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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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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 …

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 …

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Shipyards, towboats and marine businesses go to court over New River closure

Shipyards, towboats and marine businesses go to court over New River closure

By Dorie Cox Shipyard owners, towing and repair companies, and other marine businesses will go before a judge later this month to stop …

Captains listen, foster team work, and take responsibility with crew issues

Captains listen, foster team work, and take responsibility with crew issues

From quarrels between cabin mates to squabbles over a task, yacht crew occasionally have an issue onboard. Apart from firing someone, The …

IMO extends Manila Amendment refresher deadline

IMO extends Manila Amendment refresher deadline

I have written much in these pages over the past year concerning the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. And I am compelled to …

Why owners like, use and buy big boats

Why owners like, use and buy big boats

There are myriad reasons why owners choose to endure the significant cost of big-boat ownership. Some use their boats as a business tool, …

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