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Stew Cues: Silver service protocol depends on preferences

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Stews frequently ask what is the correct way to perform silver service. There is more than one proper way to serve, whether from the …

Stew Cues: Brand legacies provide clue to service standard

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Thinking of luxury conjures words like “quality” and “price.” Luxury involves craftsmanship and intricate work. It is …

Stew Cues: Purity, traditional processing key to good tequila

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan In my wine and spirits classes, discussing tequila usually elicits strong responses, both good and bad. Younger, inexperienced …

Stew Cues: Handling costly, fragile crystal can be terrifying

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan I recently helped outfit a yacht with glassware. The owners found a beautiful set of antique cobalt blue Baccarat glasses. Service …

Stew Cues: Serving cigars takes some know-how

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan As a nonsmoker, cigar service onboard seemed intimidating to me at first. I’ve found crumbly, dried up cigars in some humidors, …

Write to Be Heard: Troubling rape verdict raises awareness

By Alene Keenan I would like to comment regarding last month’s article about the rape lawsuit on M/Y Endless Summer. I think that most people have great …

Stew Cues: Wood finishes need special care

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Wooden boats have been around for thousands of years, and the characteristics of traditional woods have stood the test of time. …

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: No crew can succeed without it

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Yachting is a microcosm of society with an interesting twist. Catering to some of the richest and most powerful people in the world, …

Stew Cues: Whiskey has style, and exciting heritage to match

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Basic knowledge of spirit classifications is important for drink service. When a guest orders a whiskey drink, we need to establish …

Stew Cues: Proper care of leather shoes, bags pays off with longer wear

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan The cool spell we’ve been having makes me nostalgic for fall clothing and boots, and the smell of leather polish. I love that …

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Crew Eye from M/V Pacific Hope

Crew Eye from M/V Pacific Hope

Chief Eng. Gerhard Swart and Stew Stephanie Baum work on yachts, but recently both used their personal time to volunteer on the medical …

Expect changes at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Expect changes at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has some changes in store, including a redesigned and repositioned entrance, …

Large yachts can now carry US flag

Large yachts can now carry US flag

Americans who own yachts larger than 300 GT can now flag them in the U.S., thanks to an amendment included on a bill signed Aug. 13 by …

Boats and brokers in the news: Lady Sara goes to auction

Boats and brokers in the news: Lady Sara goes to auction

M/Y Lady Sara, a 187-foot Trinity Motor Yacht, will be auctioned for sale by the U.S. Marshal on Sept. 6 in Fort Lauderdale at 12:00 …

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