Will 3D printing be the future of yacht manufacturing?

Boat international spoke to some of the “most influential people in the yachting industry” to hypothesise key trends for the future of the yachting industry. 3D printing seemed to be a popular prediction for the future of yachts. Many large industries have already adopted 3D printing for manufacturing. For example, the healthcare industry, the aerospace industry, and the defence industry have all incorporated 3D printing into their manufacturing. This fundamental transformation has enabled distributed manufacturing and decentralised production. Furthermore, this has contributed to materials development, expanded digital architecture, and greater endurance within 3D manufacturing technologies. Additive manufacturing (3D printing) has offered more efficient solutions by saving time in the design process and “[enables] easy scalability in rapid prototyping to full-scale manufacturing” (Rush LaSelle, Senior Director, Jabil).

Gregory C Marshall (Canadian yacht designer) informs The Boat International that the future of yachting lies in new technology: “We are deep into the possibility that we could print an entire yacht using 3D additive printing.” Some innovative players in the maritime sector have already adopted 3D technology into some design components for their boats. For example, the 12’4″ (6.5 meters) long, 8’2″ (2.5 meters) wide, and about 1763.7lbs (800 kg) in weight boat named MAMBO is a fully functional 3D fibreglass boat. The Pioner 14 Active Dark Line model is Europe’s first seaworthy 3D printed boat, and it is made “layer by layer” from a mixture of glass fibre and plastic. The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has focused on the world’s first autonomous 3D printed boat: Roboat, as part of five-year research.

A notable boat that has been ground-breaking in the maritime industry is 3Dirigo. This boat was announced by the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center in September 2019. If you have not heard of 3Dirigo, the 3Dirigo is the world’s largest 3D-printed boat. It only took 72 hours to make the whole 25′ (7.6m) long, 5,000lbs (2,268kg) boat! This boat is so impressive that it holds the record for being the world’s largest solid 3D printed item.  Unlike other moulds, a 3D-printed mould is made from thermoplastics and wood composites that take a very short time to make, and they can be recycled, unlike traditionally made products that are disposed of in landfills.

According to MaineBoats:

“The 3D printing project puts Maine at the forefront of a rapidly evolving industry, and has the potential to make a ground-breaking difference not only for boatbuilders, but also for other manufacturing sectors.”

However, this boat won’t actually be used, but it has been tested in a pool at the Alfond 22 Ocean Engineering Laboratory test site.

But will 3D printing be the future of superyacht manufacturing? Well, on average, a superyacht is from 40 metres (130 ft) to more than 180 metres (590 ft) in length. In contrast, the Ingersoll Machine only has the capacity to print objects that are 100 feet long, 20 feet wide and 10 feet tall, according to MaineBoats. But when 3D technology advances and has the capacity to build larger objects, it is not impossible that 3D printers could make superyachts in the future. Thus, Gregory C Marshall states that this technology will disrupt virtually every aspect of the industry. It’s a lot closer than you think — I’d say 2050 — and we will see large component parts before that.”

Do you think 3D printing will be used commonly for superyacht manufacturing in the future? Let us know in the comment section below!






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How the CrewPass app helps with day-to-day operations.

CrewPass is the new gold standard of employment, and leading crew recruitment agencies recognise our accreditation. We aim to make the marine industry safer for yacht crew, vessels, and agencies. CrewPass offers employers assurance that their staff are who they say they are by providing ID verification checks and enhanced background checks (including criminal record checks).

However, CrewPass is more than a crew vetting service; we also offer an innovative app that provides yacht crew and captains an operation hub that makes day to day operations run smoother. This app sets us apart from our competition as CrewPass aims to bring the yachting industry into the 21st century by putting all essential tasks, documents, and information in one app to improve the performance of vessels. In this blog, I will explain the key features of the CrewPass app, including encrypted chats, watch rotas, our vault of information, the ins and outboard, and crew lists.

Information kept in a "vault"

CrewPass’ app acts like a vault storing all of your useful information and documents in one place. Crew members can add all their basic personal information, i.e., visas, vaccinations, training certificates… Accessing all this information in one place makes life just a little bit easier for you. If you have signed up to CrewPass and you have been approved by us, you can also send out your unique ID number to potential employers so that they can send you a record request. If you accept this record request, your employer will have access to all your stored information and documents making the employment process hassle-free.

Other basic information can be added, giving you a chance to shine within our description box and skills box. Basic (but essential) information such as your name, date of birth and location are featured under your profile. There will be no more worrying about where you have misplaced documents because we will keep all of this secure within our app. Plus, we will even inform you when a document like a training certificate needs renewing, keeping you in the loop and on top of your game at all times!

Digitalised crew list

CrewPass’ app allows captains to effortlessly assign new and existing crew members to the current vessel’s crew list. Our crew list will enable vessels to have a complete list of employees in one place! The crew list is fully digitalised, allowing captains to access this list from their mobile devices. Like all of CrewPass’ app features, the crew list is straightforward to manage; therefore, it is easy to add or remove crew within seconds. The crew list also shows crew members’ vessel positions and if they have been approved or not and if they are on or off-board etc. Having access to a digitalised crew list increases accessibility to valuable information and enhances efficiency.

In and out board and smart beacons

The CrewPass crew list feature directly links to the in and outboard. This app feature allows crew members to update their vessel location to either ‘Onboard,’ ‘Off the vessel,’ or ‘On leave’ by tapping the CrewPass beacons with their phones. These beacons will be provided to vessels free of charge allowing captains to implement this new clocking system effortlessly to their routine. Once a crew member taps in or out with the beacons, their vessel status will be automatically updated on the crew list. This is a crucial safety feature as this allows captains to instantly locate staff in case of an emergency on board. For example, if there was a fire on board, the captain can account for who is currently on board and give that information to emergency services to prevent potential incidents.

Digitalised watch rotas

At CrewPass, we aim to make life onboard easier which is why we have digitalised watch rotas allowing you to access these rotas on your phones and tablets. It is a straightforward process; the captain can put anyone on the vessel’s crew list on watch. Crew members will be notified when they have been on watch via our app, and the crew will be categorised by their vessel department. CrewPass digitalised watch rotas so that everyone on board can access their rota wherever and whenever. Increase your vessel’s efficiency by planning weeks in advance! Easily assign or remove crew to and from the watch rota. CrewPass watch rotas also have a feature that allows captains to lock the watch rotas, enabling crew members to access and view the rota without editing or changing it.

Inter-crew encrypted chats

Many captains typically do not like crew using social media onboard, but communications is still vital, which is why CrewPass has created a professional chat feature to please all involved! With the CrewPass inter-crew vessel chats, crew and captains can create private and group chats. Create department group chats or speak one on one with the captain on a private chat. This innovative app feature is also handy for people who do not have social media or for people who keep their social media private. Crew members who do not subscribe to social media no longer need to be excluded from socialising and onboard communication! CrewPass’ encrypted chats allow crew and captains to communicate within their vessel securely.

If you are interested in CrewPass’ services feel free to request a demo. Make sure to keep up to date with CrewPass by signing up with our newsletter and our social media pages.


Interview with Brooke Laughton: Below Deck Mediterranean cast member and owner of the Nautie Yachtie Coach

Brooke Laughton is a very influential figure in the yachting community. The ex-yacht chief stewardess has 7 years of experience in the yachting industry and was previously a cast member of Below Deck Mediterranean and Channel 5’s Secrets of Superyachts. Brooke was an aspiring journalist from Manchester, UK, who graduated from university and worked in the most magnificent countries worldwide as a yacht crew member. Brooke was so kind enough to take part in an interview to answer some relevant questions relating to the yachting industry.

Please can you tell me about your vessel position and what a day looks like in that position…

I’ve worked on various different types of Vessels, Sailing yachts from 40-93m, expedition yachts, motor yachts and a luxury Catamaran. My previous 4 positions were as a Chief Stewardess.

All different vessels will have different operations, such as sailing yachts being more tailored to the sport and so more rigorous preparation for stowing and securing the vessel for sailing and all crew members being involved in line handling and sometimes racing in regattas.

As a Chief Stewardess, a typical day (on a trip) would centre around service/ mealtimes/event planning with a high focus on guest relations as well as overseeing other stewardesses within housekeeping and laundry. This position is basically managing the interior of the vessel to an extremely high standard and often juggling different tasks to achieve this.

A typical day off charter (no guests on board) would be maintaining the interior state, undertaking time-consuming tasks you can’t do on charter such as polishing glassware/cutlery/ornaments and updating inventories. It would also consist of prepping for the next trip as it approaches- ‘detailing’ the interior (a perfect standard of cleanliness and organisation), provisioning, ordering flowers, to name just a few.

What training did you do to get into this position?

In order to work on any vessel, you need the marine course-STCW. This is a course that focuses on safety at sea from firefighting, first aid, abandon ship protocols, crowd management and security etc. The course is only one week, and I took mine during University in Liverpool, UK.

The second mandatory requirement is an ENG1 medical to check you’re fit to work at sea.

Although there are plenty of other courses available for green crew, I never did this prior to starting as every boat has a unique style, and most existing crew would rather train the new crew in the unique style of that vessel. I think that now the industry is a lot more popular than when I started out, further developmental courses would be beneficial to make aspiring green crew stand out.

During my time in the yachting industry, I obtained further courses such as my ‘Day Skipper Sailing’, ‘Power Boat level 2’ and my ‘WSET level2’ (for further wine and spirit knowledge). Some vessels even offer paid courses within your contract!

How did you end up in the yachting industry? What was the process?

I studied Journalism combined with creative writing at University and loved the idea of being a travel journalist. As I was about to graduate, I knew I didn’t want to start a job working in an office and felt like I wanted to travel and have an adventure first (and somehow tie in a travel blog to keep up my writing), but I had no idea how I could make this happen.

About a month before my final exams, I was watching TV, and Below Deck came on, the first time I had heard of the industry and decided to do some research on how I could do this for a few years. A few days after my last exam, I’d arranged to fly to the South of France with a pile of CV’s and stayed in a yachting specific hostel and began my job search there. Walking up and down the various marinas in the south of France handing out CV’s, meeting with yacht agents and networking with existing yacht crews all helped me land my first job- a beautiful 93m sailing yacht heading for a season around South East Asia! Needless to say, I never started that travel blog and stayed in the industry for 7 years.

What is your favourite yachting location?

It’s a super hard one but my top 3 would be the Galápagos Islands, Raja Ampat and Tahiti.

Can you share the highlight of your yachting career?

Probably getting the chance to explore the Galapagos, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and so really protected. It’s just such a beautiful place to experience nature and see the indigenous species. I would wake up to see seals sleeping in the tender, watching baby sea turtles hatch and surround the yacht. Yachting is the best way to experience once in a lifetime places on someone else’s budget.

And the lowest point of your career?

Probably the number of things that you have to miss because you’re on charter or in the middle of nowhere- the most stand out lowest point would be missing my sister’s wedding.

Were you or any of your colleagues ever vetted with background checks or ID verification for a job?

I’m not sure about this, but personally, I wasn’t, only reference checks!

I think it would be super beneficial to the industry to have something like this in place to keep the owners and crew safe from the potential bad eggs out there.

What was it like working for the TV show Below deck? Was it different to other yacht charters?

Taking part in Below Deck was a really great experience, and we actually filmed on the same yacht where I did my first ‘day work’ 5 years before, so I felt it was meant to be! It was extremely intense, as you can imagine when doing an already high-pressured job but adding cameras 24/7 and a bunch of big personalities into the mix could feel like a pressure cooker at times. When it came time to leave, I was so ready but looking back, it was something I absolutely don’t regret.

There were many of the same elements of a normal yachting job- charters, service, guest experience emphasis, laundry, housekeeping etc but just on steroids!

We crammed 9 separate 2–3-day charters into 6 weeks, and so we were all so burnt out at the end. I also think the guests (and sometimes the crew) ‘play up’ for the cameras, and so this can intensify it more than a normal yachting job.

Can you tell us about your own blog, 'The Nautie Yachtie Coach' and what made you start it?

I created the Nauti Yachtie Coach as a platform for green crew who want to join the industry but have no idea how. After Below deck, I received tons of messages about this, so I thought it would be beneficial to create this service.

I wrote an eBook for beginners with literally everything detailed for this topic, from making the decision of whether the industry is right for you all the way to landing your first job and even includes interview techniques.

I also offer a CV writing service where I will create your entire CV as it is a totally different structure than a normal resume which some people find daunting. On top of this, I can provide 1-1 zoom calls with me to answer all questions and help carve out a tailored approach to start a yachting career.

What has life been like since you've left yachting?

Life has been totally different but still a big adventure. After I went ‘land based’, I continued to use my expertise in VIP hospitality and worked in a luxury safari lodge in South Africa as a butler and then moved to Saudi Arabia to work in a Royal Palace for 2 years. Following this, I moved to Dubai with my fiancé and decided it was time to fulfil my ambition of working for myself and have since started 3 online businesses.

It's extremely difficult to go back to a 'normal' life following a yachting career, and I still and will always crave travel, challenge and excitement…

…however, when I left yachting in my late twenties, I felt I had taken enough from the industry and the experiences and was totally ready for the next!

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Luxury yacht rape victim wins $70M suit

TW: This entire post discusses multiple forms of trauma, violence, sexual assault, and mental health.

On February 25th, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale a stewardess was brutally raped by deckhand Rafal Dowgwillowicz-Nowicki. The intoxicated deckhand, aged 39, forced the victim to have ‘aggressive’ intercourse and oral sex, threatening to kill her if she did not comply. On the night of the attack, the stewardess was “raped for over an hour before she escaped and got the captain’s attention” said Edwards (the victim’s lawyer). The victim was not given a walkie-talkie to alert anyone and the intercom system which could have allowed the victim to call for help did not work as it was being refitted. The victim even tried to scream for help, but she was three floors below her supervisor meaning her cries for help was not heard.

The yacht owner’s failure to prevent cases like this happening is why they were also held accountable. Therefore, the owner of Endless Summer, a 130-foot luxury yacht, was forced to pay $70 million in damages including $70,000 in lost wages, $4.2 million in lost future earnings and $66 million for pain and suffering. The victim was also awarded $290,050 in past and future medical expenses, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Thus, the owner failed to offer the stewardess “prompt, adequate, and complete medical care” according to the suit.

Although there is a policy disabling intoxicated crew members from returning to their duties on the yacht, no one was on board that night to enforce. Meanwhile, the deckhand was found guilty of four counts of sexual battery and was sentenced to two years in jail in 2016. Rafal Dowgwillowicz-Nowicki was then deported to Poland according to sources.

The failure to provide property security and “negligently hiring and retain crew members with dangerous propensities” or warn the victim of these propensities according to sources. If background checks had been performed as part of the employment process, the yacht owner would have been aware of the deckhand’s “dangerous propensities.”

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METSTRADE- Where the global leisure marine industry comes together.

Taking place from the 16th-18th November 2021.

CrewPass will be attending the METSTRADE show this year to discuss our upcoming launch and our services.

The METSTRADE Show is the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems. The METS is an international B2B exhibition for the marine leisure industry and have served as a platform for innovation, market developments and networking since our launch in 1988.

Please get in touch if you wish to arrange a meeting.


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How can CrewPass help with recruitment?

In the UK, teachers, doctors, and childcare assistants must conduct a background check before employment. These checks are crucial to keep everyone safe and protected, so why is this not the case for the marine industry? Many crew members provide top quality services to the top 0.5% of guests who expect top-notch security on yachts. On occasion, guests’ children may also be on board and are looked after or served by the unvetted staff, which is a significant flaw in the industry! Therefore, CrewPass has seen a gap in the market, and we are here to help with safer marine recruitment.

CrewPass can improve a vessel reputation by providing fully accredited and vetted staff that have gone through a series of searches to be verified by us. Crew members fly from all over the world, and employers must take what they say at face value. We conduct DBS checks (UK) and enhanced criminal background checks globally so that recruiters can make safer recruitment decisions. These background checks can highlight crew members with serious offences who could put others in danger without anyone knowing. We will remove any threats or potential issues before they occur.

Did you know that:

“38% of people falsify their personal information to gain an advantage?”

Lying on CVs is unfortunately not uncommon, but we aim to provide recruiters with more reliable background information, which is why employers will have access to crew’s visas, vaccinations, certificates, work experience all kept in one place. All employers can send out a record request to CrewPass’ accredited crew members, wait for them to accept the request, and just that easily, employers will have all helpful information at their fingertips. Plus, CrewPass approved candidates show that they have dedication to the marine industry as they have put in time and money to become an accredited crew member which shows initiative over other candidates.

If you want to make safer recruitment choices, request a demo today!


How can CrewPass elevate your CV?

Adapt your CV specifically for the yachting industry

CVs used for the yacht industry are different to the CVs people use for other industries. Additional aspects of the CV are attached to meet the needs of marine employers. For example, most employers like to see a professional profile image on crew CVs; this is important for identification. Plus, the CV is typically split into previous work history and yachting work history to show both onboard and shore-based experience. If a crew member has no work history onboard but has transferrable skills from land-based jobs, this could be beneficial to state on the CV. Important information includes previous vessel position experience, previous seasons and location history, and relevant training, and this is crucial for employers to see on a crew member’s CV. Most importantly, having the CrewPass Approved Accreditation highlighting that you have cleared a criminal background check and proved that you are a safe employee is vital to add to your CV.

CrewPass’ services simplify your recruitment process

CrewPass’ services offer in-depth criminal background checks, job history checks, and verification of your ID, making you appear a more reliable candidate to employers. Thus, purchasing the accreditation will show employers that you are a dedicated person to this industry and willing to take one step further to work in yachting compared to other candidates that don’t take the initiative.

Add your Unique ID number and badge to your CV

Once a potential crew member is verified, they will receive the CrewPass approved accreditation, which will prove to employers that they are a worthy candidate. This will put you above others applying for the same job. Candidates can add their unique ID number to their CV, allowing employers to send out a record request to access all the valuable information about a candidate all in one place. When working on superyachts, crew members will have to work with respectable people.

Therefore, vessels and agencies must employ dependable, trustworthy, skilled employees to guarantee high-quality service. Unreliable employees directly affect vessels’ and agencies’ reputations; furthermore, CrewPass’ accreditation allows employers to make more secure and safe recruitment decisions.

The CrewPass CV template:

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Still struggling to write your CV? Download CrewPass’ CV tailored for the yachting industry. Download the Microsoft Word document and fill in your information and send it to employers. If you are verified, you can add your CrewPass badge so that recruiters can easily recognise that you are CrewPass Approved! (CrewPass’ services are live on the 3rd of December 2021).

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