Yachtie - So you want to work on a Yacht

Sunday, September 1, 2019
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Remember when you were in kindergarten and you were asked what you wanted to be? All of your classmates probably mentioned popular careers like being a doctor, lawyer, writer, programmer, engineer, police officer, and even a farmer. But, I’m pretty sure that no one said they wanted to be a Yachtie, let alone knew what one is
Yes, kids who may not have heard of the term “Yachtie.” And not only kids, adults too. Chances are that you’d get questioning looks if you tell your family or friends you want to be a Yachtie. For those who don’t know. Let’s find out what it means...

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What is a Yachtie?

At first sound, it probably sounds like a term for people who have a thing for yachts. If you thought this, you’re wrong. If you also thought a Yachtie was a mini yacht, you’re wrong too.
According to the Urban dictionary, a Yachtie is a person who sails superyachts and visits fascinating places in the world.
Also, a Yachtie doesn’t just get paid to sail around the world, visit beautiful and exotic locations, take Instagram travel blog-worthy pictures, and make lots of memories. It isn’t that easy. Being a Yachtie goes beyond the perks listed above, even if said perks are a lot better than pet-friendly offices.

Definition of Yachtie

A Yachtie, pronounced Yot-tee is a person who travels around the world at sea under someone else’s expense. They visit exotic locations while maintaining the yacht.
Yachtie is a broad term that encompasses all members of a superyacht crew who are sponsored and paid to visit exotic locations. Most people often confuse being a Yachtie with working on a cruise ship. There’s a difference, and if you’re a Yachtie, I’m sure you’re tired of explaining this to people over and over again.
A Yachtie usually works for someone who is referred to as the owner because the yacht is theirs. These owners outfit their superyachts with a crew whose duty it is to sail the yacht usually to beautiful islands. While cruise ship workers work with a company, yachties work for independent, wealthy individuals who take their families, friends, or business partners on trips.
Under this broad term, there are several job description and positions. The lives of Yachties are filled with exciting opportunities and beautiful experiences.

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How to Become a Yachtie

Now you know what a Yachtie is all about, I’m sure you’re dying to know what you can do to become one.
Being a Yachtie is more than sailing without puking your guts all over the deck. To become a Yachtie, you need to have some requirements before they can be employed. These requirements are split into two -- general requirements and specific skill set requirements.

1. General Requirements
These general requirements come in the form of two certificates. All crew members must have these two certificates before qualifying for a position. The certificates are;
• STCW Basic Training
• ENG 1 Seafarer Medical Certificate
2. Specific Skill Set Requirements
These skill set requirements are specific to the particular job you want. The skillset required for a captain varies from that of a Chief Stewardess.

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Jobs Available to a Yachtie's

There are several jobs available to a Yachtie. Here are examples of some and their job descriptions. Keep in mind though that crew jobs onboard a superyacht can be either longterm or seasonal.

The following are the common jobs available on a superyacht crew.

1. Captain

The Captain is the boss. “Aye aye, captain.” He is in charge of all the crew members atop the yacth as well as navigating the yatch. One of the job descriptions of the Captain is crew recruitment, and he is answerable only to the owner of the yacht.
The Captain must know all the yacht operations carried out in the different departments. Also, he should have the necessary nautical skills needed to navigate the yacht. Possessing leadership and communication skills is a must.

2. First and Second Officer

The First Officer is basically a Captain without the title. After all, a ship cannot have two captains. He can step into the Captain’s shoes should the need arise. He possesses the right skill set and all the necessary information needed to fulfill the role of the Captain.
The second officer is a position that exists only in some super luxury yachts. The second officer’s duties involve taking care of the menial tasks that might be passed down from the Captain to the First Officer. They are also employed to understudy the First Officer and Captain.
Skill Requirement
The skillset required for this position is the same as that of the Captain.

3. Bosun or Senior Deckhand

The Bosun or Senior Deckhand is the figurehead in charge of the Deckhand department. The Bosun’s primary duty is to oversee all the activities of the Deckhands. He is also in charge of varnishing, bridge watch, and storage activities.
Skill Requirement
To be a Bosun, one needs to have adequate knowledge of the activities of the deckhand. Having an engaging personality is also vital as the deckhand routinely interacts with guests. Being in charge of the Deckhands also requires strong communication and organizational skills.

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4. Deckhand

The Deckhands are basically the staff responsible for keeping a clean yacht. Their duties extend to cleaning, brushing, polishing, painting, vanishing, and little carpentry jobs. The job of the Deckhands is vital as mistakes could be easily noticed by the guests and the owner.
Skill Requirement
A deckhand must be very meticulous and careful. They should also have a high level of awareness of little details. More than all these skills is the ability and willingness to work hard.

5. Chief Engineer

The Chief Engineer is in charge of all things that have to do with the yachts engineering department. He is in charge of all the other staff that works in the engineering unit of the yacht, including electricians, other engineers, and technicians. His duties include docking, anchoring the yacht, and everyday maintenance.
Just like the Captain, some superyachts employ second and third engineers whose duties include carrying out menial tasks as directed by the Chief Engineer. They also understudy the Chief Engineer.
Skill Requirement

The skill sets needed include excellent organizational skills, comprehensive knowledge of all the types of equipment of the superyacht, and communication skills.

6. Chief Stewardess

There are many more women in this position than men but disregarding that, there are also male stewards known as Chief Stewards. The Chief Stewardess’ duties are similar to those of a host.
The Chief Stewardess is charged with ensuring the comfort and seeing to the needs and requests of free passengers and the owner. She oversees the arrangement of the yacht interior, which includes flower arrangement, cabin preparation, and cleaning.
When the guests are in need of extra services such as currency changing and information on the locations, it is the Chief Stewardess’ duty to sort it out.
Skill Requirement
The skill requirements for a Chief Stewardess include high standards of hospitality management, an eye to details, excellent communication skills, and discretion.

7. Stewardess

The stewardess works in the interior of the yacht and takes instruction from the Chief Stewardess. The stewardess’ responsibility covers serving drinks, arranging tables, serving, housekeeping, and laundry.
Skill Requirement
The skill requirement for a stewardess includes the following:
• A passion for working hard,
• The ability to maintain an approachable countenance at all times
• A positive attitude.

8. Head Chef

The Head Chef is in charge of AL things culinary on the superyacht. This job involves planning menus and overseeing the activities of the sous chef. The head chef also manages the pantry, keeping stock and refilling the pantry when supplies run low.
Skill Requirement
A Professional qualification is required as he or she would be preparing meals for the cream of society, including celebrities. Organizational skills needed to arrange and plate food in the best way possible.

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Salary Ranges of a Yachtie

The salary depends on the type of job the person has and the generosity of their employer. However, there are accepted-salary ranges within which each job description must fall.
1. Captain
The Captain’s salary range is between $7,000 and $30,000 per month.
2. First and Second Officer
The First officer’s salary range is between $6,000 to $12,000 per month while a Second Officer’s salary falls between $ 5,500 and $8,000.
3. Bosun or Senior Deckhand
The Bosun earns between $4,500 and $6,000 per month.
4. Deckhand
The average deckhand earns between $3,000 and $3,500 per month.
5. Chief Engineer
The salary range for a Chief Engineer is between $7,000 and $20,000 per month.
6. Chief Stewardess
Salary for a Chief Stewardess falls within the range of $4,500 to $9,000 per month.
7. Stewardess
The salary range for a stewardess is between $3,000 and $5,500 a month.
8. Head Chef
The head chef earns within the following salary range -- $6,000 to $12, 000 per month.

I am sure you would want to become a Yachtie after reading all about the luxury life they lead. Well, I won’t be surprised. Yachtie jobs are one of the best jobs out there.
Great food from top chefs, visiting exotic locations, and living on board a beautiful yacht sound like perks everyone would love to have.
Want to be a yachtie? Find out more from our how to get a job on a superyacht ultimate guide.