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Alene Keenan

Alene Keenan has been a megayacht stew for more than 20 years. She teaches at MPT in Ft. Lauderdale and offers interior crew training through her company, Yacht Stew Solutions (www.yachtstewsolutions.com). Download her book, The Yacht Service Bible: The Service Manual for Every Yacht, on her site or amazon.com.

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Stew Cues: Check labels when sending out guest laundry

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan When I join a boat, I want to see the china, crystal and silverware to help me anticipate the level of service I will be expected to …

Stew Cues: The subtleties of vodka — yes, vodka

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Most of the students in my introductory cocktail course are barely old enough to drink. If they do imbibe, they usually prefer sweet …

Stew Cues: Understanding cheese is an art

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan One of my favorite subjects is cheese. Almost everybody loves cheese, but many do not really know what it is. I know I didn’t. …

Stew Cues: A primer on dishware

Stew Cues: by Chief Stew Alene Keenan Stews are charged with taking care of valuable and sometimes sentimental dishes. Here are some tips. Washing dishes …

Stew Cues: A lesson in porcelain

Stew Cues: by Chief Stew Alene Keenan Yacht stews care for numerous ceramic and porcelain items, including dishes, decorative tiles, art pieces, and …

Understanding basics of meals adds to enjoyment for guests and your job

A successful stew, stew/cook, or solo stew understands food preparation and presentation. As a stew, our relationship with the chef and guests is improved when …

Fall back on kindergarten values to succeed in yachting

Stew Cues by Alene Keenan With the holidays behind us, most of us take stock of what we are grateful for and what we would like to improve. Looking ahead to …

Best cleaners are simple and easy to make

Last month, I discussed various cleaning products found on yachts, and the importance of taking precautions with strong chemicals. Using the proper dilution …

Cleaning products can impact human health as much as fine furnishings onboard

Stews are responsible for safely cleaning a variety of surfaces, including marble, wood, chrome, fabrics and carpet, and everything in between. It’s common …

What yacht crew wish owners would know to better enjoy their yacht

When someone buys a yacht, they buy much more than a boat. They buy a dream — all the fun, relaxation, glamour, excitement and adventure they have …

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Crew contracts vital, no guarantee of rights

By Dorie Cox At the start of a new job, many crew are asked to sign a contract that defines wages, scope of work, leave and more. For …

Clearing up a few facts surrounding the M/Y Natita seizure

Clearing up a few facts surrounding the M/Y Natita seizure

By Susan Jobe and Lucy Chabot Reed M/Y Natita, a 217-foot (66m) Oceanco launched in 2005, was seized on July 15 after the owner, Texas …

Creative yacht crew view partial solar eclipse in Florida

Creative yacht crew view partial solar eclipse in Florida

Crew on the M/Y Albula, a 210-foot (64m) Royal Denship explorer yacht docked at Rybovich marina in West Palm Beach, joined the millions of …

Pier 66 owner buys The Sails Marina

Pier 66 owner buys The Sails Marina

By Dorie Cox The company that owns the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 has added The Sails Marina in Fort Lauderdale to its holdings. Tavistock …

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