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.

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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Stew Cues: Table seating, service order dictated by varying factors

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Some of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding mealtimes are how to seat the guests at the table and where to begin service.…

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Stew Cues: Keep New Year’s resolutions on track

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Welcome to month two of the new year. On the last day of 2018, when spirits were bright, life seemed full of possibilities and New…

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Stew Cues: Advance service skills with detailed knowledge of menus

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Learning is one of the most important activities of your life. Most stews reach a point where they want to learn more sophisticated service abilities.…

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Stew Cues: Priceless collectibles on board require special care

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan People collect things. People on yachts gather expensive things, and we take care of them. Porcelain, ceramics and art glass are favorite items. The value…

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Stew Cues: Mistakes in carpet care drive owners crazy

Stew Cues: by Alene Kennan The interior spaces of yachts are designed to be as comfortable as an owner’s or guest’s home. The furniture, textiles and materials chosen for the…

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