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Safety. Safety. Safety.

Did you hear about the Brit who fell off the back of the Norwegian cruise ship last week?  She was rescued apparently unharmed, but only after 10 hours of treading water, floating (and singing!) to stay alive.   Obviously, accidents do happen but any accident on board is one too many. Safety of the family, guests, charterers and crew on any vessel is paramount. From the single deckhand relocating a tender to the 70-crew running the 164m superyacht Eclipse.  If you're new to superyachts, you'll have to get up to speed with the yacht's safety procedures, PDQ!  Every yacht should have clear safety regulations and guidelines for how people behave around the vessel, regular drills to perfect and update safety procedures, tutorials on how to use sa...

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All Eyes on Monaco

For the luxury superyacht event of the year, all eyes turn to the Principality of Monaco next month for The Monaco Yacht Show 2018. The ultimate superyacht showcase runs from the 26th to the 29th September, situated in one of the premier superyacht locations, amongst the glamour and glitz of Port Hercules. This year's Monaco Yacht Show will host some of the world's most influential leaders from the yachting industry; from superyacht builders, award winning designers, luxury suppliers and brokers, to the latest must-have accessory manufacturers, whether it's water toys, tenders, luxury cars, helicopter or simply a private jet you're after. Attendants will range from yacht owners, potential superyacht buyers, charterers and key decision makers from lux...

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A cookbook with a mission

I interviewed with a website just before the books Kickstarter launched to speak about the project. Please click the link to view. A cookbook with a mission   We use cookies to enhance your experience. To review, reject or delete these cookies click here

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Mention in a New York Times article

A brief mention from an interview I did with a reporter while working at Zakouma National Park in Chad. The article is mostly about the revival of the park after decades of decline due to poaching in the area. Tourism is now successfully up and running; I used to manage the camp. Click the link to view. In Chad, the Elephants (So Many Elephants) Are Back     We use cookies to enhance your experience. To review, reject or delete these cookies click here

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Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion

There's been a buzz in Bristol harbor this week, with the surprise arrival of the 68m superyacht Archimedes, named after the most-famous mathematician and inventor in ancient Greece. Quite a surprise for local residents who spotted her glossy (and ice-strengthened to withstand any weather conditions!) Corinthian blue hull gliding up the 10k river Avon last Sunday. The towering yacht reported to be worth £75million and weighing in at 1,100 tonnes has been sitting in stark contrast to the city's docks.  With crowds gathering ever since she docked, some angry at the extravagance it represents, bearing placards in protest and some in awe of its beauty. Owned by 80-year-old US billionaire, philanthropist, and supporter of young people's health and e...

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Keeping Fit Onboard a Superyacht

Paul Edmonds, superyacht Captain turned GB Triathlete gives his top tips for keeping fit whilst working onboard superyachts: Set yourself a goal. Whether it's a race or event, you need something to train for and get you out the door when your motivation is low. Plan ahead. Think about when your breaks will be over the coming days/weeks and work out when you'll be able to fit in exercise.  Could be anything, for example: a swim, cycle, run, yoga etc. Make it a community affair! Find other people to train with, whether it's on your yacht or on the one docked next to you. If you've committed to meet on the dock for a morning run, it's harder to wriggle out of it if you know someone's waiting for you! Commit to something together - it's m...

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USA - B1B2 Visa and Cruising Permit

There is a group in Fort Lauderdale trying to smooth out some of the issues faced for both the visa / entry and cruising permit.  To a certain extent both sides could do with being brought up to speed, immigratoin have budget and training restraints which limits what their front line officers decide. Also often captains and crew are poorly prepared, which there is no excuse for as there are lots of resources including USA agents who can help to make the entry more seemless.   B1B2 Visa: 1) Paper work - kill them with paper work, the crew member entering should have EVERYTHING.  ALL relevant boat papers and registration, flag document, a specifc letter from captain or management stating why you're coming to the USA, how long you intend to stay and details of where you wi...

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'Now You Sea Me!' Photo Competition - Win an Apple Watch Series 3

We want to see photos of your Summer 2018 underwater adventures!  Are you busy with the seabobs, or have you launched the submarine yet? Are your guests obsessed with scuba, or have you made friends with any marine life this summer? Simply share your snap on our Facebook page here! The winner will be chosen by our Admin team who are looking for something exciting, fun and different! The winner will be announced on Friday 7th September. Happy snapping! (photo courtesy of last year's 'Preparing for Summer Season' winner, Japie Wiedeman)

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On Board Triathlon Training

    Yotspot caught up with GB triathlete and veteran superyacht captain Paul Edmonds to find out how he successfully juggled keeping fit with demanding superyacht shifts.   Yotspot: How long were you working on superyachts? I spent 9 years onboard five of the world's most beautiful superyachts (from 75ft to 220ft). Traveling from Europe to the Caribbean, crossing the Atlantic several times, working my way up from Junior Deckhand to First Officer and then Captain. Yotspot: Were you always interested in exercise? Yes, but to a lesser extent whilst on yachts, it's difficult maintaining regular training when you're working a long shift and juggling haphazard working patterns. As I progressed through the ranks and gained more experience I realised I ...

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The simplicity of a stylish electric tender

  A beautifully simple and silent new electric tender, the Q30 has recently been unveiled by Finnish shipyard Q-Yachts, the "Tesla of the seas." Boasting zero emissions, the Q30 is a silent vessel, not only designed with fuel efficiency and the environment in mind but also designed as a simple yet stylish way to travel. Q-Yachts wanted to deliver a vessel that would enable passengers to really enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the water without the noise and fumes associated with motorboats.  With a cruising speed of 10 knots the Q30 is by no means a speed machine, however, the basic battery pack facilitates constant cruising for around five hours, which can be doubled with an additional battery pack. Whilst typically modern motorboats are all about perform...

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