The great thing about being an independent online magazine is that we don’t have to worry too much about what people think of us. We can also express our likes and dislikes freely without fearing to alienate our sponsor base. Or being obliged to promote supplier content, as interesting as that might be, infomercials which are often the graveyard of many publications that, like in Jackson Browne’s song the Pretender, a Yacht Rock favourite, started out so young and bold only to surrender.
Or maybe not. In an ideal world, as my editor points out, we can write what we like. Print and be dammed. This is not an ideal world, he says. The Golden Rule: whoever has the gold rules. So I have to tone it down and go ahead my natural instincts which are to roast the lot of ’em.
Today we are going to look at Superyacht blogs and podcasts.
The Yacht Stew
Top of the dial comes the yacht stew, the yacht muse who enthuses about her chosen profession. She is Gemma Hulbert. She also features on the new one percent podcast. If there is an award for enthusiasm Gemma would win hands down. She glows with enthusiasm for all matters pertaining to the art of stewardship on a yacht.
Her yacht stew blog bubbles with tips, interpersonal counseling, and career advice. It is a very pink blog: plenty of talk of my girls and color-coordinated dinner service. Ever wondered what white-glove service is? Need an insight into silver service? Gemma has the lowdown. She is an insider, a force of nature, a truly talented -and honest – blogger. She has even been interviewed by CNN. Since her husband and fellow superyachteer Ben wants an army of kids, we may see her move on from the chief stew role into something more land-based but whatever she does her enthusiasm will be contagious.
The your skipper guy, Cameron Spingthorpe, Master 500gt – Chief Mate 3000gt, has a short series of podcasts but has been silent since July 2019.
One outstanding podcast episode is with Ron Boogaard of Horizon Yachts. Though these podcasts are strictly amateur, they are professionally made, with its very own theme tune. No pretensions, no airs or graces, no jargon, just a refreshing love of the sea and yachts. Definitely one to check back on to see if there have been updates.
The big daddy of podcasts has to be the Superyacht Radio series. Ranging from 17 minutes to an hour and a half, this in real insider stuff as all the hosts and interviewed are superyacht professionals. Except maybe Thomas de Bernede who is a magician and illusionist. Available on Spotify you can download the whole series and listen offline when out of internet connectivity. Founders Dave and Maeve Dempsey are admirably focused on preserving the marine environment. Topics include interviews with CEOs, local agents in unusual locations, conservationists, topics such as mental health, law and life stories.
(A lot of them are about his Porsche which are fun, especially the one where he crashes his new Boxter just after he bought it. I confess I felt schadenfreude at that one. ) His series of videos include most outrageous purchases by a superyacht owner and Stephen Spielberg needs a bigger yacht.
Other worthy mentions go to YA Crew and the blog written by Abi Smith. Let us not forget to tip our hat to Angela Orrechio who writes for the Savvy Stewardess Blog.
Work on Yacht is another Yacht Stew blog that serves as an insider guide.
Yacht Needs which is making a bigger splash in the superyacht app world has an interesting blog that is definitely worth checking out.
Bloggers, we salute you
Those bloggers who have persevered with their blogs, after being greeted with the deafening roar of silence on launching, we salute you. It takes many months of indifference to get an audience. You also get a lot of insults along the way, if you leave the comments enabled. Many blogs start out so young and bold only to surrender. The bloggers who persevere are driven by passion which is the real fuel of the industry, not diesel, not turbine generated electricity. It rolls the waves and gets you up in the morning. You cannot pretend passion for your craft.
The social philosopher Henri Pachard wrote: "when the rich turn their backs on the world, they soon find themselves lined up against a wall." It is the nature of rebellion, never a polite and good-mannered affair but incoherent and angry.
Extension rebellion stormed the barricades at the Mets Trade 2022 recently, unfurling, banners, and shouting a lot of abuse about the very existence of superyachts
As the world's richest get richer, so too does their desire for the ultimate in luxury. This is nowhere more apparent than in the superyacht market. These enormous vessels have been growing ever larger in recent years, as owners attempt to outdo one another with ever more opulent designs. But what will the superyachts of the future look like?
Men and women have been imagining journeys to far off and magical realms since the dawn of recorded history. Civilisations have left tales of fantastic voyages on magic carpets, of odysseys to strange lands, populated by weird and wonderful creatures on distant islands. The earliest Romances had knights travelling on quests to fight mythical creatures. Jules Verne imagined a journey to the centre of the earth and twenty thousand leagues under the sea.