Wondering if there are any married yachtie couples out there that are on an H1-B (US Work Visa) who's spouse is on an H-4 (Companion Visa - allows you to live but not work in the USA year round) and is still working on yachts, traveling in and out of the USA? We have been told by our attorneys that working on yachts in and out of America (Foreign flagged of course) whilst being on an H-4 visa is absolutely fine - but wondering if there are any others out there in our situation that can confirm? Would really appreciate > more

Real cant's & can do people

I've worked with some real cant's that over talk, promise the world and fail to deliver.    Real cant's  rarely listen, aggressively assign blame to others because it's easier to cover up their insecurity with bravado and have people avoid  confrontations with them.    You know the type, micromanagers, low on intelligence and high on ego.    Can do people with good attitudes, collaborate with others, share success and accept their part when things slide sideways.    In yachting reputation is everything, not everyone will like you and going into a new job or project the plan should be to achieve results and earn > more

Below Deck training video

When I was watching the crew reality show “Below Deck” the other night, I was ready to join in on the tweeting frenzy and point out Andrew’s (the deckhand) lack of everything, Kate’s (the chief stew) ability to ignore the service-with-a-smile maxim and wondered if that airplane ticket from Capt. Lee would finally show up with Andrew’s tip. That may still happen, as show editors ended the episode when the charter guests left, keeping viewers waiting until next week.  But as I thought better of tweeting my negative thoughts, feeling that the drama involved is, for a large part, instigated > more

Pill popping relief Captain

Apparently our relief Captain needed something to help him sleep, or at least that's what this guy told the full-time Captain when he checked the medical kit during hand-over.  Sleep aids are nothing new, but regularly using a controlled medicine from a ships medical kit for a sleep aid sounds like substance abuse to me....... The temp guy was very forgetful and slow to figure out things.  After a few weeks I saw the same half baked Captain on another yacht and I guess the "Don't ask don't tell" doctrine keeps this guy in work.  I eventually told our manager > more

Renting/riding motor scooters and health insurance!

An ex crewmember and long time international health insurance broker - I have clients from Bali, Indonesia to the Caribbean (and visit them as often as i can ; ) In many of these places the mode of transport is often motorscooters/bikes and there are so many horror stories about accidents in these countries.  So two wheelers left home with travel insurance right???  but who is reading their insurance wording? Is motorscooter riding (licensed or not) an exclusion or is it covered?  Having had an emergency airlift from the Caribbean (and in the USA!) I understand the importance of > more

An Interview with Penum Provisions

  The Stewardess Bible talks with Penum Provisions about their online Yacht Provisions service When was Penum founded and who are the company directors?Founded in early 2013, the company’s directors are Toby Treacher and Simon O’Neill. Building on their experience working for other provisioners, they saw an opportunity to change the industry and founded the company. Penum is bursting with energy, offering a new Provisioning solution for Yacht Crew, across the Cote d’Azur and is gaining a loyal following. What is the mission statement from Penum Provision?Our mission at Penum is to exceed our customer’s expectations, based around four principles of: Fair > more

Captain convenience(2)

Naive or arrogant it seems certain Captains are more inclined to maintain their lifestyle rather than the yacht they command. Yachts are designed and built for the pleasure of the owner, yet some yachts are berthed and refitted in places which are more suited to the needs of the Captain.  Why would a Captain look out for the owner when they can look out for themselves.  What kind of Captain do you work for? A professional that has the owners best interests in mind or the type of Captain that runs his show, cuts out early, arrives late and jams > more

Sexual Harassment, Bullying & Discrimination in The Super Yacht Industry.

IMPORTANT! Sexual Harassment, Bullying & Discrimination in The Super Yacht Industry.This is an article I felt compelled, to write due to the amount of emails that I was receiving on this subject. > more

Interview with Sole Super Yacht Stewardess Esther Busuttil   This beautiful, hard working super yacht stewardess from the tiny island of Malta brings a warmth and gentleness that is sure to warm your heart. Interview with Sole Super Yacht Stewardess Esther Busuttil   What is your star sign? Taurus  Where do you come from? I come from the island of Malta How long have you lived in The South of France and how did you come to live there? First time I found myself in the south of France was back in 2007. I did my STCW95 in Australia (where I had been travelling for 2 and a half years) and I was > more

Whats makes a good chief engineer

  Lets face facts, there are engineers and there are good engineers.    I’d say engineers are employed for their years of experience and ability to prevent problems and keep the engineering team and yacht to a high degree of preparedness.    The best way to tell you have a good Chief Engineer is to measure how long it takes before the second engineer can operate the machinery correctly. I don’t know how many times I’ve trained an unskilled guy to perform highly skilled tasks.   A good chief will know he or she has to deal with what they’ve got for staff. There’s > more

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