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Taking the Helm: Leading in times of crisis takes consistency in messaging

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais In times of uncertainty, crew members and co-workers need to frequently hear from the captain and team leaders to stay informed, feel heard, and remain focused. During this COVID-19 crisis, our professional futures seem to feel more uncertain by the hour. General questions are the focus, like how…

Taking the Helm: Balance high expectations with empathy, respect

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais I recently had a meeting with Susan, a woman who’s moved into the chief stew position for a 100m vessel with lots of crew under her. Since she’s never had a position of this scale before, she wanted to know how to be a leader who has empathy…

Dublin’s warm Irish welcome begins with the Dun Laoghaire Marina

By Alison Gardner During an August visit to Ireland last year, I stopped by the country’s largest marina where superyachts tie up just outside Dublin. “Most of the big ones are American-owned,” Paal Janson, general manager of Dun Laoghaire Marina, said, “with many vessels on passage from the Mediterranean to West Coast Scottish islands and…

FLIBS19: Inaugural Adrift Film Festival turns spotlight on crew

Photos and story by Dorie Cox Outdoors, under the stars near the beach in Fort Lauderdale, about 300 yacht captains and crew watched short films created by their peers during the inaugural Adrift Film Festival last week. Four winning films were chosen from among the finalists of the 140 videos submitted by 70 entrants. Denzil…

Taking the Helm: Roman centurions could teach modern leaders a thing or two

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais Over 2,000 years ago, Roman army soldiers considered it the highest honor to attain the rank of centurion. As an officer and leader of a group of 100 men, a centurion was only eligible for that  position after he had put in a minimum 16 years of combat…

Motoryacht Loon’s crew works unique ‘charter’ after Hurricane Dorian

Story and photos by Dorie Cox “It was just like charter,” said Capt. Paul Clarke of M/Y Loon. “But instead of champagne, we were running water to the beach.” But it wasn’t, really. It was just days after Hurricane Dorian hit the northern Bahamas. Provisioning aboard M/Y Loon included donated disaster relief supplies. And although…

Crew Compass: Social media offers community for chefs

Crew Compass: by Lauren Loudon Although all yachts are different, there’s generally a basic pyramid that makes up the crew. Needless to say, the bigger the boat, the bigger the crew, but in each department there is a team of people who have each other’s backs – even if it’s a team of two. They…

Taking the Helm: No one likes to work for a know-it-all

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais Sometimes it pays not to speak up. When those in charge find that everyone comes to them for every simple decision, it might be because of a larger problem and not just because they are the boss. They might have, without necessarily realizing it, created an environment in…

Taking the Helm: Better leadership relies on forging better habits

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Leadership and behavior are the same thing. To change our leadership, we need to change our behavior. This critical point often gets skipped over in our pursuit to become better. While there are many ways to increase leadership knowledge – books, videos, live courses or classes, one-on-one coaching, etc.…

Miami19: Miami Yacht Show’s move to downtown brings optimism

By Dorie Cox For most of the past 30 years, yachts tied to docks built along a narrow strip of waterway in Miami Beach for a brokerage show. There were few upland vendor displays. This year, all of that changes as Miami Yacht Show (MYS) is set to spread across 60 acre with 67,000 square…

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Captain builds tender for users’ comfort

Captain builds tender for users’ comfort

Story and photos by Tom Serio He’s a big guy, with a big voice, and with big miles under his keel. Now he has big goals. Capt. …

Owner’s View: Effort in captain-owner interview pays off

Owner’s View: Effort in captain-owner interview pays off

Owner’s View: by Melvyn Miller As is the case with owners of yachts, I have found it difficult to describe an average captain of a …

Ocean plastic removal program gets grant

Ocean plastic removal program gets grant

Photos by Lockhart Maclean Fort Lauderdale-based Mission Resolve Foundation has gifted Ocean Voyages Institute $25,000 as a challenge …

MarineMax acquires NJ

MarineMax acquires NJ

Clearwater, Florida-based MarineMax has acquired Fort Lauderdale-based brokerage firm Northrop & Johnson, a 71-year-old company that …

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