   To begin we recommend looking do as much research on the yachting industry as possible to help you understand the demands and expectations before going any further and seeing which department you would be interested in working in.   Once you have decided on the position you wish to apply for we recommended that you get your ENG1 Medical Certificate. This is to ensure you do not have a pre-existing medical condition that may prevent you from finding employment at sea. You can checkout our APPROVED DOCTORS on the website or look on the website below to find an approved doctor near to you. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mca-approved-doctors-uk-based   Training&...

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