Ask the Expert
In each edition of ONBOARD Magazine, we talk to four experts in their fields about common issues on board superyachts and how their products and services can deliver the required solutions.
In each edition of ONBOARD Magazine, we talk to four experts in their fields about common issues on board superyachts and how their products and services can deliver the required solutions.
Head of Research and Development,
How can the superyacht industry reduce its effective CO2 output in the short term?
In the longer term, solutions may centre around electrification or adoption of more unusual fuels such as hydrogen, ammonia or methanol for propulsion and power generation, but this will require significant advances in the refuelling infrastructure of the world’s marinas and ports. It may also require some costly hardware modification that may prove complex, or even impossible, to retrofit onto existing vessels.
HVO is synthesised from renewable waste materials such as used cooking oil, tall oil by-products, non-food grade crop-based vegetable oil fractions, and residue fat fractions. Burning it in an engine puts this previously removed CO2 back into the environment. In comparison, fossil fuel derived diesel takes CO2 that was locked away as oil in the earth’s crust, which when combusted in an engine, releases this ‘new’ CO2 into the atmosphere.
Resulting in a reduction of net CO2 released to the atmosphere by up to 90%, the suppliers of main propulsion and power generation engines are gradually approving their products to run on HVO fuels. The Cox CXO300 diesel outboard is fully capable of supporting HVO fuels meaning that support craft and tenders can now also take advantage of this opportunity for CO2 reduction.
Sales and Marketing Director,
YANMAR Marine International (YMI)
How can the industry’s leading companies ensure the environment is at the heart of business activities?
For most companies, contributing to a sustainable future is already a driving factor behind the development of their new technology and products, but the challenge is how to adopt a wider cultural and corporate philosophy which is integrated with delivering value for customers and partners.
At YANMAR, great progress is being demonstrated in all these areas and more, but the dedication to innovative systems and products does not stand on its own. It is part of a long-term company ethos that encourages zero environmental impact for its operations as well as its customers.
Since its founding, YANMAR has been committed to doing business with care for the natural environment, evident in our fuel efficient, low emission marine engines. Now, we have gone a step further with the launch of the YANMAR GREEN CHALLENGE 2050 – an ambitious project across all the company’s activities, setting out our mission to become an ecological footprint-free, GHG-free corporation that runs on recycled resources. On sea, our goal is to achieve 100% GHG reduction by 2050 and commercialize marine fuel cell systems by 2023. By 2050, we will promote a gradual GHG reduction rate of 100% by introducing electrification and hydrogen engines in all marine engines.
International Sales Manager, EMEA
How can anchor-handling equipment maintain the integrity of the deck design on Yachts?
When the safety of your yacht and all those on board are reliant on it, investment in high-quality, reliable anchor-handling equipment is essential.
One way to achieve this is with Maxwell Retractable Vertical Capstans (RVCs), created to offer a highly effective solution for reducing clutter and trip hazards on deck, preserving the design concept without drawing the eye to the necessary, but not always visually pleasing, elements of the yacht. There is a growing trend for more considered deck design and with-it solutions for anchor-handling, bringing a demand for bespoke products accommodating customers’ specific requirements for space or weight saving (especially for sailing yacht). Through a recent commission for retractable titanium anchor arms, Maxwell was able to successfully deliver on the brief for a flush deck, featherlight and use of space.
Further collaborations have seen the development of a submarine anchor system, allowing the anchor to be hauled in through the hull, keeping all this essential but wieldy equipment hidden below the water line.
Combining in-house production with proven technology behind its of capstans, windlasses and a full range of deck equipment, Maxwell can guide yacht builders, owners, and designers, working with them to find the perfect package of anchor-handling equipment. Through a commitment to innovation, research and design proven over 53 years, Maxwell understands there is no need to compromise design over function.
Sales Director – EMEA
In a tough economic climate, how can the Propspeed foul-release coating system help to offset rising fuel costs and financially benefit owners?
A smooth propeller is an efficient propeller and it’s the reason they have a high polish finish. By reducing fouling on propellers and underwater running gear, owners can reap the benefits from maximising fuel efficiency.Read More
VP of Global Marketing & Product Management
EPIRB or PLB: Which one should I get?
Both Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) provide a fast and effective way of distress alerting and could be your best chance of survival.Read More
EPIRBs on the other hand, must be registered to a vessel and stored onboard. These beacons are bigger, with a larger battery capacity as they must transmit distress signals while floating for 48 hours. EPIRBs should be installed on all vessels carrying passengers. Possession of an EPIRB or a PLB, or preferably both, is essential for every sea safety kit.
All emergency beacons should have their registration information regularly updated with your country’s national authority, this is the best way to ensure Search and Rescue has all the information about you to help in your own rescue.
How to choose a stabilization system with minimal maintenance downtime?
The luxury of comfort and time on the water are high on the wish list for anyone onboard a superyacht. While effective roll reduction solutions are certain to enhance the experience at sea, the downside with most systems is that maintenance or repair of advanced stabilizer systems could result in many days lost, and additional costs, for owners, crew and guests.
Smartgyro’s units are ideal for yachts up to about 80 feet and can be easily installed in narrow spaces. Overmarine recently opted to install an SG80 in the stern area of the Mangusta 92, enabling maintenance and service work to be carried out inside the boat, without the need to ship it back to the factory. The addition of superior stabilization onboard the 28.3m Mangusta has earned positive reviews from the builder and owner after a smooth installation process and outstanding performance during sea trials.
Smartgyro’s SG Series consists of the SG20, SG40, SG60 and SG80 models, with further larger units under development, expanding the range for larger superyachts.
Can you have luxury and sustainability when selecting carpet?
Every year millions of tonnes of carpets and rugs are sent to landfill or incineration, while the creation of new carpets can lead to hazardous chemicals leeching into the soil and oceans causing ecological damage. The superyacht and marine industry is only a small part of a wider problem, but with a growing focus on eco-consciousness throughout the industry, now is the time for change. Read More
This revolutionary new technology takes recycled carpets and creates stunning new yarn, which is perfect for a wide range of projects and is already being specified onboard some of the latest superyachts.
We are proud to be reducers rather than producers of waste and are encouraging others to become a part of a new sustainable movement within the luxury marine industry.
Superyacht Tenders & Toys Monaco
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RENTING SUPERYACHT TENDERS AND TOYS?
We started the Superyacht Tenders and Toys rental division in response to consumer demand. With the expectations of charter guests continually rising and changing, the hire of toys rather than the financial commitment of purchase makes perfect sense. There are numerous benefits, the main being the ability to provide charter guests with a wider than usual selection of watersports.Read More
VP & General Manager
Teledyne FLIR Maritime
HOW CAN COMPACT MODERN THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS HELP WITH YACHT SECURITY?
FLIR Thermal imaging cameras turn night into day, instantly revealing a vessel’s surroundings for collision avoidance and safe night-time navigation. With optical zoom, video tracking, 360° Pan & Tilt and an unparalleled range of 15.4kms our cameras can detect, track and raise alarm of any object or person to increase your safety. Read More
WHAT DOES THE INTERNET OF THINGS REALLY MEAN TO THE YACHTING INDUSTRY AND HOW WILL IT BENEFIT?
This is a buzzword in the tech of superyachts today, but what does it mean and what can it do for the operations of a vessel? Simply put, IoT is automated Machine to Machine communications which allows for periodic or on demand exchanges of operational data. The value of logged data has been recognised for years on well run vessels. Read More
FOR ONBOARD AV AND CINEMAS, DOES FORM. FOLLOW FUNCTION OR FUNCTION FOLLOW FORM?
Form and function go hand in hand, as there is no right or wrong in design. It really is a matter of individual perception and taste. When challenges arise, there is always more than one solution. Yacht building costs exceed 1 million EUROs per running metre, so the craftsmanship of all involved is tested to the utmost.Read More
CEO and Founder
WHEN LOOKING FOR A SHORE SIDE POSITION, WHAT ARE THE MAIN POINTS TO CONSIDER?
The first thing to consider is that the information and structure of your CV is very different for a shoreside role. You need to spend time translating everything that you did in your role on-board into shore-based language. We get sent a number of crew CVs for shore-based roles that are not fit for purpose. Read More
Chief Technical Officer
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COMBINING VHF, AIS AND MOBILE INTO A SINGLE DEVICE
Combining disparate functions into a single system provides the user with a cohesive integrated experience, reducing install time, cost and complexity. Installation is simplified using a single box, eliminating external splitters and additional antennas. Operation becomes seamless with services like VHF, DSC and AIS operating congruently. Read More
WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF DIGITAL AND ANALOGUE RADIO?
Analogue radio modulates one voice call for each 12.5kHz band, with no encryption making it easier for anybody to monitor crew and guest movements. However, despite their trusty and dependable nature, analogue radios remain an enormous security risk for keeping communications private on board. Digital radio encodes and encrypts the voice, allowing more channels for a frequency. Read More
HOW CAN YACHT CREW KEEP THEIRMOBILE AND DATA ROAMING COSTS UNDER CONTROL?
Most mobile contracts offer low cost roaming bolt-ons, but these aren’t always highlighted to the customer. To avoid sky-high data and roaming charges, there’s a few ways you can reduce use, without reducing your communication options. Before travelling, ask your provider to set a data roaming cap. You can also set a warning limit on your phone. Read More
Head of superyachts
WHY SHOULD CAPTAINS AND CREW BE CONCERNED WHEN MAKING
We all have a responsibility for protecting our oceans and our local environment and on a superyacht the crew should be doing everything that they can to minimise the environmental impact of the yacht. Regulations controlling the discharge of grey and black water, bilge or ballast water are difficult to plot. Base line data is often affected by headlines and rocky outcrops, Read More
CAN CERAMIC COATINGS BE SUCCESSFULLY REMOVED PRIOR TO A PAINTING PROGRAMME?
Yes they can. In the past 10 years ceramic coatings have evolved and with the development of our removal gel it means that vessels can have the coating removed successfully prior to a paint job. Our removal gel dissolves the ceramic coating revealing the original paint beneath. We have successfully removed many coatings from vessels prior to a paint job without any problems for various painting companies around the world.Read More
Chairman & CEO
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND CHOICES FOR BLENDED 4G AND VSAT COMMUNICATIONS?
There are numerous VSAT and 4G choices available on the market today. However, it’s rarely considered how a hybrid network can deliver a more reliable internet connection than a singular network. By having both 4G and VSAT on board, should you lose 4G signal, you can automatically switch to your VSAT coverage for non-stop connectivity. The two networks also come with their own strengths for certain applications. Read More
Chief Technical Officer
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM AND THE INDUSTRY?
AIS is undergoing two significant changes. It will increasingly be integrated into other marine electronics and the user interface will be revolutionised. These will enable significant enhancements to how boaters interact with AIS information, thereby improving safety. There will inevitably be “bolt-on” additions of AIS modules from OEM suppliers into electronics, but these will provide limited benefit. Read More
WHAT CAN EFFICIENT CREW MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SERVICES BRING TO THE ‘CAPTAIN’S TABLE’?
It’s well known that a Captain’s life is a very busy one with not only the day-to-day running of the boat to look after, but also the management and wellbeing of its crew to oversee. However by engaging the services of an efficient yacht management support partner the burden of sole responsibility on the Captain can be significantly reduced with the effective provision of important but time-consuming functions.Read More
What are the main benefits of a long-term anti-fouling solution?
There are several options of anti-foul paints that combine copper with biocides. Copper is a popular anti¬fouling material, being both safe and effective. Nevertheless, there are disadvantages to conventional anti-fouling paint in general, as they are usually only effective for a year or two and the regular haul-outs and reapplications required means it becomes expensive.Read More
CEO & PARTNER
What are the main benefits of installing an exhaust purification system?
Most invest time and money, either on pleasure or financial ROI. Investing in an Exhaust Purification System combines both. You will enjoy the stay on the yacht more, and the yacht’s residual value will improve. Just like any other industry, you upgrade or buy new, but buying new has a worse ROI, than upgrading. Exhilator systems are very easy to install, we removed all the complexity, and made it a ‘plug and play system’, Read More
What are the advantages of running parallel generators on larger yachts?
Larger yachts have traditionally been fitted with two or more over¬sized independent generators to provide the capacity to cover peak power demands, but they mostly operate at 50% or less of their overall output capability. A more efficient and environmentally-friendly way to meet the fluctuating use of the generator system is to connect multiple generators in parallel, with each genset capable of independent operation, Read More
I-Cap Marine Ltd
Whats the lost important part of yacht management?
As we all know, effective communication is always of great benefit. Whilst at sea, however, it’s also of paramount importance. Whether it’s the Captain, the Crew or the Support Services Partners ashore, the smooth, efficient and indeed safe running of a boat at sea involves the co-operation of many key stakeholders, each of whom have their own important and unique part to play. Read More
Can yachting easily reduce its carbon footprint?
Proven hybrid electric power is certainly the immediate way forward for superyachts and the clean fuel alternatives being investigated by various superyacht shipyards is a positive step. The Norwegians have introduced tough environmental legislation and are driving towards electric hybrid and battery-powered vessels, with several innovative new build projects aiming for zero emissions by 2030. Read More
Clyde & Co
Can I fly a drone over nearby superyachts or in a marina?
The location of the superyacht (international waters or territorial waters) as well as the flag of the yacht determines the laws and regulations a drone operator should comply with. Within the EU, it is governed by the national aviation authorities of each member state unless you have permission from the relevant authorities. Read More
The Spectrum IFA Group
What should junior crew do with their salaries?
First and foremost, pay off any existing debts. These cost a ridiculous amount in interest. Then build an Emergency Pot. At least three months’ salary available at all times in case you find yourself looking for a job. Thirdly, save for education in order to progress your career, consider the costs of education. Read More
How can we protect the yacht during periods of refit?
For the regular crew on board a yacht, protecting the delicate surfaces in common practice, however, when entering a yard for technical or refit periods, there is often a feeling of anxiety from the Captain and Crew about protecting the precious asset. The yards must reassure the crew that all necessary precautions are being taken. Read More
Shipyard Supply Co
Explain the yacht tender lifting point certification?
We have seen first-hand the confusion and lack of attention to detail applied to tender lifting points and equipment. Uncertainty is primarily due to the different requirements and certifications from flag, class and local testing facilities, all of which is compounded by location. In the UK, we insist on LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) as this is the most widely accepted standard. Read More
How Can you reduce your plastic waste on board?
It’s very encouraging to see the move away from the use of plastics on the yachts. By following a few simple steps it is possible to achieve an onboard water quality so that the owners, guests and crew can shower, use and drink in confidence, compliance and comfort. Putting in place a Fresh Water Safety Plan is the first step in maintaining and monitoring your water for quality control.Read More
Explain the ‘Music Hull Experience’ created for the Pershing 8X?
The Music Hull system allows listening to music underwater, during the diving or snorkelling sessions. It is a new way of experiencing relaxation at sea, lulled by the sounds or words that we prefer. This innovative solution, developed by the Ferretti Group Engineering Department in collaboration with Videoworks, is managed with the VOTIS infotainment system, Read More
What are the latest developments for on board entertainment systems?
The biggest development is IP Television, this means you do not have to use any tvro’s anymore only a good and stable internet which could be provided for example by cellweaver. Other latest developments are Apple TV solutions, updates via App and Music streams. A yacht owner or guest, have to feel that they can go across the world with just one single touch of a touchscreen button. Read More
Co-founder & Director
JMS Crew and JMS (Monaco)
As a crew member is bigger always better?
More and more I am getting Crew members stating a specific size of yacht they are looking to join, when i hear this I immediately roll out the phrase that ” bigger isn’t always better” which in the case of Superyachts is VERY relevant. One size most definitely doesn’t fit all in this industry and it often takes a bit of trial and error before you find out what works for you. Read More
Shipyard Supply Co
What options are available in inflatable fender construction?
There are three main fabrics used in inflatable fender construction; PVC, Hypalon and Polyurethane (PU) and each has its pros and cons depending on budget and intended usage. Most will be familiar with PVC fenders as they’re used on small dinghies through to superyachts. They’re lightweight, have neat welded seams and generally offer the most cost-effective way of protecting the boat. Read More
In a growing age of cyber-crime at sea, how can we ensure our navigational systems are safe?
Since the development of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in the late 70s, Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) based on satellite input has been vital on board Superyachts, allowing GNSS receivers to determine location using time signals transmitted from space. The best way to protect navigational systems from intentional interference is with a multi-layered suite of resilient PNT solutions: Read More
Orolia Maritime also offers alternative navigation signals such as Satellite Time and Location (STL), an encrypted signal 1000x stronger than GNSS. It resists spoofing using its SecurSync platform and a gyro-based dead reckoning capability, which allows vessels to maintain course even when there has been total denial of navigation signals.
Whats the best solution for slow flowing grey water drains?
Slow flowing drains can cause a multitude of issues from bad odours to flooding but more importantly these hidden areas can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Well maintained, clean, odour-free pipes will help crew and guests feel they are in a sterile, healthy environment, whilst preventing infections which can lead to more serious health issues.Read More
Marinevac can assist in protecting your environment and for the last 10 years have been developing new techniques to keep onboard drains clean and infection-free. Our most recent development is a unique machine that delivers a high pressure cleansing jet throughout the pipe system, cleaning away build up of emulsified fats & grease from the entire inner surface of the pipes leaving them free from obstruction & contamination. The flexible high-pressure hose not only delivers a degreasing agent but can also include an optional biocide treatment which will inhibit future bacteria growth.
The Wild Group
Could the future of eco friendly anti foul be a silicon wrap?
This is something I have been asked a lot over the last few years, and I have always been very sceptical.. after all, current biocide anti fouls are reasonably effective, cheap and easy to apply, so why change?Read More
However, there are challenges too; Hull prep is very important, Time of application, Top speed is currently 30 knots, Lifting with out damaging the wrap. One thing is for sure, we all want clean/healthy seas, and coupled with legislation slowly tightening up, Silicon Based Anti Foul Wrap are starting to look like a very good option.
What is the benefit of using the ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Contract (ISRC)?
The ISRC is the industry standard refit contract and is used by the large majority of management companies and refit shipyards across the world. Refits can be costly, complex and take a significant length of time, so it is important that any agreement provides security for both client and the shipyard. Read More
What can efficient and robust crew management support services bring to the ‘Captain’s Table’?
It’s well known that a Captain’s life is a very busy one with not only the day-to-day running of the boat to look after, but also the management and wellbeing of its crew to oversee. However by engaging the services of an efficient yacht management support partner the burden of sole responsibility on the Captain can be significantly reduced with the effective provision of important but time-consuming functions. Read More
What are the Important issues to consider for an AV refit ?
When embarking on an AV refit it is important to remember the boundaries within which you are working and the expectations of a client. Whereas a new build project is essentially a blank canvas, refits are generally restricted on one way or another which must be incorporated into the design of the system. The level to which a design must be adapted depends on the scope of project itself Read More
Product Manager – Marine
How does a source of pure water save time and cost for boat owners?
The countless hours spent by crew cleaning, washing and buffing their yacht are significantly increased when there are impurities in the washing water as streaks and spots are left behind. Dissolved solids can be destructive to marine paints, coatings, hardware and other yacht finishes and detrimental for interior surfaces such as sinks, stainless taps, toilets, water solenoids and shower screens. Read More
Technical Sales Manager
What differentiates the ‘BRABUS Shadow 800 by Axopar’ compared to the standard Axopar 37 Sun Top?
Although the hull lines of new ‘BRABUS Shadow 800 by Axopar’ are based upon the existing Axopar 37 Sun-Top, that’s where any direct comparison ends. Launched in January this year, the BRABUS version is supplied complete with a long list of quality, standard ‘extras’, that justify the additional cost. Powered by dual Mercury Marine 400R supercharged racing engines, still fine for everyday use. Read More
EMEA OEM Sales Manager
What are the important elements on retro fitting audio entertainment systems?
The biggest problem you usually face when retrofitting any electronic devices is compatibility. The good news is that if you stick to speaker installation, the existing cables can often be re-used and as long as the speakers and amplifiers have matching impedance, there should be no compatibility issues.Read More
The even better news is that audio entertainment systems are coming along leaps and bounds when it comes to combining connectivity and sound quality. Our new Apollo series, for example, eliminates a lot of the traditional issues with retro fitting multi-room audio systems because of the wireless “PartyBus” set up. Not only is installation simple and effective thanks to built-in Wifi and the ability to connect to a yacht’s existing network, but it lets users enables different audio sources to be played in different areas of the boat or link up all PartyBus enabled products and play the same perfectly synced audio throughout. With a range of new technologies such as feed forward limiters, boosting parameters, real time volume equalizers, speaker profiling, environmental profiling and much more, the Apollo Series is a real gamechanger for premium audio entertainment in the marine industry.
What are the benefits of having a multiband router on-board a vessel working with your VSAT system?
A multiband 4G router working in conjunction with your VSat system will ensure the cheapest available wireless broadband connection is always in use. Our latest Hubba X4 Global has truly worldwide capability to connect to shore based mobile networks and can also connect to free Wi-Fi in port.
By sending out continuous “pings” on all available routes, Read More
In a typical scenario, a vessel located in its home port will be connected to the marina Wi-Fi, then on departure will switch to 4G until far enough away from land to fail back to VSat. On returning to shore the process works in reverse.
Head of Product
What are the benefits of Yacht Accounting software?
Voly has evolved from a simple expense management platform to the fully integrated, multi-currency payment platform it is today. This evolution was driven by a need identified within the yachting market for a ‘one-stop-shop’ financial solution.Read More
Before Voly clients had to utilise multiple platforms for managing purchase orders, logging invoice payments, FX trades and credit cards all of which were being charged at extortionate rates for convenience by big banks potentially delaying payments by weeks. We wanted to create a platform where these could be managed in one place whilst giving clients the assurances that we are bringing them the most competitive rates in the market.
With Voly our clients have the convenience of a single platform, with access to their full operational accounts allowing for complete visibility and control of authorisations and budgeted spend.
We have integrated with one of the largest non-bank FX houses in the world giving our clients the comfort and security that their money is in safe hands whilst providing them will a fully integrated solution.
Ocean 1 Yacht Tenders
What do Captains Demand from a Yacht Tender?
Since 2007, I’ve been skippering the 170’ Royal Huisman schooner Meteor with the previous 27 years spent racing, captaining other large yachts and working in the charter market. With owner and guest comfort of paramount importance across all forms of yachting, it was clear that the design, performance and construction of yacht tenders needed more attention. Read More
The yacht tender is, at times, their very first encounter with the sea. To set the tone, the tender must ferry passengers—often totaling 20 or more—in style with proven ergonomics and performance while providing a smooth, fast and dry ride. The boat must handle all conditions, plane easily, be fuel efficient and maintain efficiency and comfort in low cruise speeds. Whether headed to the mother yacht or out to dinner and dancing, the yacht tender is a critical part of the yachting experience.”