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*Stew Cues

What yacht crew wish owners would know to better enjoy their yacht

When someone buys a yacht, they buy much more than a boat. They buy a dream — all the fun, relaxation, glamour, excitement and adventure they have imagined. Yacht owners…

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Golden rules for laundry care

Fine linens are meant to be used and enjoyed. Previously, we discussed the components of a perfect bed for restful sleep, but what about the fine linens and fabrics we…

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Devastation of Sept. 11 called out the best in us, if only for a while

Fifteen years ago this month, Alene Keenan was the new chief stew on the 163-foot Oceanfast M/Y Mystique docked at Chelsea Piers in New York City. She had a front-row seat…

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Safety and integrity of interior is stew’s responsibility

Most yachts compartmentalize interior department duties into three sections: service, housekeeping and laundry. Laundry and housekeeping are often combined on work lists. In addition to service and laundry, stews do…

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Line choice, proper turn down makes for comfy, luxurious beds

People spend a third of their lives in bed. It is where we begin and end our day, so why not create an inviting atmosphere to ensure good quality sleep?…

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Choose well, monitor, feed to boost best blossoms onboard

Flowers add a touch of beauty and are often an integral part of the design aesthetic of a yacht. Many yachts have a floral budget to hire a florist to…

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Table design, setting key to creating mood for dining

I recently had the privilege of assisting as a guest and sponsor with Aqualuxe Outfitting’s Top Notch Tabletop Challenge 2016 at the Palm Beach Boat Show. With four categories and…

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Tips for stews on being direct with co-workers

Have you ever lived with a crew member who drives you crazy? Sometimes crew values and manners don’t balance out, and it is hard to get along. Should you say…

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Classic cocktails stand the test of time and taste

What exactly is a classic cocktail, and why does it matter to a yacht stew? Classic cocktails stand the test of time. In the early 1800s a cocktail was defined…

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Great stews begin with step-by-step lists to work, train

Last month, we talked about creating a list of items that need to be done every day when in service with guests onboard. We listed 38 standard tasks and reminders…

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