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By |September 10th, 2020|Categories: captains, leadership, mentoring|Tags: |

I stepped ashore in March to take break from Yacht Captaincy; to get to know my family again after two years of more time afloat than ashore and, a home-time punctuated with boat business. Something I am sure is familiar to so many Captains. Seven-months later it is a different World than that last tender ride ashore in the Pacific. With 2020 travel restrictions forcing a greater [...]

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

By |August 27th, 2020|Categories: captains, qualifications|Tags: , , , |

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 pathway. A Little Background We know that education, training and experience are vital to ensuring safety on yachts and ships, and although there is the Standards of Training Certification and [...]

The Captain And Yacht Owner Relationship

By |August 20th, 2020|Categories: captains, leadership, mentoring, yachtowners|Tags: , , , , |

It is often overlooked, but the most important relationship for a successful yachting experience is that between the Captain and the Yacht Owner, or Principal Charterer. Long past the heady days when deals are signed and photos are taken with designers, brokers and shipyard owners cutting ribbons, the Captain and the Crew are tasked with delivering on the promise. I was recently asked a question during an [...]

How I Learnt What Was Missing From My Yacht Captaincy

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

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 onto the bridge ready to manoeuvre. As my experience increased this feeling reduced but there was still something missing. There is a good chance that, like many of my peers, [...]

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