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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About Alene Keenan

Alene Keenan is a veteran chief stew, interior training instructor/consultant, and author of The Yacht Guru’s Bible: The Service Manual for Every Yacht.

The best way for stews to handle money

There are several factors to take into account when choosing the best method for stews to handle money onboard, and the size of the yacht is one of them. The…

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First day challenges for stews

Before starting a new job, learn why the position is available. It’s possible that a new role has just been created or, just as likely, someone left and needs to…

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The challenges of a solo stew

As a new year begins, I got thinking of new beginnings. One of the most challenging ones in an interior crew’s world is taking a job as a solo stew.…

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Blue Christmas: Don’t let the joy of the season cause you pain

The holiday season is upon us. Traditionally a time of good will and good cheer, the holidays are not happy for everyone. Those who have lost someone they love, had…

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Yachting can bring out the best in us

I really enjoyed the article, “Stew’s service not just for charter guests,” [ page B8, Oct. issue] chronicling Jodi Samuel’s participation in a volunteer project in Africa. Yachties are often…

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Common sense, smile and effort land job, without experience

Have you ever tried to get a job on a yacht, and wondered what the qualifications really are? It can seem like a superficial, sexist industry to some. Let’s say…

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Getting ready for the boat show

Congratulations, you have a job on a yacht that is going to be in the boat show. Now you need to know how to set up for the big event. …

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What I learned on your summer vacation

Now that autumn is upon us, this is the perfect time to sit back, kick off those deck shoes, and meditate upon the season. What went wrong and, more importantly,…

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Why do yachts make a big deal about how a bed is made?

Why do stews and yachts make such a big deal about how a bed is made? Well, apparently, a properly made bed is a matter of discipline. It helps to…

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