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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Stew Cues: On a well-run yacht, ‘mise en place’ is the name of the game

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Being a judge at the TopNotch Tabletop competition for the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was a real honor. Being up close and personal…

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Stew Cues: Keeping inventory time-consuming, but crucial

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan In a business, an inventory is a list of current assets that are essential for day-to-day business. Inventories are always important on a yacht, but…

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Be wary of CBD quality, source, THC levels

By Alene Keenan Most people have heard about CBD by now, but it is surrounded by controversy. Much of the confusion is due to the fact that people are still…

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Stew Cues: Bed-making need not be a nightmare

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan It’s been said that you spend a third of your life sleeping. If that’s the case, then stews must spend at least that much time…

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Stew Cues: Easy trick to restore tarnished silver

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan It’s the first day on your new boat. There has not been a handover, and you’re trying to figure out where everything you need to…

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Stew Cues: Dusting not just for surfaces; it also scrubs the air you breathe

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan As comedian George Carlin once said, “Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust,…

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Stew Cues: Summer in Med a perfect time to learn about aperitifs, digestifs

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan As yachts head off to the Med for the summer, yachtie newcomers may have their first introduction to the culture of aperitifs and digestifs. An…

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Stew Cues: New hires need to be taught boundaries

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Hiring new crew requires more than just vessel familiarization procedures. “Onboarding,” or organizational socialization, is important, too. While an appropriate level of knowledge and skills…

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Stew Cues: Order of precedence crucial to fine table service

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan In a recent article, I talked about where to begin service once the guests are at the table. Another important bit of knowledge for service…

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Stew Cues: Network of contacts key to job hunting

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan The job market is slow this time of year, especially for new crew. Many boats are still in the Caribbean, but as they return to…

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