Issue 71 of The Crew Report, our Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show issue, is out now and available to download.

The issue’s publication ties in with the official relaunch of online recruitment and training portal, so we’ve focused this issue on crew careers and training offered by the industry. In previous issues we’ve looked at the problems created by crewmembers rushing through their qualifications and reaching their first captain’s position quickly. So in this issue we asked the industry’s first officers to submit questions they had about the jump from first officer to captain, and we put these to the industry’s captains, who provided their answers based on their experience of being at the helm.

In addition, Captain Rod Hatch, council member of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA), looks at the long-term career opportunities for captains who one day may wish to transfer their career shoreside – an increasingly pertinent topic in a crowded and competitive market.

A topic never to be missed when discussing crewmembers’ careers is rotation. Joe Hodgson, superyacht engineer turned recruitment agent, speaks to today’s engineers about rotation in the engine room in the context of the increasing number of commercially-qualified engineers (who will have plenty of experience of working with rotation in the commercial sector) in the superyacht industry.

Training also plays an important part in issue 71. We look at the relevance of the Yachtmaster CoC in today’s industry, and speak to chief examiner at the RYA, Richard Falk, about the problems the association is having with crewmembers viewing the Yachtmaster CoC as a course rather than a ticket, and the subsequent result of junior crew getting command tickets. We also interview Rupert Connor, president of Luxury Yacht Group, about the problems surrounding training and licensing in today’s industry.

Of course, as always, captains feature significantly. This issue’s ‘Captains’ comments’ feature looks at the increasingly managerial role of today’s captain and asks the question: how can captains and managers work better together? We also hear from Captain Ian Van der Watt of 43m M/V Copasetic about life aboard an expedition superyacht, as well as hearing from Captain Gareth Sheppard about The Big Blue’s environmentally-focused refit.

We speak to the captain of M/V Copasetic about skippering an expedition superyacht. Image courtesy of Copasetic's owners.

Issue 71 also looks at the use of ‘black boxes’ in superyacht bridges, or Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), and whether this technology should be adopted by more superyachts; provides you with the full results to our crew communications survey, in partnership with NSSLGlobal, and puts the findings to the industry’s ETOs for comment; looks at how crew can improve safety in the increasing likelihood of a helideck landing; and, not to be missed, Martin H. Redmayne brings you news of our Superyacht Golden Ticket competition.

Issue 71 of The Crew Report is on its way to businesses and crew all over the world. Click here to download your copy.

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