Megayacht News Radio introduces luxury-yacht enthusiasts to leaders in the industry, from the top shipyards to the premier design studios and more. As the official podcast of MegayachtNews.com, it enhances the website's focus on real stories of real interest. MegayachtNews.com is the first, and only, independent website devoted to helping American yacht owners and their representatives make better-informed decisions when it comes to commissioning and using their yachts.
Megayacht News Radio: Quay Crew on the Superyacht Crew Mental Health Crisis
Due to growing concerns about mental health among superyacht crew, we have a sobering conversation for this episode. Tim Clarke, the director of Quay Crew, and Charles Watkins, the managing director of and a clinical psychologist with Mental Health Support Solutions, explain how their companies joined forces to conduct a survey of more than 1,000 crewmembers. There are some alarming discoveries—such as nearly half of all crew have considered leaving yachting due to stress, burnout, poor leadership, and other issues. But, there’s also good news, with the overwhelming majority of crew believing it would be helpful to have some type of mental-health training, for themselves and to help their fellow crew.
Furthermore, in this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Clarke and Watkins discuss:
· why Quay Crew felt the survey was important in the first place
· how most of the issues come down to poor leadership—with “leadership” being the responsibility of more people than captains
· how female crew’s challenges are disparately high, and how most crew, regardless of gender, don’t know how to access available resources
· what steps captains, yacht department heads, owners’ representatives, and other advisors can start implementing now to turn the tide.
Megayacht News Radio: Patrick Lahey, Triton Submarines
Personal submarines have become more popular aboard megayachts--but they're also more than just toys. They open up a world of possibilities to owners, guests, and crew, letting them see life beneath the ocean's surface that otherwise they'd never discover, and in turn better appreciate this big blue marble we all call home. Patrick Lahey of Triton Submarines is well versed in how to make these possibilities a reality. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, we discuss how Triton Submarines has designed and engineered dozens of manned submersibles for superyacht owners around the world, plus how he has taken part in historic and truly extraordinary expeditions to the deepest depths of the oceans.
Megayacht News Radio: Bugsy Drake, Superyacht Stew & Queen of Theme
Christine “Bugsy” Drake is a superyacht stew who thousands of television fans are familiar with thanks to the Bravo series Below Deck Mediterranean. More importantly, Bugsy is a seasoned yachtie and a newly published book author. She wowed television viewers with her extraordinary creativity the way that she’s been wowing yacht owners and guests since joining the yachting industry—and she shares her favorite decorative and theme tips, plus a lot more, in her book The Art of Tablescaping; Deck Out Your Table With the Queen of Theme. In this Megayacht News Radio podcast, Bugsy shares what it’s like to work onboard superyachts, what the so-called Below Deck effect is on the industry, and of course what inspired her book. In fact, she asserts that anyone, regardless of budget, can re-create the amazing tablescapes and theme parties she reveals.
Megayacht News Radio: Geoff Moore, West Nautical
Geoff Moore, the managing director of West Nautical, accomplishes a lot with a small team in terms of superyacht management, sales, and charter. What's particularly notable, though, West Nautical is making a concerted effort to educate buyers, owners, and charterers. In fact, the staff regularly posts original articles on the company website, guiding clients through their options and inspiring them with creative suggestions on what to do while cruising on vacation, rather than posting generic itineraries or a litany of sales they just completed. The reason is simple: Geoff believes education is the single most important thing he, his team, and the yachting industry overall needs to do to do right by customers, especially newcomers to the yachting lifestyle.
In this Megayacht News Radio podcast, Geoff shares his views on a few things, including:
why time is more important to owners than anything elsewhy West Nautical has tools like a fuel calculator on its websiteand why "tell them the truth" is the operative philosophy that the industry needs to approach when it comes to dealing with clients.
Megayacht News Radio: Falcon Tenders, Superyacht Tender Specialists
Mark Pascoe and Dean Stoneman run the British superyacht tender builder Falcon Tenders. While Falcon is a new name in the sector, Mark and Dean are anything but new to the world of highly detailed, high-performing craft. In fact, they're pairing their collective experience to bring something new to the superyacht tender sector: a small, family-style operation that can rival larger companies with its skilled craftspeople capable of delivering fully custom designs.
In this Megayacht News Radio podcast, you'll learn how Falcon Tenders is blazing a new trail. It's doing so through partnerships with top-tier stylists like Tim Heywood, Michael Leach, and Patrick Banfield, as well as some lesser-known but equally gifted designers like David Weiss. It's further doing so by incorporating more sustainable materials like reclaimed teak and more sustainable systems like hybrid propulsion.
Megayacht News Radio: Yomira, Charter Designers for Extraordinary Experiences
Amanda Armstrong and Neil Hornsby are two longtime charter brokers who actually consider themselves more like charter designers. The founders of Yomira, which translates to “your ocean” in Sanskrit, are not your customary charter professionals, and neither is their firm. Armstrong and Hornsby realized the longtime “yacht first” ideology in yacht charter just wasn’t right for the changes naturally occurring among clientele. Therefore, they’re making charter experiences less complex, more transparent, and more interactive.
In this Megayacht News Radio podcast with the duo, you’ll learn:
· how they’re helping clients uncover what they truly want to do even when they can’t or don’t know how to express it
· why now, even in the midst of a pandemic, is the right time for Yomira to emerge
· how the onshore experience is becoming even more important during a superyacht charter, and how Yomira has a “little black book” of connections from French Polynesia to Porto Cervo to make the magic happen
· and more.
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