The Triton

Taking the Helm

Promotions don’t automatically endow leadership skills

As leaders move up through the ranks, their role becomes less about their specific technical skills and more about how well they’re able to grow their people …

Humility is not weakness

At one of the boat show parties last month I ran into Dave, a deckhand I worked with a few years ago. It was good to see him, but I was reminded of the times …

Leader’s actions tell the crew what is acceptable

When an accident takes place, somewhere along the way someone has made a bad decision or has shown poor judgment. Let’s look at how leaders influence the …

Slight shift in words can make all the difference in communicating

Are you being aggressive when you think you’re being assertive? Assertiveness is often confused with aggressiveness. Can you tell the difference? Telling …

Don’t fear being assertive just don’t be aggressive

I recently have had discussions about how bridge crew can respectfully point out when a captain or chiefofficer may have made a mistake in their actions. Bold, …

Importance of teamwork onboard

To better understand team dynamics onboard a luxury yacht — and how to build a better team — let’s look at how most teams on boats are put …

Trust eases workload and relationships

Trust is the foundation for everything we do with other people. Trust is critical on many levels: personal, organizational and societal, but it’s often taken …

Don’t motivate your crew RESPECT them instead

There seems to be a lot of talk nowadays about motivating crew to get the most out of them. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion about what exactly …

Difference between leaders and managers

It is common to hear the terms management and leadership used interchangeably, as though they mean the same thing.   Let’s crush that myth right now: …

Having a title does not make you a leader

Congratulations. You have just been promoted to bosun, chief stew, captain or some other supervisory position. Now what?     Before you focus exclusively on …

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Refit18: Show focused on refits grows 28 percent

Refit18: Show focused on refits grows 28 percent

As yachts age and yacht owners personalize them, the refit industry continues to grow. The third annual Refit International Exhibition …

Hot trip on the Hudson highlights perils of procrastination

Hot trip on the Hudson highlights perils of procrastination

By Capt. Bruce Gregory I've made 40-plus offshore passages from 50 miles to 1,500 miles in boats from 8-foot dinghies to 80-foot tugs; …

Top Shelf: The Birth of Aki-Maki

Top Shelf: The Birth of Aki-Maki

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald Many years ago on Huntress, I was taught about the theory of “POP”’ on a yacht. The owner …

Crew Coach: Use sticky situations to stir up talk

Crew Coach: Use sticky situations to stir up talk

Crew Coach: by Capt. Rob Gannon I’d like to lay out a few possible scenarios that hopefully never come up but unfortunately could …

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