Captains and crew comment on onboard security cameras

Jul 31, 2013 by Guest Writer

What do captains and crew really think about onboard security cameras:

Once people start getting into private time and areas, cameras need to go. No spying is allowed on my vessels, by either owners or vessel crew.

It is inevitable that there will be cameras in yachting. I just hate being filmed covertly.

Extremely valuable. Safety and security concerns, of course, but also useful for delivering excellent service to guests.


Infrared cameras are critical for navigating at night and for safety.


They are brilliant and add to the safety and security of the operation. I’m all for any equipment or gadget that gives me more information for the purpose of enhancing the safety of the owner, his family, guests, and the crew, right down to water temperature and redundant interfacing of systems information.


I have mixed feelings; they’re mostly OK though.


They are necessary for safety and security and an assistance in providing better service for guests, but other than that should not be used.


Cameras are to observe boarding areas to monitor access. Once a predator is onboard, they need to be removed, not followed around on camera. Also, not to be judgmental, but interior cameras could prove to be too tempting to crew members and their unwarranted curiosity of intruding on the privacy of guests.


They are a tool whose use should be scrutinized.


Great for watching anyone but me.


I have always been a proponent of cameras in dining salon and other common areas. I do not have them on my current boat but how nice would it be for the stew to enter the dining salon only when needed versus constantly checking/intruding on the guests. Particularly nice for the guests is a stew who seems to always magically appear when their water or wine needs refilling, when they spilled something, or when they look like they might need something. Safety-wise it is extremely important on the exterior common areas with kids on board. It could easily save a child’s life.


Done well, they could be an asset.


Great tool to aid in security and monitoring engine rooms.


They have to be a plus, and they are getting better, smaller and more useful as technology improves.


They’re good to have but just another “not absolutely necessary” system to monitor, service and repair.


When used as tools to improve safety or operation of the yacht without infringing on people’s privacy, they are great.


A must for deck and engine room monitoring.


Privacy is paramount.


They are a great deterrent for unwanted guests and criminals. Audio listening devices are strictly forbidden anywhere on board.


A pan-tilt-zoom camera is very useful for remote engine room or machinery space monitoring. This would be our next upgrade.


Cameras have become a fact of life. Everywhere you go, almost, you are recorded constantly. I don’t believe that cameras belong in personal spaces, but on the outside of the yacht, they are a good thing for security.


Placement should be for safety issues only, and not intrusion into private places.


Good tool if used correctly.


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