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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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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 …

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 …

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YMB17: Captains, brokers view Yachts Miami Beach with patience, optimism

YMB17: Captains, brokers view Yachts Miami Beach with patience, optimism

By Dorie Cox and Lucy Chabot Reed Big changes came to the yacht show in Miami Beach this year. Throughout the 29-year history of the …

YMB17: Capt. Ted McCumber hired as commercial director of Feadship America

YMB17: Capt. Ted McCumber hired as commercial director of Feadship America

Dutch builder Feadship appointed Capt. Ted McCumber as commercial director of its America office, effective March 1. Capt. McCumber has …

Friends remember captain/engineer Badeau’s five decades in yachting

Friends remember captain/engineer Badeau’s five decades in yachting

By Dorie Cox Capt. Peter Weekes Badeau, who was as skilled in the engine room as in the wheelhouse, died on Feb. 6 at the Veterans …

Crew Coach: Age, experience make captains more desireable, not less

Crew Coach: Age, experience make captains more desireable, not less

Crew Coach by Capt. Rob Gannon A subject has come up recently with a couple of captains I have been working with in my coaching …