The latest Dockwalk December 2020 issue is now out, bringing you relevant content for all on board from entry level to senior positions from our stable of expert writers of both current and former crew.
Traditionally, the December content includes a charter special. This year, we take a look at the 2020 Caribbean charter season, which may be unlike any other before. As uncertainty swirls around the globe with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several charter brokers share their knowledge on what you might expect.
“Without question, there is definitely demand,” says Agnes Howard, charter broker at Camper & Nicholsons. “You can see across the databases that yachts are booking up, especially for the holidays. As the islands are announcing they’re opening, my sense is that the Caribbean in general will really try to stay open for the winter season.” Get more insight from the brokers, the latest COVID-19 rules and requirements down island, and ideas for keeping guests entertained on board in “Open for Business” on page 17.
While there’s no stopping the motion of the ocean, modern tech can help counter its effects. Long-time contributor Louisa Beckett investigates the latest in stabilization from gyros to fins to combo installations on board in “Keeping on an Even Keel” on page 35.
Improving the industry’s green credentials are essential. Chief Engineer John Pierce offers potential solutions for making the yachting industry more sustainable for both new builds and refit projects. But how easy are the changes? He discusses the options in “Building a Zero-Carbon Future” on page 41.
Bigger tends to mean better, and for captains, longer LOA equates to more prestige. But in our New Launch, Capt. Pierre Ausset on Horizon Yachts’ 31 metre Tò-Kalòn shares how trading in larger yachts for compatible owners was the secret to his success in “Going Bigger on Tò-Kalòn” on page 28.
In news, Superyacht Australia shares details of their Great Reef Census Project, and we chat to crewmember Athene Macrae on how she juggles the job and her new sustainable swimwear line. Former deckhand Jessie Douglas also shares how her yachting experience shaped her new artistic endeavor.
Also in this issue are interviews with chief engineer Görkem Uzun, who is currently aboard a 32-meter motor yacht, head chef Sam Molyneux of 63 metre Baton Rouge, and deckhand/personal trainer Dylan de Villiers on a 27 metre vessel.
All this and our usual monthly columns for the engineer, chef, stew, and deckhand can be found in the December issue of Dockwalk.