This year’s first issue of The Crew Report is out now and available to download.

We know lots of you will have had exhausting Caribbean seasons so we wanted to bring you some fun reads, and we’re even refreshed the design for you, too. For example, we speak to superyacht captains and a superyacht vet about bringing our canine companions, from the funny stories to the need-to-know paperwork. We also bring you a really positive interview with a now-chief stewardess (our online preview was really popular!) who joined the industry at 51 years old, as well as taking a walk down memory lane with today’s captains and hearing what they’d bring back from the old days of yachting.

We think we’ve saved the best till last with our Superyacht Golden Ticket trilogy. You’ll find the third part of our survey results, of over 1,000 superyact crew, which reveal your favourite recruitment agencies and training companies.

Specifically for the captains this issue is a column from Captain Simon Johnson about the need to offer today’s new crew long-term financial incentives, as well as a column from Captain David Clarke on the difficulties faced by the increasingly found ‘40m first-time captain’.  We also advise captains who haven’t had to hunt for a job for decades on how to approach a job interview after being let go by an employer.

We also look at why so many crew are more attracted to an employer owning a commercial superyacht and the divide in skill level this causes between private and commercial crew.

Speaking of employers, one engineer responds in length to our online column from Captain Guy Booth about sourcing quality crew (read Captain Booth’s column here) by questioning whether we as an industry really are quality employers. And, we also look at why so many crew are more attracted to an employer owning a commercial superyacht and the divide in skill level this causes between private and commercial crew.

We take a visit to the shipyard, too, and hear from one captain about how a two-week refit turned into an eight-month refit, as well as taking a look at just how much crews’ tender maintenance is taken into account into the tender design process.

There’s a lot more, too, from the latest and most advanced safety products to ways in which captains have elongated the superyacht experience for their owners.

The Crew Report, issue 77: read it now.