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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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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 …

Golden rules for laundry care

Fine linens are meant to be used and enjoyed. Previously, we discussed the components of a perfect bed for restful sleep, but what about the fine linens and …

Devastation of Sept. 11 called out the best in us, if only for a while

Fifteen years ago this month, Alene Keenan was the new chief stew on the 163-foot Oceanfast M/Y Mystique docked at Chelsea Piers in New York City. She had a …

Safety and integrity of interior is stew’s responsibility

Most yachts compartmentalize interior department duties into three sections: service, housekeeping and laundry. Laundry and housekeeping are often combined on …

Tragedy in Nice recall lessons learned from 9/11

When I heard about the atrocity in Nice during the Bastille Day celebration in mid-July, I recalled the many times I was in port there, and the many times I …

Tragedy in Nice recall lessons learned from 9/11

By Alene Keenan When I heard about the atrocity in Nice during the Bastille Day celebration in mid-July, I recalled the many times I was in port there, and the …

Line choice, proper turn down makes for comfy, luxurious beds

People spend a third of their lives in bed. It is where we begin and end our day, so why not create an inviting atmosphere to ensure good quality sleep? And …

Choose well, monitor, feed to boost best blossoms onboard

Flowers add a touch of beauty and are often an integral part of the design aesthetic of a yacht. Many yachts have a floral budget to hire a florist to recreate …

Table design, setting key to creating mood for dining

I recently had the privilege of assisting as a guest and sponsor with Aqualuxe Outfitting’s Top Notch Tabletop Challenge 2016 at the Palm Beach Boat Show. …

Tips for stews on being direct with co-workers

Have you ever lived with a crew member who drives you crazy? Sometimes crew values and manners don’t balance out, and it is hard to get along. Should you say …

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Bridge repair to close New River navigation in February

Bridge repair to close New River navigation in February

UPDATE Dec. 6 A planned repair of the railroad bridge in downtown Ft. Lauderdale will close navigation to the city's major shipyards for …

Hiring yacht crew challenges captains

Hiring yacht crew challenges captains

Hiring crew is one of yachting's biggest challenges, according to some captains. They aim to pick the right candidates, but often …

There’s one more step after selling a boat: Take care of the crew

There’s one more step after selling a boat: Take care of the crew

The goal of most of the exhibitors at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is to sell boats. From the anecdotal stories I heard …

Government officers clarify policies for yachts in U.S. waters

The rules for yachts and crew in U.S. waters can all be found in written regulations, but there are often questions as to interpretation. …