Megayacht captains tell us what makes their job easier.
Capt. Colin Boyle, of the 196-foot Cloud 9, says the yacht’s skylounge area is the go-to area for guests (and sometimes crew) and helps him keep everyone onboard happy:
Its rapid transformation into cinema mode wows most guests, with its huge screen and low, comfortable sofas for the whole guest party to sink into. With 500 movies on the system and HD/Blu-ray capability, the crew just needs to add popcorn and drinks to complete the scene.
A night at the movies has also been a fantastic, albeit occasional, treat for crew, should we find ourselves at anchor at the end of a busy charter.
(Camper & Nicholsons)
Capt. Doug Peterson of the 191-foot Mi Sueo says that he prefers to have analog backups to the sophisticated machinery onboard. Though it’s not often used, the sextant is a vital fallback in case of technological emergencies.
(International Yacht Collection (IYC); West Marine)
Despite working on a ship wired with PCs, Capt. Mike O’Neill of the 200-foot Majestic says he can’t do without his Mac. It’s reliable, dependable, and allows him to do everything from work on crew accounts, create slideshows for guests, and stay in contact when he’s at sea.
(Burgess Group Inc; Apple)
Capt. Simon Truelove of the 151-foot Audacia says he’s sure to stock the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser onboard for his crew. The crew relies on the the Magic Eraser because it can clean anything and everything off the deck.
(International Yacht Collection (IYC); Mr. Clean)
This article originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.