Superyacht Crew Agency Blog https://www.superyachtcrewagency.com/ SuperYacht Crew Agency - SuperYacht Jobs, Professional Yacht Crew Recruitment for Luxury Yachts - Captain, Officer, Deckhand, Engineer, Chef, Stewardess. <![CDATA[Top 10 Luxury SuperYacht Builders]]>When you’ve spent a life filled with luxury aboard superyachts, there might come a day when you decide to build a superyacht yourself. Most superyacht owners prefer to work alongside yacht builders who understand their personal tastes and translate their vision of a customized superyacht into reality. Here are the top 10 luxury superyacht builders, brought to you by SuperYacht Crew Agency.

Top 10 Luxury Superyacht Builders:

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1. Feadship, Netherlands

The First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders or Feadship happens to be among the elite group of shipyards around the world that produces custom yachts. They work alongside superyacht owners for ensuring that their unique motor yachts are up to the standards of luxury set by the owners. Feadship is widely considered to rank first on the list of the top yacht companies and superyacht builders in the world. 

Our most favourite Yacht built by yacht manufacturer Feadship is: M/Y Faith

Best Feadship Build

2. Blohm+Voss, Germany

Update: Blohm+Voss is now part of the Lürssen Group as of 2016.

Started in 1877, this company is famous for its production of large sailing and motor yachts. Their Hamburg shipyard happens to be among the best in the world and provides ample space and expertise for the building, maintenance, and renovation of fine luxury superyachts, thanks to the unique facilities provided here by the second best yacht manufacturer of 2019.

M/Y A is our favourite yacht built by this company.

blohm and voss

3. Amels, Netherlands

1982 saw Amels turn into a globally-renowned brand leader and expert in the production of luxurious yachts. It is now acknowledged amongst the top superyacht builders and operates out of Vlissingen, Holland.

Our Favourite Yacht Build: M/Y Volpini 2

Amels Yacht Builder

4. Heesen Yachts, Netherlands

Started in 1978, this company builds and designs luxurious modern superyachts with the latest tech along with a dedicated commitment to innovation and quality. They are known for building top-notch luxury superyachts made out of aluminum.

M/Y Monaco Wolf is our favourite yacht built by Heesen Yachts.

Heesen yachts design

5. Lurssen, Germany

Lurssen was started in 1875 and is a family-run shipyard. This shipyard happens to be among the world’s best luxury yacht builders with an impressive record of having produced over 13000 vessels. It also specializes in developing customized superyachts that range between 60 – 220 meters in length.

Our Favourite Yacht Build: M/Y Dilbar (check out the build video a bit further down, to see a snapshot of the process to manufacture these beasts). 

Lurssen SuperYacht

6. Oceanco, Netherlands

Oceanco specializes in manufacturing custom superyachts that range between 80 to 140 meters in length and have developed a number of famous luxury superyachts that are in service around the world. Oceanco has been regularly featured on the list of the top 10 best superyacht builders in the world due to their unparalleled expertise in developing exquisite superyachts. 

Our Favourite Yacht Build: S/Y Black Pearl 

Oceanco Custom Superyacht

7. Nobiskrug

This mission of this firm is to traverse unchartered territories in superyacht design, thus completely redefining the process of superyacht building. With a steady commitment to bringing their clients nothing but the best, they have developed many iconic yachts like the Mogambo, the Tatoosh (a motor yacht), and even the Sailing Yacht A, which is the biggest privately-owned Sail Yacht that has ever been built, still hard to believe this concept looking superyacht has been delivered, showing exceptional build standards and processes in this Superyacht Shipyard. (Picture given below).

Our Favourite Yacht Build by Yacht manufacturer Nobiskrug: S/Y A 

Sail Yacht A Nobiskrug

8. Fincantieri Yachts, Italy

This firm specializes in the development and building of fully customized luxury megayachts. Fincantieri has an array of projects and concepts for yachts that range between 70 to 1650 meters in length. They have a reputation of being the biggest Western shipyard operating in the entire world due to their vast network of twenty shipyards and history of having built over 7000 vessels. 

M/Y Serene is the top build by this yacht manufacturer. 

Fincantieri Yachts

9. Christensen Yachts, United States

When Dave Christensen did not find a yacht builder who produced yachts worthy of his standards, he decided to build one on his own. His firm is now among the largest superyacht builders with a global presence.

The M/Y Casino Royale is our most favourite yacht built by yacht manufacturer Christensen Yachts.

Our Favourite Yacht Build: M/Y Casino Royale

Christensen Yachts

10. Sunseeker Yachts, UK

This firm manufactures custom luxury yachts and superyachts in glass-reinforced plastic and carbon fibre composite materials. Sunseeker continues to expand rapidly every year. They produce over 150 boats below 50 meters LOA on an annual basis, making the Sunseeker brand and Yacht manufacturer a popular choice amongst new luxury yacht owners.

Our Favourite Yacht Build by UK based yacht manufacturers Sunseeker: M/Y Princess AVK

Sunseeker

SuperYacht Dilbar, which is the Worlds Largest Superyacht developed by Yacht Builders  LÜRSSEN YACHTS

 

It can take more than a few years for a dream superyacht to be turned into a reality. During this process, you will have to find a super Yacht Management company, highly qualified crew, team of architects, and designers for building and operating your fine, luxurious superyacht. 

The Best SuperYacht Builder

Have we missed anyone from this list of the top 10 luxury superyacht builders? Do send us an email for adding your most beloved yacht builder to this list.

Who are the Best Yacht Manufacturers in 2019?

The world’s leading yacht manufacturers at the moment happen to include major luxury superyacht brands such as Lurssen, Amels, and Oceanco. As per yacht crew members worldwide and the Superyacht crew agency, Feadship is the best yacht builder in the world as of now. 

What are the different types of Superyachts?


There are a number of different types of Superyachts: Luxury Superyachts, Mega Yachts, Classic Superyachts, Charter superyachts, expedition or exploration superyachts, multi-hulled superyachts, high performance superyachts and a new trend of the more eco-friendly superyachts coming to the worlds best yacht builders.

Where are the Worlds top Yachts manufactured?

 

The Worlds most luxurious Yachts in 2019 are built in the shipyards of the Netherlands and Germany by the famous yacht builders Feadship, Blohm+ Voss and Amels who are rated amongst the very top Yacht builders today.

Further Reading:

Should Yacht Crew be more Involved in the Build?

How to Get a Job on a SuperYacht Build?

Luxury Yacht Management Companies

 

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<![CDATA[Yachtie - So you want to work on a Yacht]]>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.

Yachtie Crew Beach

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.

Superyacht at anchor Exumas
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.

Yachtie
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.

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<![CDATA[How To Get a Job as a Stewardess on a Superyacht]]>What is a Yacht Stewardess

A yacht stewardess (yacht stew) is an entry-level position to working onboard a superyacht. A Yacht stewardess is responsible for the maintenance of the interior of the superyacht and providing the highest standard оf hоѕрitаlitу аnd ѕеrviсе in line with the owners and guests expectations.

stewardess on a yacht

What Does a Yacht Stewardess Do?

Depending on the size of the yacht, there are between 1 and 5+ yacht stewardess. The duties and responsibilities as a yacht stewardess will vary with the size of the yacht and number of crew on the yacht. Your first job as a stewardess on a larger size yacht will consist of learning the basic duties of a stewardess. Crew Mess duties, detailing, cleaning windows, polishing is high on the agenda to keep the yacht in immaculate condition at all times.


Onboard a smaller yacht with a lower number of stewardess, responsibilities will increase to more hands-on duties such as; tender driving, anchoring, mooring procedures, assist within the galley or deck operations.

The workload varies depending on the yacht, season, itinerary, and whether you have guests onboard. The busiest times are usually pre-season, boat shows or guest arrivals and while guests are onboard. A yacht stewardess position on a superyacht requires energetic professionals and as you’ll constantly be on your feet. While guests are not on board its common to have a typical 8-5 schedule with weekends off if working fulltime, if there is a trip or event with guests, hours will be much longer, and work will be much more demanding.

What are the responsibilities of a Yacht Stewardess?

  • Providing 5-star service to guests and ensuring guest satisfaction
  • Providing excellent guest service, silver service and bartending skills when needed
  • Maintaining laundry, housekeeping and wardrobe tasks for both guests and yacht crew
  • Floral arrangements and decorations
  • Excellent knowledge of fine dining, wines and cocktails
  • Maintenance of guest-cabin care and detailed cleaning
  • Assisting with inventory and restocking provisions
  • Watchkeeping within the crew mess
  • Stowage for sea
  • Attention to detail
  • To maintain a safe and secure environment

Yacht Stewardess Table Setting

Yacht Stewardess Job Descriptions

Purser

In bigger superyachts, the purser serves in her own capacity as an administrative presence, employed to take care of recruitment and keep financial records. The cases where the purser is employed to act is mostly when the population of the members of the yacht crew is considerable. Otherwise, the office and its responsibilities are merged with that of the chief stewardess.
The Purser is charged with keeping an eye on the book-keeping, workforce management, crew member accreditations and yacht crew member documentations, crew training, monitoring the inventory and making orders for necessities and requirements like foodstuff and wine stock, crew uniforms, required utensils and cleaning materials. They also manage the protocol duties and logistics of transporting guests between the yachts and scheduled locations as well as concluding contracts for deliveries.

Skills required: To be a purser, you must have garnered sufficient experience at least as a Chief Stewardess on smaller yachts. The administrative workload on this position demands a very meticulous level of management as well as a versatility in the skill of organization of paperwork for each division on the superyacht’s crew. Also, as the purser will be involved with the yacht owners and their guests a lot when planning for guest excursions and occasions. It is essential that the purser has strong communication skills and has efficient strategies and expertise for drafting in new yacht crew members as the requirement surfaces. 

Salary expectations: There is considerable crossover between the duties of a Purser and a Chief Stewardess, but on larger yachts where both roles are filled, a Purser can expect to earn between $6,000 to $12,000+ per month.

Chief Stewardess

This role is predominantly taken up by females, hence the feminization of the position. That is not to say that there are not many famous chief stewards in charge of management in the yachting industry. The interior department headed by the chief stewardess is established to provide hospitable service for the guests of the yacht owner and the owner himself. Also, the department takes up the duties related to creating and maintaining a snug interior on the yacht. These responsibilities are not limited to Crew and guest refectory handling, detailing, cleaning, preparing the cabin, floral decoration and arrangement, burnishing, laundry and more. The Chief stewardess in charge of the management of the interior department by planning and assigning tasks to be performed by all stewardesses.
In smaller yachts, the chief stewardess reports directly to the captain and is also responsible for extra duties like the logistics and planning of guest-transporting between the yachts, crew training and scheduled locations or events. They are also in charge of currency conversion for new locations.

Skills required: Attention to detail and exquisite taste is extremely desirable in chief stewardesses. The necessary skills will naturally develop after some time spent in service as a stewardess, and the ability to execute the role of a stewardess is measured by comparisons to first-class ratings; anything below a five-star rating for any service is deemed unsatisfactory. Experienced chief stewardesses are remarkably prudent, and they can divine in addition to excellently satisfying the wants and needs of the yacht owners and their guests aboard the yacht at all times.

Salary expectations: Depending on experience and the size of the vessel, the current salary range for a Chief Stewardess is between $4,500 to $9,000+ per month.

Stewardess

A Yacht Stewardess functions under the supervision of the chief stewardess and are tasked with making sure that the yacht interior is maintained at pristine condition while offering the best grade of hospitable service. Their responsibilities range from services like dishing food and serving drinks, filling out as baristas to domestic duties like setting the tables, preparing the cabin or doing the laundry. They are also charged with housekeeping duties which might be relegated to an entire department, which is overseen by a housekeeping head in much larger yachts. There could also be some different departments for each of the other duties like cleaning.
Position Requirements: In short, while being animated and enthusiastic will earn you praises, it is more important to the perfection of the service that you able to work extremely hard with a smile on your face and pride in your ability. Also, having prior experience in delivering silver service, being a decent cocktail maker or barista will make your application a smoother process.
More importantly, to be hired as a stewardess to work in a superyacht, you must have received some specific education and accreditation that qualifies you for the job. Some of the required certifications include:

Skills required: As with an entry-level deckhand position, success in this role comes down to being prepared to work hard and keep a smile on your face. Previous experience of providing silver service or having skills as a barista or cocktail maker can boost your potential to secure a job, but the most important quality to possess remains a positive attitude and a sense of pride in achieving the highest standards in your work.

Salary expectations: An entry-level stewardess can expect to earn between $2,700 to $3,200 per month. On larger yachts, the stepping-stone position of the second stewardess can provide greater responsibility by sharing some of the chief stewardess’ duties and earnings increase to an average of between $3,300 to $5,500 per month.

 

Yacht Stewardess

Yacht Stewardess Training and Qualifications:

Essential Certificates You Must Hold Before You Can Get a Stewardess Job on a Yacht are:

 

1. STCW Basic Training

2. ENG 1 (Seafarers Medical Certificate)

3. Passport and visas, if applicable

What does the STCW (95 + 10) Basic Safety Training course include?

  • Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-1)
  • Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (STCW A-VI/1-2)
  • Elementary First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (STCW A-VI/1-4)
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6-1)

How To Become a Yacht Stewardess With No Experience?

There is no need to question if it can be done, people get entry-level jobs as stewardesses on superyacht more often than you think. The thing they will agree on is that getting the job as a stewardess is as much about having the right certifications and skills to pull off your duties efficiently, as being able to maintain an enthusiastic outlook as you carry out your tasks.


You can start with a day job as a member of a small crew on a yacht or superyacht, depending on which you can get first. Although the work you will be assigned to might look mundane, the attitude you bring forward when working is what will set you apart for a more permanent role in the nearest future. That is not to say the right attitude is all you need if you really want to get this job; you have to consider mastering some skills like your bartending skills or your proficiency in providing silver service before considering an application.


Stewardesses are mostly tasked with either Crew and guest refectory handling, detailing, clean up, preparing the cabin, floral decoration and arrangement, burnishing, or laundry. Getting experience enough to bring your service level towards perfection is essential. A few courses or practices you can indulge in to gain experience or certification include:

Some courses/past experiences which will help you stand out from the other yacht stewardess and crucial to landing a yacht stewardess job are, but not limited to:

  • Basically, anything hospitality/service related: hotel, cruise ships, cleaning, bars and restaurants
  • Any spa/beauty experience: masseuse, personal training, yoga, manicure, pedicure, hair and make-up.
  • Table service (e.g. silver service, napkin folding, etc)
  • Childcare/Teaching: Nanny, Baby-sitting experience or teaching kids.
  • Food Safety and Hygiene or cooking experience
  • Floral Arrangements
  • Bartending: sommelier, cocktail, mixologist, service experience
  • Barista
  • Anything boat related: sailing, boat driving, diving, fishing, wakeboarding, kite surfing etc.

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Starting a Career as a Yacht Stewardess

One thing many experienced crew members agree on that has surprised them about their yachting careers, is the sheer number of questions. You first ask yourself some questions before you begin your yachting career. You go ahead to find answers to more questions when you gain enough interest, and then you spend the rest of your life answering questions from your family members and friends every time you open your mouth to explain that you work on a vessel of luxury like a yacht. Or you reveal the experiences you’ve enjoyed and endured on your travels. Of course, you can expect the questions to be even more suffocating when a certain set of people get to know that you work aboard a ‘super-’ yacht. Ultimately, you should always be prepared for when they all ask, googly-eyed, for how to get in on the action. Can you blame them?

Stewardess First Yacht Job
It is no hidden secret that yachts are synonymous with luxury nowadays. Coupled with its nature as a luxurious means of travel, the experience for the yacht crew is matched perfectly by the financial rewards sponsored by ultra-wealthy owners, the yachting industry gives people that lift into the world of the rich and powerful while offering work conditions that are a few inches short of heavenly. With the open and beautiful seas as your office, you start getting the gist of why getting to start a career in this glitzy occupation is extremely intimidating for most people.


Indeed, as a long-term career, breaking into the ranks can admittedly be a tough nut to crack. There are predictably many requirements, most of which are not on the work advert. Fortunately, a career as a yacht crew member always fulfils its promise to be worthwhile, with a lucrative, secure and perfect opportunity waiting for those who can successfully claim this profession choice. While getting a job aboard a superyacht is the lure, achieving your dreams depends on the amount of knowledge you have acquired on how to begin your journey, what type of jobs are available as a stewardess on the yacht and which of these job types fits your individual, in terms of your disposition, talent or aptitudes and capacity.


That is the sole purpose behind this little knowledge reservoir on starting a career as a stewardess on a superyacht. This way, you get a definitive idea on what will be required of you to stand a chance, as well as what you can do to improve your chances of getting a job as an attendant aboard a superyacht. All you should do now is to inject as much eagerness and resolve into your quest as you can muster, and the job will not be far from your grasp.

What differentiates a yacht and a cruise ship from a superyacht?

Stewardess Yacht Career
Simply put, a superyacht is a massive yacht, usually over 75 feet in length, driven either by motor or sail. Superyachts are predominantly owned by private investors, and they usually require that the superyachts are staffed by specialized crews. The yachts are mostly put to work for their owners, but often available to others via crewed charters. This means that while cruise ships are built to treat a large population of people, that could number in thousands or hundreds, superyachts are designed to offer a more intense experience to a remarkably less number of people, typically at most 12 people.
Over the years, yachts of different sizes have tread the seas in the yachting industry, from the average superyachts to magnificent giga-yachts that have lengths up to 320 feet. The building cost for each of these yachts exceeds hundreds of millions of dollars. Perhaps more astonishingly, the running costs for the maintenance and other necessities can be estimated to approach a tenth of the original building cost! Every year! It goes without saying that owning a superyacht is exclusive to the extremely wealthy and even to charter the vessel is a glory that those of the same status can enjoy.
With this much money spent on them by their owners, superyachts are always beautiful creatures. They are built with the most impressive methods, best materials and very grand designs. Superyachts are also stocked with enough variety, luxury and extravagance that sincerely borders on indulgence. However, the true value of these superyachts to these elites of society is not just in their beauty. Instead, they serve as a representation of their standing in society, and that is why they spend a heartbreaking sum regularly to keep the yachts up-to-date with recent technological advancements and inventions. It is for this reason that many documentaries have been made to give others an insight into the glamorous life of these top-of-the-food-chain individuals, through their yachts.
More important for you to note is that there are more than 9,000 superyachts currently travelling the seas per recorded sales data, with a continually observed increase. This means more job opportunities for crew member positions.

What else do I need to do?

  • Always present yourself in a professional manner
  • Prepare a Superyacht CV
  • Dress well and yacht appropriate
  • Maintaining a respectful, friendly attitude during courses and interviews can make a big impression on potential employers and valuable network contacts

Do you have an immaculate room or are you a little OCD when it comes to cleaning, organizing and cleanliness? Well if not it won’t be long before you are a neat freak. Yacht Stews and Interior crew are masters of all. Imagine labeling every single item in your cupboards or detailing a toaster (that’s right you probably never even heard of the term “detailing” before. It basically means clean something that an average person will think is already clean. It’s not a bad thing, in fact, it’s a skill that will pay off in both your personal and professional life.
 
If you have what it takes to be a yacht stewardess, stay open-minded, show your eagerness to learn and let your personality shine!

How Much Does a Yacht Stewardess Earn?

At entry-level, a Junior Yacht Stewardess could expect to earn between $2,700 and $3,200 per month. An experienced yacht stewardess could earn upwards of $4,000 per month depending on the size of the vessel and previous deckhand experience, training and certification. These numbers are based on an average, all yachts are different and sometimes pay more or less depending.

8 Steps to Getting a Stewardess Job:

Step 1: Research – Understanding the position and requirements
Step 2: STCW Basic Training
Step 3: ENG1
Step 4: Training and Qualifications
Step 5: Register with SuperYacht Crew Agency
Step 6: Upload a quality CV
Step 7: Network
Step 8: Dock Walking – Day Work

In a quick summary, getting a job as a stewardess on a yacht can be a challenge, however, if you have read this far, the first step of the search for a stewardess job is already complete. Check our Stewardess Jobs via our Job Board.

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<![CDATA[How To Get a ENG1 Medical Certificate]]>What is an ENG1 Certificate?

The ENG1 certificate is a medical examination to establish whether you are fit to work at sea. The MLC (Maritime Labour Convention) states that every seafarer must hold a valid ENG1 certificate or ML5 medical certificate if you are planning to work on a yacht. ENG1 Certificates must be recognized by the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) and carried out by an approved MCA certified Doctor.

How long does the ENG1 Medical take?

Most MCA approved Doctors will carry out the ENG1 medical examination slightly different and at a different pace, so most yacht crew experiences of the medical exam vary. During your ENG1 medical examination you will be asked about your previous medical history, including your drinking and smoking habits and more. The MCA approved Doctor will ensure your hearing and sight (distance, colour and near vision) meet the requirements to work on a yacht. First, you will be required to provide a urine sample (so save the bathroom break until your appointment), which will be used to test kidney functions and blood sugar levels. Your height and weight will be checked, usually asked to undress to your underclothes to be given a general physical examination checkup to see if you have any conditions that could be aggravated at sea or potentially endanger crew members onboard, and are overall suitable to perform and work on a yacht. If you pass the ENG1 you will be issued with a certificate valid for two years on the day of the ENG1 examination.

A full breakdown of the ENG1 process can be found under Seafarers Medical Certification Guidance

ENG1 Medical Exam

Why do I need an ENG1 Medical Certificate?

According to the MCA, ‘Every Seafarer must have an ENG1 or ML5 seafarer medical fitness certificate to work at sea’. The medical examination is to establish whether you have any medical conditions that may arise which will interfere with your responsibilities at sea. Safety at sea is the key here and the ENG1 is a prerequisite for any seafarer wishing to obtain the STCW Basic Saftey certificate. All seafarers must have copies of their original STCW 2010 onboard at all times. Your first step to work on a yacht will be to obtain your ENG1 certificate followed by your STCW 2010.

Insurance companies such as Lloyds are there to ensure the safe manning requirements are met under the STCW in order to ensure the yacht's safety. For example, an ENG1 certificate will not be issued to a seafarer who fails the UK eyesight standards as they need to ensure in an emergency they have adequate vision to carry out emergency procedures safely. A Deck Officer may fail the ENG1 medical examination if they don't meet the colour vision criteria as they may not stand a navigation watch onboard due to vision restrictions. The ENG1 medical certificate may only be issued with a restriction precluding lookout duties.

For full details of what is required to get an ENG1 certificate, it can be found in MSN 1839 or by reaching out to an MCA Approved Doctor (ADs) whose certification meet the MLC requirements.

What do I need to take to my ENG1 medical exam?

  • Photo ID (Passport)
  • Your previous ENG1 medical certificate, if you have one
  • The name, address and contact information of your local Doctor
  • Medications, if you are taking any
  • Glasses or contact lens, if you wear any
  • The maximum fee for an ENG1 certificate is £80 according to gov.uk

Where to get an ENG1 Certificate?

To work on a yacht, you must undertake the medical examination from one of the MCA Approved Doctors, all of which are able to issue a valid ENG1 Medical Certificate. The MCA keep an up to date record of Approved Doctors certified under MLC who will be able to provide you with a valid MCA approved ENG1, required by law for all seafarers working on yachts.

ENG1 MCA Approved Doctors 2019

A list of updated MCA approved doctors can be found on the MCA website, the have separate lists for UK based doctors and also doctors that have been approved overseas by the MCA.
Updated MCA approved doctors:

MCA ENG1 Approved Doctors UK based

MCA ENG1 Approved Doctors outside of the UK

ENG1 CertificateENG1 Medical Certificate MCA approved

How long is the ENG1 certificate valid for?

If the seafarer is over 18 years old, the ML5 and ENG1 are valid for up to two years and must be renewed to remain compliant under the STCW code.

ML5 or ENG1 - What's the difference?

If you are looking to work on a yacht, wanting to be in charge of a yacht, or a merchant ship, the ENG1 certificate is mandatory. The Master of a commercial or passenger ship that doesn't go to sea, a commercial vessel less than 60 miles from safe haven or a domestic passenger ship that does go to sea, is required to take the ML5 medical certificate.

Here's a few helpful guides on how to get a job on a yacht:

How to get a job on a superyacht

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<![CDATA[Largest Yacht in the World]]>A superyacht, also known as a megayacht, is a massive and luxurious motor or sailing yacht that is manned by a professional crew. If you’re a proud owner of a superyacht or dream of having one of your own sometime in the future then maybe take some inspiration from the best of the best yachts in the world. The following list of the largest superyachts are enough to make you a yacht enthusiast and for you to collect ideas for what you may want in the future.
However, measuring superyachts or megayachts is no piece of cake. Measuring the largest superyacht cannot solely be based on the measurement of the lengths and heights of each yacht. There are many other things on the basis of which the largest yacht can be measured like gross tonnage or even maximum capacity.
Hence, the details for each of the top 10 largest superyachts described below primarily includes factoring in of the length and mentions other noticeable features like most gross tonnage or weight and other features that the superyacht may include like longest swimming pools and number of helipads. Another important aspect discovered for each yacht is the aesthetic appeal of both the interior and exterior design.

 Top 10 Worlds Largest Superyachts 2019

1. AZZAM, LÜRSSEN YACHTS

largest superyacht in the world Azzam

Azzam, created by Lurssen Yachts, is the largest yacht in the world in 2019. However, they couldn’t show off Azzam when it was built in 2013, as the owner asked for privacy regarding the yacht. The length of the yacht is 592 feet and 8 inches. Starting from scratch, Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi, the owner, helped in the design of this incredible yacht that can speed up to about 31 knots. The credit for Azzam’s sleek finish and the exterior design of the yacht goes to Nauta Yacht Design. The 19th century inspired interiors with french finishings is the work of Christophe Leoni.

2. ECLIPSE, BLOHM + VOSS

superyacht Eclipse

Once the grandest private superyacht of all, Eclipse was defeated and ranked the second largest yacht when Lurssen Yacht revealed the existence of Azzam. Shy of only approximately 60 feet, Eclipse measures 533 feet and 2 inches lengthwise. The Eclipse may not be the longest yacht but it most certainly tops Azzam in many other aspects. It includes a 52 feet swimming pool which is among one of the longest on a yacht and also converts into a dance floor!
The yacht has a 185-foot-long owner’s deck, 17 staterooms and a magnificent master suite. The Eclipse can even accommodate as many as three helicopters with two helipads on top and one below the deck. This exquisite beauty’s exterior, designed by the experienced Terence Disdale Design based in London, slopes upwards with sophistication which shows the efforts of those who worked on building it for 5 years for the owner, Roman Abramovich. The Eclipse’s hybrid diesel-electric engine that is connected to Azipod drives is what it gives it a high speed of 21 knots.

3. DUBAI, PLATINUM YACHTS

Yacht Dubai Largest

A joint venture that Blohm + Voss and Lurssen began and Platinum Yachts took over, the Dubai is a very close second to Eclipse and is short by only approximately 1 foot and 5 inches. It is 531 feet and 6 inches long. The yacht was bought by the government of Dubai in 1998, when just the hull and the structure of the yacht was complete. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, continued to build it with Platinum Yachts and the hull they bought.
The yacht accommodates 24 people with the owner’s suite, and includes 5 V.I.P. suites and 6 guest suites with a balcony for each room’s personal view. It can further accommodate a crew of 88. The Dubai’s most eye-catching feature is not it’s luxurious accommodation but rather the 75 foot wide atrium. The guests have other horizons to explore like the swimming pool, the movie hall, the barbecue and even the discotheque!

4. DILBAR, LÜRSSEN

M/Y Dilbar Antibes

Perhaps the Dilbar by Lurssen isn’t the longest superyacht like the Azzam, but it has its own category to conquer. The gross tonnage or total weight of the superyacht amounts to a whopping 15,917Gt and this includes the volume of all the interiors affixed. Espen Øino’s exterior design has flowing decks and a solid superstructure with the longest swimming pool in a yacht of 82 feet. The heavy weight doesn’t weigh down the exterior or interior aestheticity of the yacht. This 511 feet and 8 inch long yacht has a helipad as well and the exquisite interior is designed by Winch Design.

5. AL SAID, LÜRSSEN

Superyacht Luisen Al Said

When this yacht was launched by Lurssen in 2007, it was the second largest yacht in the world, measuring 508 feet and 6 inches. The size of the yacht, however, doesn’t affect her speed as the Al Said can travel at a high speed of 20 knots. This beauty may now be in the 5th position but it’s features are still a winner. With an accommodation capacity of 65 guests and 150 crew members, Al Said has quite the capacity that even the Dubai by Platinum Yachts couldn’t overtake.
Owned by the Sultan Qaboos of Oman, this superyacht has a picturesque exterior designed by Espen Øino with the interior created by Jonathan Quinn Barnett, an award winning superyacht designer. Amongst the helipad, the cinema and the 6 open decks aboard, the concert hall is what Al Said is most famous for as it can fit in an orchestra of 50.

6. TOPAZ, LÜRSSEN

Yacht Topaz

The Topaz is a little bit of a mystery and not much is known about it. However, the third largest superyacht by Lurssen, this yacht is known to have about two helipads and a swimming pool. The Topaz’s exterior is designed by Tim Heywood Designs and the interior is put together by Terence Disdale. The Topaz isn’t a slow yacht and sails at a speed of 19.5 knots which is very close to the speed of the Al Said.

7. PRINCE ABDULAZIZ, HELSINGØR VÆRFT

Prince Abdulaziz Yacht

The Prince Abdulaziz launched in 1984 by Helsingør Værft in Denmark belongs to the list of “once-largest superyachts”measuring 482 feet and 4 inches. In 1984, when it was launched for King Fahd of the Saud Arabian royal family, it was the longest and tallest superyacht of the time. It held this position for the next 22 years that followed until the Dubai took over. The influences of both modern and ancient furnishing on the interior is how David Hick designed it. The Titanic inspired main deck is the most serene of all. The exterior was designed by Maierform and the overall refitting of the yacht was not too long ago in 2005.

8. EL MAHROUSA, SAMUDA BROTHERS

Superyacht El Mahrousa Top 10

The presidential yacht of Egypt places itself at the 8th rank on this list of superyachts. The El Mahrousa, which means "the protected" in Arabic, took 2 years to build from 1863 to 1865 by the Samuda Brothers from London. This makes the El Mahrousa the oldest superyachts in existence today. Of course, this title came with a lot of maintenance and refitting over the years.
The first modification was an addition to the length of the yacht by 40 feet in 1872 and the second was an additional 17 feet in 1905. During the second refitting, turbine-driven propellers were installed instead of the paddle wheel engines. The length of this old superyacht is now settled at 478 feet. Initially created for the Khedive Ismail who was the Ottoman Governor of Egypt, the El Mahrousa carried three prominent kings of Egypt into exile. The royal history of the country makes this yacht grander.
The El Mahrousa goes out into the sea occasionally for a day or two and was present to inaugurate the new Suez Canal in 2015. This was especially significant as the yacht was also present for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.

9. SAILING YACHT A, NOBISKRUG

largest sail yacht A

The superyacht from the future, the Sailing Yacht A uses metallic surfaces that distinguish it from all the other yachts on this list. From the outside, this smooth silver superyacht hides away every hint of the interior and thus, the design of the interior is a mystery to most. However, it is rumoured to have an underwater viewing area in the keel that must be a crowd pleaser. You cannot miss this beauty with its three tall carbon masts that run parallel to each other, complementing the overall metallic tint of the yacht. The masts are the tallest masts on any water vessel.
Designed by Phillippe Starck, the Sailing Yacht A does not compromise on strength and is one of Nobiskrug’s best yachts. The metallic aesthetic doesn’t effect the top speed of the Sailing Yacht A as it can travel at the highest speed of 21 knots, even though it is as long as 468 feet and 6 inches.

10. YAS, ABU DHABI MAR

Superyacht Yas

The Yas is the last in this list and the 10th largest superyacht measuring 462 feet and 7 inches. The Yas didn't begin with the blueprint of a superyacht. Instead, it was created from the hull of a navy frigate from 1978 which was sold to the United Arab Emirates' navy. It was renamed El Emirat here. Hence, even though it was built in 2013, the Yas is actually about 40 years old. The hull has been rebuilt and modelled with newer material in the Abu Dhabi port. The interior, designed by Paris-based Pierrejean Design Studio, includes a lot of gorgeous glass structures. The Yas can luxuriously accommodate 60 guests and about 56 crew members. The steel hull or the age of the Yas doesn't slow down the fluidity of the yacht and it gives a top speed of 26 knots.

What is the largest yacht in the World

The largest superyacht amongst all is M/Y Azzam built by the titan of the superyacht arena, Germany-based Lurssen Yachts. However, honouring the wishes of the owner of the vessel, rather than flaunting its features, news about Azzam was kept under the table. It was originally launched in 2013. It's sleek exterior was created by Nauta Yacht Design and the posh sophisticated interior design by Christophe Leoni.

Who owns the largest yacht in the World

Worlds largest superyacht in 2019, Azzam was built in 2013 with an overall length of 180m or 591ft and is owned by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Azzam is 16.5m longer than second place M/Y Eclipse.

Who built the Worlds largest yacht

Motor Yacht Azzam, the Worlds largest yacht in 2019 was built in Bremen shipyard, Germany by renowned superyacht builders Lürssen. Lürssen are know to be amongst the best yacht builders in the World. They have also built the massive 156m (512ft) superyacht Dilbar.

 

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<![CDATA[Yacht Management]]>So you have a few hundred million dollars lying around and felt the urge to buy a beautiful shiny new Yacht. With that purchase comes a lot of responsibilities. But as a Yacht Owner who has time for that, nobody, right! That's where a highly skilled Yacht Management team comes in, taking care of your yacht in all aspects. What a yacht management company can do for you is not limited to the management of the yacht, they can also look over saftey, security measures, accounting, crew, technical and operations support to name a few.
You can decide if you wish to employ a business that can take care of all your superyacht management requirements or hire individual experts for each field depending on your budget.
Either way, yacht management is the best way to maintain your yacht without actually having to move a finger. But if you’re not sold, then listed below is what yacht management looks like up close.

1. YACHT MANAGER ROLE

Yachting Management

A yacht manager is in charge of the yacht. The significant decisions and overall functioning of the yacht are supervised by yacht managers, who are also the primary point of contact for owners like you to report the essentials.
However, you should make sure that your manager is a team player and a good leader. He/She should be able to handle multitasking and must have excellent communication skills. These skills will allow them in executing successful operations management and overseeing the security and technical aspects of running and managing a yacht.
However, your yacht manager needs to be more than just a manager. Your yacht manager should have some solid experience in the field, ideally either a chief engineer, chief officer or a master mariner.
A chief officer is a licensed mariner for yachts while a master mariner is a licensed mariner that can captain any marine vessel and especially superyachts.
Furthermore, a yacht manager needs to be acquainted with ISM, ISPS, Port State Control and SOLAS codes that cover safety measures and rules and regulations regarding marine vessels. Ensure the Yacht Management company is well verse with the Flag state laws and regulations, e.g Cayman Islands. 

2. YACHT MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Depending on the company you choose for your yacht management, yacht services will vary. However, most companies allow you to tailor your superyacht management needs.
Your yacht management team can take care of simple things from catering for parties, planning charter itineraries with assistance from the captain and the financial costs for yacht maintenance to repairs and other expenses of living. Yacht services also include staff for security and safety measures and a crew to handle the technical side.
Simple things like housekeeping to more critical matters like budget and yacht insurance are also carried out through yacht crew management services.
Yacht services include all kinds of catering that you would expect from a hotel, but the only difference is that it is on water (and hence, yacht services also include emergency response services in case of any mishap). A Yacht Management company will take care of all the headaches and hassles that Owning a Luxury Yacht brings, so you can enjoy your new yacht without worrying about Safety, crew, maintenance, insurance, audits, class, flag regulation and compliance and the other million and one tasks that get taken care of behind the scenes on a daily basis. 

3. YACHT ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Yacht Accounting Management

Every yacht service carried out by the superyacht management, and crew is accounted for by them. Some of the obvious expenditures include maintenance and repair of the yacht. Others include general everyday transactions for the running of the yacht and crew.
For general transactions, setting up a separate bank account in a common currency (like EUR) allows more manageable payment. According to your preference, you can keep a check on all the expenditures on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis. An in-house accountant can take care of this, Yacht Management companies can also assist with setting up Offshore companies to run the Yacht under. 
A comparison of the budget and the amount spent is also shown to see whether there has been adherence to the budget or whether yacht maintenance will need a higher capital.
Keeping a check on the accounts of the yacht is of upmost importance. Allowing a proper accountant to carry this out is also a good idea for increased validation and potential resale in the future. A Yacht broker will look for clean up to date accounts to prepare for potential buyers. 

4. SAFETY MANAGEMENT (ISM AND ISPS)

Yacht Safety Management

All marine vessels, including your yacht, have to follow safety protocols at sea. The most vital of these are the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which your yacht manager should be well versed with.
The ISM Code was implemented by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to maintain an international standard set of safety and pollution prevention rules. The ISPS Code, which is an amendment of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), deals with the minimum safety requirements.
Governments and marine vessels (like your yacht) are supposed to adhere to these. Preventative measures are taken if safety requirements are not adhered to.

5. TECHNICAL SUPPORT MANAGEMENT

Technical support management encompasses each and every aspect that allows a yacht to function safely. It includes maintenance and upkeep, repair and fixing, scheduled servicing, buying equipment, and spare parts required on board from vendors and outsourcing captains and crew for safe handling of the Yacht.
In case of an accident, the technical support team can provide crew with a blueprint for each and every part of the ship along with spare parts for fixing while simultaneously trying to get in touch with nearby coastguards or vessels. This way, not only the Engineers and qualified crew ensure the Safety of the Yacht, technical management can help with multiple security solutions by way of a DPA (designated person ashore) who the Captain and crew can contact for assistance 24/7.

6. YACHT PLANNED MAINTENANCE

Much like any machinery requires frequent servicing to fix any possible problems and boost functionality, yachts need servicing as well known as planned maintenance. Since the risks of yachts at sea are much higher, yacht maintenance has to be well planned and organised to ensure as little downtime as possible. Longer extended planned maintenance period often take place in local shipyards. Some Yachts go back to the original Yacht Builder to have warranty works performed or major refits. 
Superyacht management implement a plan to ensure the Yachts safety and security is upto date and guest ready at all times. 

7. YACHT INSURANCE

Yachts are extremely expensive luxury items, but if there’s any kind of major damage, yacht insurance is essential. Yacht management companies usually have great contacts with numerous insurance brokers such as Lloyds and can help you with the kind of insurance intended for your yacht.

8. CREW RECRUITMENT AND PLACEMENT

Crew Agencies like Superyacht Crew Agency can take care of recruiting a highly qualified, medically fit, certified and well trained crew to ensure the safe manning of your Yacht is intact. Yacht Management companies can work alongside crew recruitment agencies or sometimes have their own in house team to ensure your Yacht is fully crewed. 
The owner and captain or yacht manager should be present to properly interview and accordingly screen candidates who apply to be part of the crew. Yacht Management Jobs are also a great way for crew to transfer to a shore based career


9. CREW MANAGEMENT AND PAYROLL

Crew Management is by no means an easy task, with the number of crew members ranging from 15 to 100+ crew depending on the size of yacht. Ensuring the crews qualifications are up to day, taking care of payroll and training. If you want the highest possible service for your guests you will aslo want the best Crew for your Yacht thats where we can assist you with finding yacht crew for your new Superyacht. 


10. LUXURY YACHT MANAGEMENT

Luxury Yacht Management

While owning a yacht is the easy part, managing one is extremely hard. As mentioned before, recruiting yacht management companies allows you to maintain your yacht in its best condition without having to do any of the day to day tasks.
As an owner, you can be as involved as you wish and step out completely. But when you’ll need your yacht, the management will have everything set as you wish. Luxury yacht management, however, can cost more in the long run than buying a yacht. Expected running costs of a Yacht over 60m can be 10% of the price tag. This includes crew, maintenance, insure and as expected the big ticket Management running costs. 


11. YACHT OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

The yacht operations management side of things includes everything that makes you, the owner, and your yacht look presentable whether you be anchored off St Tropez or alongside for the Monaco Grand Prix. The yacht management company that you decide to employ can have crew members that can converse in various languages to assist your guests with kindness and conversation or empty temporary staff to meet your Charter or guest requirements, e.g a barber/hairdresser, masseuse, personal trainer you name it.
Your crew should make sure that the presentation of the yacht is flawless at all times and this is why they work around the clock to ensure when you step foot onboard everything is ready to go. There should be an itinerary ready and available to everyone on the yacht as a guide. Some crew members can brief people about the ports and local cities as well to enhance the overall experience.
These are some of the basic tasks that a yacht operations management team should be able to put together well in advance, security teams can have checked out the locations and destinations in advance to ensure you and your guests have the dream trip.


12. YACHT MANAGEMENT TEAM

A yacht management team includes every member besides the owner who has a role to play on the yacht. Every crew member of the yacht management - members who are part of the technical support management, yacht maintenance engineers and experts, finance and accounting team members, insurance brokers and yacht manager or captain of the yacht makes the entire yacht management team. Some work ashore behind the scenes such as shore side support, shipyards, contractors, refit specialists, yacht builders and some are working onboard such as the crew. 

13. YACHT REFITTING

Yacht refitting is like a complete remodeling of your yacht. However, a yacht refit involves more than just a change in decor. It includes repairs, maintenance, renovation, servicing, remodeling, reconstruction, and any other possible improvements.
Usually, there are two primary reasons for yacht refits. When yachts age, their different parts age as well and slowly, your yacht starts to fall apart. A proper yacht refit, however, can get rid of all these problems and make your yacht look like new!
A second prominent reason for a large yacht refit is when there’s a change in ownership. If a yacht is sold or auctioned off, then the new owner usually opts for a yacht refitting to showcase the change in ownership and readjust it according to their own likes and preferences. A new interior design, new custom paint job, extensions, additional features. 

Yacht Refit

14. NEW BUILD PROJECT MANAGEMENT

New build project management is when yachts are built from scratch. There are many companies that fabricate yachts from scratch, check out our list of the top 10 super yacht builders in the world. But one of the best manufacturers that’s known for producing some of the finest luxury superyachts is Feadship. 
Other prominent luxury superyacht builders include Amels, and Heesen Yachts.

New Build Yacht Management

15. YACHT SUPPORT

Yacht support can include all services such as crew payroll, technical support or administrative tasks. Doesn't matter if the support is shoreside or sometimes on site. A Yacht Management company will oversee the complete running of the vessel and ensure nothing is forgotten about.

16. REGISTRATION AND VAT

The registration of yachts requires many legal procedures. Along with setting the right port facility as an owner or captain of a yacht, it also has to be registered under the tag of a commercial yacht or one for private usage. Yacht management can help with the legal procedures and paperwork for the registration of your yacht.

17. CHARTER MANAGEMENT

Yacht Owner Charter

You’re probably not using your yacht every day of every week. A great idea for your private yacht in such cases is to convert it into a commercial yacht.
The idea is that a charter management company and the owner of a yacht can conduct a commercial transfer after registration.
The yacht owner can save money for maintenance, technical support, security, and safety measures, which makes for a great way to generate some business as well. Charter costs can be upwards of 1 millions dollars per week for the Large Luxury Yachts so it can be a good idea to Charter your yacht and also generate interest should it be on the market for sale. 

Yacht Management Companies

Yacht Manager

As an Owner or potential new Owner of a Superyacht one of the first things you will look into is a Yacht builder. We have prepared a list of the Top 10 Superyacht Builders for 2019. Yacht Management Companies usually come a close second after deciding to take the plunge into buying a Yacht. Who will take care of all the task involve whether it be a new build or second hand, experience in Finance and running costs, maintenance, safety, technical support, crew, guest and hotel services. The list is never ending when it comes to maintain and running a Superyacht. That’s why it's important to find the Best Yacht Management Company for your every need whether it be budget or quality.

 

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<![CDATA[Coolest Jobs in the World ]]>Do you remember being asked what you want to be when you grow up in School? A Rockstar, Athlete, Princess, Game tester, Sweet creators like Charlie and the Chocolate factory or even your favourite Monster. How many of you can say you are living out your childhood dreams? Ok so not all of us can grow up to be a Princess or a cartoon character, but we can try applying for some of the coolest careers in the World.

Are you sick and tired of your 9-5 deck-bound office job? Dreaming of a more interesting position or career, here's a quote from a yacht crew member:

"14 years on and I still can't believe I'm getting paid for this!"

I've circumnavigated the globe three times and spent the last 14 years at sea climbing up the ranks from Deckhand to Master. I've traveled far and wide and truly appreciate this career to be one of the most unique demanding and challenging jobs in the World.

That level of joy doesn't have a sticker price.

Why just dream of your ideal career path, everybody can have one of the coolest jobs in the World. I guess you are already considering which one of these cool jobs you fit for. Chill, let's take you through 15 of them!!

1. MOVIE CRITIC / NETFLIX TAGGER

Netflix Tagger

Does your brain go clear when you attempt to consider fun employments or vocations you could work in? Work doesn't need to be an everyday affair you need to survive every day. "Work" does not need to be synonymous with "monotony."

Agreeable work gives individual satisfaction and frequently prompts a practical vocation. You'll likely perform better when you're cheerfully occupied with your work.

Surprisingly, Netflix employs people called taggers who have are part-time employers that get paid to watch TV shows and movies on the streaming. Netflix and Chill! Could possibly be the coolest job in the World?

Similarly, movie producers pay critics to watch and rate their movies before releasing them.

 

2. PRIVATE ISLAND CARETAKER

Private Island Jobs

Living on a private island may appear like a way of life held solely for the rich and well known. However, it is conceivable to end up noticeably an island overseer who does precisely that: lives on a private island and has one of the coolest careers there is. The island overseer will have various obligations, in any case, and the work isn't simple. The activity can likewise be a single one, as the private island can be a desolate place when others are not occupying it. The overseer's general duties spin around keeping up the grounds and any residences or structures that might be worked in the space. He or she should set up the island for the proprietor's landing too.

 

The coolest job in the world as island guardian will likely require a few kinds of aptitudes in different territories, from carpentry and pipes to electrical skill and cultivate and arrange capacities. It will fall on the overseer to learn however much about the earth of the island as could be expected so cultivating choices can be made admirably. Much the same as to working onboard a Superyacht, this career path will involve some of the highest level of service expected, often why so many ex- yachties get recruited for Island caretaker positions. Any structures based on the island should be legitimately kept up, which may mean securing the windows and entryways before a storm, repairing any harmed or failing segments inside the home, or notwithstanding making general repairs essential amid the typical existence of a structure. All the time, the island guardian should do the majority of this with restricted assets, since it might be hard to achieve stores or other retail foundations on the territory.

 

3. NAT GEO TRAVEL REPORTER / PHOTOGRAPHER

Nat Geo Photographer

National Geographic Traveller is distributed eight times each year. It searches for stories on regions that most voyagers will go to amid a vacation – not merely well-off explorers. For staff essayist positions, go to the National Geographic site and tap on these connections all together: general, employment, and profession openings. Not at all like National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Traveller encourages inquiries from independent scholars. The magazine leans towards articles on national and state parks, memorable spots, prepare trips, travels, driving outings and unfamiliar places. As indicated by the magazine's site, scholars should "see goals with fresh eyes and genuine knowledge. We put a premium on amazement and great narrating." Unsolicited articles are debilitated. Keep in touch with maybe a couple all around created recommendations that don't surpass one page each. Send it with continue, composing tests and a self-tended to a stamped envelope to the Query Editor. 

National Geographic Traveller has staff picture taker positions accessible now and then. To discover what's available, go to the National Geographic site and tap on these connections all together: general, occupations, and vocation openings. National Geographic Traveller additionally energizes questions from picture takers. Assignments are not made to picture takers who can't give confirm that their distributed work was gone up to the task. When you feel prepared, select the story thought for your photograph. Next, make a portfolio that incorporates close to 100 shots that you went up against task.

 

4. ADVENTURIST / TRAVEL BLOGGER

Ultimately you can profit off a travel blog. You can profit off nearly anything, either specifically or in a roundabout way. It's mind-blowing the entryways that can open once you assemble a crowd of people around something, and it's astounding the number of individuals I've met who profit from their interests. 

The ideal approach to gain a pay travel blogging is by accomplishing something you adore and are great at. Be that as it may, you must procure it. You must form an establishment, a brand, a group of people, and an item or administration.

It's essential you get your establishment set up first. I mean things like:

  • Your camera and blog.
  • Strong content.
  • Rundown of email endorsers.
  • Utilitarian and expert site.
  • Devices and assets.
  • Web-based social networking groups.
  • Your USP (extraordinary offering recommendation).
  • A system of contacts.
  • Media pack.
  • The Coolest jobs in the World list (Oh wait thats this blog post) haha
  • Tributes

You can't fabricate a high rise on a one-inch chunk of cement. Fabricate your establishment! Build a tribe of followers or a community! You will be amazed at what people watch these days on YouTube, chances are if you are interested in the subject thousands of other people around the globe will be too.

 

5. GOOGLE TRIKE / STREET VIEW TEAM MEMBER

Google Street View Trike

In case you're keen on being a Google Street View Trekker, the procedure is genuinely clear. Fundamentally, you need to apply to acquire one of those favor looking packs from Google. Typically, there are two or three requirements.

To start with, you have to speak to an association — particularly a tourism board, not-for-profit, government office, college or research gathering. It's not a troublesome prerequisite, but rather it rules out the arbitrary climbers who need to bear the pack on an end of the week escape.

Next, Google isn't similarly intrigued by all nations, so you'll need to guarantee that your trek is in the perfect place. In any case, there are around 55 qualified nations on the rundown, and that rundown is extending, so this will undoubtedly be a place you'll need to archive.

At last, you'll have to answer a couple of inquiries — like regardless of whether you'll help get the grants or discharges required to photo the areas, on the off chance that you intend to advance the trek through your association's advertising group, what are your objectives while gathering symbolism (other than looking particularly cool and critical while on the trail), and in case you want to get sponsorship from Google for the trek.

 

6. WATER SLIDE TESTER

water slide tester

A waterslide tester is most certainly one of the Coolest jobs in the World and must be up there. with Game tester. A water slide tester visits resort to experiment with new water highlights to guarantee they're working securely and accurately, or more all, are enjoyable. As a water slide tester, you confirm things like tallness, water stream, speed, and landing, excitement, fear factor ensuring they're all up to the nature of the resort's notoriety.

This activity requires going the World over as your organization opens several resorts, yet that is simply one more liven. One water slide tester says the most exceedingly bad an aspect of his responsibilities is trying the slides and flumes in chilly climate. That might be a drawback. However, it's not all that awful, considering you're seeking an item that expedites fun and enthusiasm to family's excursion all over the place.

7. PROFESSIONAL TRAVELLER

A few people's concepts of an excursion are going to their in-laws on the opposite side of town. Others need to escape at any and each open door - the more distant away, the better. If given the shot, they'd climb Mt. Kilimanjaro one day and think about Impressionists at the Louver the following.

These courageous explorers will overcome any territory or atmosphere. They'll even more than once subject themselves to airplane terminal security only for the opportunity to go someplace new.

If you get skittish remaining in a similar place for a long time, why agree to a couple of measly excursions a year? Fulfil your hunger for something new on each one of those 365 days by setting out on a profession that will have you extremely going spots - and not merely up to the company pecking order.

When you consider travel occupations, the movement business (pilot, cabin crew, flight specialist) most likely hops to mind. However, there are additionally numerous not apparent profession alternatives for individuals who get a kick out of the chance to get around. We've looked through the globe and discovered 15 of the coolest jobs in the World for individuals who love to travel. So refresh your resume, pack your bags, and prepare to Travel the globe.

8. F1 PIT TEAM CREW

Formula 1 Pit Crew Career

The Formula 1 pit crew is generally contained the driver's group mechanics — however, part will have some expertise in a specific part amid the pit crew.

The obligations are commonly given their physical properties as opposed to their capacity to complete particular employment, as the individuals would have the ability to deal with the weight of any part given to them. The only Job Cooler than being in the F1 Pit crew is being the actual Formula 1 driver! But as most of us can go head to head with our closest friend on the go kart track or a game of Mario Kart 64 (takes me back!) becoming an F1 driver is by no mean an easy task. So second Coolest job in the World for Formula 1 would be to be part of the pit crew. 

Tire men tend to be more light-footed to rapidly change the auto's wheels while the jack men are required to be more physical, so they have the quality to lift the car under extreme weight.

Absolute precision, perfect teamwork and split-second decisions make being part of an F1 pit crew one of the coolest jobs in the World.

9. SHOPPING EXPERT / CHIEF SHOPPING OFFICER

Shopping Expert Job

Without appropriate direction and instruction, your retail workers can't perform at the level you anticipate. You should impart adequately, and you should guarantee they comprehend your desires and their part in your shop entirely.

That is not generally simple. Staff preparing requires a great deal of exertion and thought — both before you employ anybody and through another contract's initial couple of months.

Not exclusively do you have to teach this new representative, yet you have to do as such in a way that they can comprehend and process all the data streaming their direction. You additionally need to give rules and input in a way they can follow up on your recommendations and know how to make excellent, careful decisions when the circumstance requires it. The Coolest jobs in the World comes hand in hand with every girls dream to be a professional Shopper! 

It's staggering because preparation isn't only a one-time assignment with a set period. Excellent staff preparing programs are intricate frameworks with a considerable measure of moving parts — and numerous offers progressing learning activities.

 

10. HOLLYWOOD STUNTMAN

Hollywood Stuntman Career

Not everyone can be a Hollywood stuntman. Doubles are exceptionally prepared, proficient entertainers. They go out on a limb as a component of their employment. Each trick is executed precisely as arranged, honed, practiced, and surveyed. Skills are intended to be as sheltered as could reasonably be expected. A perfectly arranged grouping is stunning to watch.

Tricks take loads of work. This implies long days. You may work 14 hours per day for several days in succession. You'll likewise end up in fascinating areas. Who knows where a trick may be taped – climbing the Eiffel Tower, skiing the Grand Tetons, exploding the Great Wall of China.

Stuntman is rare. Even though no formal instruction is required to act as a stand-in, to apply for an occupation you should be a union individual from either the Screen Actors Guild or the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. These significant film unions direct who can deal with what films. It's challenging to get into these unions; however, once you do you can begin to apply for occupations.

Doubles frequently go to stunt school. Trick schools regularly last around a month and can be very expensive. Accuracy driving abilities, wire work, hand to hand fighting, high falls, rappels, stair falls, footfalls, saddle work, weaponry, and unarmed battle are a couple of the things you'll learn at a school like the International Stunt School.

 

11. AMBULANCE DRIVER

Rescue vehicle drivers are frequently among the first to achieve a scene where individuals require therapeutic consideration. The activity of an emergency vehicle driver is to drive vehicles that convey weak individuals and casualties of mischances to doctor's facilities. Aside from clinics, rescue vehicle drivers may work for the police, fire unit and medical aid squads separated from emergency vehicle stations. They may likewise work for private emergency vehicle benefits that give invalid transporter benefit. The last administrations incorporate bring home a recuperating tolerant from the healing center. Not only is it one of the coolest careers its also one of the most rewarding jobs in the world.

Numerous rescue vehicle drivers fill in as volunteers or on low maintenance premise. As a rule, the rescue vehicle drivers might be prepared faculty bending over to give fundamental life support to sick or harmed individuals.

 

12. DISCOVERY CHANNEL JOB

For a long time, Discovery has been committed to fulfilling interest, and engaging watchers with great substance through its worldwide TV brands, driven by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, and Science, and additionally U.S. joint wander arrange OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Revelation controls Euro sport, the main dish local games excitement goal crosswise over Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.

Revelation additionally is the leading supplier of instructive items and administrations to schools, including an honour winning arrangement of K-12 advanced course books, through Discovery Education, and a computerized pioneer with an enhanced online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. With so many different programs and TV series filmed for the Discovery Channel you could find yourself working in the South American Gold fields to filming and researching the next Frozen Planet in the Artic and Antarctic.

 

13. DAY TRADING / CRYPTO TRADER

Crypto Trading Career

Cryptocurrency trading is the new trend and buzz world for want to be day traders who imagine themselves as the next Wolf of Wall Street. Thousands of Entrepreneurs have discovered that Cryptocurrency investing is the best way to fund their retirement, sometimes making 1000 times ROI in a day!

And you can benefit from it too through mining and being a cryptocurrency analyst. Lot has to be learned about this, though, you know people have to be careful before putting hard earned money into an investment. So, all you need to is take your time and learn the depth of it all and start making money.

 

14. FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Aircraft are required by law to give flight orderlies to the wellbeing and security of travellers. The essential occupation of flight specialists is to guard travellers, guaranteeing that everybody takes after security directions and that the flight deck is secure.

One of a flight attendant primary occupation is to make your flight enjoyable. This implies giving dinners and drinks amid a flight. All the more significantly, flight orderlies likewise aid crisis circumstances and give wellbeing measures before each flight. They are additionally accountable for a few declarations and answer any inquiries you may have all through the flight.

 

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15. RESEARCH VESSEL

Research Tender Vessel

The doors for employment, including the sea, are wide and shifted, and readiness makes them inside reach. At the point when the vast majority think about a career at sea, they may imagine a Marine Biologist watching whales, a Captain guiding a huge load deliver, or a scuba diver considering reefs. In actuality, there are several unique careers adrift. On look into vessel Falkor alone, there are deckhands, stewards, gourmet specialists, bosons, engineers, fitters, officers, pursers, marine experts, researchers, and that's just the beginning. Research vessels not only employ qualified Yacht crew they also employ Scientific researchers and sometimes film crew to document the voyages and discoveries.

16. SUPERYACHT JOB

What are fun jobs that pay well? The question on everyone’s mind.

Working on a Superyacht in not only one of the coolest jobs in the World it can be a very well-paid job and a great career path for those looking for something a little more interesting than your 9-5 office job. Find out how to get a job on a superyacht through our ultimate guide.

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[How To Get a Job On a Superyacht - The Ultimate Guide]]>How To Land A Job On A Yacht?

What is a Superyacht? How to get a job on a superyacht? How much money can I make working on a yacht? What qualifications do I need? Can I work on a yacht with no prior experience?

Updated: June 2019

These are a few questions you may ask yourself when starting out your yachting career. Yacht crew working in the yachting industry also get asked the same question, over and over again. Family, friends and people you meet are interested to know what you do and some may have never heard of a superyacht before, but once you have explained the work and travel that comes with being yacht crew, the next question they ask is, “Where do I sign up?”

It’s for this reason, we’ve put together How to Get a Job on a Superyacht: The Ultimate Guide, so next time you or anyone else has a question about superyacht jobs, you can find all the answers here.

Working on a superyacht can be a unique, lucrative, and potentially long-term career, but it can also be an intimidating field to break into – and that’s where SuperYacht Crew Agency comes in. Securing a job on a superyacht is the ultimate goal, but if you’re unsure where to begin, it’s important to know what sort of yacht jobs are out there and which positions would be a good match for your skills, abilities, and personality.

You then need to know what you can do to increase your chances of getting signed up, and we have the knowledge, experience and expertise to help you do just that. There are plenty of yacht jobs available, and it’s the job of Superyacht Crew Agency to help you find and secure the ideal job for you. We provide the expert help, you provide the enthusiasm and determination, and together we prepare you for an exciting career in your dream job.

Your yachting journey starts here…

What is a Superyacht?

A superyacht is a large luxury yacht of over 24 metres in length that can be powered by motor or sail. They are generally privately owned and professionally crewed, with some maintained exclusively for the owner’s use and others available for crewed charter. In recent years, superyachts have super-sized and those measuring over 70 metres in length might also be termed a megayacht and over 100 metres a gigayacht.

Superyacht ownership is the preserve of the ultra wealthy. Yachts cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build and it’s estimated that maintenance and running costs average around 10 percent of the purchase cost every single year, but owning a superyacht is the pinnacle of luxury living. The owners are ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their superyachts are high profile status symbols, with many upgrading frequently to stay ahead of the latest technological trends.

The world’s fascination with the lives of the rich and famous has led to several documentaries being made about superyachts, everything from how they’re built to what’s inside them and where they go, and of course, who owns them. But, there’s also interest in how they’re run, and an entire TV series on Bravo was dedicated to a behind-the-scenes look at the life of superyacht crew. For every celebrity sun-tanning on board in St Tropez or relaxing at anchor in Monaco, there’s at least one dedicated and fully qualified member of a professional yacht crew taking care of their every need. 

There are now over 10,000 superyachts in existence and according to sales data, this number is set to continue rising. Over 370 superyachts were sold in 2017, totalling an amazing €3285 million (around $4400 million or £2900 million), with the most expensive yacht of the year costing €162 million (that’s just over $190 million or £140 million) and the largest measuring 107 metres in length. More superyachts will mean more job opportunities for crew at every level, so whether you’re just starting out or you already have some experience under your belt working on a superyacht, the demand for skilled yacht crew is set to rise in direct correlation with yacht sales.

Superyacht Cloudbreak

The beautiful Motor Yacht Explorer Cloudbreak, photo from Boat International

Some superyachts are commissioned and built to the owner’s unique specifications, others undergo refits or upgrades of existing yachts. The Boat International Media Showboats Design Awards presented each year give owners the opportunity to showcase their vessels and gain a little extra kudos. Categories include Best Exterior Design and Styling, with Joy, the 70-metre winner in 2017, having a lengthened bow to allow space for basketball games. And, of course, Plvs Vltra winning the Best Recreational Design Feature award with its onboard wellness centre featuring a hair studio and hammam.

2018 will see a brand new superyacht that is due to be completed, it will become the largest and most expensive superyacht in the world. The owner remains anonymous but it’s reported that Triple Deuce will cost $1 billion (around £788 million) to build and measure an incredible 220 metres in length. Until its launch, Azzam, owned by the President of the United Arab Emirates, remains the longest superyacht at 182 metres long, followed by Eclipse, owned by Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, measuring 163 metres. It’s enormous, but Triple Deuce will cater for no more than 36 guests and will need a full-time yacht crew of between 50 and 70 to run and maintain it.

If these facts have made an impression and you are even more interested on how to get a job on a superyacht, keep on reading!

Superyacht Fan has the latest superyacht design innovations, list of the world's most beautiful builds or if you're simply wanting to find out which of the world's billionaires owns a yacht.

How Do Superyachts Operate?

Superyacht owners and operators are bound by the requirements and legislation set out by regulating bodies including the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). These standards help to ensure the safety of everyone at sea, whether a passenger or a yacht crew member. The number of crew required to safely man a superyacht, and the professional qualifications needed, will vary depending on the size of the yacht and the number of passengers on board, but most superyachts of between 30 to 60 metres will cater for a maximum of 12 guests with a crew of 6 to 18. Over the 60 metre mark and we see a sharp increase in the number of crew.

Motor Yacht Vs Sail Yacht

Motor Yacht vs Sail Yacht Job

Currently, only around 10 percent of the superyachts in existence are sail yachts, making motor yachts the most popular choice by far with owners, but what’s the difference from a yacht crewing perspective?

The jobs available and the crew hierarchy remain the same whether a yacht is powered by motor or sail. The main difference is living and work space, with crew accommodation it is generally more cramped on a sailing yacht. More often than not, deck crew on a sailing yacht will have recreational sailing experience behind them, but many choose to work on both sail and motor yachts. It is a common preference that yacht crew looking to work on a sail yacht has sailing experience or is genuinely interested in sailing. Those who prefer to stick with sail power tend to do so for the adventure of sailing silently across open seas under the power of nature, and those who prefer motor power often prefer the comforts of living and working in a bigger space.

Superyacht Crew Cabins

Superyacht Crew Cabins

Experience of crewing a sail yacht at any level can be a bonus on your CV when applying for motor yacht crew positions, many captains believe the experience of working within close quarters with other sail crew helps to build the sort of can-do attitude and team spirit they’re looking for. Most superyacht crew with a season or two of experience will admit that working on a superyacht is no picnic, but they’ll also tell you that all the hard work is worth it, and they’ll be first in line to sign up for another season working on a superyacht.

Living Conditions

Crew accommodation is not as salubrious as guest accommodation, and depending on the design, the overall size of the vessel, and crew position, you might be sharing a bunk room or have your own cabin. Most superyachts have well-kitted crew kitchens and the crew mess which is a space where superyacht crew can relax with TVs, unlimited snacks, etc. If you're lucky, some of the larger superyachts even have dedicated crew gyms or from time to time are allowed to use the main gym off charter.

Space is of a premium in shared cabins, so you need to be prepared to travel light. Bulky hard suitcases take up too much room, so you’ll need to make do with soft, foldable luggage that can be stowed away. You also need to get into the habit of staying neat, tidy and being quiet when your cabin-mate is resting. The most important thing to consider in terms of living space is that crew will live, eat, sleep and work together in relatively close quarters for the entire season.

Food

Superyacht crew will have meals prepared for them by the yacht chef or dedicated crew chef using the finest of ingredients – what’s not to love!

Yacht Crew

A yacht job is like no other, you’re surrounded by your fellow yachties 24/7 and seven days a week. They’re your work colleagues, your bunkmates, your friends, your family away from home, and this often leads to some of the strongest, most fun, and long-lasting relationships you’ll ever have. This is why crew dynamic onboard is also something to consider when you are looking to get a job on a superyacht.

Work Hours

The working hours on a superyacht are long, and it’s the nature of the job that when the owner and guests are awake, you’re busy doing everything you can to make them comfortable, so 12 or 14 hour days are not unusual. The daily work schedule is regimented and laborious, but doing your job to the highest standards possible does bring with it a huge sense of pride.

During the season, days off can be few and far between, but the captain will always try to give the crew a day or two whenever possible. Time off is welcomed, but an extra bonus is getting to spend that free time exploring the ports in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Perks of Working on a Superyacht

In what other jobs would you get to experience a completely different lifestyle hands-on, and get to mix with celebrities? Okay, you’re not living the life of the wealthy guests, but you are able to experience the lifestyle, and depending on the owner, you will often have access to the equipment and luxury facilities onboard for your own use when there are no guests. Depending on the yachts itinerary, you also get to explore some of the worlds beautiful destinations.

 Superyacht Destination Greece

 A Day in the Life

Although the daily schedule is often regimented, there is no typical day onboard a superyacht. The work and the workload will change depending on the season and whether there are guests or not, but there is always maintenance work to be done and the yacht must be kept in excellent conditions all throughout. This means that a large part of daily life is going to revolve around cleaning and polishing.

The new crew will be given uniforms on their first day, you can expect to be given a tour of the yacht to get familiarised and to be amazed by the opulence they see. Just before the process of familiarisation with fire escapes and all other safety concerns begins. From there on in, whether you are entry-level in the interior or on the deck, the rest of your day will be spent learning the ropes of your daily cleaning routine.

It goes without saying that you will need to learn your duties and the standards you will be expected to maintain, but newcomers to superyacht life also need to learn the rules of life onboard. Some of which include being considerate of others (crew and guests) at all times, taking shoes off in certain areas, closing doors quietly, taking care not to scratch the paint, use the wrong brush/cloth or apply the wrong cleaning product… the list goes on. It can feel like an alien world, but the key to success is to watch and learn quickly by getting hands on.

You may be in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean surrounded by guests in a party mood, but you’re going to need your bed after a hard day’s work!

Expense Free Living

You are supplied with uniforms so you have no clothing expenses, you have a crew cabin so you have no monthly accommodation bill, superyacht chefs cook for the crew onboard and have drawers of unlimited stash of goodies, if you're lucky sometimes you have a gym to use onboard so no memberships to worry about and the list goes on. Life at sea is virtually expense-free.

What you earn is yours to save – and what you do with your savings is up to you.

And, of course, there are the memories. The sunsets at anchor, the gourmet food, and the day trips in amazing locations – these are the perks that become stories you’ll share for years to come and creating life long friendships.

Private vs Charter

What is the difference between the two superyachts? As the name suggests, a private yacht is used exclusively by the owner, whereas a charter yacht can be hired by other groups or individuals when it’s not being used by the owner.

As with motor vs sail yachts, the jobs available and the crew hierarchy remain the same whether a private yacht or a charter yacht, but there are some differences. There are no hard and fast rules, but on the whole, the following distinctions can be made:

  • Private yacht salaries are generally higher than charter yacht salaries, but charter crew typically earn tips of around 10 to 20 percent of the yacht hire cost split between them.
  • Tips are less common on private yachts but there is greater potential for the end of year bonuses and other additional benefits.
  • Charter yacht crew generally have a busier schedule for more weeks of the year, whereas private yacht crew may be docked for several weeks at a time while the owner is away from the yacht.
  • Depending on the owner, private yachts tend to travel less and to fewer locations than charter yachts.
  • Charter yacht crew generally cater to a larger number of onboard guests than private yacht crew.

Superyacht Vs Cruise Ship

Superyachts can be as big as cruise ships, but they are worlds apart in every aspect. The main difference is that cruise ships cater for hundreds, if not thousands, of passengers on each trip, whereas superyachts cater for only the owner and his guests – typically up to 12 people. It is a lot more private and personal.

Depending on the size of the superyacht, it’s common for crew members to be responsible for more than one job, but crew onboard cruise ships tend to have one specific job, and very often any socialising opportunities are limited to that one department.

In short, cruise ships cater for the masses, and while standards can be high on luxury cruise liners, superyachts are the domain of a very select super-wealthy few and standards are the absolute highest.

Are You Ready to Quit Your Corporate Job and Work on a Superyacht?

Maybe it’s time for a career change, a fresh start working onboard a luxury superyacht. Imagine waking up on a Monday morning in a country you’ve never been before, travelling the world to the most remote, luxurious and dream-like locations on the planet!

The base salaries start at $36,000 per annum, tax-free. Perks such as full medical insurance, flights to and from the vessel paid for and have almost no expenditure on food, drink and accommodation.

Do your research and scour the internet finding all the information you can about the yachting industry; join yacht related Facebook groups, start reading yachting blogs providing tips and advice such as Dockwalk, Superyacht News, Superyacht Times and even our own list of tips and advice at SuperYacht Crew Agency's Blog.

How Do I Even Get Started to Working on a Superyacht?

1. Money - Decide if you have enough savings to tide you over until you get your first job onboard a superyacht.

2. Preparation - Sell some of your useless things, rent your apartment out or even start day working in the superyacht hubs of the world.

You know what they say, ‘the best investment you can make is in yourself and it’s always worth it!’

3. Get yourself qualified - This can be done long before you step out of your comfort zone and quit your job. The minimum qualifications for entry-level positions on yachts are your STCW’s and ENG1 Medical Certificate.

4. Timing and location - Timing is everything, there’s a good time to give yourself the best chance of finding a job as yacht crew. Knowing the best location and times to get a great head start are knowing your yachting hubs and their seasons.

5. Reach out to Yacht Crew Agencies or other yachties – Have a chat with a couple of yachties or network through social media, the yachting industry has a very helpful community online.

There are good and bad crew agencies so make sure you use reliable ones. A good standard to set is to see whether the agencies are MLC Certified, like we are at SuperYacht Crew Agency.

The MLC Certificate of Compliance states, "All seafarers shall have access to an efficient, adequate and accountable system for finding employment onboard a ship WITHOUT CHARGE to the seafarer". Should you find any crew agencies charging a fee for their service, run the other way!

Now you have a solid game plan, bite the bullet and quit your typical corporate job and start a new and exciting career!

Yacht Crew Positions

The superyacht industry is booming, so let’s take a look at the yachting career opportunities within it. Yacht crew work contracts can be seasonal, temporary, or permanent, with seasonal typically spanning a three to six-month period, temporary covering changeable periods of anything up to a year, and permanent offering employment for one year or longer.

A growing number of captains and engineers choose to work on rotational schedule contracts, and crew rotation at every level is slowly becoming more common across the industry. There are also openings for day work, not only offering a daily wage but also providing excellent opportunities to gain valuable onboard experience.

Crew positions on board a superyacht:

  • Captain
  • First Officer
  • Second Officer
  • Bosun
  • Deckhand
  • Chief Engineer
  • Second Engineer
  • Third Engineer
  • ETO (Electrical Technical Officer)
  • Purser
  • Chief Stewardess
  • Second Stewardess
  • Head of Interior
  • Head of Housekeeping
  • Stewardess
  • Laundry
  • Head Chef
  • Chef
  • Sous Chef

Yacht Crew Positions

Not all superyachts will fill every position, much depends on the size of the vessel and its safe manning requirements, and in some cases, yacht crew will perform dual roles. For example, a second engineer could also be a deckhand, or a stewardess could also be a crew cook.

Salary expectations are listed in US dollars, but payment could be made in other currencies (Euros or Pounds) depending on the Superyacht.

Yacht Crew Positions

Captain

The Captain’s primary role is the safe navigation, operation and manning of the vessel, so the holder of this position is responsible for the superyacht and the yacht crew, as well as the guests on board. The Captain is at the top of any superyacht crew hierarchy and answers only to the owner, with duties including legal and regulatory compliance, accounting, shipyard and project management, recruitment of crew and management of all onboard personnel.

Skills required: A Captain must have extensive knowledge of yacht operations in all departments, on top of the necessary nautical knowledge to manage the yacht. Skills extend to maintenance, engineering, IT, and administrative tasks including accounting and complying with all required paperwork and more. To succeed in this role, superior leadership and communication skills are a must, and the ability to make quick and effective decisions.

Salary expectations: This will vary depending on the size of the superyacht and the level of professional experience, but the average range is currently between $7,000 to $30,000+ per month.

First Officer / Second Officer

The First Officer, also known as the Chief Officer, is the second-in-command on board a superyacht and effectively the captain’s right-hand man (or woman). The holder of this position must be able to stand in for the Captain, meaning an extensive knowledge of all superyacht operations are required, and day-to-day duties revolve around supervising all deck and safety procedures. Responsibilities include navigation and passage planning, bridge watch, maintenance, management of crew operations, and ensuring the safe use of all tenders and toys such as jet skis, etc.

Most superyachts have a First Officer, but larger vessels may also employ a Second Officer and Third Officer who assists the First Officer in an understudy role. The second officer may also assist with bridge watches and the monitoring of radio equipment, and could be the designated onboard Medical Officer. Experience as a Second Officer can provide a stepping-stone into employment as a Chief Officer.

Skills required: The role of Captain and Chief Officer require similar levels of knowledge, expertise, and organisational ability. The only difference between the roles, including the second officer, is the level of overall responsibility.

Salary expectations: The average salary for a First Officer is currently between $6,000 to $12,000+ per month and a Second Officer between $5,500 to $8,000+ per month.

Bosun

The Bosun, may also be known as the Senior or Lead Deckhand, is responsible for supervising the Deck department (all other Deckhands onboard). The main duties revolve around general maintenance of the yacht’s exterior, extending to the tender and any other mechanised equipment including water toys. The Bosun is generally the main tender driver and the person in this role needs to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of how each item of motorised equipment operates. They may also undertake a security and safety role on the passarelle, and other responsibilities include varnishing, painting, maintaining deck supplies and ensuring safe storage, as well as bridge watch duties and basic engineering.

Skills required: The Bosun is a highly experienced Deckhand and experience will have been gained through working up the career ladder from an entry level Deckhand position. The role involves daily interaction with onboard guests, so an upbeat can-do attitude is essential along with excellent communication skills. Strong organisational skills are also needed, along with an eye for detail and a willingness to maintain exceptionally high standards at all times.

Salary expectations: Depending on experience, the average salary of a Bosun currently ranges between $4,500 to $6,000+ per month.

Deckhand

Deckhands are responsible for a wide range of exterior duties, including cleanliness and maintenance of the vessel. Responsibilities mirror those of the Bosun, and every task must be completed to the highest of standards. Daily jobs might include wash downs, polishing, varnishing, fibreglass restoration, sanding, painting, small carpentry projects, and on some superyachts the Deckhands also assist crew in the interior and galley departments when required.

Skills required: Success as a Deckhand comes down to being prepared to work hard and keep a smile on your face. This is an entry-level position, and while previous experience can boost your potential to secure a job, the most important quality to possess is a positive attitude and a willingness to give it your all as you learn.

Salary expectations: The current salary range for an entry-level Deckhand position is between $3,000 to $3,500+ per month. Experienced Deckhands can earn $3,500 to $4,500+ per month

Chief Engineer

The Chief Engineer is responsible for the management of the vessel’s engineering department, including engineers, assistant engineers, electricians and ETOs. The main duties in this role are to ensure the smooth running of all technical equipment, carry out servicing and repairs as required, and source and order parts when needed. Day-to-day work revolves around scheduled maintenance, but the person in this role must be able to troubleshoot and multitask to keep all onboard gadgetry performing as expected by the owner and guests. Further duties include docking, undocking, and anchoring the yacht.

Skills required: A Chief Engineer must have expert technical knowledge of all superyacht equipment and the practical skills to fix malfunctions as and when they occur. They must also be able to organise and supervise other members of the department and liaise with on-shore subcontractors and engineers when necessary. This, along with being able to talk directly to guests, requires excellent communication skills.

The Second and Third Engineers answer to the Chief Engineer and share the same onboard responsibilities. The essential skill all engineers in the department must possess is the ability to fix everything – anything from a TV to the main engines.

Salary expectations: Licensed Engineers are in high demand and a Chief Engineer can earn between $7,000 to $20,000+ per month depending on the size of the vessel. A licensed Second Engineer can earn between $6,000 to $12,000. A Junior Engineer with minimum industry qualifications can expect to earn between $4,000 to $7,000+ per month.

ETO

The main responsibility of the ETO is to maintain onboard electrical equipment, including computers, audio-visual equipment and communications systems. On larger yachts, a separate audio-visual engineer or IT engineer might be employed to take responsibility for each specific system, and some yacht crew include an electrician who takes responsibility for all electrical circuits, circuit breakers, lighting and switches.

Skills required: An ETO needs knowledge and experience of all electrical yacht equipment such as radar, radio, telephone, satellite, and navigation systems, as well as AV and IT skills to maintain and repair interior equipment.

Salary expectations: The current average salary range for an experienced ETO is between $5,000 to $10,000+ per month, depending on the size of the vessel. If you are unsure of the potential for AV or IT Engineer positions on a superyacht, check with SuperYacht Crew Agency to find the right job for you.

Purser

Larger superyachts with greater numbers of yacht crew will often employ a Purser to manage recruitment and financial matters. On smaller yachts, the Chief Stewardess fulfills this role. Duties include bookkeeping and accounting, payroll, ensuring crew certifications are up to date, managing the yacht’s inventory and organising supplies of everything from food and drink to cleaning supplies and crew uniforms. The Purser is also in charge of coordinating delivery contracts and managing guest transport to the yacht and to and from planned events and venues.

Skills required: A Purser will have gained experience as a Chief Stewardess on smaller yachts. The person in this role needs to be highly organised with strong administration skills, and able to manage the paperwork for every department. Excellent communication skills are also required as the Purser will work closely with guests to organise trips, events, and may take responsibility for hiring new crew members when needed.

Salary expectations: There is considerable crossover between the duties of a Purser and a Chief Stewardess, but on larger yachts where both roles are filled, a Purser can expect to earn between $6,000 to $12,000+ per month.

Chief Stewardess

The term 'Stewardess' is being used here as statistically there are more females than males within the interior department, but that being said, there are a handful of Chief Stewards within the yachting industry as well. The primary aim of the yacht’s interior department is to ensure the comfort of the owner and all onboard guests by providing exceptional service. Duties extend to food and drink service, cleaning, polishing, flower arrangements, cabin preparation, and more. With the Chief Stewardess taking responsibility for overseeing the tasks completed by the entire interior department and reporting directly to the Captain. Extra responsibilities include arranging guest trips, transport and obtaining the appropriate currency for each location.

Skills required: The Chief Stewardess needs to have exceptionally high standards and an a keen eye for detail. Skills will generally have been developed through experience in a Stewardess role, and success in this role requires an ability to provide services above and beyond 5-star expectations. Discretion is also extremely important, and an experienced Chief Stewardess can anticipate the wants and needs of every guest.

Salary expectations: Depending on experience and the size of the vessel, the current salary range for a Chief Stewardess is between $4,500 to $9,000+ per month.

Stewardess

A superyacht stewardess (or steward) is responsible for maintaining the interior of the yacht and providing the highest standards of onboard hospitality. This is an entry-level position and a stewardess will work under the supervision of the chief stewardess. Duties include food and drink service, bartending, table setting, cabin preparation, and general housekeeping and laundry for both guests and yacht crew. On larger yachts, housekeeping duties may be overseen by a separate head of housekeeping, and laundry becoming a designated job role.

Skills required: As with an entry level deckhand position, success in this role comes down to being prepared to work hard and keep a smile on your face. Previous experience of providing silver service or having skills as a barista or cocktail maker can boost your potential to secure a job, but the most important quality to possess remains a positive attitude and a sense of pride in achieving the highest standards in your work.

Salary expectations: An entry-level stewardess can expect to earn between $2,700 to $3,200 per month. On larger yachts, the stepping-stone position of the second stewardess can provide greater responsibility by sharing some of the chief stewardess’ duties and earnings increase to an average of between $3,300 to $5,500 per month.

Head Chef

The Yacht Chef is responsible for the galley and the preparation of meals for everyone onboard. On larger yachts, both a Head Chef and a Second/Sous Chef will be employed, and in some instances, a separate cook for the crew. Duties extend beyond food preparation, with the Chef responsible for devising menus, sourcing, buying and arranging transportation of ingredients in different locations, catering for individual dietary requirements and the potentially diverse tastes of the owner and guests.

Skills required: A Head Chef will have professional qualifications and previous experience of preparing food to extremely high standards, often in a hotel or on a luxury cruise liner, along with stringent hygiene standards. Organisational skills are essential, along with the necessary creative flair required to devise exciting menus and create delicious and beautifully presented meals – at times with limited produce. The food served onboard is often the most memorable aspect of a superyacht holiday, and a successful Yacht Chef knows how to create the best memories.

Salary expectations: A culinary trained Yacht Chef currently earns between $6,000 to $12,000+ per month depending on experience and the size of the vessel. A Sous Chef can expect a salary range of $4,000 to $6,500+ per month, and a Crew Cook will earn on average between $3,500 to $6,000+ per month. Experience as a Crew Cook and/or Sous Chef can be a useful step on the career ladder towards becoming a Head Chef.

On any size of superyacht, there will always be a crew hierarchy and a general chain of command, but every individual role is of equal importance in terms of ensuring the safety and comfort of guests, and essential to the overall team effort.

Which yacht crew position is right for me?

The superyacht crew position that’s right for you will not only match your skill set but also your character. If you have previous experience and references from other yacht crew jobs, or you have transferable skills and experience from land-based jobs, you have a head start, but there are plenty of opportunities to break into the industry with no previous experience if you’re prepared to work hard.

The first step onto the yacht crew career ladder is to decide which department you want to work in – deck, interior, galley or engineering – and then focus your efforts on securing an entry-level position. In demand qualifications and experiences such as culinary skills or certified engineering skills can lead to day work opportunities or temporary contracts that have the potential to develop into permanent job offers, but the most common entry-level positions are deckhand or stewardess roles.

Superyacht Crew Departments

 

What is a Yachtie?

According to the Urban Dictionary,

Definition of a YACHTIE: A person who travels around the world at sea under someone else's expense. Sees all high-end fantasy destinations, while maintaining the interior or exterior of a yacht/mega yacht.

According to Dictionary.com,

An informal term for:

  • A Yachtsman or Yachtswoman
  • Sailing Enthusiast

In the Superaychting industry, a “Yachtie” is a person whose occupation is to maintain and navigate a Superyacht/Luxury Yacht.

Pronounced: [Yot-tee] 

What Qualifications Do I Need to Work on a Superyacht?

STCW 2010

You must be STCW 2010 certified to gain employment on a superyacht. STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, and these standards are set by the IMO. The STCW 2010 consists of five basic training courses:

Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention, Elementary First Aid, Personal Survival Techniques, and Proficiency in Security Awareness.

ENG1

You must also have an ENG1 Medical Certificate. Set by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to minimise or prevent potential hazards at sea, it is an MLC requirement that every seafarer must have a valid medical certificate. The ENG1 is a relatively quick and unobtrusive examination by MCA approved doctors to identify any existing medical conditions that might prevent you from performing certain duties at sea. currently, a maximum charge of £80 applies, valid for up to two years 

Visas

You must have an up-to-date passport with page space available for any visas required.

USA (B1/B2 Visa) – currently £120 ($160), valid for up to six months. It is essential to obtain a B1/B2 visa if you are a non-US crew member applying for crew positions on international flagged yachts planning to cruise to US waters. This multi-entry non-immigration visa is valid for between 1 to 10 years, depending on your passport, but it does not permit you to work on land or on US flagged vessels.

Once offered employment, the captain may provide you with a letter to support your visa application, but applying in advance without a job offer is a simple process. 

Europe (Schengen Visa) - The Schengen States are 26 European countries that have signed a treaty allowing holders of a Schengen visa to travel freely between them. It can be obtained from the embassy of the first country you will be visiting. – currently £53 (€60), valid for up to 90 days within a six-month period.

The minimum requirements on how to get a job on a superyacht are to acquire the STCW 2010 (Standards for Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping) Basic Safety Training. The STCW 2010 is a set of international regulations to ensure the highest standards of seafarer competencies are maintained on all superyachts worldwide.

STCW Training

The STCW 2010 consists of five basic safety training courses and is compulsory for all yacht crew. The STCW 10 Basic Safety Training is the minimum yacht course certificate, and on top of thatthere are plenty of additional yacht training courses and certification options to consider. Depending on which superyacht career route you are looking to take, whether it be a Deckhand, a Stewardess, an Engineer or a yacht Captain, this will determine which superyacht training courses are essential specifically to each superyacht crew.

The cost of completing all five STCW 10 Basic Safety Training is currently between £700 and £1000 in the UK, with yacht qualifications valid for five years. Each STCW superyacht training courses can be taken separately, but many yacht crew training centres offer package deals for intensive courses, and costs may vary from country to country.

What is the STCW 2010 Course?

1. STCW 2010 Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

Half day course costing £80 to £100.

2. STCW 2010 Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention

Two-day course costing £480 to £500.

3. STCW 2010 Elementary First Aid

One day course costing £100 to £120.

4. STCW 2010 Personal Survival Techniques

One day course costing £100 to £120.

5. STCW 2010 Proficiency in Security Awareness

Half day course costing £80 to £100.

STCW 2010 Note: "As of January 1st, 2017, you must have documented evidence of completing the Personal Survival Techniques and Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting courses within the last five years, or of completing refresher training within the last five years. The same applies to Advanced Fire Fighting, Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, and Fast Rescue Boats."

The STCW 2010 is the updated version of the STCW 95. The STCW Convention and Code 1978 has been amended by the 2010 Manila Amendments which contain new training requirements for all seafarers.

The minimum requirements apply to all yacht crew positions, but each yacht job lists essential yachting qualifications along with any other desirable training depending on each position. For example, yacht Engineers need to have a minimum engineering certificate of either the AEC (Approved Engineer Course) or MEOL (Marine Engine Operators Licence) certification as a minimum or a Certificate of Competence (CoC) at Yacht 4 (Y4) or above. For all chefs within the galley department will need a minimum of the Food Safety and Hygiene certificate - anyone with a culinary background or qualification is sometimes an advantage or a minimum requirement depending on each superyacht.

Update: Engineering "Yacht" qualifications are in the process of being changed over to a Small Vessel Engineer certification for more information check out our complete guide on how to become an engineer on a superyacht

There are countless superyacht training academies around the world, all offering a wide range of superyacht crew training courses for every department. Ensure you are taking your superyacht training and courses that are internationally recognised within the yachting industry.

Requirements to Get a Yacht Job

How to get a Job on a Superyacht

A question we’re often asked at Superyacht Crew Agency is, “Can you get a job on a superyacht without experience?” The answer is yes, absolutely.

The most common entry-level positions are Deckhand and Stewardess roles, but on larger yachts, it’s also possible to secure an entry-level position as the Crew Cook. It’s important to consider your previous work experience and whether you already possess skills that make you ideally suited to a yacht crew position, but securing a job as a newcomer is as much about having the right character and attitude as it is about having a proven track record.

It will come as no surprise that picking up day work to gain experience often leads to a day of mundane tasks, but doing everything you’re asked to do to the best of your ability and with a smile on your face is the only way to make yourself stand out as someone worthy of a longer-term contract. Entry-level responsibilities might include cleaning and polishing, laundry, cabin preparation and detailing the interior of the vessel, food and drink service, painting and varnishing, wash-downs and detailing the exterior of the vessel, and line handling.

However, if you’re serious about working on a yacht, there are certain “must haves” to gain before you can be offered your first job.

It goes without saying that the best places to look for yacht crew jobs are the places where superyachts go.

Here are SuperYacht Crew Agency's Top 5 Superyacht Hubs:

1. Port de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2. Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

3. IYCA Port Vauban, Antibes, France

4. Rybovich, West Palm Beach, Florida

5. Sails Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

There is no better way to be in the right place at the right time than to base yourself in a superyacht hub, stay in yacht crew accommodation, and spend your day's dock walking and networking with other superyacht crew.

Crew Accommodation and Housing

Crew houses are essentially hostel-style accommodation, offering crew a bed and bed linen, a furnished living area with a TV, internet access, and a stocked kitchen, for an average rental cost of around €30 to €60 per night. The most popular crew houses in each superyacht hub may receive calls from yachts offering day work, so if you’re new to the industry it can be worth spending a little more on accommodation to ensure you’re mixing and networking with more experienced and established yacht crew who will be able to provide useful contacts and advice.

Other options are to share private rented accommodation such as a flat or apartment with other yacht crew, stay in a local hotel or youth hostel on a day-to-day basis. Private rental can work out at around the same weekly cost as a crew house, but the hotel or hostel accommodation will become costly if you’re unable to secure work for any length of time.

Our list of superyacht hub crew accommodation can be found here.

Seasons

Yachts will normally crew up for the Mediterranean season around April or May, but some may look for crew earlier. The Caribbean season begins around September, and both seasons run for four or five months. Some owners will take on a delivery crew to cross the yacht from one seasonal location to the next, then crew up for the season when they arrive at the new location, while others will crew up early for the season ahead.

Boat Shows

Another great way to get a job on a superyacht is to attend one of the many prestigious boat shows held throughout the year. Here are our Top 5 Superyacht Shows you won’t want to miss when looking for work on a yacht:

1. Cannes Yachting Festival – Europe’s leading in-water boat show, held in mid-September each year.

2. Monaco Yacht Show – an exhibition of one-off superyachts, held in late September each year.

3. Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – hailed as the “Yachting Capital of the World”, the Fort Lauderdale show is held in late October/early November each year.

4. Antigua Charter Yacht Show – an industry-only event that takes place in early December each year.

5. Thailand Yacht Show – helping to make Thailand the winter destination for private and charter superyachts, previously held in December but switching to February in 2018.

Dock Walking

Dock Walking

As the name suggests, dock walking is walking along the dock in locations where superyachts are tied. The aim is simple; to secure work (day work or otherwise), or at the very least, introduce yourself to crew members and distribute your CV.

  • Security in some dock areas, especially in the US, is becoming increasingly tight and members of the public can be prevented from entering. For this reason, it can be a good idea to team up with experienced dock-walkers who know the ins-and-outs of gaining access.
  • Of course, dock walking is not guaranteed to get you a job and you need to be prepared for rejection. Always be polite and keep a smile on your face, and always present yourself in the best possible light by dressing neatly and appropriately. It takes confidence to walk the docks and approach superyacht crew, but it’s the way many of those crew got their first job so pay attention to any advice they might offer. Most importantly, don’t take rejection personally.

Tips

  • DO introduce yourself confidently and make eye contact.
  • DON’T approach crew at lunchtime. Having time to eat is more important than talking to you.
  • DO stay positive, just say thank you and move on to the next yacht when faced with rejection.
  • DON’T approach a yacht with guests on board.
  • DO make sure your CV is up-to-date and pass it to as many yachts as possible. They may not have a vacancy that day, but if you’ve made the right impression, they may contact you directly when they do.
  • DON’T try to be something you’re not. Try to stand out from the crowd by playing to your strengths and skills, but don’t pretend to know something when you clearly don’t. Demonstrating enthusiasm and a willingness to learn will win you more support than being a know-it-all!
  • Dock walking can lead to on the spot day work offers, so go prepared (and dressed) for work. Crew uniforms are generally shorts or skirts/skorts and a polo shirt, and flat, comfortable shoes. It goes without saying that if you’re offered day work for the following day, be on time. The work may be mundane, but this is your chance to show what you can do and demonstrate your determination to succeed in a yacht crew career.
  • Pay for day work is variable, around $12 to $15 per hour on average, but the real benefits of picking up day work extend far beyond financial gain. It’s a great way to try out different jobs and get a feel for where you fit into the industry, and the people you meet when working or dock walking in search of work can teach you more about life onboard a superyacht and succeeding in a superyacht crew career than you could ever learn from a website.
Complete dock walking tips for new yacht crew.

Networking

We’ve all heard the expression, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” but in the superyacht industry, success is much more to do with what you know. However, you still need the right people to know about what you know so that the right opportunities can come your way, and that’s where networking comes in.

Network at every opportunity with everyone and anyone connected to the superyacht industry, beginning with crew agencies. Register with a yacht crew agency and let them know which direction you are looking to start your yachting career and your current skills that are transferable to working on superyachts. They gather your information, get to know you and put you forward for suitable jobs you may potentially be a good fit for. But networking doesn’t end there. Network with the people you meet on training courses, join superyacht groups on social media, attend boat shows and superyacht events, meet and mix with fellow ‘yachties’ in crew houses at superyacht hubs, socialise at local pubs and restaurants yachties tend to go to. The more people you know in the industry, the more you boost your chances of having your name put forward for work on a yacht. 

Superyacht CV

There’s no shortage of tips and advice available on how to create an impactful CV, but the key to making your CV stand out when applying for a yacht job is to make your CV a "Superyacht CV".

Your CV represents you, and like it or not, the way you present the information about yourself leads the reader to make assumptions about the type of person you are. Here are our top tips on superyacht CV presentation.

Keep it concise – no more than two pages is sufficient.

Give personal details first – required information includes everything from your name, address and contact numbers to your nationality, marital status, and current location.

Highlight your most recent experience and qualifications – do not list any qualifications that are not relevant to the job/industry, and give concise details of your duties in any previous yacht employment or land-based employment relevant to the job.

Provide references – give the name and contact details of previous superyacht employers. Newcomers to the industry should provide references from any previous employment related to the job. E.g. hotel, bar, restaurant, or land-based engineering.

Keep interests and hobbies brief – no one needs to know about your every pastime, but list a few interests that best define your personality and character.

Provide a photo – make sure you look neat and tidy and have a smile on your face.

Proofread and spellcheck twice – success in the superyacht industry is all about attention to detail. If your CV is full of typos, you’re not the right candidate for the job.

You can download our recommended superyacht CV template.

Best Superyacht CV

Deck crew bonus skills might include MCA certificates, RYA certificates, power boat level 2 qualification, instructor certificates in scuba diving, jet ski handling, kiteboarding, or any other water sport, drone photography, carpentry, woodwork, varnishing, painting, fibreglass or shipwright skills etc.

Interior crew bonus skills might include masseuse, hairdresser, or personal trainer qualifications, floristry skills, bartender, cocktail or barista experience, computer skills (excel, word), photography, silver service, white glove service or any other formal service training, hospitality experience in hotels or cruise ships, cooking skills etc. 

Galley crew bonus skills might include culinary training, food presentation skills, an experience of a wide range of authentic global cuisines, wine connoisseur etc.

Engineering crew bonus skills might include mechanical skills, AV/IT and computer skills, an experience of fixing jet skis and other onboard motorised equipment, and any deck crew skills that increase the potential for a dual role

Job boards can be found directly on yacht crew agencies websites and Facebook groups. This is an integral part of looking for your first yacht job especially if you are not in one of the superyacht hubs of the world - actively searching for yacht jobs online, contacting the yachts and sending your CV through will get you one step closer to landing your first superyacht job.

Here are a few of our favourite superyacht Facebook groups:

Have a look at our Links page for more helpful links regarding superyacht courses and academies, yachting industry news, superyacht organisations and more.

Yacht Job Interview

If you are invited to interview for a job, your CV has already caught the eye of the yacht captain, so it’s important that you make an equally good impression when you meet in person.

Whether you are a newcomer hoping to land your first contract, or you have previous experience on another superyacht, the following tips will help to ensure you make the most of the interview opportunity. First impressions matter, so…

  • Be punctual, a little early is better.
  • Be smartly dressed and presented in professional yachting crew-style attire. Wear minimal makeup and jewellery, don’t chew gum, keep tattoos covered if you have any, and switch off your phone.
  • Be prepared with copies of your CV, licences, references, and any other documentation. If you’re new to the industry, make sure you brush up on your understanding and use of superyacht terminology.
  • Be confident, at least on the outside. Make eye contact and offer a firm handshake, and make sure you think before you speak.
  • Be clear about your objectives and your career path in the industry.
  • Be focused on what you can offer as a crew member, and demonstrate why you are a good fit for the job.
  • Be honest and be true to yourself. Saying you don’t smoke when you smell of cigarettes and you were seen putting out a cigarette before the interview will only guarantee that you don’t get the job.
  • Be committed and demonstrate that you’re serious about a yacht crew career and being the best you can be in your chosen career path.

An interview for a job on a yacht is not just about assessing your skills and abilities, it’s also about assessing your character and personality. If your land-based job history shows a pattern of flitting from job to job in a range of different industries, your commitment to staying in the position on offer may be questioned. You need to be ready to answer the question, “Why should I employ you?” with a well-prepared and honest answer. Things change, and no one has a crystal ball, but communicating that you’re looking to for a long-term career makes you a much more attractive prospect than someone who may just jump ship as soon as the going gets tough.

To succeed, you must be yourself. Attempting to be something or someone you’re not, simply wastes everyone’s time. Not every interview is going to get you the job, and there can be times when you may be the best qualified for the position on paper, but your personality is simply not a good match for the dynamic of the yacht and the existing crew. Every interview is an opportunity to learn, so take the positives with you and move on. The right job for you is out there.

What to avoid during an Interview:

1. Don’t leave your phone on.

2. Don’t ask about salary, holidays, and flights right away.

3. Don’t criticize previous employers.

4. Don’t ramble.

Superyacht Crew Agencies

Yacht crew agencies play an essential role in the superyacht industry. Once you have your STCW basic training under your belt, registering with a yacht crew agency is one of the most common ways to land your first job on a superyacht. The majority of yacht captains will turn to a reliable yacht crew agency as their first port of call when looking for yacht crew for the season ahead.

Registering is a straightforward process of signing up on the crew agencies website, or even better to directly email your CV and documents.

The minimum requirements to work on a superyacht are:

  • Your most recently updated CV
  • A copy of your (valid) passport
  • Valid visas (if applicable, e.g. B1B2, Schengen)
  • Up-to-date written references
  • A valid ENG1 medical certificate or equivalent
  • Valid and updated STCW 2010 certification

Most yacht crew agencies will conduct brief interviews to get to know the candidates. Once you’re signed up, your search for a superyacht job is underway. There are plenty of crew agencies out there to choose from, but it’s important to choose one that is fully compliant with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) and a copy of the certificate should be readily available on a reputable superyacht crew agency website.

As yacht crew, the objective of signing up with a yacht crew agency is to secure a yacht job, whether your first superyacht job or your 5th.

As a yacht captain, the objective is to find the best superyacht crew to fill the available jobs onboard.

As a yacht crew agency, the objective is to bring the best match together.

Yacht crew should never be asked to pay a yacht crew agency fee, and yacht captains/owners should feel the fee they pay for the crew member is money well spent. Crewing up can be time-consuming, and sifting through piles of CVs in search of someone with the right qualifications is something captains want to avoid, so they rely on yacht crew agencies to do the groundwork for them and present them with only the best matches for the job. In the superyacht industry, it’s all about quality, not quantity.

A quick google search for Superyacht Crew Agency with return 378,000 results for yacht crew agencies....

The Best Superyacht Crew Agency

Look who shows up in the number one spot! Don't take our word and try it for yourself 😀

With this in mind, the right yacht crew agency for you is the one that takes the time to understand exactly what type of superyacht job you want and works with you to help you find a position that matches your skill set and your personality. For captains and owners, the process of crewing up can be costly when every element of interviewing, training, filing essential paperwork, providing uniforms, paying for flights etc. is taken into consideration, so they want to avoid the headache of having to repeat the process when crew members fail to gel into an effective team. It’s the job of a professional yacht crew agencies to gather as much relevant information as possible from prospective crew members and yacht captains so that the right candidates are presented for the right superyacht jobs.

Yacht Crew Tesomonial

You get the occasional rogue superyacht crew agencies operating through Facebook and elsewhere, so beware. Never send details to a yacht crew agency that is not MLC certified, and never pay yacht crew agencies to find work for you.

The Reality of Working on a Superyacht

Let us stop right here, Superyachting can be a dream job, but it’s important not to get carried away with the romance of it all. Working on a yacht is not for everyone, so make sure you consider the realities before signing up.

Away from home – Embarking on a superyacht crew career will mean many months away from home at a time. How much would you miss family and friends?

Life at sea can create a sense of being disconnected from the “real world” as you live in your superyacht bubble. How important is that connection to you? Can you handle life away from Friends, Family and Loved Ones?

Long hours – A superyacht crew job is not a 9-5 with weekends off Job. Are you prepared to work hard?

Limited travel – not all yacht owners travel, choosing to stay in only one or two familiar locations. And free time to explore exotic locations is not always given. Would you cope with extended periods of dock time, or seeing only a porthole view of your location?

Pay (similar to land) – not all yacht crew jobs pay better than land-based equivalents, and the hours will most certainly be longer. Are you in it just for financial gain, or are you enthusiastic about building a career?

Eat, sleep, live crew – superyacht crew accommodation is generally comfortable, but space is limited, and you’ll have no escape from the people you live and work with every day. How well would you cope with a lack of privacy and little chance of ever being alone?

Superyacht Crew Agency get asked many questions, some of which are:

1. How old do I need to be to work on a superyacht?

The minimum age as set by the MLC is 16 years, with some restrictions, but many Crew Placement Agencies prefer crew to be a minimum of 18 years old.

2. If my CV is suitable, when may I be given details of a job to consider?

It may take days, weeks, or even months, and it will depend on the availability of jobs to suit your qualifications, ability, and personality. It’s the job of a crew agency to match the right candidates for the right job.

3. How long will it take to get a job?

Yachts are constantly looking for crew, and in many cases, it’s about being in the right place at the right time. The answer to this question will depend on you, the job market, and luck.

Check here for a full list of Yacht Crew FAQs

Final word from Superyacht Crew Agency

Whatever method you choose to land your first job on a superyacht, we wish you the best of luck. Just as in any land-based career, it’s important to present yourself in a professional manner at all times, maintaining a respectful, friendly attitude during courses and interviews. First impressions matter. The ultimate aim is to secure a job, but always be honest about your skills, abilities, and the qualifications you hold.

The superyacht job you want is out there – doing your part to prepare yourself with proper training and knowledge can only work in your favour.

You are already halfway there!

Good luck!

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We would love to hear how it all works out for you; should you have any questions, or feel like we have missed something in our post or simply need additional advice, please don't hesitate to email us.

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<![CDATA[Depression Mental Health Wellbeing at Sea]]>Depression and Mental Health: Working the “Dream Job” onboard a Superyacht

Whatever field you work in, the hardest obstacle to overcome regarding mental health is the stereotype surrounding it. Those struggling with depression or anxiety are afraid of being deemed “crazy” or “unstable,” possibly even risking the loss of their job. With the attitude people as a whole have towards mental health, it’s easy to keep quiet about one’s struggles, but the ramifications of doing so are dangerous.

In the yachting industry, it’s even harder. Surrounded by those with an old school mentality, you’re often told to just toughen up or quit. If you can’t keep up with the big dogs, then just stay on land. This coupled with the extended time out at sea and the work-hard-play-hard atmosphere many yachts have with tax-free earnings lead largely to overdrinking and drug abuse. With outside influences such as these, distress and depression are more and more prevalent.

Just to throw some kindling on the fire, all the crew’s friends back home post about their activities on Facebook and Instagram, making their lives look full and perfect. Comparing their own monotonous, empty lives to these images is extremely detrimental to their mental state.

Additionally, working on a yacht is extremely taxing. You’re required to work long days and sleep short nights. Burnout and fatigue take over much more quickly than they do in other careers, especially with the isolation those on the crew feel, away from their friends, family, and homes. They can spend anywhere from days to years at a time at sea.

The World Health Organization (WHO) did a study of seafarers’ mental health and found that over a quarter of seafarers display signs of depression; many are too embarrassed to ask for help, not realizing that it’s okay to not be okay. Seafarers struggling with depression have a high risk of committing suicide; they are, in fact, the second highest at-risk group globally according to WHO.

It’s time to start taking depression onboard seriously.

Those of us who have never experienced working on a superyacht may think it’s the dream job, but the reality is quite different. It is both mentally and physically straining, and 45% of those seafarers who reported symptoms of depression asked no one for help. While a third had turned to family of friends, only 21% actually spoke to a colleague at sea.

Maritime Charity Sailors’ Society, which works with seafarers in 91 ports around the world, is one of the few organizations offering counselling and support to those struggling with depression.

According to the World Health Organization (www.who.int):

- Depression is common, affecting about 121 million people worldwide.

- Depression is among the leading causes of disability worldwide.

- Depression can be reliably diagnosed and treated in primary care.

- Fewer than 25 percent of those affected have access to effective treatments.

- Depression occurs in persons of all genders, ages and backgrounds.

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Why are crews getting depressed at sea?

There are a number of factors involved, such as unpredictable work schedules and demands, long working hours, difficulty adapting to unfamiliar environment and cultures, feelings of isolation and loneliness, unrealistic work expectations, and confined living and working conditions. Crews often go several days without the ability to communicate with the outside world; in fact, at times it feels like prison. With terms like Sea Jail, Prison, or Floating Cell, M/Y Alcatraz thrown around just to name a few.

Back-to-back voyages leave crew members away from their families for long periods of time, during holidays, and they often don’t know when they will return. Mental health problems are often strongly linked to long hours and fatigue. As a result, depression, psychotic breakdown, and even suicide is relatively common amongst seafarers.

It’s the little things you miss at home.

“Recent research by IMO [International Maritime Organization] indicates that seafarers may be more likely than their shore counterparts to experience mental health problems.”

Could you go for a run this week if you wanted? Or stop at the store and grab some groceries? Cook your own meal? Or even go out for dinner? Could you go for a walk with friends or drive somewhere to spend time with loved ones? These are simple day-to-day activities that we often take for granted. A crew member can’t do any of these things; in fact, he can’t even decide what he gets to eat. They have little to no freedom.

Whether you have a big, loving family, or little to none, everyone misses home while they are at sea. Christmas, birthdays, celebrations, weddings, and funerals go by, and little by little, your loved ones become accustomed to your absence while you grow lonelier.

Warning signs to look out for in a fellow crew member

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Samaritans, a UK organization providing confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland, lists these signs of depression or mental distress to watch out for:

- Being irritable or nervous

- A change in routine, such as sleeping or eating less than normal

- Drinking, smoking or using drugs more than usual

- Being un-typically clumsy or accident-prone

- Becoming withdrawn or losing touch with friends and family

- Losing interest in appearance. For example: dressing badly, no longer wearing makeup, not washing regularly

- Making leading statements, such as, “You wouldn't believe what I've been through” or, “It’s like the whole world is against me.” People sometimes say these things in the hope someone will ask what they mean so that they can talk about it.

- Putting themselves down in a serious or jokey way, for example: “Oh, no one loves me,” or “I'm a waste of space.”

“It’s difficult to complain to the captain if you feel stressed, lonely or overworked during charter, when it’s exactly what is expected when you enter this career. From the long, hard working hours and intensive living arrangements, to the great wages and fun lifestyle (off charter).”

Solving the problem of depression at sea – red or blue pill

depression at sea issue

The answer, at first, may be to just leave, but it’s not so simple as that. Many on the crew have spent thousands of dollars on their training and many years at sea; they barely even know how to survive ashore, and some of them are providing for families back home.

Mental health and wellbeing need to become a higher priority onboard superyachts.

“More in-depth training is required for a variety of health problems especially regarding mental health of seafarers onboard and to spot the signs,” said another.

An increasing number of support services and guidance resources are now available, and

charities and foundations, such as Mission to Seafarers and the Seafarers Hospital Society, provide excellent support and resources aimed at seafarers’ mental health, as well. Services such as Big White Wall offer anonymous digital support to help people experiencing common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.

Seeing a health care professional as soon as possible is crucial to overcoming mental illness, according to the Mental Health Foundation. “If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority,” they advise.

Suicide Hotlines:

U.S.:

http://suicidehotlines.com/national.html

1 800 784 2433

1 800 273 8255

UK:

www.samaritans.org

08457 90 90 90

Australia:

www.lifeline.org.au

13 11 14

International Suicide Hotline:

www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

Conclusion

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While these resources are great, more needs to be done. Very few seafarers have the luxury of a company doctor; many only have shore-side medical teams they can call on for emergencies, and the medical professionals on the ship are under trained.

So, what are the rules regarding access to professional healthcare offshore? Well, shipowners are obliged under MLC 2006, to ensure that they provide, “access to prompt and adequate medical care whilst working on board.” Seafarers should also be provided “with medical care as comparable as possible to that which is generally available to workers ashore.”

The decision is ultimately up to ship managers and owners. They must decide whether or not they will care for their crew. If they make the effort to improve life on board, many issues with depression can be avoided. Rotation, planned holidays, crew team building activities, quality crew gyms and downtime are all a great start in the right direction which some Yachts already provide.

What are your thoughts? Is this just how yachting life is, or should we change our ways and promote mental health awareness, shaking the current attitude?

Is there life after a career at Sea? Read our post about land based careers to find out. 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Superyacht Blogs and Luxury Yacht Influencers]]>[Updated April 2019]

Superyacht News

superyacht news

If you like to stay up to date with the latest Business, Technology, Fleet, Owner, Design and Crew News then the superyacht groups digital publication is hard to beat.

 “To become the most intelligent, informed and interactive website in the market.” SuperyachtNews.com

They also publish several well-known magazines including the superyacht and crew report.

Our Favorite Post:"Caribbean vibe" shot wins crew photo competition

Further Reading

Follow Superyacht News on Facebook

Follow Superyacht News on Twitter @SuperyachtNews 

Follow on Instagram

Connect on LinkedIn

Yachting Pages

yachting pages

Yachting Pages Media Group is one of the most well-known Yachting directories in the Industry, if you haven’t come across the hand delivered bag of goodies from YPMG have you ever even stepped foot on a superyacht. Well known for the established well marketed bright pink logo and merchandise its hard to miss this hard working team at any of the Boat Shows.  

Our Favorite Post: How to become a Chief Engineer Y4

How to Become a Chief Engineer on a Superyacht

Further Reading

Follow Yachting Pages on Facebook

Follow Yachting Pages on Twitter

Follow Yachting Pages on Instagram

Connect on LinkedIn

Superyacht Times

superyacht times

Part of the Superyacht company the Superyacht times Featuring interviews and unique features with the superyacht industry's most important players, the SuperYacht Times is the only regular publication digging

 

Our Favorite Post: The 142m Sailing Yacht A and her four custom tenders       

Further Reading

Follow Superyacht Times on Facebook

Follow Superyacht Times on Twitter

Follow Superyacht Times on Instagram

Connect on LinkedIn

SuperYacht Crew Agency

Good news. You’re already pretty familiar with the SYCA bog, as you’re reading it right now.

(I don’t want to blow our own trumpet here, so I’ll spare you the cringe worthy comment’s)

For those who haven’t read much of our blog, the focus is to provide crew with useful resources and advice.

Our Favorite Post: How To Get a Job On a Superyacht - The Ultimate Guide 2018 (will be updated shortly)

Further Reading

Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on Instagram

Connect on LinkedIn

Boat international

 

Our Favorite Post: World champion Kai Lenny on how to become a paddleboard pro

Further Reading

Follow Boat International on Facebook

Follow Boat International on Twitter

Follow Boat International on Instagram

Onboard Online

 

onboard online

OnboardOnline is a digital platform at the forefront of issues that matter to the yachting community, often leading with stories that resonate with this audience. They are based in Antibes and launched in 2013.

Our Favorite Post: Wellbeing at Work: Seafarer Happiness Index Results         

10 Ways To Relieve Stress Onboard a Superyacht

Further Reading

Follow Onboard Online on Facebook

Follow Onboard Online on Twitter

Follow Onboard Online on Instagram

Connect on LinkedIn

Dockwalk

dockwalk

Dockwalk is an online portal for the Superyacht Captains and Crew. Social networking specifically created for Superyacht community

Our Favorite Post: Training to Aid in Disaster Relief

Is Dockwalking Dead?

Further Reading

Follow Dockwalk on Facebook

Follow Dockwalk on Twitter

Follow Dockwalk on Instagram

Ocean of News

ocean of news

All boating never boring

Our Favorite Post:       

Further Reading

Follow Ocean of News on Facebook

Follow Ocean of News on Twitter

Follow Ocean of News on Instagram

Yacht Harbour

yacht harbour 

Our Favorite Post: Developing a hurricane response plan for superyachts        

How Yacht Crew Can Help Hurricane Victims

Further Reading

Follow Yacht Harbour on Facebook

Follow Yacht Harbour on Twitter

Follow Yacht Harbour on Instagram

Connect on LinkedIn

SuperYacht World

superyacht world

Update: not sure if they are still around, haven’t seen a post since October last year.

Our Favorite Post: Gene Machine crew cycles Atlantic

Superyacht Blogs to Follow in 2019

Not a blog but a good source of information

Reddit

Savvy Stewardess

 

The Yacht Owner

Work On A Yacht

 

Stewardess Bible 

Ya Crew

Yotspot

AYSS

Yacht Needs 

Let us know if we have missed any of the top Superyacht Blogs and Influencers within the industry.

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<![CDATA[Rotational Vs Full Time Engineers]]>Rotational Vs Full Time Yacht Engineers 

As the Superyacht industry standards shift towards crew rotation for all members aboard vessels in both the merchant industry and in the world of private yachting.

The benefits of having a yacht crew on a rotational schedule have been documented extensively. There are measurable improvements in crew performance and in the retention of experienced and quality crew members. This can be seen most clearly in the positions of Captain or in the multiple levels of seniority of the Engineering roles aboard the yacht.

It was both the captains and chief engineers in the private superyacht world that began to move the standard of crew rotation from the merchant shipping industry to the yachting industry. To the best engineers in the yachting world, the issue of a rotational schedule is non-negotiable: a full rotational schedule will be implemented for any vessel they are contracted to work on, or they will find one that does offer rotation. Both captains and engineers began demanding that these schedules be implemented, which left many inflexible or stubborn yacht owners without any qualified captains or engineers available for their vessels.

This demand isn’t just for the engineer’s benefit. In addition to providing time for the engineer themselves to have a life away from the yacht, it also ensures that the captains or engineers that they rely on or have to delegate duties to are rested and in peak condition to perform those duties. A tired or unhappy engineer will not do an optimum job and any yacht on which the engineers are not performing optimally is an unsafe one to be on.

You will likely never find a superyacht engineer, all the way from 3rd engineer up to chief engineer, who would not prefer a rotational schedule for their position. There are simply too many technical duties to be performed that require a crew member to be focused and rested in order to perform them correctly. Taking time off to further studies, renew STCW certificates or spending time with family is essential to running a high caliber yacht these days. As one of our second engineers said recently.

“The older I get the crazier it sounds to be living in a bunk bed all year round."

"The older I get the crazier it sounds to be living in a bunk bed all year round. Without rotation, I could no longer have the work/life balance required to operate at such a high level of service. The change of of an engineering team onboard with the right procedures in place can be seamless and go unnoticed even mid charter.”

Downtime for the crew is of utmost importance for the safe running of a yacht. It’s also better to have an experienced, solid team onboard for years to come than to have to go through the recruitment process every season as the crew is burnt out.

Little by little, these standards have made their way from the commercial world to the private yachts, and little by little they have made their way from the positions of captaincy and engineering to all of the rest of the operational crew members of a yacht. There may still be a few people out there a seeking steward or deckhand positions to whom a rotational schedule is not of the utmost importance and for those unwilling to sacrifice pay for rotation or looking to build up sea time. But as time passes, fewer and fewer potential crew members will accept any schedule other that one with at least a minimal crew rotation implemented.

The industry standards are getting higher and higher each year. Crew without rotation suffer from fatigue, in turn, leads to poor performance. The crew dynamic suffers, standards slip and crew either jump ship or give up and get let go. Back to back seasons, heavily chartered yachts travel far and wide and there really is no escape, no walk in the park, no popping down the shop to buy a newspaper, going for a run or catching up with friends and family over a nice meal. Garbage run can be about as exciting as it gets during a busy charter yacht. Sometimes yacht crew just need to get away from it all and recharge those batteries. The answer in the merchant industry for engineers is simple? Rotation. Luckily the transition to yachting is quite well across the board. However, we do see positions that owners just don’t want the crew to rotate. E.g. they want familiar faces, interaction with guests is becoming more frequent and less behind the scenes as technology is ever evolving. The 50/50 rotation schedule will never sync with the owner’s requirements or yachting seasons and the time spent preparing for a trip can often be the most crucial so what’s the answer. Still rotation – it just needs some justification and explanation as to why coming from the Captain/Management team.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Let us know here.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Yacht Crew Accommodation and Housing Tips]]>Whether you’re new to yachting or in between jobs, the superyacht industry always involves the constant need of finding decent crew housing and accommodation, especially when you are looking for your next yacht job. 

It is true that there are locations which offer crew housing exclusively dedicated to yacht crew but there are a lot of other factors that need to be taken into account. We have taken the liberty to piece together some suggestions, tips, and other useful information that can prove helpful to you while finding accommodation.

What are Crew Houses?

Any yachting city or town will without a doubt host the presence of dedicated crew housing where you will encounter the opportunity to meet and network with other crew members from all around the globe. Crew houses are more or less like hostels, so they provide easy living and convenience. You get everything that you can possibly ask for—a bed, linens, furniture, stocked kitchen, TV, and internet access. The rent is usually expected on a weekly basis and ranges somewhere between €30 and €60 per night. This kind of accommodation will prove to be very helpful in expanding your network since you will have multiple opportunities to foster friendships with crew members—both experienced and greenies.

However, while opting for cheaper crew houses, one may keep in mind that while they will save you money, the kind of accommodation will not be as glamorous. It is up to personal preference, but it could possibly be worth paying more to stay in a better crew house. Especially when the more well-known crew houses do receive calls from yachts for day workers, temporary work, etc. This is where you network and potentially find your future employer.

Yacht Crew Accommodation

Shared Private Accommodation

If you are not a fan of staying in a hostel-like accommodation, you can always find an apartment, a flat, or a house to share with other yacht crew. The best way to go through with this is to actively follow online forums, networking sites, and or ask around before you head over to find your next yacht job or during your initial days of staying at crew houses. A shared accommodation will offer all the same benefits as a crew house but in a much more personal dimension. Depending on the location and quality of the flat, it can be cheaper than crew housing, and you get to choose your flatmates so that’s an added benefit. A pro tip would be to look for an apartment, flat or house with Wi-Fi in order to make the job-hunting process easier.

Youth Hostels and Hotels

The third housing option you can consider is youth hostels or hotels in town.

Youth hostels are a reasonable, affordable, and convenient option since you can stay there on a day to day basis until you figure out what your next move is. This is a great option for people who do not want to stay in crew housing or private flats. While it is an option, it is not preferred if you are starting out in the yachting industry and trying to save monies.

What other things are important while choosing a housing option?

  • Proximity to Crew Agents

Yacht crew recruitment agencies play an essential role when looking for a superyacht job. Most placement agencies look for the crew who are readily available and having accommodation within the superyacht hubs does prove beneficial. If you check in with agencies every so often, networking, dock walking, and are actively finding ways to land a permanent job the higher your chances will be.

  • Quality of Accommodation

This is more of a personal choice than a necessity but the trick lies in spending quality time outside your bedroom. Use your place of accommodation as a networking opportunity and contact as many people (crew members, captains, agents etc) as you can.

  • Booking

Make sure you book well in advance, as most crew houses get fully booked quick, especially during the beginning of superyacht summer and winter seasons. With the onset of the season, it is quite obvious that you will face hardships in finding decent accommodation, so be smart, do your homework, inquire, and make it official.

What else do I need to know?

Most people will advise first-timers to go in early before other superyacht crew but it might turn into a waste of time, money, and accommodation because of the lack of work in between seasons. You can use this time to find day work or temporary work where you can earn roughly between €12 and €15 hourly. Ensure you target the popular superyacht locations where prospective crew often base themselves to be available for upcoming jobs.

Where are the superyacht hubs?

  • Antibes, France
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • The Caribbean
  • Florida, USA

Monaco Yacht Crew Accommodation

Crew accommodation in Antibes:

There are plenty of crew housing options in Antibes, and even more people looking for yacht jobs. Lots of which will normally be fully booked. Fortunately, there are alternative accommodation options not far from Antibes, places such as Juan Les Pins or Biot.

The Crew Grapevine +33 (0) 616 662 843
info@crewgrapevine.com +33 (0) 619 032 652
   
The Glamorgan +33 (0)6 25 16 54 57
glamorgan@orange.fr  
   
Bel-Air Crew House +33 (0)6 98 15 09 22
bel.air.crew.house@gmail.com  
   
 The Crew House +33 (0)4 90 92 49 39
the.crewhouse@yahoo.com +33 (0)6 28 58 66 26
   
 Debbie’s Crew House +33 (0)4 93 74 41 40
Deborah.banks@wanadoo.fr +33 (0)6 32 38 75 28

 

Crew Housing in Palma de Mallorca:

Much like Antibes, another famous superyacht hub, Palma de Mallorca offers diverse crew accommodation options. In case of a full housing situation, you can check out Santa Catalina, Old Town, and La Lonja for alternative crew housing.

Crew Accommodation (Palma) Maria: +34 654 528 264
info@accommodationpalma.com Ana: +34 647 633 214
   
Hostal Apuntadores +34 971 713 491
Hostalapuntadores@yahoo.es  
   
Hostal Corona +34 617 55 97 67
Hostalcorona@hotmail.com  
   
The Boat House + 34 971 73 41 14
contact@theboathouse.es  
   
Hostal Ritzi +34 971 71 46 10
reservas@hostalritzipalma.com  


Fort Lauderdale, USA:

Fort Lauderdale is one the best yachting hubs for new crew members. Fort Lauderdale welcomes all yachts returning from the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and the East Coast of USA for repair and maintenance. These yachts then depart early spring and winter which is the start of another season, the best time for superyacht crew to find jobs and accommodation.

The Neptune Group +1 (954) 763 1050
info@theneptunegroup.com  
   
Crew Castle +1 (954) 931 8945
guiltfree@earthlink.net  
   
Sabra’s Crew Accommodations +1 (954) 235 0589
Anchored4awhile@gmail.com  
   
Smart Move Crew Accommodations +1 (954) 235 0589
Anchored4awhile@gmail.com  
   
Palm Place Residence +1 (954) 655 8526
  +1 (954) 566 7182

 

If you have additional questions or seeking for advice, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at SuperYacht Crew Agency. Unsure where to start and haven't already checked out our Ultimate guide to getting a job on a superyacht should be your first port of call. 

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<![CDATA[STCW Basic Safety Training Course ]]>What is the STCW Basic Safety Training Course Certificate?

STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, and these standards are set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The STCW certificate consists of five basic training courses and is compulsory for all yacht crew. It’s one of the 3 essential certificates/documents yacht crew must obtain and have in possession before you find your first job on a yacht. 

What are The 3 Essential Documents Needed to Work on a Yacht?

1. STCW basic safety training

2. ENG 1 (Seafarers Medical Certificate)

3. Passport and visas, if applicable

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I want to work on a private yacht or Superyacht do I still need STCW basic safety training certificate?

Answer: Yes the STCW basic safety training certificate is required by all seafarers working on commercial vessels above 24m in length. This includes crew working on commercial ships, ferries, cruise ships private yachts and superyachts.

Question: What is the difference between STCW 95 and STCW 2010

Answer: The current STCW basic safety training 2010 is an updated version of the STCW 95 basic safety training. The Manila amendments, adopted on 25th June 2010, marked a revision of the original Convention and Code.

STCW Basic Safety Training Course

The cost of completing all five STCW basic safety training is currently between £700 and £1,300 in the UK, with yacht qualifications valid for five years. Each STCW superyacht training courses can be taken separately, but many yacht crew training centres offer package deals for intensive courses, and costs may vary from country to country. Please note that the costs do not involve any accommodation.

What is the STCW Basic Safety Training 2010 Course?

The STCW basic safety training will take around 5 days to complete the fundamentals of safety and training for seafarers included in the following modules.

1. Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR)

Half day course costing £80 to £100.

A classroom-based course covering basic safety procedures and accident prevention. You will learn about your legal rights as a seafarer onboard, code of Safe working practices (COSWP) and also touch your responsibilities working and living onboard on pollution prevention (MARPOL).

2. Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention

Two-day course costing £480 to £500.

You will learn about the different types of fire that can occur, their causes and how they can be prevented and extinguished onboard. Its mostly a practical course, and the proper and safe way to use the firefighting equipment found onboard such as the practical use of the different types of fire extinguishers. Precautions and what to do In the event of a fire. You will don breathing apparatus (BA Kit) and practice extinguishing fires of different types and sizes. Some will be in enclosed spaces filled with smoke (nothing to worry about as its all in a controlled and safe manner overseen by the professional local fire teams).

3. Elementary First Aid

One day course costing £100 to £120.

A mixture of practical and classroom-based theory combining the basic first aid and lifesaving skills. This is an excellent course whether you are already trained or have had previous training in first aid. Its always good to refresh your memory and get you into thinking about safety at sea where you may have to improvise until you get back to safe haven. You will learn CPR, how to use a stretcher and apply bandaging and splints to cuts, burns or other injuries. The ways to deal with emergency situations in a safe manner and also get to see and use the most common medical kits that will be onboard every yacht. Many superyachts will have the latest up to date medical packs (military spec) and have a full team of dedicated shoreside support to ensure the crew onboard are in good hands.

4. Personal Survival Techniques (PST)

One day course costing £100 to £120.

A short bit of theory to understand the sea survival techniques onboard with some examples of crew stranded at sea surviving using the taught methods. Practical section of the course will be fun and are usually done in a swimming pool or local marinas. You will learn how to properly abandon ship in an emergency, don emersion suits, life jackets and how to safely launch and enter a life raft. You will also learn about search and rescue best methods to be found at sea and how to safely prepare for emergency rescue teams including communications and signals used by the rescue organisations.

5. Proficiency in Security Awareness

Half day course costing £80 to £100.

A short mandatory course providing the minimum requirement of Security training for Yacht crew without any designated security duties onboard. You will learn about the security-related issues that can occur onboard.

How Long Does STCW Certificate Last For?

Seafarers are required under STCW convention, every five years, to provide evidence of having maintained the required standards of competence to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities working on board a yacht.

Where Can I Get an STCW Basic Safety Training Certificate?

You can book your STCW basic safety training course at any approved maritime academy. Here is our list of Training Centres. It is worth noting, all seafarers alongside the STCW basic safety training are required to complete an ENG1 Medical.

A great starting point would be to check out our Ultimate Guide on How to Get a Job on a Superyacht, which mentions how and where to find a yacht job, whether it be by Dock Walking, networking, or through a superyacht crew agency.

If you have any questions or require additional advice, please email us at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[How to Get a Job as a Deckhand on a SuperYacht]]>What is a Yacht Deckhand?

Updated: June 2019

A superyacht Deckhand is an entry-level position within the exterior department onboard a yacht. Deckhands include a large list of duties and responsibilities, having to assist in the exterior maintenance, cleanliness, and manoeuvring of the boat and tenders - this includes everything outside, on top and underneath the vessel and keeping it in pristine condition at all times.

On occasion, yacht deckhands may assist with the interior and galley department however this varies on each vessel and its size. His or her responsibilities are carried out under the leadership of the yachts Lead Deckhand, the Bosun, Chief Officer and/or the Captain.

Deckhand Jobs

What Does a Deckhand Do on a Yacht?

Depending on the size of the yacht, there are between 1 and 10 or so deckhands. The duties and responsibilities as a yacht deckhand vary depending on the size of yacht and number of crew on the yacht. Your first job as a deckhand on a larger size superyacht will consist of learning the basic duties of a deckhand. Washdowns (cleaning the yacht from top to bottom), cleaning windows, polishing stainless steel and scrubbing the teak decks are high on the agenda to keep the yacht in immaculate condition.

Onboard a smaller yacht with a smaller number of deckhands, some of the deck responsibilities for deckhands will increase to more hands-on duties such as; tender driving, anchoring, mooring procedures, sanding, varnishing and painting etc. And on occasion, you will be expected to assist within the galley or interior operations, which is generally more common on smaller yachts.

The workload varies depending on the yacht, season, itinerary and whether you have guests onboard. The busiest times are usually pre-season, boat shows or guest arrivals and whilst guests are onboard. A yacht deckhand position on a superyacht requires energetic professionals and as you’ll be constantly on your feet, lifting heavy objects and cleaning large areas, it sure is a great job to keep you fit and active.

Being a deckhand is also considered a “front of house” position when assisting guests with water sport and yacht toys such as jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks and more. It’s important to interact with owners and guests in a professional manner when teaching them how to operate the equipment on their own.

Deckhand Jobs and Responsibilities:

1. Cleaning
2. Sanding
3. Painting
4. Varnishing
5. Polishing
6. Carpentry
7. Fibreglass restoration
8. Line handling
10. Driving Tenders & Toys
11. Cleanliness of the yacht wash downs, stainless polishing, waxing
12. Assisting the Bosun and Mate in maintenance projects; sanding and taping up for varnishing or painting (Awl grip), caulking, filling
13. Continued learning of yacht maintenance, operations and systems; line handling, tender driving, navigation, safety, water sports

The Reality of Deckhand Jobs on a Yacht

Living and working on a superyacht means that you’ll get to travel the world and see some incredible sights. However, it’s important to remember that during a busy season with guests onboard, you will generally have little or no time off. Guest trips tend to be extremely demanding and exhausting, however, a watch system (Hours of Work and Rest) will be in place to ensure you receive adequate rest. It is important to remain professional, calm and patient. Try and focus on the positives and once guests are off, you will appreciate the downtime more!

During off-season, most deckhands work Monday to Friday with weekends off, if the schedule allows. Your leave accrued will usually be granted during this period of off time whether it be alongside the dock or in a shipyard. During the off-season, you get time to perform general maintenance and repairs to keep the yacht in great condition. Should it be a dual season, a yacht may have a very quick turnaround into a crossing or delivery, therefore, you will have to be prepared. Some yachties enjoy dual seasons as it keeps them busy. To find out more about Seasons in Yachting.

Essential Certificates You Must Hold Before You Can Get a Deckhand Job on a Yacht are:

1. STCW Basic Training
2. ENG 1 (Seafarers Medical Certificate)
3. Passport and visas, if applicable

How to Get a Deckhand Job on a Superyacht?

The competition for deckhand jobs is getting fierce. It’s no longer enough to complete your STCW, obtain your ENG1 Medical and expect to land yourself a deckhand job. Captains are looking for that little bit extra, whether it’s a skill, a background in carpentry, experience with watersports, sailing background, etc.

Tips to Become a Yacht Deckhand

How do I stand out as a Deckhand from the rest of the yacht crew? There are a number of things people can do to increase their chances of finding work as a yacht deckhand on a superyacht, for example having experience in any of the following mentioned tasks would be a distinct advantage over other deckhands looking for a job.

Additional Superyacht Deckhand Courses:

1. MCA Yacht Rating Certificate
2. RYA Day Skipper
3. Powerboat Level 2
4. PWC Ticket
5. Mechanical skills
6. Scuba Diving and any other water sports instructor tickets (e.g Kite Surfing)
7. VHF/SRC Radio Operators Certificate
8. Exterior Maintenance such as varnishing, painting, fibreglass works, carpentry skills etc.
9. Photography or Drones are great hobbies
10. Personal Trainer qualifications
11. Navigation and Boat Handling skills
12. Carpentry, Mechanical and Engineering Skills

Deckhand jobs are extremely competitive, if you are looking to secure a position as a Deckhand but not sure where to start, check out our choices of Crew Accommodations. It is also a great way to network and land your first Deckhand job.

Dock walking is another great tool to assist you when looking for deckhand jobs. The goal of dock walking is to secure daywork and essentially network your way into a full-time deckhand job. Be sure to treat daywork like an interview, work as hard as you possibly can, learn the ropes of being a deckhand and earn a solid reference. Who knows, you might shine through and end up with a number of deckhand jobs to choose from at the end of a few weeks of day work.

How To Become a Deckhand With No Experience?

If you have no experience in the superyacht industry, the first thing you will need to do is read the Ultimate Guide of How to Get a Job on a SuperYacht. Having no experience doesn’t mean that you can’t ever land a Deckhand job. Captains have, in the past, hired crew with a variety of backgrounds such as Hospitality, Cruise Lines, recent Graduates, Mechanics, Engineers, Divers and anyone who can prove they have the willingness to learn with the right work ethic.

What Do Superyacht Captains Look For in a Yacht Deckhand?

- Positive attitude
- Professional appearance
Hard working
Good work ethic
Willingness to learn
Team player
Good communication skills
Energetic and Enthusiastic
Physically fit
Ability to learn on the job

How Much Does a Yacht Deckhand Earn?

At entry-level, a Deckhand could expect to earn between $3,000 and $3,700 per month. An experienced deckhand could earn upwards of $4,000 per month depending on the size of the vessel and previous deckhand experience, training and certification. These numbers are based on an average, all yachts are different and sometimes pay more or less depending.

5 Useful Apps for Yacht Deckhands:

1. Navigation Rules Pro
2. ColRegs: Rules of the Road
3. Marine Rules & Signals
4. Nautical Chart Symbols & Abbreviations
5. Freds Oral Prep Quiz

10 Steps to Getting a Deckhand Job:

Step 1: Research – Understanding the position and requirements
Step 2: STCW Basic Training
Step 3: ENG1
Step 4: Training and Qualifications
Step 5: Register with SuperYacht Crew Agency
Step 6: Upload a quality CV
Step 7: Network
Step 8: Dock Walking – Day Work

In a quick summary, getting a job as a deckhand on a yacht can be a challenge, however, if you have read this far, the first step of the search for a deckhand job is already complete. Check our Deckhand Jobs via our Job Board to get a Job as a Deckhand on a Superyacht.

Job as a Deckhand on a Yacht

If you require additional advice on how to get a job as a Deckhand on a superyacht, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.

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Yacht terminology can be a little tough to wrap your head around for yachties in the yachting industry. Many yacht crew underestimate the importance of understanding commonly used nautical terms and phrases. In an emergency situation, it’s important everyone is on the same page of communication so you don’t get your port mixed up with your starboard.

Nautical phrases and what the mean

A

ABAFT – Toward the rear (stern) of the boat. Behind.

ABEAM – At right angles to the keel of the boat, but not on the boat.

ABOARD – On or within the boat.

ABOVE DECK – On the deck (not over it – see ALOFT).

ABREAST – Side by side; by the side of.

ADRIFT – Loose, not on moorings or towline.

AFT – Toward the stern of the boat.

AFT DECK – The deck towards the stern of the boat

ALEE - The side of a boat or object away from the direction of the wind.

ALOFT - Above deck in the rigging or mast.

AMIDSHIPS - In the centre of the yacht.

ANCHORAGE – A place suitable for anchoring in relation to the wind, seas and bottom.

ANCHOR BALL – Round black shape hoisted up to show the yacht is anchored.

ANTI-FOULING PAINT - A special paint applied to a boat's hull to prevent marine growth.

APPARENT WIND - The direction and speed of wind as felt in a moving boat - the way it 'appears”.

ASTERN - The direction toward or beyond the back of the boat (stern).

AWEIGH - An anchor that is off the bottom.

B

BACKSTAY - A support for the mast to keep it from falling forward.

BATTEN DOWN – Secure hatches and loose objects both within the hull and on deck.

BEAM – The greatest width of the boat.

BEARING – The direction of an object expressed either as a true bearing as shown on the chart, or as a bearing relative to the heading of the boat.

BEATING - Sailing upwind.

BEAR OFF - To turn away from the wind.

BELOW – Beneath the deck.

BERTH – 1) A cabin or other place to sleep aboard a boat. 2) A boat slip at a dock where the boat can be moored.

BIGHT – The part of the rope or line, between the end and the standing part, on which a knot is formed.

BILGE - The bilge is the lowest compartment on a ship, below the waterline, where the two sides meet at the keel, where water collects.

BITTER END – The last part of a rope or chain. The inboard end of the anchor rode.

BOAT – A fairly indefinite term. A waterborne vehicle smaller than a ship. One definition is a small craft carried aboard a ship.

BOAT HOOK – A short shaft with a fitting at one end shaped to facilitate use in putting a line over a piling, recovering an object dropped overboard, or in pushing or fending off.

BOOT TOP – A painted line that indicates the designed waterline.

BOSUN – A non-commissioned officer in charge of the deck crew.

BOW – The forward part of a boat.

BOW LINE – A docking line leading from the bow.

BOWLINE – A knot used to form a temporary loop in the end of a line.

BRIDGE – The location from which the yacht is navigated from.

BRIDLE – A line or wire secured at both ends in order to distribute a strain between two points.

BRIGHTWORK – Varnished woodwork and/or polished metal.

BULKHEAD – A vertical partition separating compartments.

BUOY – An anchored float used for marking a position on the water or a hazard or a shoal and for mooring.

BURDENED VESSEL – That vessel which, according to the applicable Navigation Rules, must give way to the privileged vessel. The term has been superseded by the term “give-way”.

 

C

CABIN – A compartment for passengers or crew.

CAPSIZE – To turn over.

CAPSTAN – A large vertical winch used for anchors or mooring lines.

CAST OFF – To let go.

CATAMARAN – A twin-hulled boat, with hulls side by side.

CHAFING GEAR – Tubing or cloth wrapping used to protect a line from chafing on a rough surface.

CHART – A map for use by navigators.

CHINE – The intersection of the bottom and sides of a flat or v-bottomed boat.

CHOCK – A fitting through which anchor or mooring lines are led. Usually U-shaped to reduce chafe.

CLEAT – A fitting to which lines are made fast. The classic cleat to which lines are belayed is approximately anvil-shaped.

CLOVE HITCH – A knot for temporarily fastening a line to a spar or piling.

COAMING – A vertical piece around the edge of a cockpit, hatch, etc. to prevent water on deck from running below.

COCKPIT – An opening in the deck from which the boat is handled.

COIL – To lay a line down in circular turns.

COURSE – The direction in which a boat is steered.

CUDDY – A small shelter cabin in a boat.

CURRENT – The horizontal movement of water.

D

DEAD AHEAD – Directly ahead.

DEAD ASTERN – Directly aft.

DECK – A permanent covering over a compartment, hull or any part thereof.

DINGHY – A small open boat. A dinghy is often used as a tender for a larger craft.

DISPLACEMENT – The weight of water displaced by a floating vessel, thus, a boat’s weight.

DISPLACEMENT HULL – A type of hull that plows through the water, displacing a weight of water equal to its own weight, even when more power is added.

DOCK – A protected water area in which vessels are moored. The term is often used to denote a pier or a wharf.

DOCK WALK - Dock Walking to get a job. 

DOLPHIN – A group of piles driven close together and bound with wire cables into a single structure.

DRAFT – The depth of water a boat draws.

E

EBB – A receding current.

EPIRB – Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon.

ENG1 - All you need to know about and ENG1

F

FAIR LEAD – Device uses to guide a line, rope or cable around an object, out of the way or to stop it from moving laterally.

FATHOM – Six feet.

FENDER – A cushion, placed between boats, or between a boat and a pier, to prevent damage.

FIGURE EIGHT KNOT – A knot in the form of a figure eight, placed in the end of a line to prevent the line from passing through a grommet or a block.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS – You will cover this in Basic Fire Fighting STCW 95.

FIRST MATE (Chief Officer) – Second in Command.

FLARE – The outward curve of a vessel’s sides near the bow. A distress signal.

FLOTILLA - A group of yachts cruising together.

FLOOD – An incoming current.

FLOORBOARDS – The surface of the cockpit on which the crew stand.

FLUKE – The palm of an anchor.

FOLLOWING SEA – An overtaking sea that comes from astern.

FORE-AND-AFT – In a line parallel to the keel.

FOREPEAK – A compartment in the bow of a small boat.

FORWARD – Toward the bow of the boat.

FOULED – Any piece of equipment that is jammed or entangled, or dirtied.

FREEBOARD – The minimum vertical distance from the surface of the water to the gunwale.

FURLING - Rolling or folding a sail on its boom. Many charter yachts today are 'self furling” which take much of the work out of dropping the sails.

G

GALLEY – The kitchen/cooking area of a boat.

GANGWAY – The area of a ship’s side where people board and disembark.

GEAR – A general term for ropes, blocks, tackle and other equipment.

GIVE-WAY VESSEL – A term used to describe the vessel which must yield in meeting, crossing, or overtaking situations.

GRAB RAILS – Hand-hold fittings mounted on cabin tops and sides for personal safety when moving around the boat.

GROUND TACKLE – A collective term for the anchor and its associated gear.

GUNWALE – The upper edge of a boat’s sides.

GYBE (also spelled jibe) - To change the course of a boat by swinging a fore-and-aft sail across a following wind (e.g. the wind is blowing from behind the boat).

H

HALYARD - Line (rope) used to hoist a sail.

HARBOR MASTER - The person at a harbour in charge of anchorages, berths and harbour traffic.

HARD CHINE – An abrupt intersection between the hull side and the hull bottom of a boat so constructed.

HATCH – An opening in a boat’s deck fitted with a watertight cover.

HEAD – A marine toilet or ships bathroom. The nautical term Head derives from sailing ships in which the toilet area for crew was at the head area or bow of the ship. The toilets were placed there because ships were powered by wind, and since sailing vessels can not sail directly into the wind, this placed the toilets downwind most of the time.Also the upper corner of a triangular sail.

HEADING – The direction in which a vessel’s bow points at any given time.

HEADWAY – The forward motion of a boat. Opposite of sternway.

HEEL - To temporarily tip or lean to one side. Monohulls heel more than catamarans.

HELM – The wheel or tiller controlling the rudder.

HELMSPERSON – The person who steers the boat.

HITCH – A knot used to secure a rope to another object or to another rope, or to form a loop or a noose in a rope.

HOLD – A compartment below deck in a large vessel, used solely for carrying cargo.

HULL – The main body of a vessel.

I

INBOARD – More toward the centre of a vessel; inside; a motor fitted inside a boat.

INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ICW: bays, rivers, and canals along the coasts (such as the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts), connected so that vessels may travel without going into the sea.

J

JACOBS LADDER – A rope ladder, lowered from the deck, as when pilots or passengers come aboard.

JETTY – A structure, usually masonry, projecting out from the shore; a jetty may protect a harbour entrance.

JIB -Triangular sail projecting ahead of the mast.

JIBE - See gybe.

K

KEEL – The centreline of a boat running fore and aft; the backbone of a vessel.

KNOT – A measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (6076 feet) per hour (1 knot equal to 1.852 km/h).

KNOT – A fastening made by interweaving rope to form a stopper, to enclose or bind an object, to form a loop or a noose, to tie a small rope to an object, or to tie the ends of two small ropes together. 

L

LATITUDE – The distance north or south of the equator measured and expressed in degrees.

LAZARETTE – A storage space in a boat’s stern area.

LEE – The side sheltered from the wind.

LEEWARD – The direction away from the wind. Opposite of windward.

LEEWAY – The sideways movement of the boat caused by either wind or current.

LINE – Rope and cordage used aboard a vessel.

LIST – (also HEEL) – tilt to one side; “The balloon heeled over”; “the wind made the vessel heel”; “The ship listed to starboard”.

LOA - Length Over All. The length of a charter yacht as measured from 'stem to stern”. This is important because yachts are usually charged a price by the foot for dockage at marinas.

LOG – A record of courses or operation. Also, a device to measure speed.

LOG BOOK - The nautical term originally referred to a book for recording readings from the chip log, used to determine the distance a ship travelled within a certain amount of time.

Speed measurements were made by means of a weighted chip of a tree “log” on the end of a reeled log line (typically 150 to 200 fathoms). The log lay dead in the water, and sailors counted the time it took the line to play out. The line was marked by different numbers of knots tied at regular intervals; hence the nautical measurement sense of the “knot”.

Todays log has grown to include many other types of information such as observations, readings, progress etc.

LONGITUDE – The distance in degrees east or west of the meridian at Greenwich, England.

LUBBER’S LINE – A mark or permanent line on a compass indicating the direction forward parallel to the keel when properly installed.

LUXURY YACHT - a crewed charter yacht that strives to provide 5 star service to its charterers including cuisine, water sports, housekeeping and navigation.

M

MAINSAIL - The largest regular sail on a sailboat.

MAIN SALON - The primary indoor guest area on a yacht’s main deck.

MAKE FAST - To secure a line.

MARINA - A place where yachts dock and receive services such as provisioning, water and fuel. Typically marinas offer protection from bad weather, and have hundreds of slips for yachts of various sizes. Slips are rented long term or by the day.

MAST - Vertical spar that supports sails.

MASTER CABIN - Typically the best/largest cabin onboard any charter yacht.

MARLINSPIKE – A tool for opening the strands of a rope while splicing.

MAYDAY - The distress call nautical term MAYDAY is used to signal a life-threatening emergency, used primarily by aviators and mariners in radio communications. The nautical term originated in London, 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford. "Mayday" taken from the French word "m'aider", a shortened version of "venez m'aider", meaning "come and help me" would be easily understood by all.

Note: A Mayday call is always given three times in a row ("Mayday, Mayday, Mayday") to prevent it being mistaken for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions.

MEGAYACHT - A large, luxury motor yacht. No hard and fast definition, but normally crewed luxury yachts 100 feet or longer: similar to superyacht.

MIDSHIP – Approximately in the location equally distant from the bow and stern.

MONOHULL - A yacht with one hull, as opposed to a multihull or catamaran that has pontoons.  While most motor yachts are Monohulls, the term typically refers to sailing yachts.

MOORING – An arrangement for securing a boat to a mooring buoy or a pier.

MOTORSAILOR - A yacht built to sail and cruise under power with equal efficiency.

N

NAUTICAL MILE – One minute of latitude; approximately 6076 feet – about 1/8 longer than the statute mile of 5280 feet.

NAVIGATION – The art and science of conducting a boat safely from one point to another.

NAVIGATION RULES – The regulations governing the movement of vessels in relation to each other, generally called steering and sailing rules.

O

OUTBOARD – Toward or beyond the boat’s sides. A detachable engine mounted on a boat’s stern.

OVERBOARD – Over the side or out of the boat.

P

PASSARELLE - The passageway you walk on from the dock to the yacht. Often incorrectly called a gangplank.

PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD) - A safety vest or jacket capable of keeping an individual afloat.

PIER – A loading platform extending at an angle from the shore.

PILE – A wood, metal or concrete pole driven into the bottom. Craft may be made fast to a pile; it may be used to support a pier (see PILING) or a float.

PILING – Support, protection for wharves, piers etc.; constructed of piles (see PILE).

PILOTING – Navigation by use of visible references, the depth of the water, etc.

PLANING – A boat is said to be planing when it is essentially moving over the top of the water rather than through the water.

PLANING HULL – A type of hull shaped to glide easily across the water at high speed.

PORT (DIRECTION) - The left side of a boat when facing the bow. Signified by Red. Opposite side from Starboard. Trick to remember - 'After a party, there’s no red port left”.

PORT (PLACE) - A marina harbour or commercial dock for boats.

PORT HOLES - The nautical term "port hole" originated during the reign of Henry VI of England (1485). The King insisted on mounting guns too large for the ship and therefore the traditional methods of securing these weapons on the forecastle and aft castle could not be used.

A French shipbuilder named James Baker was commissioned to solve the problem. He put small doors in the side of the ship and mounted the cannon inside the ship. These doors protected the cannon from weather and were opened when the cannon were to be used. The French word for "door" is "porte" which was later anglicized to "port" and later went on to mean any opening in the ship's side, whether for cannon or not.

PRIVELEGED VESSEL – A vessel which, according to the applicable Navigation Rule, has right-of-way (this term has been superseded by the term “stand-on”).

Q

QUARTER – The sides of a boat aft of amidships.

QUARTERING SEA – Sea coming on a boat’s quarter. 

R

RADAR - An acronym standing for Radio Detecting and Ranging.

REACH - To sail across the wind.

REEFING – This is a way of reining in the sails in strong winds.

RIB (rigid inflatable boat) - An inflatable boat fitted with a rigid bottom, often used as a dinghy or tender.

RODE – The anchor line and/or chain.

ROPE – In general, cordage as it is purchased at the store. When it comes aboard a vessel and is put to use it becomes line.

RUDDER – A vertical plate or board for steering a boat.

RUN – To allow a line to feed freely.

RUNNING LIGHTS – Lights required to be shown on boats underway between sundown and sunup.

S

SAILING YACHT - A yacht whose primary method of propulsion is sails. Nearly all sailing yachts have engines in addition to their sails.

SATELLITE NAVIGATION – A form of position finding using radio transmissions from satellites with sophisticated on-board automatic equipment.

SCOPE – Technically, the ratio of length of anchor rode in use to the vertical distance from the bow of the vessel to the bottom of the water. Usually six to seven to one for calm weather and more scope in storm conditions.

SCREW – A boat’s propeller.

SCUBA - An acronym standing for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.

SCUPPERS – Drain holes on deck, in the toe rail, or in bulwarks or (with drain pipes) in the deck itself.

SEA COCK – A through hull valve, a shut off on a plumbing or drain pipe between the vessel’s interior and the sea.

SEAMANSHIP – All the arts and skills of boat handling, ranging from maintenance and repairs to piloting, sail handling, marlinespike work, and rigging.

SEAMANS BOOK - Seaman’s Book

SEA ROOM – A safe distance from the shore or other hazards.

SEAWORTHY – A boat or a boat’s gear able to meet the usual sea conditions.

SECURE – To make fast.

SET – Direction toward which the current is flowing.

SHIP – A larger vessel usually thought of as being used for ocean travel. A vessel able to carry a “boat” on board.

SLACK – Not fastened; loose. Also, to loosen.

SOLE – Cabin or saloon floor. Timber extensions on the bottom of the rudder. Also the moulded fiberglass deck of a cockpit.

S.O.S. – Contrary to popular belief, the letters S.O.S. do not stand for "Save Our Ship" or "Save Our Souls". They were selected to indicate a distress because in Morse code, these letters and their combination create an unmistakable sound pattern.

SOUNDING – A measurement of the depth of water.

SPRING LINE – A pivot line used in docking, undocking, or to prevent the boat from moving forward or astern while made fast to a dock.

SQUALL – A sudden, violent wind often accompanied by rain.

SQUARE KNOT – A knot used to join two lines of similar size. Also called a reef knot.

STABILIZERS - A feature that helps to prevent a motor yacht from rolling too drastically, especially in bad weather, greatly improving the comfort of the guests. The most advanced form is a zero-speed stabilizer, which works both under way and at anchor.

STANDING PART – That part of a line which is made fast. The main part of a line as distinguished from the bight and the end.

STAND-ON VESSEL – That vessel which has right-of-way during a meeting, crossing, or overtaking situation.

STARBOARD – The right side of a boat when looking forward.

STCW - Training

STEM – The forward most part of the bow.

STERN – The after part of the boat.

STERN LINE – A docking line leading from the stern.

STOW – To put an item in its proper place.

SUPERYACHT – Definition 

SWAMP – To fill with water, but not settle to the bottom.

SWIM PLATFORM - The space at the back of the yacht from which you typically can go swimming or board a dinghy. Lately, these have become entire pool/beach areas on some of the larger luxury yachts.

T

TACK (SAIL) - The lower corner of a sail.

TACK (SAILING) - Each leg of a zigzag course, typically used to sail upwind.

THWARTSHIPS – At right angles to the centreline of the boat.

TENDER - A boat that a yacht carries or tows used for transfers to and from shore, short day cruises and water sports. Also sometimes called a dinghy.

THRUSTER - A bow thruster or stern thruster is a transversal propulsion device built into, or mounted to, either the bow or stern, of a ship or boat, to make it more manoeuvrable.

TIDE – The periodic rise and fall of water level in the oceans.

TILLER – A bar or handle for turning a boat’s rudder or an outboard motor.

TOPSIDES – The sides of a vessel between the waterline and the deck; sometimes referring to onto or above the deck.

TRANSOM – The stern cross-section of a square sterned boat.

TRIM – Fore and aft balance of a boat.

TRUE WIND - The direction and velocity of wind as measured on land, distinct from apparent wind which is how it appears on a moving yacht.

U

UNDERWAY – Vessel in motion, e.g. when not moored, at anchor, or aground.

V

V BOTTOM – A hull with the bottom section in the shape of a “V”.

VHF - Very high frequency; a bandwidth designation commonly used by marine radios.

VIP CABIN - Typically the second-best cabin onboard any charter yacht.

W

WAKE – Moving waves, track or path that a boat leaves behind it, when moving across the waters.

WASHDOWN – To clean the Boat

WATERLINE – A line painted on a hull which shows the point to which a boat sinks when it is properly trimmed (see BOOT TOP).

WAY – Movement of a vessel through the water such as headway, sternway or leeway.

WAYPOINT - The coordinates of a specific location.

WEIGH - To raise anchor.

WINCH – Horizontal rotating drum, turned by crank or by motor or other power source also known as a windlass.

WINDLASS - Rotating drum device used for hauling line or chain to raise and lower an anchor.

WINDWARD – Toward the direction from which the wind is coming.

Y

YACHT – A pleasure vessel, a pleasure boat; in American usage the idea of size and luxury is conveyed, either sail or power.

YACHTIE – Definition link to UBP

- The experience of being on a yacht.

YAW – To swing or steer off course, as when running with a quartering sea.

Z

ZERO-SPEED STABILIZERS - The most sophisticated type of motor yacht stabilizers that keep the yacht from rolling both under way and at anchor, significantly improving their comfort.

yacht terminology

Nautical Phrases

“Feeling blue”

How often do you hear people talking about feeling blue or have the blues? Who knew that this nautical phrase came from the world of sailing? An entire genre of music comes from this phrase and apparently, the phrase comes from a custom that was practised when a ship lost its captain during a voyage. The ship would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her hull when she returned to port.

“Pipe down”

Remember when your parents or even your mates have been screaming “pipe down”? Ever wondered where the nautical phrase actually originated from? Pipe Down was the last signal from the Bosun’s pipe each day, which meant lights-out, quiet down, time to go to bed.

“Loose cannon”

Everyone has known a few people who are loose cannons – unpredictable and dangerous to some extent. The nautical phrase comes from when a ship’s cannon would come loose from its lashing. The massive and dangerous cannon would be sliding all over the place making it a very uncomfortable time on deck trying to get that bad boy back in its spot.

“As the crow flies”

Back in the day, it was very common for century ships to carry crows on board to use as a last resort when navigation attempts failed. When released, a crow will instinctively head to shore if it is near. Navigators would often time the crow’s flight as a means of measuring the distance from ship to shore.

“Three sheets to the wind”

While one might assume that the nautical phrase “sheet” represents the sail of the ship, it actually refers to the line used to control the sail. When several sheets were loose, a ship’s sail would flail wildly about, often causing the ship to appear to be staggering uncontrollably, as if in a drunken state. The expression was used to refer to drunkenness even during the age of sail and was often part of a sliding scale. When a sailor was just a wee bit tipsy, he was one sheet to the wind. Two sheets to the wind described a sailor who was well-oiled, while three sheets to the wind represented a sailor who was a stumbling, slurring mess.

“Jury rigged”

This nautical phrase dates back to the mid-18th century, jury rigged refers to an improvised, temporary solution to a problem similar to those gadgets produced by MacGyver when he found himself in a pinch. When a ship lost its mast at sea, a new mast had to be improvised from available materials. This mast and accompanying replacement rigging was known by sailors as a jury rig.

Port and Starboard

Port and Starboard are nautical terms for right and left, respectively.

In Old England, before ships had rudders on their centerlines, the Starboard was the steering board setup on the the right side on the back of the vessel (mainly because more people are right handed).

Port, previously called Larboard, referred to the left side (the side on which the ship was loaded). So how did larboard become port? Shouted over the noise of the wind and the waves, larboard and starboard sounded too much alike. The nautical term port means the opening in the "left" side of the ship from which cargo was unloaded. Sailors eventually started using the term to refer to that side of the ship.

“Port is the red wine that is left in the glass.”

Watertight Doors and Weathertight Doors

A watertight door prevents the passage of water when exposed to a head of water (3-10 meters). No ingress of water from both sides of the door and this ensures the integrity of the neighboring compartment is not lost. Typically located below deck level and are of a slide type.

watertight door definition

A weathertight door is typically located above the waterline of the vessel that can be subject to adverse weather conditions. They prevent the ingress of water from the outside to the inside and are designed to withstand brief submersion experienced by green seas (no higher than the height of the door itself). They are designed to open outwards only ensuring a positive pressure should the vessel be taking on a large sea. Generally tested with a high-pressure hose that is directed at the seal. No leakage can be present.

weathertight door definition

Gross Tonnage and Net Tonnage

Gross Tonnage is the volume of all enclosed spaces on ship. This includes the Engine Room and other non-cargo spaces as well. The tonnage is calculated by a complex formula. If you’re interested, details can be found here.

Most of the Maritime Regulations (SOLAS, MARPOL etc.) are applicable to ships based on their Gross Tonnage.

Net Tonnage on the other hand, is the volume of only the cargo carrying spaces on the ship. This is the tonnage that determines the earning capability of the vessel. The photos below will give you an idea of the difference.

Gross Tonnage

 gross tonnage net tonnage

Net Tonnage

Straits and Channels - The Difference

Straight is a narrow waterway joining two larger bodies of water. It’s naturally formed and normally connects two seas. Water flow is both directions and is tidal. E.g. The straits of Gibraltar, Singapore Straits, Lombok straits, etc.

A Channel can be defined as a wider straight or waterway between two landmasses. Channels can be either natural or man-made and have more navigable water. E.g. English Channel, Ambrose Channel, etc.

The photo below is an example of the two.

straights channels difference 

What is Port State Control?

what is port state control

It's not only the commercial world that can be audited at any time, a Port State Control Officer can board a superyacht whenever they like. Safety, security, environmental protection and seafarer welfare are the main areas of interest. The Management Company and Captain are responsible to ensure the superyacht is always ready for Port State Inspection and the eligibility of superyachts to port state control.

Port State Control, also known as PSC, is the foreign ship inspection that takes place in various national ports. The reason why it was created is to investigate compliance with the requirements of international conventions, such as SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, and the MLC.

It’s crucial to have Port State Control for a Superyacht as it assures you that the vessel is safely manned properly, while having the best maintenance and conditions. Meeting these IMO requirements is very important for all vessels, regardless of their size.

Is the Port State Control necessary?

Although the Port State Control was designed as a state implementation backup flag, time has shown that this type of checkup can be very efficient. Since a ship that goes to port in a country will most likely visit other countries as well, it’s a lot easier to perform a Port State Control one time as it will offer a better coordination. This will also help prevent multiple inspections and the costs will be lower as a result.

Not only does this offer a great way to inspect multiple ships, but at the same time it also helps avoid any potential delays that might appear from unnecessary inspections. Although Flag State inspection is still the most important, the Port State Control inspection is a very good safety net. A lot of low par ships can be caught this way. The Port State Control will check if the vessel is operated according to the international laws at first. The Port State Control (PSC) will also verify the ship master competency, the competency of his officers and the overall equipment and ship condition.

If a ship doesn’t comply with the rules, the Port State Control can issue a detention. In 2017 alone, 683 ship detentions were issued by the Paris memorandum of understanding (PMU) due to a wide range of reasons. These of which included hardware deficiencies, crew deficiencies and so on. 

According to the Port State Control Officer (PSCO) courses of action, there are deficiencies which can be rectified within 14 days due to minor infractions, while others can be rectified whenever the ship will arrive at the next port. However, the Port State Control can also state deficiencies that need to be rectified before the ship will depart that port. It all comes down to the situation and changes can be issued on the fly based on that.

Port State Control detention criteria

Usually, a detention is issued when the ship is seen as unsafe. The inspectors will have to create a list with all the deficiencies before the ship will be able to sail once again. The deficiencies you can find here include crew certification, maritime security, ship safety, working and living conditions as well as management or operational tasks depending on the situation. These are a major concern for the PSCO and every ship has to address them in order to get the best results and stay safe. The Port State Control has to be issued for all ships, from boats to superyachts and it’s very important since it offers a great insight into a ships state.

Top 5 Port State Control Deficiencies

1. ISM

2. Fire Doors

3. Nautical Publications

4. Charts

5. Voyage or Passage Plan

For more information, visit Lloyd's Register

What is a Flag State?

flag state

When Superyacht owners are looking to build a new yacht, they must register their superyacht to a country of their choice. The decision of choosing a flag state is mainly influenced by tax regimes and proposed usage, along with exposure to liability and boarding, vessel’s success as a commercial yacht, safety etc.

There are different advantages of choosing a flag state however the majority of superyachts are registered in the Cayman Islands and the Marshall Islands. A flag state is the country or government entity under whose laws a vessel is registered or licensed to – they will generally require a yacht to be in compliance with standards set forth by one or more of the main classification societies such as Lloyd’s Register. Each flag state has its own manning requirements and has the authority to enforce regulations over vessels registered under its flag and carry out inspection ensuring the vessel is meeting safety and practice standards.

ISM stands for International Safety Management Code. It is one of the required regulations that provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships at sea. The ISM code was first adopted and formally integrated as part of the SOLAS Convention in 1994, it is to ensure the safety of seafarers, ship, cargo and the environment. 

What is ISM - International Safety Management Code? The ISM Code consists of the categories below which forms the main structure and definition of its entirety.

1. Prevent pollution at sea

2. Ensure safety of life at sea

3. Prevent human injury or loss of life at sea

4. To avoid damage to the environment and ship

What is the Safety Management System (SMS)?

1. It is an organised and documented system under the ISM code which enables shipping companies and crew members to effectively implement all safety policies. It is mandatory for all ships to follow and implement the ISM Code by the Safety Management System (SMS) which details the requirements that need to be followed such as: 

2. Establishment of a managerial team to oversee the various proceeding

3. Ensure managerial officers carry out their duties and responsibilities

4. Identify the differences between the outlined responsibilities and the actions to resolve issues, if any occur

5. Audits both internally and externally to eliminate all possibilities of safety issues and to verify the compliance of the ship and the company are up to standards of the code

What is the Certificate of Compliance?

It is issued to a company verifying its compliance with the requirements of the Code 

What is the Safety Management Certificate?

A Document of Compliance (DOC) is a certificate issued verifying the company and the ship personnel are operating in accordance with the code.

Documentation?

A manual which consists of information, records, reports or statements which indicate implementation of safety management systems and policies by the company and the ship. The documentation will be proof of evidence based on observations, measurements or tests made during an audit.

What is Non Conformity?

It is when the documentation indicates a company and its ships failure of upholding the requirements of the ISM code.

What is Major Non Conformity?

This poses serious threat to the safety of seafarers, the ship or the environment, this indicates an extreme failure in effective and systematic implementation of the code and will be required immediate corrective action.

The internal audit is carried out by the company and ship itself whereas the external audit is carried out, every 2-3 years, by the ships flag state. If the vessel has successfully incorporated all the safety requirements, the company is then issued with a Certification of Safety Management or the Safety Management Certificate.

To find out more about the ISM Code check out the International Maritime Organization.

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<![CDATA[How to Become a Chief Engineer on a Superyacht]]>Are you interested in a career as a Yacht Engineer? Unsure of where to start, what qualifications you require, or if it’s possible to get a job as a Yacht Engineer with no experience?

This ultimate guide will introduce to you how to become a yacht Engineer onboard a superyacht. So whether you are new to the yachting industry, fresh out of University with an Engineering Degree or in the process of transferring over from working on commercial vessels to superyachts, this guide will assist you in getting a job as a Yacht Engineer.

What is a Yacht Engineer?

The main role of a Yacht Engineer is mainly responsible for the safe and efficient running of the yacht. According to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, it is the responsibility of the Yachts Chief Engineer to look after the safety of maritime professionals and other Engineers working in the engine room.

Depending on the size of the superyacht, the Chief Engineer can either work individually or be in charge of an engineering department. The department maintains the mechanical and electrical operations of the vessel from main engines to small appliances.

An Engineering department will generally have a good overall knowledge and understanding across a wide range of equipment found onboard Superyachts. The requirements and skillset of a Yacht Engineer with the ever-evolving technology onboard superyachts is almost limitless. A Yacht Engineer on a Superyacht in this day and age must be able to transition well between engine room work and interacting with guests, it’s no longer a behind the scenes position. Chief Engineer may look after the electrics and electronics if there isn't an electrician or ETO (Electronic Technical Officer) on board the superyacht.

What does a Yacht Engineer do?

Yacht Engineer Duties:

-Carry out watch keeping duties as required as per the vessels Safe Manning requirements.

-Ensure all vessel equipment is maintained in a proper and safe working condition at all times, as dictated by the vessel’s Safety Management System.

-Ensure the vessel’s communication equipment is fully operational at all times.

-Ensure any engineering work carried out onboard is done in a manner that is safe for personnel, the vessel itself and the environment, in accordance with guidelines set out in the Code of Safe Working Practices for Seamen (COSWPS), SOLAS, MARPOL, and the vessel’s Risk Assessment and Permit to Work plans.

-Keep all relevant documents and logs up-to-date, including, but not limited to, the Engine Room Log, Oil Record Book, Refrigeration Log, Planned Maintenance, and Work History Logs.

-Manage & log the disposal of dirty oil, bilge water and sludge from the vessel according to MARPOL, Flag and Port State regulations.

-Safely bunker fuel and oil according to MARPOL, Flag and Port State regulations.

Yacht Engineer Training Courses and Qualifications

There are really two main entry routes into becoming a yacht engineer, which follow two distinct certification pathways – entering from commercial shipping, or working through the new MCA Small Vessel (SV) Engineering certification routes.

Before you can think about becoming a Yacht Engineer or getting a job on a superyacht you need to get your STCW Basic Safety Training and ENG1 Medical. Checkout out our Ultimate Guide on How To Get a Job on a Superyacht to find out how to get started in the yachting industry.

What is the Small Vessel Engineering Certification?

The MCA has simplified the Engineer Officer route for certification. A single Engineer Officer Small Vessel Certificate of Competency will be the new career path for Yacht Engineers looking to work on Yachts, Fishing Vessels, Tugs, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research Vessels or

Government Patrol Vessels.

The former Yacht Engineer courses – AEC, MEOL, Y4 (Yacht 4), Y3 (Yacht 3), Y2 (Yacht 2) and Y1 (Yacht 1) certifications are being phased out for the following Small Vessel Engineer Officer Route:

Full details can be found in MIN 524

What is an Approved Engine Course (AEC)?

Approved Engine Course (AEC)

The AEC is now a 2-part course consisting of the Approved Engine Course 1 (existing AEC course) and a new MCA Approved Engine Course 2.

Approved Engine Course 1

The Approved Engine Course 1 is an entry-level MCA approved certification. It is a 5-day course that aims to provide candidates with the basic theory and practical hands-on training of diesel engines.

The Approved Engine Course 1 is the entry ticket into becoming a yacht engineer, it is, therefore, essential to hold this Junior/Assistant Engineer qualification in order to progress towards the Small Vessel Engineer Officer Route.

Approved Engine Course 2

The Approved Engine Course 2 is now part of the new Second Engineer Officer Small Vessel Certificate of Competency, it’s a new addition for a more in-depth practical and theory built on top of the Approved Engine Course 1 (AEC).

The 2nd part of the AEC course will be split 50/50 between practical and theory. The key areas the Approved Engine Course 2 will focus on are basic maintenance skills, electrical distribution, refrigeration plant, safe systems of work, legislation and management, onboard maintenance, safe operations for lifting and basic hydraulic maintenance.

What is a Small Vessel Second Engineer SV?

There are three routes to obtaining a Second Engineer Officer Small Vessel Certificate of Competency; which was previously known as the Y4 Yacht Engineer, now it is known as the Second Engineer SV less than 9,000kW or less than 3000 GT CoC.

All routes will require you to complete have the following, unless exempt:

Approved Engine Course 1 (AEC) and Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC)

Training Record Book (TRB) for Small Vessel

Valid ENG1

Ancillary Safety and Technical Training (Including HELM Operational and Certificate)

Workshop Skills Training

SQA/MCA modules and pass written examinations in:

Marine Diesel Engine

Auxiliary Equipment Part – 1

Operational Procedures, Basic Hotel Services & Ship Construction

Pass the MCA oral examination

1. Standard MCA-approved program for Second Engineer Officers on Small Vessels:

This standard route is for Yacht Engineers who currently hold a Diploma in Maritime Studies: Vessel Engineer from an MCA-Approved training centre. This route is the fastest Small Vessel Route to getting your Second Engineer SV CoC.

In order to follow this route you must, in addition to the above requirements, meet the following criteria:

-Pass the Diploma in Maritime Studies: Small Vessel Engineer

-Complete 12 months combined seagoing service and workshop training including 6 months watchkeeping/UMS duties (Seagoing Service must be on 350 kW vessel)

-Pass the MCA oral examination for Second Engineer Officers on Small Vessels

2. Experienced Seafarer Route for Second Engineer Officers on Small Vessels:

In order to follow this route you must, in addition to the above requirements, meet the following criteria:

-Complete 36 months combined seagoing service and workshop training of which at least 6 months must be watchkeeping/UMS duties (Seagoing Service must be prior to enrollment on course 24 months on 200 kW vessels. The remaining must be on 350 kW vessels).

-Pass the MCA oral examination for Second Engineer Officers on Small Vessels

3. Alternative Route For Graduate Engineers:

This route is for those candidates who hold a relevant engineering degree/diploma/apprenticeship. In order to gain the Certificate of Competency you must:

-Complete I and II unless exempted by action plan OR you can complete your seagoing service as an Assistant Engineer

-Complete sea service and workshop training as per college action plan

-Pass the MCA oral examination for Second Engineer Officers on Small Vessels

Small Vessel Second Engineer (formerly Y4) Written Courses

Less than 200GT and less than 1,500kW

Candidates must study three modules and pass an engineering skills test in order for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to permit them to apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE). Candidates are then able to undertake an oral exam and attain the Small Vessel Second Engineer (SV) CoC (previously the Y4 certification).

Small Vessel Second Engineer Written Exams:

The Marine Diesel Engineering:

-Engine working principles, operation and maintenance

-Maintenance of fuel supply systems, diesel and petrol engines

-Engine room layouts and auxiliary systems

-Engine safety device and construction

-Engine clutches, gearboxes and turbochargers

-Cooling water systems, heat exchangers and starting systems

The Auxiliary Equipment Part 1

This course will cover the working principles and maintenance of:

-Valves and pumps

-Compressed air systems and hydraulic control systems

-Electrical Plant

-Batteries, propellers and thrusters

-Shafting and bearings

-Basic ship construction

-Hull stresses in vessels

The Operational Procedures, Basic Hotel Services and Ship Construction

This course covers an overview of legislation and operations, all of which include:

-Watchkeeping

-Maintenance procedures

-Pollution control

-Bunkering and operation of sewage plants

-Air conditioning and fresh water management

-Firefighting and motion control (stabilization)

-Ship construction 

The Engineering Skills Test

This course will give you a chance to prove your engineering capabilities, you will be expected to demonstrate fitting, assembling and electrical maintenance independently. Tasks that you will need to cover are the:

-Safe and efficient use of engineering equipment

-Inspection and selection of suitable equipment

-Common components, symbols and overall configuration

-Maintenance and safe use of hand tools, drilling machines, portable power tools and bench mounted grinders

-Assembly skills such as screw down non-return valve overhaul, centrifugal pump overhaul, and electric motor overhaul

-Electrical testing and wiring skills

Small Vessel Chief Engineer (formerly Y3 Yacht Engineer)

Less than 500GT and less than 3,000kW

To become a Small Vessel Chief Engineer, you must whilst holding a Second Engineer SV CoC:

-minimum of 6 months seagoing service on vessels of 350 kW.

-Small Vessel Chief Engineer Statutory & Operational Requirements

-Small Vessel Chief Engineer Applied Marine Engineering

-Small Vessel Chief Engineer Auxiliary Equipment Part 2

-HELM Management Level (Human Element, Leadership and Management)

-Pass the MCA oral exam for Chief Engineer (SV)

Small Vessel Chief Engineer (formerly Y2/Y1 Yacht Engineer)

Less than 3,000GT and less than 9,000kW

With the new Small Vessel Engineer Officer Route becoming a Small Vessel Chief Engineer – less than 3,000GTand 9,000kW, you must complete the following in order to obtain this Certificate of Competency:

Complete 6 months seagoing service whilst holding Chief Engineer (SV) – less than 500GT and 3,000kW on vessels more than 750kW.

Small Vessel Chief Engineer Applied Marine Engineering

Small Vessel Chief Engineer General Science Engineering 1

Small Vessel Chief Engineer General Science Engineering 2

Pass the MCA oral exam

Small Vessel Engineer Officer Route Progression Chart

Commercial Engineer to a Yacht Engineer

If you are holding an EOOW CoC from your typical Cadetship route, candidates are in a great position to transfer over to working on a Superyacht. Typically, 3rd Engineer on a larger yacht will be the starting point in the Superyacht industry. The main advantage of commercial certificates is the Unlimited License which opens up jobs on some of the world’s largest mega and superyachts.

Remember that holding an engineering ticket is not only important to secure a yacht job but so is your experience and abilities, the more qualified and skilled you are the higher the salary.

How Much Does a Yacht Engineer Earn?

 Engineer on a SuperYacht

Yacht Engineer Starting Salary Guidelines 2018

  35-45m 45-55m 55-60m 60-70m 70+m
Chief Engineer $5,000-$9,000 $7,200-$10,000 $9,000-$13,000+ $9,000-$12,000+ $12,000-$20,000+
Second Engineer   $5,500-$6,800 $6,500-$8,000 $6,500-$8,000+ $8,000-$12,000+
Third Engineer     $4,000-$5,000 $5,000-$8,000 $7,000+
ETO/AV IT Engineer     $5,000-$7,000 $6,000-$8,000+ $8,000+

 

 

Additional Yacht Engineer Benefits -

In addition to salary, Yacht Engineers received industry standard packages including board, travel, full health care and also generally when in a higher Engineering position you will be on time for time rotation, which means you receive paid leave for half of the year. This can be split into different rotation patterns, common ones are 2:2 (2 months on/off), 3:3 (3 months on/off), 10:10 (10 weeks on/off).

How to Find a Job as a Yacht Engineer?

Providing you have completed the STCW Basic Safety Training and hold your ENG1, you can start to look for a job on a yacht. Finding a job as a Yacht Engineer can be tough with no experience so it’s best to check out the meriting training academies and gain the relevant qualifications before finding your first job as a Yacht Engineer.

A great starting point would be our Ultimate Guide of How to Get a Job on a Superyacht, which mentions how and where to find a yacht job, whether it be by Dock Walking, networking, or through a superyacht crew agency.

 

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<![CDATA[Dockwalking Tips]]>Does dock walking still work in 2018 to find your first job on a yacht? Absolutely! Dock walking is a great tool if you are serious about working on a yacht. In this guide, we introduce you to exactly that: The best way of obtaining your first job on a yacht by dock walking.

What is Dock Walking?

Dock walking is essentially walking along the dock where all superyachts are tied alongside, approaching each yacht and speaking to crew onboard. The overall aim is to be able to secure day work, permanent work, or simply to leave your CV and hope to eventually acquire a permanent yacht job.

Superyachts are constantly in need of day workers. Quick turnarounds between charters, pre-season preparation or getting ready for a boat show can be an ideal time to look for day work. The deck departments often require day workers to assist with daily tasks like wash downs, varnishing, and polishing. The interior department may need a day worker to help detail guest cabins, helping out with crew mess duties or maybe the engineering team need someone to help tidy up the engine room or clean up the bilges.

Be open-minded when it comes to dock walking, don’t pass up an opportunity for day work. Your goal is to get your foot in the door whether it be interior work, a job on a sail yacht or exterior work scrubbing teak on deck.

Getting a job on a yacht with no experience will involve networking and the best way for this is onboard a yacht.

dock walking

Where to Dock Walk

It used to be a simple as walking down the dock in Antibes, through the gates at the IYCA and before you know it you are faced with a long line of Superyachts all stern to on the dock. However, you fast forward to 2018, security has tightened and access to the public is no longer a simple process. We are finding more and more yacht crew, in general, are struggling to gain access to the previously easy to reach yachting hubs, making it difficult to find your first job on a yacht.

Dock walking is illegal in some areas for some time now. For example, in the USA unless you are a US citizen or are a green card holder, it is illegal to dock walk so be sure to check out the local laws before you book your plane ticket.

  • Dock walking in Palma
  • Dock walking in Antibes
  • Dock walking in Fort Lauderdale
  • Daywork 123 Job Board 

What to Wear Dock Walking?

Many superyacht crew agencies will tell you to get dressed up in khaki shorts and a white polo shirt and as this is still generally the standard, crew uniforms have changed over the years from the traditional yachting attire for a trendier, more modern look. The most important tip is to be yourself.

Don’t go trying to win any fashion awards – this is not a catwalk in Milan. Dress appropriately – a nice clean, well-ironed shirt and trousers or smart looking shorts/skort will do. Avoid strolling down the dock with your flip-flops, board shorts and vest on or promoting your new Gucci logo to the world.

Although tattoos are becoming more acceptable within the yachting industry, they are somewhat still considered taboo so it is best to try and cover them up.

what to wear dock walking

What to Say When Dock Walking – Approaching a Yacht

Good manners NEVER go out of style. Yacht crew are constantly busy onboard, so be patient, polite and friendly – don’t go ringing the passarelle buzzer 20 times.

Superyachts have the latest technology onboard and the intercom system will have notified a crew member or watchkeeper of your presence. Chances are you will be on CCTV so don’t forget to smile! Some yacht crew will be helpful and understanding as they may well have gone through the same process of dock walking at one stage in their career, others not so much. Do your research and try to learn some of the Yacht Terminology and Yacht Positions onboard they may require day workers for. 

Sometimes, you will get plenty of rejections but don’t let that put you off. The superyacht industry is very competitive, it may take days, weeks, or months, and it won’t be easy but you’ll get there. Be polite, say thank you, offer your availability should some “day work” come up, smile and head on to the next yacht.

Don’t skip any yachts (day work is day work, sail yacht or motor yacht, deck position or interior position), everyone has to start somewhere. Unless of course they have guests onboard or busy docking the yacht and have yet to tie up alongside – Then it’s best to come back later.

Don’t limit your options, especially if you have little to no experience. Be open-minded.

Network, sign up to yacht crew agencies and speak to fellow yachties. Try to stand out from the crowd, identify your strengths, skillset and ensure they come across on your CV.

Don’t take things too personally. Crew members are always on the clock, don’t be offended if you’re ignored, instead move onto the next yacht with a smile.

It’s worth having 10 up to date CVs to hand out at any given day. Ensure you proofread your CV, attention to detail is key. We have a great CV writing guide should you be unsure of what to put in your yacht CV.

Bonus Dock Walking Tip: Make up business cards. Add your name and contact details. Show your strengths and unique selling points. Make your CV stand out in the crowd of yachties.

Best Time to Dock Walk?

The best time to go dock walking is 7:00 – 8:00 in the morning so be prepared for an early start. Avoid dock walking at lunchtime, crew members look forward to their lunch break and it may cause them to be annoyed and less inclined to pass your CV onto the captain.

In the afternoon, around 16:00 – 18:00pm can be an ideal time to secure day work for the following day. 

Try to cover as many ports as possible, you never know where you may find an opportunity for day work.

Bonus Dock Walking Tip: Try using Marine Traffic and see which yachts are on their way back to port. 

dock walking antibes

How Much Can I Earn Dock Walking?

The going day work rate can vary depending on location, position and sometimes experience. In Antibes, the rate is around €120 euros – €160 per day. 

Unsure of where to stay while dock walking for yacht jobs? Check out our Accommodation and Crew House Guide for our recommendations. 

Good luck from the Superyacht Crew Agency team! Let us know how it goes and if you are needing more advice on how to get your first job on a yacht, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Further reading on how to get a job on a yacht:

How to get a job on a superyacht

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<![CDATA[What is a Seaman's Discharge Book?]]>Seafarers planning to work on a yacht will have heard the term “Seaman’s Book”, but what exactly is a Seaman’s Book, who needs one and how can I get one?

The Seaman’s Book is a record of career certification and experience, however, contrary to popular belief this does not replace your passport and/or visas that are needed to work on a yacht. A Seaman’s Book can be issued by the yacht's flag authority to prove your sea time on and off the vessel, it also does help in issuing and arranging visas.

There are hidden benefits by having a Seaman’s Book, which is also a common name for a Discharge Book. In addition to records of sea time, the Seaman’s Book also allows yacht crew to travel on marine fare tickets (refundable and changeable) which are often at a discounted price and come with an increased luggage allowance.

What is a Seaman's Discharge Book (SDB)?

A Seaman’s Discharge Book, sometimes known as a Seaman's Service Book (SSB), is a full record of a seafarer’s career experience and certification. The Seaman’s Book certifies that the seafarer holding it is a “Seaman” as per The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW). All seafarers looking to work on a yacht must have their STCW certificates.

A Passport, STCW certificates and a Seaman’s Book are now considered essential travel documentation for yacht crew. Change of cruising plans at short notice, adjustments made to watchkeeping schedules or rotation means travel plans require to be flexible, thus a “marine fare ticket” will be issued. A Seaman’s Book can be used to book a one-way ticket to a destination as opposed to your usual requirement for proof of a return ticket.

The Seaman’s Book will be dated (sea time), signed and stamped by the Master when the seaman ‘Signs-Off” the vessel.

Seamans Discharge Book SDB

Do I Need a Seaman's Book?

You need a Seaman's book if you are:

  • a crew member who works on ships or large superyachts
  • a crew member employed on a registered ship or large yacht

You don’t need a discharge book if you’re employed:

  • on a ship that doesn’t go to sea
  • on a pleasure boat and don’t receive any pay
  • only for the purpose of testing the ship, its machinery or equipment in coastal water
  • specifically for the construction, alteration, repair or testing of a ship
  • on an un-registered ship

How Do I Get a Seaman's Discharge Book?

Firstly, decide whether or not you really need a Seaman’s Book. You have to keep in mind that the process of how to obtain a Seaman’s Book varies on the yachts flag authority as well.

Documents required to get to get a Seaman's Discharge Book:

1. Completed the Application

2. Include your CoC (Certificate of Competency) or relevant Qualifications

3. Include copies of your valid STCW “Basic Training” certificates

4. Passport Copy and Passport Photos

5. ENG 1 Medical

 

The process of how to obtain a Seaman’s Book varies on the yachts flag authority.

  • United Kingdom Application for an MCA discharge book (MSF 4509) can be found at Gov.uk - Note: Must be a British Citizen to Apply. 
  • Caymans Islands Discharge Book Application 

 

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<![CDATA[Taste of Home - 22 Things South African Yachties Miss The Most]]>Working on a superyacht has its perks; working with yachties, traveling, snorkeling, diving, water sports, fine dining all over the world and even all sorts of free snacks onboard the yacht but there are times where we feel a bit home sick.

SuperYacht Crew Agency has decided to make a 'Taste of Home' series and we are starting off with what South African yachties miss the most while working on a superyacht.

22 Things South African Yachties Miss The Most:

1. Flings

 Willards Flings

2. Fizz Pops

 Fizz Pops SA

 3. Simba Nik Naks



Simba Nik Naks South Africa 

4. Sparletta Cream Soda

 Sparletta Cream Soda South Africa

5. Biltong

 South Africa Biltong

6. Mrs Ball’s Chutney

Mrs Balls Chutney SA Favourite 

7. Chappies

 Chappies South Africa

8. Big Corn Bites

Big Korn Bites South Africa

9. Peppermint Crisps

 Peppermint Crisp South African expat

10. Fizzers

 Fizzers

11. Wilson Toffees

Wilson Toffees

12. Ouma Rusks

The rest of the world seem to think rusks are some sort of teething food for babies, but South African yachties seem to know better.

Ouma is South Africa’s best-known brand of rusks - a traditional South African yachtie snack that is dipped in coffee or tea before being eaten.

Proper Ouma Rusks South Africa 

13. Chomps

Chomps

14. Romany Creams

A firm favourite when it comes to South African yachties biscuits growing up.

Romany Creams South African Biscuits

15. Tennis Biscuits

These square coconut biscuits, made with real golden syrup, coconut and butter.

Tennis Biscuits Coconut

16. Ghost Pops

Favourite South African Chips Ghost Pops

17. Aromat

This magical seasoning can be used on almost anything which makes the list for South African yachties

What is Aromat South Africa

18. Melrose Cheese Spread

South African Cheese Spread

19. Boerewors

Boerewors is based on an older traditional Dutch sausage. It is made from coarsely minced beef, sometimes combined with minced pork and lamb as well as spices.

Best Boerewors

20. Maize meal

Locally referred to as mielie or mielie pap, maize meal is a staple food in South Africa. It is mixed with hot water and stirred until a porridge-like mash is created.

Maize Meal

21. Bunny chow

Hollowed out loaves of bread, stuffed with spicy curry.

Spicy Bunny Chow

22. And of course, a proper Braai

Braai

Any other yachties hungry? Let us know at info@syca.co.uk if we missed any of your top favourite snacks for South African yachties.

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<![CDATA[Superyacht Virtual Tour - Is VR The Future?]]>Superyacht virtual tour has become increasingly popular within the superyacht industry, due to the availability and affordability of the equipment. 

What does the future hold for Superyacht Virtual Tours - VR?

Before a superyacht owner decides whether to buy a new yacht or if you're simply looking to charter a vessel - who would pass up the chance of what you can expect onboard a superyacht? You don't necessarily have to be in the same country, you can simply put the VR Headset on, prepare for a full superyacht virtual tour, step onboard and walk around the vessel. Virtual Reality can make it happen and it only seems right to add superyacht virtual tours to the tool of marketing and sales.

Superyacht Design

As technology escalates within the superyacht industry, it's realistic to create the dream before laying a keel. The possibilities of superyacht virtual tours are endless and it potentially simplifies the entire build process. Imagine all your busy clients being able to see the progress of a new build or new yacht design from their own armchair half way across the world by simply grabbing their VR headset and go through the superyacht virtual tour. Once the goggles are on, you are transported to the “yet to be built" superyacht vessel exactly how it will look when completed but now, you have the option to change the colour of the interior, replace the wooden floor for a customised carpet, or see what the Master Cabin will look like at night.

SuperYacht Virtual Tour VR

This gets rid of any uncertainty at a very early stage, superyachts can be delivered on time through the superyacht virtual tour process, as well completed exactly how yacht owners want it without the need to paint the picture from the designers model or renderings. You can expect it all on Virtual Reality (VR).

Imagine a yacht engineer able to go through a superyacht virtual tour, if they can gain access to turn a valve handle before the vessel has even been built or have access and space to remove a pump. 70% of engineers want to change a major piece of equipment within minutes of stepping foot on-board a new boat before the superyacht has even been built, now they can with superyacht virtual tour at their disposal.

Yacht Crew Training

Virtual Reality (VR) simulation of realistic yachting scenarios such a fire onboard, avoiding collision, berthing, pirate attacks during crossings, man overboard drill, escaping an emergency and the list goes on. Virtual Bridges and Transas simulators have been around for a while within the yachting industry, however a 3D VR experience brings a whole new element to the situation. Granted Virtual Reality will never replace the STCW training however, it would be a great addition to the superyacht training resources currently available.

Superyacht Brokers

Charter Brokers could use VR to entice potential clients with a superyacht virtual tour of the vessel, whether for charter or for sale. What a great assistance it would be to give superyacht owners and clients a realistic idea of what to expect through VR.

Virtual Tours Virtual Reality VR Superyacht

VR has gone from a video gamers toy to a valuable tool within the Superyacht industry, for superyacht owners, builders and designers.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Fishing Spots Around The World For Superyacht Crew]]>Superyacht crew are well known for putting out the rods when crossing the Atlantic or simply island hopping in the Caribbean on a yacht. For those who aren't yacht crew, locating an ultimate fishing destination doesn’t necessarily mean you need to travel across the world. In North or Central America alone, there are several fishing sites you can visit. SuperYacht Crew Agency has put together a list of some of the best fishing spots in the world.

Top 10 Fishing Spots Around The World:

1. Montauk, New York

There are few places where bass boil like they do in Montauk. Here, hundreds of predators are seen, that it is quite uncommon not to see them bumping boat hulls. This fishing destination complemented by the lighthouse and coastal cliffs are the targets for light-tackle enthusiasts who desire scenery to match their fishing activities. You will come across big bluefish, fluke, false albacore and weakfish in large quantities in Montauk.

When to visit:

September to October

2. Prince Edward Island, Canada

In 1979, the world-record Bluefin Tuna weighing 1,496lbs was caught here. In recent years too, more Bluefin tuna weighing more than 1,000lbs have taken over here that the odds for a Bluefin this big is higher in Canadian Maritime than any other place in the world. Fishing here is often near port or land. Although the law here says “catch and release,” boats are allowed to keep one or more fish per season.

When to visit:

August to October

3. Langara Island, Canada

During the season, waters around these islands teem with salmons and various other fish which makes it a great place to catch a trophy fish!

Superyacht Crew

When to visit:

May to September

4. The Bahamas

The truth is that few countries close to the United States possess an area of bonefish or flats as large as the Bahamas. The Bahamas and the islands around hold a great amount of fish. You can choose a list of resorts or fishing lodges that provide anglers with guides who lead fishermen into big schools of fish. Whether you are on a superyacht charter or sailing out, the Bahamas is a place to check out for fishing.

When to visit:

March to June

5. Malindi, Kenya

Not a type destination yacht crew would think of however it is one of the few places on earth where anglers can realistically accomplish a fantasy slam or billfish royal slam. There is an abundance of various fish and one superyacht crew should check out.

When to visit:

January to February

6. Belize

This country zealously protects its extensive flats, it is in Belize that the odds of releasing each of bonefish, tarpon and permit in a day are astonishingly high. Many lodges and resorts provide anglers with guides that range from local to veteran in high quality flats skiffs.

When to visit:

All year round.

7. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

In many regions, fishing in blue water requires a run of up to 40 miles before lines go in. All you need to start targeting pelagics here in Cabo San Lucas area is just a couple of miles. Depending on your point of origin, some of the banks such as Gordo and Golden Gate require not up to a run of 10 miles before you start seeing schools of fish.

When to visit:

All year round.

8. Key West, Florida

With an array of offshore charters, inshore guides and a variety of moorage options, Key West is a haven for anglers. Besides, the endless collection of seafood eateries, bars and vast range of accommodation make a party every night on the famous Duval street inevitable.

When to visit

All year round.

Superyacht Fishing Sail Yacht

9. Bermuda

When it comes to listing top spots for big blue marlin, Bermuda has to be included. In fact, Bermuda has won the one-day, World Cup Blue Marlin Championship more than every other nation. In addition, you will also have the chance to spend time in a clean country with fabulous diving, amazing beaches, and restaurants.

When to visit:

June to August.

10. Panama

This location features a rugged coastline and productive offshore seamounts loaded with reefs and rocky headlands. Here, schools of tuna and often mixed dolphins can be seen foaming the water surface while crashing bait. This location offers several amazing fishing resorts and some recommended by superyacht crew.

When to visit:

All year round.

Top Fishing Spots Around The World

What are some of your favourite spots to go fishing yacht crew? Get in touch to share yours at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[The 5 Best To-Do List Apps For Yacht Crew]]>Working on a yacht where you are constantly busy and bunking with yacht crew gives you little time to yourself. Lots of tasks onboard and when you're off, you forget you also have a list of personal tasks that need to get done. Using a to-do list app can be very helpful and convenient.

Here are SuperYacht Crew Agency's 5 best to-do list apps for yacht crew:

1. Google Keep

Google Keep

Chances are that you have a Google account; almost every yacht crew has one. One of the many apps that Google has is Google Keep, it takes your notes and places them in various sized digital stickies on their webpage. With Google Keep you can change the colours of your sticky note to-do lists, write with a stylus, and add pictures. If you have family or yacht crew members that you want to share your to-do list with, you can quickly add them as a collaborator. Don’t worry, for those who don’t have an internet connection on their superyacht, you can download the offline app to use it anywhere!

The best part about Google Keep? It's free.

2. Any.do

Any.do

If simplicity is something that you like, Any.Do is meant to be a very versatile yet simple app to help schedule your to-do list. With a selection of themes, you can make the app look how you want to display all of your tasks. Have a task that you are late on? It gets displayed up at the top of the screen to remind yacht crew to get on it!

You can enter items to your lists with your voice, view your list on any device, and have multiple list categories. Each list is ordered by when you want to get a task or item done by. Lists can also be viewed in Moment mode which focuses on what you want to get done today.

Any.Do is free for most features. For the advanced features, which are completely optional and not needed by many users, you will pay $2.99 a month.

3. Habitica

Habitica

Struggling to get your personal or yachting tasks done and need more motivation? Habitica uses a RPG style motivation. Every item you complete, it gives you an experience. You can unlock new items and equipment and the more experience you earn also helps you to level up and make your character stronger. For those who like quirky gamification of their everyday life, you will really enjoy this to-do list app. The team behind Habitica has gone to good lengths to make sure the app gives users what they want with quality.

Habitica is free to download and use. They had me at their moto, "Gamify Your Life".

4. Remember The Milk

"Honey, don’t forget the milk."

Remember The Milk

That is the idea behind the name of this app, a to-do list often comes down to remembering the milk. Despite the app being basic, all of your tasks are synced between the various devices you use. Remember The Milk has the power of being one of the original list making apps - time has proven it to be reliable. It also has given them plenty of time to design an app that meets the needs of various individuals. All of the list items you make are confined to one task unless you pay for the $29.99 a year pro level subscription. Pro allows you to get additional features such as colour tagging items, sub tasks, and more.

5. Wunderlist

Wunderlist

Microsoft now owns Wunderlist and it has become one of the best simple list apps out there. You can create lists and even share them quickly and easily among your family or yacht crew. While being straight forward, a lot of the features you rely on are there. You can create deadlines, reminders, and sort your lists. The app itself has the appearance of an Apple designed product with the look and feel. But because it is owned by Microsoft, it is one of the best options for those who use Windows devices. For $3.99 a month you can get enhanced features for those who demand more from their list making apps. You can unlock file-sharing, sub tasks, and other premium features that you might need.

If you need to remember to get something done a to-do list app is one of the best ways to do so. With these top apps you have options that meet your yachting needs. From free to premium and from light weight to high powered. The various apps ensure that you have options. Almost all of the options will work great for when you are aboard a yacht, even without an internet connection.

Have an app that we missed and you think is awesome for to-do lists? Email us at info@syca.co.uk so we can share it with the rest of the yacht crew out there!

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<![CDATA[10 Fun Ideas For Your Next Superyacht Dock Party]]>When you are docked and have a day off, it's always a great idea to host a dock party! Whether you're the only superyacht or joining forces with the fleet and ready for a night of fun!

Here are 10 awesome ideas for your next superyacht dock party:

1. Get the Coolest Cooler

Blend up those cocktails, charge your phone, crank the tunes and enjoy the ice cold drinks!

Coolest Cooler Dock Party

2. Set up an Ice Luge

You already have the walk in freezers, why not buy an Ice Luge mould and get creative with some colourful lighting or use coloured cordials for that extra taste factor.

SuperYacht Ice Luge

3. Pull out the traditional Beer Pong Table

You know the drill; disposable cups, ping pong balls and a table to play on. Now all we need is beer or champers to get the party started.

Beer Pong Yacht Crew

4. Braai

Because there is always room for food.

SuperYacht Braai

5. Dock Party Theme

Why not make it even more exciting and pick a theme for the party.

SuperYacht Crew Fancy Dress

- Bathing Suits & Cowboy Boots

- Golf Pros & Tennis Hoes

- GI Joes & Army Hoes

And the list goes on!

6. A show-piece drinking vessel

Drinking Horn SuperYacht Crew

- Funnel

- Goblet

- Das Boot

- Horn

- Shoe

- Gum Boot

We all have a mate who loves a Shoey!

7. Jello Shots

Jelly Shot Syringe

8. Snacks

Need we say more, completely spoilt for choice on Superyachts.

Remember to give the Chefs a break. As with the rest of the yacht crew, they would like to enjoy the party from time to time and not have to take care of the BBQ.

9. Drinking Games

- Twister

- Heads up

- Giant Jenga

And more!

SuperYacht Drinking Games

10. Props

Yacht Crew Photo Booth

Share with us some of your top Superyacht dock party ideas at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[3 Superyacht Invterview Questions Yacht Crew Should Ask]]>There is huge competition when it comes to the Superyacht industry, from newcomers to experienced yacht crew. Job interviews are probably one of the most challenging yet rewarding things you’ll experience as yachties.

Have you ever sat there confused at the end of the interview when your potential superyacht employer asks if you have any questions? Whether it’s your first or your 20th interview, first impressions are extremely important and it’s your interview technique that’ll get you the yacht job.

An interview is a two-way street, while your potential future Captain is asking you questions to better understand you and your skills for their superyacht, in return you also need to prepare questions to ensure if this yacht job is the right fit for you. Asking a few questions shows your interest in the position and that you’ve done your homework to come well prepared. 

Here are 3 great questions to ask during an interview:

What’s the culture of the yacht like?

As you are also looking for a yacht you’d like to fit in with, it is important to know what the culture is like onboard. All superyachts are run differently, whether you have a strict Captain whose sole focus is the safety of the entire yacht and keeping everyone in line or a captain who you can confront, is a friend and at the same time a boss when needed. All of which, of course, has both pros and cons but your personality needs to fit in with or at least are able to adjust to alternative leadership.

Yacht Crew Interview Job

How long have the crew been on the yacht?

Yacht crew turnover is becoming more and more often throughout the industry and unfortunately, if crew turnover is high, it goes beyond affecting just the crew but also the operations onboard. Joining a superyacht with a crew that has been onboard for an extended period of time shows that generally the operations are smooth and everyone is happy working well together. Crew longevity is also important if you’re looking to excel and learn from your fellow yachties and/or department managers.

How To Get a Job On a Superyacht

What program or itinerary does the boat have?

This is a great question to ask, especially if you have worked on previous yachts before and have a preference of a heavily chartered yacht, a private yacht, a new build, an expedition yacht, spending most of the yachts time in the shipyard or if the yacht cruises to remote locations around the world etc.

For example, if you are looking to build up sea time for your NOE? Then being alongside for the season probably doesn't suit your requirements. Like with all questions, avoid coming off too pushy on the details however, this question generally would open the person to describe a bit more of what to expect should you get the job.

If you're new to yachting, you can find more information on How To Get a Job on a Superyacht - The Ultimate Guide 2018Superyacht CV Tips & Preparation or simply looking for advice whether you are a greenie or a seasoned yachtie, please feel free to contact us at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[The 10 Best Cave Diving Spots in The World]]>Mоѕt people say thе аgе оf exploration аnd аdvеnturе are dеаd but thе truth iѕ that people haven’t diѕсоvеrеd саvе diving. Most countries have underground саvе ѕуѕtеmѕ, parts of them аrе filled with water аnd only ассеѕѕiblе to cave divers. Mаnу of these systems are еxtеnѕivе аnd are расkеd with spectacular fоrmаtiоnѕ - Thе fаѕсinаtiоn and enticement iѕ ѕееn as an “addiction” by divers.

Here are the 10 Best Cave Diving Spots in The World:

1. The Grеаt Blue Hоlе of BELIZE

Diving Blue Hole Belize SuperYacht

Ranked by Discovery channel оn thеir liѕt оf “The 10 Mоѕt Amаzing Plасеѕ оn Eаrth”, thе Grеаt Bluе Hоlе found in Central America iѕ trulу uniԛuе. A limestone ѕinkhоlе formed thоuѕаndѕ оf уеаrѕ ago; it has a total оf 11 undеrwаtеr саvеѕ each with itѕ dерth and length. A tор thing to dо in Bеlizе, it hаѕ also rесеivеd world recognition from UNESCO. It iѕ truly a world-class dеѕtinаtiоn for cave diving.

2. Tеmрlе оf Dооm (Cеnоtе Eѕԛuеlеtо) in Tulum, Mеxiсо.

Just оutѕidе of Tulum, Mеxiсо in the Yuсаtаn, divеrѕ саn find аnоthеr intеrеѕting dive ѕitе mаdе оf a mixture оf salt аnd frеѕh wаtеr, lоtѕ of саvе formations, boulders, аnd ѕtаlасtitеѕ. Thе саtсh, thеу hаvе tо make thе divе jumping intо thе wаtеr firѕt аnd аѕ аttеѕtеd bу mаnу can easily gеt lost in the dark cave раѕѕаgеwауѕ.

3. Dеvil’ѕ Cave Sуѕtеm оf Ginniе Spring, USA.

Wаnt tо enjoy саvе diving with the сlеаrеѕt wаtеr you саn find? Then head оvеr tо Ginniе Springs in Florida. Hеrе you will find fоur оf thе mоѕt divе-аblе ѕрringѕ: Ginniе Springs, Littlе Dеvil, Dеvil’ѕ Eye аnd Dеvil’ѕ Ear, thе mоѕt frеԛuеntlу dived caves in thе wоrld. A fаvоritе fоr divеrѕ, this аrеа iѕ where уоu can рrасtiсе уоur underwater photography skills tо thе fullеѕt.

4. Firѕt Cаthеdrаl in Hawaii, USA.

First Cаthеdrаl is the most popular dive ѕitе off Lаnаi. The divе site соntаinѕ a hugе сhаmbеr with cut-outs in thе lаvа fоrming “ѕtаin glass windоwѕ” with thе sun ѕhining thrоugh

5. Siѕtеmаѕ Dos Ojоѕ, Mеxiсо.

Dоѕ Ojоѕ whiсh means “Twо Eyes” in Sраniѕh, iѕ a flооdеd саvе system lосаtеd in Yuсаtаn, Mеxiсо. It rеfеrѕ to two neighboring сеnоtеѕ thаt соnnесt it intо a lаrgе cavern. Cаvе diving hеrе is a guidеd аdvеnturе fоllоwing lines like the Barbie Linе (thеrе’ѕ a рlаѕtiс аlligаtоr with a Bаrbiе dоll in itѕ mоuth) because it is ԛuitе еаѕу to gеt lоѕt in the tunnels аnd соuld рrоvе tо bе fаtаl. Cоntinuing, divеrѕ have thе option tо gо tо аnоthеr cenote which iѕ the “Bаt Cаvе.”

Sistemas-Dos-Ojos-Mexico-Cavediving

Photo by Luis Leal

6. Andrоѕ Island, Bahamas.

Politically соnѕidеrеd a single island, it hаѕ the grеаtеr area thаn thе rеѕt оf thе Bahamian iѕlаndѕ. It’s аn аrсhiреlаgо within thе Bаhаmаѕ fаmоuѕ fоr itѕ many water-filled саvе ѕуѕtеmѕ knоwn as Bluе Hоlеѕ. Exресt tо ѕее a diverse range оf mаrinе life ѕuсh аѕ mоrау ееlѕ аnd liоnfiѕh.

7. Eаglе Nest Sink, USA.

An extremely аdvаnсеd diving ѕitе, Eagle Nеѕt Sink cave ѕуѕtеm оn Chаѕѕаhоwitzkа Wildlifе Mаnаgеmеnt Arеа nеаr Wееki Wachee that has сlаimеd ѕеvеrаl livеѕ (ѕix in tоtаl) ѕinсе 1989 earning the nаmе “Lоѕt Sink.” A lоt of rеԛuirеmеntѕ аrе nееdеd tо bе presented like саvе сеrtifiсаtiоn саrd, GUE Cаvе 2 level experience (minimum rеԛuirеmеnt) аnd knоwlеdgе with thе uѕе оf trimix tо bе аblе tо dive hеrе. Agаin this is not for any beginner or novice оf аnу lеvеl (ореn water, саvеrn, саvе diving, etc.).

8. Jасоb’ѕ Well in Wimbеrlу, USA.

Pорulаr with adults and уоungѕtеrѕ аlikе, Jасоb’ѕ Well in Tеxаѕ iѕ the lаrgеѕt undеrwаtеr cave in thе аrеа аlthоugh it lооkѕ more like a ѕimрlе ѕwimming hоlе. Wаtеr from thе well оvеrflоwѕ to a nаturаl ѕрring fееding thе Cурrеѕѕ Crееk thаt hаѕ ѕlоwlу been drying uр in rесеnt years. Cаvе divеrѕ hеrе саn еxрlоrе fоur main сhаmbеrѕ, however, dоn’t lеt the well’s арреаrаnсе fool you, it tоо hаѕ сlаimеd ѕоmе lives.

9. The Bluе Hole in Dаhаb, Egурt.

Earning thе оminоuѕ title оf “Wоrld’ѕ Mоѕt Dangerous Divе Sitе” and thе, even more, hair-raising niсknаmе оf “Divеr’ѕ Cеmеtеrу,” thе Bluе Hоlе in Egурt саn сеrtаinlу bе аnу divеr’ѕ last divе. It is аn еxtrеmеlу deceptive dive with dim lighting making nitrоgеn nаrсоѕiѕ mоrе frеԛuеnt here thаn in any оthеr diving ѕроt. Maximum саrе аnd diving аt within уоur сараbilitiеѕ аnd limitаtiоnѕ iѕ thе key tо ѕurviving thiѕ divе ѕitе.

10. Fish Rock Cаvе, Australia.

Knоwn аѕ Auѕtrаliа’ѕ bеѕt осеаn саvе dive, it is lосаtеd juѕt оff Smоkу Cаре аt Sоuth West Rосkѕ оn New Sоuth Wаlеѕ. Thе cave iѕ 125m lоng, and itѕ nаmе wаѕ a tributе to the diverse mаrinе life fоund hеrе thаt inсludеѕ the gentle, endangered grеу nurѕе sharks. This divе ѕitе iѕ ореn tо all levels of diving.

 Fish-Rock-Cave-Diving-Australia

Photo by http://macleayvalleycoast.com.au/

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<![CDATA[4 Top Ways To Hold Yourself Accountable]]>I’m sure we are all guilty of this, struggling to check off those goals we set ourselves months, if not years ago.

“You can make progress or you can make excuses, but you can't do both.”

Now is the time to stop kidding yourself and start holding yourself accountable - here are 4 top ways to do that:

1. Make your habit a priority

Get yourself into the right mind-set and turn your busy schedule into a daily routine. Plan ahead and stick to the plan e.g get up an hour earlier to workout before you start work to ensure no matter what happens in the day you have ticked exercise off your daily goals list.

2. Tell a Buddy

Let the rest of the yacht crew know your plan, make sure they give you a hard time if you sleep in or don’t stick to “the plan”.

 

3. Set a Deadline and Invest

Sign yourself up for a 10km, half or even full marathon. If you are already a fitness fanatic why not spend the $650 to register for an Iron Man. Set a date to complete a course or task.

 

4. Put your money where your mouth is

So you keep telling yourself you will have that six pack before the summer starts, completed your online personal trainers course before the end of the season, quit smoking or given up alcohol for x amount of days. Try websites like Stickk where you can put money down on the table and should you not hit your goals forfeit this money to Charity or a friend. Not a bad idea, is it yachties?

Research has proven that using commitment contracts can more than triple your chances of success!

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<![CDATA[Great Hobbies For Yacht Crew Working Onboard a Yacht]]>Yacht crew needs something to do during their downtime but it isn’t that easy. When you are working on a SuperYacht you are limited as to what you can bring with you. Here are some great hobbies for yacht crew who are looking for something to do while working on a yacht.

Writing

Writing has long been a way that people have escaped the world around them. If you are eager to break out beyond the walls of the yacht, take up writing. Bring a laptop computer or several journals and write about anything. Write stories, poems, novels, or even a biography. There are so many options.

Photography

As crew on board you get to visit a lot of different towns and see a lot of different landscapes, why not incorporate this into your hobby? Taking up photography while being yacht crew has never been easier. All you need is a nice digital camera and a computer to save the photos too once they are taken. Make sure that you don’t take any photos of Guests or even the Yacht you are working on without their permission, but other than that, enjoy the world of snapping photos.

Drawing

A lot of hobbies that you can do on a yacht involve being creative, so it should be no surprise that drawing is on the list. Get a couple of notebooks and a good pencil and you can take up drawing the various sights you see, your dreams, anything. The more you draw, the better you get. Who knows, you might just discover a new passion.

Learn A Language

Have you ever thought about learning another language? Those who speak multiple languages look a lot more favorable on employment and promotion applications. They are also better able to serve as yacht crew because they are able to communicate with a variety of local suppliers or agents.

There are a lot of ways to learn a language. Duolingo is a great language learning app that allows you to download all of the information to your phone so you don’t need internet access. You could also use a computer program like Rosetta Stone for an in depth language learning tool.

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<![CDATA[5 Interview Questions Not To Ask]]>Interviews are one of the most challenging things you go through and no matter how many interviews you’ve done, it is always a nerve-racking experience. Thinking of the right things to say, giving a good impression, what questions to ask or to refrain from asking. Most yacht crew are aware that during the interview stage, it is simply part of the process to see whether you will be a good fit for the position and the crew dynamics onboard. Unfortunately, asking one wrong question can either make or break your interview. To avoid being put immediately in the ‘NO’ pile, here are 5 interview questions not to ask:

What is the salary package, is there an annual bonus and are there any benefits?

These 3 questions are always a big no-no when it comes to your first interview stage, it reflects on you as being money-focused and you’re interested about the money more than the actual position. Of course, we all want to get an idea of the salary range however showing a genuine interest in the job before the salary will come a long way and will show you are more likely to go the extra mile at work regardless of the package on offer.

How much leave do I get?

This question gives the impression to your potential employer that you’ll be doing the bare minimum and will be clock-watching and waiting to take every opportunity to get off work/go on holiday. If you haven’t already been told if the position is rotational or exactly how many leave days a year is on offer, do research on the industry standard for leave/holidays on superyachts to get an idea instead of directly asking your potential employer right away.

Are yacht crew relationships allowed onboard?

This will show you are more interested in personal relationships rather than professionalism. If the situation comes up on the yacht in the future, you can deal with it then however it is not a great question to ask especially when you haven’t even started working onboard yet.

Who is the owner of the yacht?

In the yachting industry, confidentiality is paramount, it is one of the most important things to remember as owners prefer to maintain their privacy. When you are looking for a new yacht job, you are there to do your job and preform at your best regardless of who the owner is. Rather, ask questions regarding the boats itinerary or their program if you are interested to know a little more about the yacht.

Remember, first impressions are important - the way you answer your questions and the questions you ask will reflect on what type of person you are and if you are potentially the right fit for the yacht. Stick to professional and relevant interview questions, ensure you show you are genuinely interested in the position, your responsibilities, the crew and the dynamic onboard rather than the perks of the job.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 of the World's Best Golf Course Resorts]]>Do you enjoy Golf? Looking for your next Golfing holiday destinations or lucky enough to be close by why not check out the the 10 world’s best golf course resorts. 

(1)       The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado: The Broadmoor has a large capacity of more than 5,000 acres of land including fly-fishing, tennis, wilderness lodges, a spa, 10 restaurants and expensive boutiques. There are three courses to select from in the Rocky Mountains and has a total cost $1,500 for a couple for two nights.

(2)       La Manga, Murcia region, Spain: This golf resort with amenities including three 18-hole courses, a 9-hole academy course, and a golf training center. La Manga has hosted the Spanish Open five times; it has 28 tennis courts, an academy and a big spa, in addition to 20 restaurants across the property with the cost of $840 for just two nights for two individuals.

(3)       Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Heidiland region, Switzerland: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland's Heidiland region is a major health and well-being resort and just one in Switzerland with two golf courses, an 18-hole Championship Course and the 9-hole Executive Course which is ideal for beginners and offers perfect practice equipment and facilities.

(4)       Abaco Club, Bahamas: Although Abaco is a private club which gives the best of two worlds: a heralded Scottish-style links create set hard by the ocean and an atmosphere that’s perfect for having fun outdoors. The price for spending two nights is $2200 with two 18-hole rounds of golf.

(5)       Kauri Cliffs, Northland region, New Zealand: The 6,000 acres Lodge at Kauri Cliffs features five arrangement of tees to challenge each level of golfer. No less than 15 holes neglect the Pacific, alongside six playing cliffs diving down to the waves beneath. The cost begins from $3,200 for 2 evenings including two 18-hole rounds of golf.

(6)       Fancourt, George, South Africa: Fancourt has nothing less than three 18-hole golf courses which all rank in the top 20 in South Africa. It was created by famous expert Gary Player, who described it as his most noteworthy accomplishment as a course designer. Kids love playing in the five-star property while their folks enjoy the golf course as well as the spa, cycling, fishing, and horse riding.

(7)       Laucala, Fiji: designed by Scotsman, David McLay Kidd, Laucala has an unlimited 18-hole round of golf set against the mountain and incorporated into the old ranch area, where undulating fairways and stimulating greens with vital bunkers assure a well-balanced course.

(8)       Velaa Private Island, Maldives. Whenever you're not on your yacht job, Velaa golf academy is one of the best places to go in Maldives. It was designed by Jose Maria Olazabal which consists of 9 different tees, 6 greens, 7 bunkers and a lake in the beautiful turquoise hues.

(9)       Banyan Tree, Phuket, Thailand: This Thailand’s best golf course for 2 successive years and also Asia’s best golf course has a pleasurable but challenging 18-hole par 71 golf course recreated by Paul Jansen. It, however, gives a great quality playing surfaces with well-planned contouring and run-off zones that offer an abundance of shot options.

(10)    The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman: This is a nine-hole golf course created along a natural saltwater river with perspectives of the North Sound. The 365-room resort has a lot of other sporting activities including coaching from Nick Bollettieri tennis experts, while 144 sections of land along Seven Mile beach gives adequate opportunities to move away from it all. 

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<![CDATA[Is This The Death Of Superyacht Crew Agents?]]>Social media is widely used within the superyacht industry, or any industry for that matter, it proves to be an effective platform to connect with potential yacht crew, superyacht agencies and yacht management. Social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn has grown exponentially making it the world’s largest professional network – without any doubt, they have been the dominator in the recruitment sector. Captains and department heads turn to these platforms when looking to recruit crew.

Today it’s as simple as advertising a job on social media and instantly receiving a full inbox of applicants. It can be very time consuming sifting through all the CVs, captains and department heads are then pulled from their responsibilities on the yacht to recruit crew. However, the overall attraction to Facebook, LinkedIn and other yachting platforms, are the immediate responses, the reach and the cost effectiveness. Not all superyachts have a budget when it comes to recruiting and this process is a solution for a vessel that can’t afford recruitment fees or are content with having put the time and effort into finding yacht crew via social media.

Immediate filling of a vacancy doesn’t always produce the best quality of hire.

Superyacht Crew Agency

There has been plenty of changes in how superyacht crew are employed and will only continue to do so, networking sites make it easier for rogue crew agents to operate outside of regulations that MLC certified yacht crew agencies respect and ensure standards are met within the recruiting process. It was about getting to know candidates, their motivations, providing great candidate experiences and matching this to a captains list of requirements hiring new crew. There are both advantages and disadvantages when using social media as a recruiting tool. The reach of a superyacht job position can go viral quickly which is good if you’re looking for someone to start as soon as possible but if you’re looking for a qualified candidate it can prove to be quite difficult - friends tagging friends that aren’t always suitable for a role and more often than not, the qualified candidates who would be the right fit for the job aren’t actively seeking for yacht jobs through these platforms.

"Different market research exists but the benchmark suggests that only 10% of experienced and qualified candidates are actively looking for a role at any given moment in time, which means that 90% of candidates are not engaged in job searches, the best qualified candidates typically among them.”

Busy superyacht captains, owners and management rarely have time to carry out recruitment procedures thoroughly - having to sift through applications, assessing their strengths, skills, personality and shortlisting candidates, organising interviews, verifying certificates and checking references.

That’s where professional superyacht recruitment agencies come in with an extensive recruiting process, a database full of qualified candidates, and comparisons of every candidate based on their expertise, tickets, references and personality.

Taking the time to screen candidates, carefully select, interview and perform background checks to ensure the crew member is certified and will potentially fit in well with the existing yacht crew dynamics onboard. The upside of using a recruitment agency is it will save you time, it will also allow for an in depth recruiting process as opposed to a rushed recruit, which will result in lower superyacht crew turnover. Avoiding the cost of constantly rehiring, disrupting the program or crew dynamics, flights, uniforms, etc. it’s a headache captains, owners and each department want to avoid.

Yacht Crew Onboard

Social media can be an effective way of connecting with people within the yachting industry and a useful recruitment tool to a certain extent, but is it the best way to search for superyacht crew? Does the quick hire outweigh the potential risks of costing the vessel more with having to rehire? Recruitment goes back to the basics: identifying and building relationships with yacht candidates and clients, keeping it simple and personalised. The choice depends on whether you are happy with a virtual hiring process or prefer a personalised and extensive recruiting service saving you money and time in the long run.

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<![CDATA[The Best Books when Studying for an Engineering CoC]]>If you are just starting your journey as a junior Engineer completing your AEC (Approved Engineering Course) or you are an experienced Chief Engineer with more years under your belt than you can remember we hope to have something in here for you to enjoy.

“Never stop learning!”  

Introduction to Marine Engineering – D.A. Taylor

Marine Engineering SuperYacht

An absolute classic and must have of any marine Engineer. The Introduction to marine engineering by D.A. Taylor provides information on every aspect of the ship’s machinery systems, from propulsion and steering to deck machinery and electrical equipment. An invaluable guide for students going for AEC to Y1.

General Engineering Knowledge (Marine Engineering) – H.D McGeorge

General Engineering Knowledge SuperYacht HD McGeorge

General Engineering Knowledge by H.D McGeorge is a great overall text book for SuperYacht Engineers. This may not provide as in-depth insights as some of the other specific books on the market however for an overall picture this is a great start.

Marine Auxiliary Machinery – H.D McGeorge

Marine Auxiliary Machinery SuperYacht

Marine Auxiliary Machinery is the ultimate guide that provides comprehensive information on operation, care, and maintenance of ship’s machinery.

Lamb’s Question and Answers on Marine Diesel Engines – S. Christensen

SuperYacht Y4 Oral Exam Questions and Answers

Excellently laid out book with an easy-to-understand format. You can simply flick through the pages to find the answer to your questions.

Pocketbook Of Marine Engineering

An extremely handy book packed with information. Its simple Q&A format to test your understanding of the subjects. Ideal for students looking to gain the next CoC.

Pounder’s Marine Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines – Doug Woodyard

Gas Turbines Y3 Exam

This old classic will help you to understand the technology and concepts behind marine diesel engines and gas turbines.

Marine Electrical Equipment and Practice – H.D McGeorge

SuperYacht Engineering Oral Exam Book

Electrical knowledge in this ever evolving industry is a must for any Chief engineer, great book to help better understand ship’s electrical equipment and operating principles.

Reed’s Basic Electrotechnology – Marine Engineering Series

SuperYacht ETO CoC Exam Engineers

A step-by-step solution of on-board electrical systems. If you are an ETO or looking to be please also checkout the Reed’s Volume 7 on Advance Electrotechnology  

Practical Marine Electrical Knowledge – Dennis T. Hall

SuperYacht Electrical ETO AVIT

The book provides knowledge of the ship’s electrical system, including the generators, MSBs, ESBs, and distribution. Safety is a big part of life at sea and this does a great job to ensure safe operation when dealing with electricity.

Ship Construction – David J. Eyres

Ship Construction

Ship construction by David J. Eyres is a comprehensive book on shipbuilding and shipyard practices for marine engineers and naval architects. A great understating of the construction methods used these days.

Reed’s Marine Engineering Series, Vol. 8 – General Engineering Knowledge for Marine Engineers

Marine Engineers SuperYacht Book

Used for Cadets as the syllabus of the CoC in General Engineering Knowledge it’s a must have alongside H.D McGeorges version. This will not provide in depth answers for the more advanced oral examinations however paints a great overall picture to build from.

Reeds Marine Engineering Series, Vol. 12 – Motor Engineering Knowledge for Marine Engineers

SuperYacht AEC Books

Another favourite from Reeds covering basic cycles, indicator diagrams, starting and reversing systems, cylinders, pistons, crankshafts and deflections, medium speed diesel engines, governors, control, waste heat systems, and crankcase explosions.

BONUS – Websites to check out should you have your NOE in hand and wish to brush up or get some further information.

http://www.marinediesels.co.uk/

http://marengine.com/exam

http://www.dieselduck.info/

http://marineengineeringonline.com/

Looking for an Engineering Oral prep course please check out our list of Training Schools

If you haven’t already please check out how to become a Chief Engineer on a SuperYacht 

WHAT HAVE WE MISSED?

If you have studied or are studying towards a certificate of competency we’d love to know which books helped you along the way most and we will add it here. Please get in touch with us by Email (info@syca.co.uk) Facebook and Twitter

 

 

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<![CDATA[What Happens To The Washed Up Message In The Bottle?]]>A message in a bottle was once a form of communication in which a message is written on paper, placed in a sealed bottle and then released into the sea. Messages in a bottle were used to send troubled messages, remembrance tributes, last messages and letters, invitations to prospective pen pals, and letters to real or imaginary love interests. These messages float with the waves, wind and randomly land onshore anywhere and everywhere in the world. So imagine all the bottles out there we haven't even discovered! Have you ever sent out a message in a bottle?

If one bottle can travel almost 60km in one month, imagine how far a piece of plastic moves in its 1000-year lifespan.

Over 7 million tons of plastic litter enter the ocean every year, which is about 8 million pieces per day. This plastic never breaks down; it only breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces. It adds to the destruction of the ocean surroundings and the marine wildlife. Some ways you can help is to use reusable water bottles, store food in non-disposable plates, avoid straws and takeout utensils, bring your own reusable bag when shopping and more. In addition, you can recycle items that can be recycled, this helps keep them out of the ocean and reduces ‘new’ plastic.

Reduce plastic wasste

To learn more about how to help clean up our work place. Check out some great projects such as the Sea Bin Project and The Ocean Clean Up

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<![CDATA[The Custom Logbook]]>Advanced Marine Logistics -

Advanced Marine Logbooks SuperYacht 

 

Blue Water Books & Charts 

Regular running logs have become outdated as the yachting industry continues to expand and look for alternative products. The Running Log introduces a new line of superior logs eliminating current logbooks filled with unnecessary information. The Running Log contains only pertinent information for the vessel. 

Custom SuperYacht Logbooks 

Rhumline Solutions 

Custom logbooks – Simple process, tell them exactly what you are looking for and they will do the rest.

Rhumline SuperYacht logbooks 

Logbooks Unlimited 

The leading supplier of Log Books to the seafaring industry.

  

Official Log Book

The Master has the overall responsibility for the log book. The Official Logbook is considered to be a running log of all official events such as Arrival / Departure of the vessel to / from port, Onboard Emergency Drills, Crew onboard, Master’s Handing Over/Taking Over.

  

WHAT HAVE WE MISSED?

If you have used another manufacturer we’d love to know which so we can add it here. Please get in touch with us by Email (info@syca.co.uk) Facebook (Link) Twitter (Link)

 

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<![CDATA[Love Me Tinder, Love Me True]]>Whether you’re new to the yachting industry or a seasoned pro - with all the traveling your yacht job requires and/or when you’re on holiday, sometimes it gets difficult to stay in one place for an extended period of time and really get to know the country, the culture and most importantly people. With technology now it has made it easier to meet and stay in touch with others, plenty of mobile applications to use. One very specific app, Tinder.

 

Tinder is a location-based social search mobile app that facilitates communication between mutually interested users, allowing matched users to get in touch. Tinder has skyrocketed into a worldwide platform for electronic dating with an estimated 50 million users.

 

I’m sure we all have experiences of good and horribly bad Tinder dates! So, what are the Pro’s and Con’s of Tinder for Yacht Crew?

 SuperYacht Dating Tinder

Pro’s

 

Countless adventures

Yachties that are always on the go, traveling or working, it is great to meet similar people with similar interests. Whether you’re spending a couple days or a couple weeks in one area, you can plan to go kayaying, hiking, cliff jumping, island tours, pub crawls, trying out new restaurants and more.

 

Meeting new friends

Going into the app with an open mind, you can end up meeting some of your closest friends or great connections.

 

Local insider information

There is nothing better than having a local sow you around their town or give good recommendations. You learn what to avoid and hidden gems to explore instead.

 

Fall for someone

It does happen. If you’re lucky, you may find yourself genuinely interested in someone you’ve met on Tinder, things go well and you continue to keep in touch and make future traveling plans with.

 

Con’s

 

You won’t click with everyone

There will be a lot of people you’ll meet through Tinder and realize how you have nothing in common – those awkward silent dates, no common interests to discuss, nothing. Let’s be honest, some people only sound good on paper.

 

There are indeed some weirdos

So you decide to go on a date, it may be friendly meet up or a date; either way something seems to be off. Perhaps they start to talk about how they have the ability to heal people through the power of God, or they’re incredibly rude, or they have uploaded photos of themselves on their profile which were taken at least 10 years ago, the list goes on! I’m sure everyone has had a couple of horrible experiences that almost made you, if not already, delete Tinder. But the best part is, you never have to see them again if you don’t want to.

 Tinder Funny

It can potentially be a waste of time, some people go on plenty of dates/meet ups and have not had a decent experience but then again, you can meet some really great and genuinely nice people who have very similar interests.

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<![CDATA[Unbelieveable Superyacht Guest Questions and Requests]]>Have you ever had a request or question asked from superyacht owners or guests which left you baffled? We have spoken to a few superyacht crew in the yachting industry and here are some of our favourite experiences.

Superyacht Guest Requests:

1. Please arrange some prescription diving goggles for my dive tomorrow.

Whist sitting at anchor on a remote island – overnight shipment and seaplane it is then.

Superyacht Diving

2. I'd like the jacuzzi to be filled with fresh lobsters this evening.

You read that right, turn a treated filter jacuzzi into a salt-water fish tank and fill it with 200 lobsters.

Superyacht Jacuzzi

3. Could you arrange tigers and elephants for selfies on the beach?

Superyacht GoPro Selfie

4. I'd like U2 to play this weekend at my daughters 18th birthday.

That’s over $1,000,000 just to think about hiring them, let alone on such short notice.

U2 SuperYacht Band

5. I miss my dog, can you arrange for them to be flown to the Bahamas as soon as possible.

SuperYacht Dog

6. Please setup a cinema on the beach this evening.

Sounds simple enough. Fly in some tech support with high end cinema waterproof projectors, a pop up screen and rent shore side generators to power the equipment. Get some comfy chairs and popcorn and pray the weather doesn’t turn. Oh wait, what would they like to watch?

7. I’d like a French baguette from Cannes.

Said whilst in the Maldives..

8. Champagne deliveries by sea planes

SuperYacht Delivery Seaplane

Superyacht Guest Questions:

1. Can you make sure it doesn’t rain this weekend?

When money is no object it's sometimes hard to accept no as an answer. Superyachts have Pursers, Yacht Agents and Charter Brokers to help deal with the never ending outrageous requests. But how much do the Superyacht owners actually know about the running and day-to-day operation of the vessel?

2. Where do the yacht crew sleep? Onboard?

3. Can we sail to Las Vegas?

4. When the Captain isn't on the bridge, who is driving the superyacht?

Where is my Captain

5. Do you have a non-smoking life raft?

6. Is the sea water all around this island?

SuperYacht Jobs Ibiza

7. Why does my CCTV view of outside always go dark after 8pm?

8. How long is the shore power cable? I need to know if we will have electricity when we sail.

9. How do the superyacht crew breathe if they work below the waterline?

Yacht Crew Cabin

10. Do you have any Louis Vuitton life jackets?

We would love to hear some of your unbelievable guest requests, please send them through to info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[15 of The Best Hikes in The World]]>Take a break from the sea yacht crew and check out some of the most beautiful hikes in the world, scratch of the superyacht and time to add a couple of these treks to your bucket list!

Here are 15 of the best hikes in the world:

1. Appalachian Trail

Location: Georgia to Maine (East Coast), USA

This hike is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world and is not an easy feat. It is a hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. It takes you through 14 states and takes careful planning and execution if you want to do it once.

Appalachian Trail

2. Inca Trail

Location: Peru

One of the most popular hikes in the world, the Inca Trail takes you through 26 miles of grueling inclines and declines. You get a chance to explore ruins, jungles, and beautiful mountain sceneries and of course, ending the hike at Machu Picchu, known as the "Lost City of the Incas".

Inca Trail Machu Picchu

3. The Torres del Paine “W” Circuit

Location: Chile

It is a popular route that follows the letter “W” that takes you through the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. It is advisable to do this hike in the winter if you want to beat the crowd. You get a chance to see volcanic peaks, glaciers, and beautiful lakes.

Torres Del Paine W Circuit

4. Kilimanjaro

Location: Africa

At 19,340 feet, this is Africa’s highest peak and is still on most people’s bucket list. With a wide range of climbing routes and a beautiful crowned snowcap, you will have to arrange with a tour guide to do the trek and reach the most beautiful parts of climbing Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro Africa

5. Kungsleden

Location: Sweden

Kungsleden, or "The King’s Trail" is a 275-mile traverse. You can get a glimpse of this amazing landscape with a shorter hike. You will find the amazing Arctic landscape, open tundra, big glaciers, and brush up against Sweden’s highest peak, Mount Kebnekaise.

Kungsleden Trail Sweden

6. Everest Base Camp Trek

Location: Nepal

This is the worlds highest mountain. With a breathtaking view, even treking to its base camp is still an adventure at 17,600ft. Not only do you experience the trek itself, you also get the opportunity to experience the people and culture that makes their home at these elevations.

Everest Base Camp

7. The Scottish National Trail

Location: Scotland

Opened in 2012, this trail is Scotland’s first end-to-end walking route. A beautiful long distance walking route of 864km from Kirk Yetholm to Cape Wrath, giving you views of the most amazing landscapes in the country.

Scottish National Trail

8. Snowman Trek

Location: Bhutan

Some say that this is the hardest high altitude treks - a 25 day trek, experiencing some of the country's most remote valleys.

Snowman Trek Bhutan

9. Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike

Location: Arizona, USA

You have two hiking options. One of which is a 23.9 mile hike across the Canyon through the North Kaibab Trail and the Bright Angel Trail or a 21.3 mile hike through the North and South Kaibab Trail. A breathtaking hike and another view of the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike 

10. Yosemite Grand Traverse

Location: California

This trek takes you through some of the best of Yosemite National Park, part of the John Muir Trail, and the Cathedral Range. You hike through waterfalls, granite basins, sprawling meadows, and you even ascend Half Dome via the Cable Route.

Yosemite National Park Grand Traverse

11. Chilkoot Trail

Location: Canada

During this hike, you will be crossing the international boundary of Canada and the United States. With routes such as the Golden Stairs, the Stone Crib, and the Scales, this hike lives up to its name. Its rich gold miners’ history brings you through amazing views of Alaska and the Yukon Territory.

Chilkoot Trail

12. Tonquin Valley

Location: Canada

The valley with its enchanting outlook is a place you can never resist to visit.

Jasper National Park Tonquin Valley

13. Bay of Fires

Location: Tasmania, Australia

This hike takes you to endless beaches of white sand, boulders covered in blood red lichen, and alongside turquoise water.

Bay of Fires Tasmania Australia

14. Queen Charlotte Track

Location: New Zealand

Located on the north end of the South Island, this trek takes you through sunny hills next to beautiful blue waters, and gives you plenty of options on how to take this journey. A stunning hike indeed.

Queen Charlotte Track

15. Pacific Crest Trail

Location: Mexico to Canada

The trail spans from Mexico to Canada via California, Oregon and Washington. Along the way, you will experience the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges to say the least. The hike passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.

Pacific Crest Trail

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<![CDATA[Should More Crew Be Involved in the Build?]]>Building a SuperYacht is an ultimate dream for many UHNW individuals. With a custom built SuperYacht the prospective owner will already have a Designer and Naval Architect in mind as well as a shipyard but just like any build whether it be a house or a yacht experience is key. some design flaws are far more than a nuisance, some design flaws are dangerous.

  

A Captain, a dedicated project manager and possibly a build Engineer will be backed by the chosen Shipyard and will take care of the whole process from laying the Keel to Sailing out of the Shipyard.

 

The further down he line the process gets the harder it is to make change and with such a large project its understandable that things haven’t gone to plan or as the designers model shows. Looking at the project from a designer’s point of view this can lead to tunnel vision. Technology changes, machinery and construction processes can become more efficient or smaller in size and during the many Years of a build may even become obsolete.

 SuperYacht New Build Crew Jobs

Engineering

It’s a little late in the game for a new Chief Engineer to step on-board months before the launch only to find a long list of issues they would love to change. Its near impossible to move the water makers from above the main engines or remodel the pipework layout to gain access for future maintenance at this stage in the project. What seems like an obvious call when you see it, hindsight is a wonderful thing and it must be very easy for the project manager to get side tracked with the overwhelming scale of the project and forget about the simple things that will make the Engineering team not be swearing in bilges thinking why wasn’t this thought about during the build phases. The layout, functionality, access for maintenance, redundancy are often some things that get forgotten about until its too late.

 

“Why wasn’t this thought about during the build phase?”

 

Interior

How can I clean this? Where can we store this? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had storage room here? Just a few of the quotes we hear from Interior crew who often have very little say in the build process.

 

Galley

How many times do crew wish they had better access for provisions, a side door for garbage, a large elevator or dumb waiter for food service. The layout of the galley is very personal and the Head Chef who is going to spend his days in here should have some say during the build. What sort of equipment does He/She like? Do they even require it or use it? what sort of storage is required? Fridge and Freezer space? Whats the layout and function of the Galley? Does it make sense to have dry stores tucked away in the bilges? So many factors to take in to consideration it’s a hard task for a Project Manager or captain be expected to get this right first time.

 

Deck

Do the decks drain evenly? Sure the weather decks probably do however what about the tender garages and lazarette areas. Its all well using a new paint technology however does the new gloss last, does it wash well? Now the owner wants to store all his new Watersports kit but we have no storage space left. The flag post looks lovely however we require a permit to work and full harness to put the Ensign up daily.

 

"The Success of a SuperYacht build comes down to the decisions made before the build ever takes place."

 

We would love to hear your thoughts, what do you wish you could change could you turn back time or what have you already changed during a refit.

 

Please get in touch with us by Email Facebook or Twitter and we will be sure to add your experience to the list.

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<![CDATA[Social Media and SuperYacht Crew Recruitment]]>Social recruiting uses social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn to advertise jobs, find talent, and communicate with potential candidates.

Social media is a must-have for any recruitment business, Gone are the days of cold calls and handshakes. A study shows that more than 94% of professional recruiters network on one of the many social media tools available today. LinkedIn has grown exponentially (78 million to over 400 million members in five years) making it the “Worlds Largest Professional Network.” Wondering why social media matters for crew?

Social Media Superyacht

Not everyone who needs a job is actively seeking through searching recruitment job boards, however, the fact that 48% of potential crew are active in social media ensures they don’t get “left out” or miss the dream job. 

The average Internet user has more than 5 social media accounts. At SuperYacht Crew Agency we use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Instagram.

Some of the Stats

  • SnapChat hits 10 Billion video views a day
  • Twitter has over 313 Million Users
  • 22% of the worlds population uses Facebook
  • LinkedIn boasts over 450 Million user profiles
  • 51% of Instagram Users access the platform daily
  • 80% of time spent on social media happens on mobile
  • Facebook has over 2 Billion monthly active users.

That being said its no wonder 61% of job seekers search for jobs through social networks. 

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Today it has never been easier to simply post jobs via social media, Facebook in particular has become a hotspot for advertising Superyacht jobs. This in turn makes it easier for rogue crew agencies to provide a quick CV forwarding service, on paper it seems like a effective way to cut costs or eliminate the need for an agency all together. What makes a good crew agency?

At SuperYacht Crew Agency our approach is to provide the best service for our clients whilst complying with the rules and regulations that we abide by. We are not looking for friends of friends on Facebook we are looking for suitable, available, and dedicated crew with valid documents, verified certifications and genuine references before we can even think about shortlisting a candidate.

Want to find out a little more about us or get in touch. 

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<![CDATA[5 Guilty Pleasures of a Yachtie]]>It’s very rarely we see a quiet season in the SuperYacht industry. Days off are usually few and far between. Eat, sleep, work repeat. However, with all the time spent on-board, there is little time to spend your hard earn cash the generous wages coupled with tips from charters. Cashed up yachties are often known to drop large sums of cash on guilty pleasures. Whats your pleasure?

  1. Watches

SuperYacht Watches

Have you just completed your OOW, had a great charter season or do you feel like you deserve a nice Birthday present for yourself?

  1. Handbags

Yacht Crew Handbags

Are you guilty of spending too much cash on a designer handbag or two!

  1. Cameras and Drones

SuperYacht toys

 As if we need more gadgets and toys.

  1. Ridiculously large bar tabs

SuperYacht Bar

We all have that one friend who loves to appear back to the table with a tray full of shots or 6-litre bottle of vodka.

  1. That Dream Car or Bike Collection

SuperYacht Car

I’m sure more than a few are guilty of having that dream bike or car sitting in a garage for long extended periods of time gathering dust.

What else do you do with your hard earned cash? Invest in property? Travel more? Live the high life? Training? So many possibilities with everything else take care of.

 

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<![CDATA[5 of The Best SuperYacht Photographers]]>The superyacht industry is filled with countless talented photographers and filmmakers - here are 5 of the best professional superyacht photographers in the industry that have shot some of the most luxurious and prestigious yachts and superyacht events around the world.

Jeff Brown

 MY Savannah Jeff Brown

Most famous for his photography of the interior and exterior of the beautiful Feadship’s Motor Yacht Savannah. One of the co-founders of Superyacht Media and has over 100 magazine covers under his belt.

Instagram

@jeffbrown.breedmedia

 

Guillaume Plisson

 Guillaume Plisson SuperYacht

Working with some of the most high-end yachts from Heesen and Lurssen in recent years, Guillaume Plisson enjoys using his vintage inspiration combined with state of the art technology.

Instagram

@guillaume_plisson

 

 

David Churchill

An award-winning photographer and co-founder of the Superyacht Creative, David Churchill has extensive experience working with some of the biggest builders in the yachting industry.

Instagram

@david.c.churchill

Stuart Pearce

 Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce’s experience with lighting and attention to detail brings out the highlights of the interior, exterior and lifestyle of yachts.

Instagram

@yacht_shot 

Alexis Andrews

 Alexis Andrews SuperYacht

Alexis Andrews is a worldwide renowned photographer, he has worked for yacht designers, shipbuilders, yacht brokers and advertising agencies delivering the best ocean photography.

Instagram

@alexis_antigua

Bonus

Yacht crew photographers that caught our eye! 

Ryan Bance

Instagram

@kingofcapetown 

A post shared by Ryan Bance (@kingofcapetown) on Feb 12, 2018 at 6:00pm PST

Youtube videos

 

India Parish

Instagram 

@travelling_notebook

 

Who are we missing from the list? Do you have any favourite SuperYacht Photographers we should add to the list, if so please get in touch with us at info@syca.co.uk 

 Interested in last years Photography trends?

 

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<![CDATA[10 Ways To Relieve Stress Onboard a Superyacht]]>Yachting is hard work - after a long day working as yacht crew, you need time to soothe your body and soul.

What are 10 ways to relieve stress onboard a superyacht?

1. Breathe

After a long day working on a superyacht, you will definitely need a step outside. Take a deep breath in the open air at deck or even off the yacht for a quick walk if you're by the docks. 

Breathe Yoga

2. Exercise

Always try to fit in sometime during the day for a workout, exercise releases a hormone called oxytocin which is triggered by working out among other activities and has an anti-stress effect. A healthy body has a healthy mind!

Superyacht Gym

3. Outdoors

Get off your superyacht and basking the ambiance of nature.

Nature Outdoors

4. Massage

We all know that stress goes out the window when you go for a massage. Whether you get one of your yacht crew onboard to give you a quick massage or even if you do it yourself - Relax those muscles, relax your mind and enjoy the massage. 

Superyacht Massage Spa

5. Disconnect

Often times we get caught in technology and forget to appreciate the small things in life. Give your phone and social media a break. Disconnect to reconnect!

Yacht Social Media

6. Family and Friends

When you have a moment off your superyacht job and aren't off exploring the world, make time to speak with your family and friends. Having a piece of home while you're away and stressed definitely puts a smile on your face.

Yacht Crew and Family

7. Reading

Throw yourself on a comfortable chair and stay away from technology. Open a beautiful book that matches your taste - worry about nothing else and get lost in your book.

Reading on a Superyacht

8. Self Improvement

We get so caught up in the world we forgot to make time for ourselves. Read a book, take up a course, learn a new hobby, anything!

'A self that goes on changing, is a self that goes on living'

Self Improvement

9. Meditate

Meditation is not for everyone, some people can't sit still for 5 minutes whereas others find peace and comfort sitting down for a few minutes. Find a quiet spot, close your eyes and release all that stress. Whether you're sitting by the docks, in a corner of a room or within nature, yachties should definitely try and see if meditation is something that helps relieve stress.

Yacht Yoga Meditation

10. Sleep

Sleep. I can't stress enough how important sleep is. Some people prefer being a busy body to relieve stress, some prefer a peaceful environment and some prefer to sleep. If this is your thing, do it - take a moment to nap and revive yourself before you're off working your yacht job.

Sleep

Email us at info@syca.co.uk if we've missed your favourite way to relieve stress! 

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<![CDATA[Why Yacht Crew Agencies Don't Reveal The Client’s Superyacht Details]]>Client confidentiality is imperative when it comes to the yachting industry. Recruitment consultants will give as much information as they can regarding the job description and the package but usually will not disclose the yacht’s information until given permission. We do try to provide as much information such as the boats program/itinerary, the size of the yacht, etc without going into specifics - again this falls under the client confidentiality agreement, much the same reason as to why your Seafarers Employment Agreement (SEA) will include a confidentiality section.

So, why don't yacht crew agencies reveal the superyacht details?

There are certain occasions the client acknowledges and confirms it’s acceptable to disclose the yacht information in which case we will pass the information along however, it also depends on the yachts contract and whether it breaches confidentiality. Specific details such as exact location can breach security of the yacht and if in the wrong hands could compromise the owners safety and security of the superyacht.

SuperYacht

There are clear guidelines in the yachting industry and how recruitment companies should operate. Superyacht recruitment companies are subject to data-protection legislation, ISO standards, MLC and more. It is important to respect the confidentiality and protect crew or vessel data, as this information could be harmful in a few different ways.

Generally, a confidentiality clause within the Terms & Conditions would have been signed between a recruitment company and a client, which vary from one company to another, however all be written in compliance to the MLC. SuperYacht Crew Agency’s Confidentiality Clause states: 

“All information kept by either party shall be received and retained with due regard for the right to privacy and the protection of confidentiality and will be subject to national laws in respect of data protection.”

Please don't hesitate to contact us at info@syca.co.uk if you're looking for more information regarding the matter or advice on how to start your career in yachting.

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<![CDATA[Latte Art Tips For Yacht Crew]]>For yacht crew who swear by coffee and want to take it to the next level, making latte art is the way to go. Let’s be honest, it looks easy but is definitely a skill you don’t get better at overnight. You can watch all the videos of how to’s but the best way to actually excel in latte art is first-hand experience.

Top four fundamentals for yacht crew creating latte art?

1. Height

The first thing you want to do is let some of the steamed milk create a base layer under the espresso before placing the foam on top to make the design, you want to avoid a tidal wave of white foam entering the cup of coffee. The idea is to start high and slow (to fill your cup with milk), then bring it down low (when you’re ready to start your surface design).

2. Position

Positioning where you drop the milk into the cup makes an impact on the style of the design - pouring off-center will create an odd snake-like line because the motion created by the milk will curl around inside but pouring consistently in the middle of your cup it will center your image as it expands outwards.

3. Flow

Pouring too much too fast may ruin the canvas so once you have started high and slow then moved over to bringing it down low – this is where finishing off the design with increased flow which will bring you towards a pretty latte!

Yacht Crew Latte Art

4. Control

Control is key. You want to be able to control your pours to get an even and consistent finish on your design, whether it’s a gentle back and forth motion when creating a rosetta or a controlled stop and start when designing a tulip.

When you’re finishing up a latte art design, raise the pitcher about two inches above the cup and finish off your design. There are many different designs you can create but the three below are the most classic latte art designs. A heart, a tulip and a rosetta.

superyacht crew latte art

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<![CDATA[The Difference Between a Job and a Career]]>The majority of people don’t see the difference between a job and a career, in our generation it is often associated with a negative connotation. People are slowly distancing themselves from what many would consider the reality of the “American dream” – meaning work hard, work young and climb your way up one of the countless ladders there is in the corporate world and one day hope to retire with enough money to live comfortably.

People think of jobs as a regular activity performed in exchange for payment, a position in which one is currently employed. Do you enjoy the work you do? Not necessarily. Did you choose this job path? Perhaps not. Are you learning and growing each day? Possibly. When you think of your job, you think of doing what you need to do in order to get by in life and survive – it’s a means to an end.

A career on the other hand could have been a chosen pursuit, a profession or occupation you are genuinely interested in. The general course or progression of one’s achievements made over time. A career is something that is thought of as long-term, you start at the bottom, work your way up over time and can be a series of different types of jobs to reach to your end goal.

The biggest difference between a job and a career is that a job is what you work at in order to make money while a career is overall working towards your goals and dreams – every decision you make takes you a step forward towards your career path.

At the end of the day, no matter how much or how little you’ve done in your life, what you do or don’t do, your regrets, the moments you cherish and everything else, it will all go by so quickly. Life is too short and if you’re unhappy with what you’re doing now, find something you do love and work towards it. Work hard and at the same time, don’t forget to enjoy life yachties!

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<![CDATA[Superyacht Planned Maintenance Systems]]>Having a Planned Maintenance System (PMS) in place is a must have onboard yachts to increase the safe and reliable running of a vessel. Spectec is top of the game when it comes to planned maintenance systems and has been for some time in the commercial sector.

IDEA

IDEA was created in 2001 by Klaus and Sebastian Allebrodt. Today, the software is in use on over 500 motor and sailing yachts of up to 147m in length. IDEA is installed as a standard by many of the most prestigious yacht builders in the world. In 2008 IDEA has been acquired by the SpecTec Group, the well-known creator, and vendor of AMOS software suite.

AMOS

Market leading software in the commercial shipping industry for years.

TRITON

Triton by Great Circle Systems was designed exclusively for superyachts.

TECHMAN – Now Hub Ware

Techman features for documentation (ISM, Safety Management Systems / Operations Guides), spare parts, inventory tracking and ordering as well as remote access for yacht management companies. Hub Ware Ltd, formerly Techman, has left its Antibes HQ and relocated to the UK.

Are we missing any other planned maintenance programs used onboard superyachts? Please let us know at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[Land Based Jobs For Superyacht Crew]]>The superyacht industry is very unique; it’s a fun and exciting career however after many years at sea and climbing the ranks as yacht crew you may wonder what is next for me? What if I want to settle down? What are my options for a life after yachting?

If you are looking for a change from ship to shore but are unsure of what the options are or if your skills acquired over the years you have spent on superyachts even transfer across to land based positions - Never fear, there are endless lists of opportunities for ex yacht crew to pursue after a life at sea on a yacht.

Life after yachting - Shore based career options for yacht crew:

1. Yacht Management

Running a superyacht is a business that often requires a management company to provide the legal, financial and administrative support required to oversee the operational aspects of the vessel. Services include HR and payroll, technical and operational support and assistance with yacht refit and maintenance plans, etc.

Yacht Management

2. Purser

You may be thinking a superyacht Pursers role is part of yacht crew onboard. However, with technology moving along and the more reliable internet and communications we now have on superyachts, its becoming more and more common for this position to turn in to a remote working role.

3. Superyacht Build Yacht Crew

Often superyacht crew can have some land based work during the build of a yacht, living out of apartments and commuting to work Monday to Friday 8-5 just like you dreamed. This is about as close to the norm as it gets for many long-term crewmembers.

Superyacht Build Yacht Crew

4. Yacht Surveying

This could be a great one for Engineers looking to transition ashore as work in the yacht surveying sector requires an excellent understanding of yacht materials and manufacturers, yacht engineering systems, yacht design and production technology and more. There are a number of distance learning Marine Surveying courses you can start while still working your yacht job. Lloyds Maritime Academy has a list of courses you can take.

5. Superyacht Broker

Brokers specialise in the sale, charter, technical service, marketing and management of superyachts.

Superyacht Broker

6. Private Villa/Estate

The UHNW individuals that own superyachts also have large teams at home, as do the very wealthy land based clients you may find yourself working for in the future. Some positions we have seen are for chefs, estate managers, nannies, stewardesses, butlers and housekeepers.

7. Superyacht Courses Instructor

As the superyacht industry continues to grow so does the demand for experienced yacht courses instructors and lecturers to teach the next generation of yacht crew coming through the ranks.

Superyacht Courses

8. Yacht Service

Agents, chandlers, and yacht provisioning.

9. Superintendent

This is a well-known commercial role and it’s only a matter of time before more and more superintendents are required for larger superyachts. A shore side technical manager who can help the Captain and Chief Engineer to organise refits and yard periods is becoming a much required role with the always increasing paperwork load needed for the running of the vessel. Monitor class survey schedules and requirements, liaising with attending class and flag surveyors.

10. Yacht Crew Consultant

Or you could always try what we at SuperYacht Crew Agency love to do, help yacht crew find a job in one of the most exciting industries out there. We are always on the lookout for experienced yacht crew recruitment consultants, social media experts and more to join our team. You can get a better idea of the positions we are always looking to fill here

Superyacht Crew Consultant

What other career options are there after yachting?

1. Personal Trainer

2. Masseuse

3. Hair Stylist

4. Beauty Therapist

5. Personal Shopper/Personal Assistant

6. Event Planner

7. Bar or Restaurant Manager

Please don't hesitate to get in touch at info@syca.co.uk if you have any questions or need advice

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<![CDATA[5 of The Best Superyacht Salty Sea Dogs]]>Superyachts and salty sea yacht dogs - there is no better combination! Especially for yacht crew who love superyachts and animals!

Here are 5 of the best superyacht salty sea dogs:

1. Atom and Humber Sanchez

These dogs often fly by private jet, accompanies footballer Alexis Sanchez while on a luxury yacht vacation and have their own Instagram to follow their luxurious adventures.

A post shared by Atom&humber (@atomhumberoficia1) on Jun 1, 2017 at 10:59am PDT

2. Bear Sackett

Bear ‘The Yacht Dog’ enjoys traveling and spending time with his family, especially onboard the 28m Broward superyacht, Picasso.

A post shared by Bear Sackett 🐶 (@bear.theyachtdog) on Jul 4, 2017 at 9:29am PDT

3. Captain Finnley

Erik Long and Captain Finnley living life onboard a yacht.

A post shared by Erik (@xanadu3) on Aug 10, 2017 at 7:13pm PDT

4. Bruce

Bruce the pitbull living his life in San Diego – enjoys sunbathing on superyachts, the ocean and his family.

A post shared by Bruce🐾 (@brucebruce_thepitty) on Sep 20, 2017 at 12:36pm PDT

5. Nessie the Westie

And of course, the team at SuperYacht Crew Agency's all time favourite salty sea yacht dog is our very own mascot - Nessie! Named after the lochness monster.

A post shared by Nessie (@nessiethewestie) on Dec 25, 2017 at 5:59am PST

If we've missed any of your favourite yacht dogs, please do send them through to info@syca.co.uk and we'd be happy to add more puppers.

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<![CDATA[Top 5 Superyacht Wreck Dives in 2017]]>Whether you are on a superyacht on your way to some of the most remote destinations in the world or you’re about to take time off your yacht job and wondering where you should head to for your next destination.

What are the top 5 superyacht wreck dives?

1. The Yongala, Australia

Claimed one of the best wreck dives in the world, the Yongala wreck is full of sea life and beautiful coral. The Yongala wreck is situated off the shore of Cape Bowling Green, Queensland.

After the SS Yongala entered a cyclone and sank in 1911, losing all 122 people onboard, the ship was only found days later – In 1981, the Yongala was officially given protection under the Historic Shipwrecks Act which states that divers are not allowed into the wreck but can expect to see marine life all around.

superyacht yongala australia

2. Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea

Whether on a superyacht or on holiday, there are plenty of areas that are well worth diving all through the Egyptian Red Sea, including Thistlegorm, a British vessel that was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941. Sunk along with the ship were a cargo of war supplies such as rifles, motorbikes, train carriages, trucks and more. Currents can be strong, different directions vary at the surface and at the wreck itself.

yacht destinationa egyptian red sea

3. President Coolidge, Vanuatu

SS President Coolidge, a large luxury liner was a troop carrier during the war and sank after hitting mines. The wreck lies on its side from 17-70m bow to stern. The ship is fully protected by law and the surrounding seabed has been designated a Marine Reserve. It’s absolutely massive and will needs a few dives to get the whole experience so take time off your yacht job and get in a few dives!

superyacht wreck dive vanuatu

4. USAT Liberty, Bali, Indonesia

The USAT Liberty is only 30m offshore and lies almost parallel to the beach – torpedoed by the Japanese Submarine I-166 in 1942. Her surroundings are amazing and full of multi coloured corals and marine life. The wreck itself is 120m long and broken up so you can’t enter but from the outside you can still see the guns, boilers, anchor chain and more. Apparently, the ship was originally the USS Liberty in 1918, then the SS Liberty and finally now the USAT (United States Army Transport) Liberty.

yacht destination indonesia

5. The Zenobia, Cyprus

The Zenobia was a roll-on-roll-off ferry which sunk in 1979, not long after she was launched. The dive starts at 16m and goes all the way down to a 42m depth which is perfect for all divers, whether you’re an beginner or an advanced diver. A large wreck indeed, taking down 120 vehicles with it and is an excellent dive – several dives are recommended for this site.

superyacht cyprus dive

6. Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon (Chuuk Lagoon)

The Fujikawa Maru was cargo ship originally built in 1938 and was requisitioned but the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II for use as an armed aircraft transport. The ship sunk in 1944 during Operation Hailstone – a naval air and surface attack launched by the United States Navy against the Japanese.

A great dive with five holds offering different finds, one of the highlights of this wreck is the massive engine room which occupies the midships area, taking up 3 floors and also features a cargo of zero fighter planes in one.

fujikawa maru truk lagoon wreck dive

superyacht chuuk lagoon

Let us know your top superyacht diving destinations for 2018 to info@syca.co.uk for our top yacht wreck dives in 2018!

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<![CDATA[5 Most Intelligent Marine Animals]]>The superyacht sea is a world full of mysterious secrets and beautiful creatures, one that still remains vastly unexplored. We all know more about the universe than our oceans and the most amazing thing about the sea is the huge diversity of life that lives within its depth. Some of these animals you may have encountered on a yacht at sea. Measuring intelligence is difficult to do because the assessment of the animals depends on what they’re being tested on and different animals have different skill sets.

What are the 5 most intelligent marine animals?

1. Sea Otter

Sea otters have not previously been fully documented but researchers are aware of how intelligent these marine mammals are. Their ability to hammer abalone shells off the rocks and crack them open is amazing by itself. They have also been observed playing basketball, stacking cups, even going into vending machines to retrieve snacks and more.

Superyacht Sea Otter

2. Dolphins

Dolphins have captivated people for decades, they’re more like us than you might suspect - they have a remarkable ability to learn and pass knowledge down to other dolphins which is a rare intelligence in the animal kingdom. For most animals, the skills needed are hard-wired into their genes and utilizing them when needed however in some cases (such as with mammals) each generation learn new necessary skills and is passed down. They have been known to help stranded people in the ocean get ashore, grieve their own dead, express different types of emotions, they are considered to be one of the most playful species and more.

Yacht Dolphins

3. Orcas

Orcas, or killer whales, have the second biggest brains among all the ocean mammals. They enjoy living among their family and friends, their social groups are quite similar to elephants and often travel together. Orcas are known to learn local dialects (speaking dolphin as an example), teach each other specialised methods of hunting and passing on behaviors and more.

Ocean orcas

4. Penguins

Penguins are independent and intelligent animals, although they tend to hide how intelligent they really are. They are known to be able to recognize themselves in the mirror, are highly capable creatures that can be trained and conditioned, they’re self-aware, loyal, communicate with each other and even form intricate communities and hierarchies in groups.

Superyacht Penguins

5. Octopus

Octopuses are known to be one of the smartest animals in the world. Their ability to change colour and texture, camouflage themselves, squirt our poison, exert a force greater than their own body weight and have a remarkably large brain. Researchers have found octopuses can navigate their way through mazes, solve problems quickly and remember these solutions for future encounter.

There have been videos of octopuses being able to escape their aquarium tanks and finding their way back to the ocean, or slipping their entire body through a tiny hole, opening jars, using shells to protect themselves from predators, they can also mimic other deadly sea creatures to scare out potential predators and more!

Have you seen any of these intelligent animals while at sea on a superyacht?

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<![CDATA[Is Dockwalking Dead?]]>Dockwalking is essentially walking along the dock where all superyachts are tied alongside, approaching each yacht and speaking to yacht crew. The overall aim is to be able to secure day work, permanent work, or simply to leave your CV and hope to eventually acquire a permanent yacht job.

superyacht dockwalking

Is Superyacht Dockwalking dead?

It used to be a simple as walking down the quay in Antibes and through the gates at the IYCA until you are faced with plenty of Superyachts to approach. However, as security is tightened and access to the public is no longer a simple process, we are finding more and more green crew or crew members in general are struggling to find jobs through dockwalking.

At SuperYacht Crew Agency we used to find that about 50% of first time jobs were found through either dockwalking or through a superyacht crew agent.

Dockwalking has been illegal in some areas for some times now, for example in the USA unless you are a US citizen or are a green card holder.

Yacht Crew Job

But don’t get discouraged and don’t limit yourself, there are plenty of other spots you can still dockwalk. The Mediterranean has many ports along the coast and most only a short journey away. So familiarize yourself with all the superyacht hubs of the world and dockwalking spots you are still allowed to look for your next yacht job.

If you are looking for more tips, check out our guide on the Do's and Don'ts of Dockwalking 

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<![CDATA[Are International Sim Cards a Thing of The Past?]]>While it’s great to take time off from your yacht job or a quick get away from your daily lives at home, it is also nice to stay in touch with family and friends during your vacation and keeping them posted on your travels. Simply letting them know you have arrived safely, a quick message or a call.

Back in the day, you would have to purchase international/global simcards before your overseas travels or purchase one locally at your destination with a data plan – you’d have to top up your phone, get a global sim or use pay phones for local calls. Do any yacht crew remember this?

With innovative technology soaring in the past 15+ years, it has become easier to stay in touch with family and friends. Being able to connect to an available Wi-Fi, which is around every corner nowadays, allows you to send a message, make a call or even a video call. Have the days of the international simcard gone? There are plenty of communication apps for smartphones now that keep you connected to your friends and loved ones.

What are the top 4 alternative ways to communicate?

1. Facebook / Facebook Messenger

Facebook has more than a billion active users and you will find majority of people use Facebook for communication. If you have the Facebook and the Facebook Messenger app, this will give you instant access to messages, calls, most recent updates and you can update your family and friends with photos or statuses as well whether you're working on a superyacht or off work. You can use Facebook either on a computer and on a smartphone.

2. WhatsApp

WhatsApp has become one of the most popular communication app especially if you are not fond of some of the other apps available such as Viber, etc. Both users must have WhatsApp on their phone in order to send messages, make calls and send photos/videos to one another. It’s great to use locally or if you’re traveling overseas as all it needs is a good Wi-Fi connection or a local data plan to get connected.

3. Skype

Skype has been a longtime favourite, it is the one communication app that has been around the longest and is still being used by many within yacht crew. It has one of the highest adoption rates worldwide when compared to any of the other apps available for overseas communication. You can send messages, send photos, make audio and video calls, play games within the app with one another and more. Skype is mainly used on your computer however you can also download the app on your phone and use the app.

4. iMessage and FaceTime

For all the iPhone users out there, Apple provides a free messaging service which they have called iMessage and free audio/video calls on FaceTime however, you must be connected to the internet in order to use these additions. The messages and calls go through to other iPhone users as a normal message or call.

Let us know if we've missed some of your favourite communication apps to use on a superyacht at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[Is There Any Room For Green Deckhands?]]>The competition for superyacht green deckhands is getting fierce. It’s no longer enough to complete your STCW, obtain your ENG1 Medical and expect to land yourself a job. Captains are looking for that little bit extra, whether it’s a skill, a background in carpentry, experience with watersports etc. There are plenty of courses and certificates you can apply for which will assist in your chances of landing a job on a superyacht.

How do I stand out as a green Deckhand from the rest of the yacht crew?

  • MCA Yacht Rating Certificate
  • RYA Day Skipper
  • Powerboat Level 2
  • Mechanical skills
  • Scuba Diving and any other water sports
  • VHF/SRC Radio Operators Certificate
  • Exterior Maintenance such as varnishing, painting, fiberglass works, carpentry skills etc.
  • Photography or Drones are great hobbies
  • Personal Trainer qualifications

superyacht deckhand

If you haven’t already, check out our guide on How To Get a Job as a Deckhand here

If you are looking for more tips and advice, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[Superyacht Crew Salaries 2017]]>How much do I make working on a superyacht?

The superyacht crew salaries listed below are a guideline. Salaries vary depending on each vessel, a candidates specific experience, training, certification, additional skills, etc. This scale can be used as an example to establishing appropriate salaries for yacht crew.

Superyacht crew salary in US Dollars per month.

 

 35 – 45m

 (115 – 150ft)

 45 – 55m

 (150 – 180ft)

 55 – 60m

 (180 – 200ft)

 60 – 70m

 (200 – 230ft)

 70m+

 (230ft+)

 

 Captain

 $7,000 –   $11,000

 $10,000 –   $15,000

 $15,000 –   $18,000

 $18,000+

 $18,000+

 Chief Engineer

 $4,500 - $8,000

 $7,200 – $8,000

 $8,000 –   $10,000

 $9,000 –   $12,000

 $12,000+

 2nd Engineer

             -

 $5,500 – $6,800

 $6,500 – $8,000

 $6,500+

 $8,000+

 3rd Engineer

             -

             -

 $3,500 – $5,000

 $3,500 –   $5,000

 $5,000+

 ETO / AVIT

             -

             -

 $5,000 – $6,500

 $6,000+

 $6,500+

 Chief Officer

 $4,000 – $6,000

 $5,000 – $7,000

 $6,700 – $8,400

 $8,000+

 $8,000+

 2nd  Officer

             -

 $4,500 – $5,500

 $6,000 – $7,500

 $6,500 –   $8,000

 $7,000+

 3rd Officer

             -

             -

             -

 $5,000 –   $6,500

 $6,500+

 Bosun

             -

 $3,000 - $6,000

 $3,000 - $6,000

 $3,000 -   $6,000

 $5,000+

 Lead Deckhand

             -

             -

             -

 $3,500 –   $4,000

 $4,000+

 Exp. Deckhand

 $2,800 - $3,400

 $2,800 – $3,400

 $3,100 – $3,900

 $3,000 –   $4,000

 $3,500+

 Junior Deckhand

 $2,000 – $3,000

 $2,000 – $3,000

 $2,000 – $3,000

 $2,000 –   $3,500

 $3,000+

 

 Purser

             -

 $5,500 - $6,500

 $6,000 – $7,500

 $7,000+

 $8,000+

 Head Chef

 $5,000 – $6,500

 $5,500 – $9,000

 $7,200 – $9,500

 $7,500+

 $8,000+

 Sous Chef

             -

 $4,000 – $5,000

 $4,400 – $5,500

 $5,500+

 $6,000+

 Crew Chef

             -

 $3,500 - $5,000

 $3,500 - $5,000

 $3,500 -   $5,000

 $5,000+

 Chief Steward(ess)

 $3,500 – $5,500

 $4,500 – $6,500

 $6,000 – $7,500

 $6,500+

 $7,500+

 Exp. Steward(ess)

 $2,800 – $3,400

 $2,800 – $3,400

 $3,100 – $3,900

 $3,100 –   $3,900

 $3,500+

 2nd Steward(ess)

 $2,500 – $4,500

 $2,500 – $4,500

 $2,500 – $4,500

 $2,500 –   $4,500

 $4,500+

 Junior Steward(ess)

 $2,000 – $3,000

 $2,000 – $3,000

 $2,000 – $3,000

 $2,000 –   $3,000

 $3,000+

What else do I need to know about superyacht crew salaries?

  • Yacht salaries vary and changes without notification.
  • Every yacht is different and may pay your monthly wages in an alternative currency (Euros, USD, etc).
  • Unless otherwise stated in your Seafarers Employment Agreement (SEA), most superyachts will provide health insurance.
  • Majority of yachts will provide food, basic toiletries, uniforms, laundry, transportation and other onboard expenses.
  • Yacht crew schedules vary on each vessel however, four to six weeks paid holiday per year and five to six day work week is standard unless the yacht is on charter or if you're on a rotational schedule.

Superyacht Crew Salaries

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<![CDATA[Seabin Project Update]]>The oceans cover 71% of the world’s surface and they are a valuable supply to all living creatures – without water, no life on earth is possible. Even when the society endeavors to properly dispose of plastic waste, yearly between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic waste still enters the ocean.

What is the Seabin Project?

The Seabin Project was introduced in 2015, the overall concept was a floating natural fibre garbage bin that can pull in ocean pollutants and leave the water clean. Our world’s ocean is full of floating waste and plastic not only pollutes our natural ecosystem but pose a severe threat to our inhabitants.

 

The creators of the Seabin are two Australian surfers, Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton, who have created and successfully installed the world’s first production Seabin in the UK. They needed help making its concept a reality and finally raised enough funds to distribute their marine disposal units worldwide. The Seabin is a combination of a large natural fibre net and a dock-based pump which only collects debris floating on top of the water and sucks in surface oils, ensuring fish are unharmed.

According to the Times, the Seabin has been installed nearby the base of the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team. BAR team is known for its attempt to bring the America’s Cup back to the United Kingdom and at the same time also interested in reducing its environmental impact. They will oversee the Seabin as it filters around the protected cages of over 1,000 oysters near its pontoon.

Each of Seabins marine disposal unit can collect about 1.5kg of waste a day and hold up to 12kg until it’s full; which equals to around 20,000 plastic bottles or 83,000 plastic bags a year.

Now that they are slowly expanding, other places are wanting to give the Seabin a go. The Seabin will officially go on sale this month and will cost around £3,000 ($3,957).

Whether you’re a recreational diver, into water sports, superyacht crew, a yachtie or just a lover of the ocean, we can all participate in little things to live greener and protect our planet.

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<![CDATA[How Yacht Crew Can Help Hurricane Victims]]>Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane at its peak, causing catastrophic destruction throughout the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Florida – damaging homes, buildings and multiple fatalities with flooding and wind gusts over 215 mph. It is considered the strongest hurricane in Atlantic ever reordered, then followed by Hurricane Maria two weeks later. The devastation to roads, harbours and airports significantly hindered the transportation and distribution of relief supplies. Millions left without power, homes and possessions lost and face severe food and water shortages. Local and foreign/international charities have set up relief funds to help those that have been affected by the hurricane. Here’s a list of how you can donate and help the hurricane victims.

Volunteer

American Red Cross

If you’re close to the affected areas and are willing to lend a helping hand, the American Red Cross are looking for volunteers to assists in coordinating relief effort. You will be assisting with the shelters serve the community, unloading supplies, setting up emergency stations and comforting those in need. Areas that are looking for volunteers are Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Virginia.

YachtAid Global

YachtAid Global is an American based charity specific for the yachting community and is looking for help. The three main ways you can help are donating, transporting aid and sponsorship. You can transport goods and supplies if yacht owners have volunteered their vessel and services to shift goods to the affected areas or close by. YAG also customizes sponsorship packages for specific locations - the sponsorship packages can include a donation, provision of supplies and goods, and on site volunteering.

‘Dedicated to providing unified disaster relief and humanitarian aid to coastal communities.’

Donate

USA

US Virgin Island Relief Fund

Virgin Unite BVI Community Support Appeal

Waitt Institute

UK

Britiѕh Red Cross

INTERNATIONAL

Oxfam

Unicef

Save The Kids

CARE International

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<![CDATA[5 Tips To Becoming a Wine Connoisseur]]>If wine is your go to drink and you are looking to kick it up a notch and learn a thing or two about the wines you purchase, or if you are preparing for a trip to enjoy some of the world’s best wine testing, here are a few short steps that will ensure you become a wine connoisseur!

Acquiring The Taste

Wine-tasting professionals have developed a method of categorizing wines by more in-depth tastes. So developing your palate to get used to the taste and smell of wine is an essential step. Most wines are depicted as off-dry, dry, sweet or fruity. After tasting at least 5 difference wines (Pinto Grigio, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Merlot or Malbec) your mouth will start to recognize the different taste and feelings from each.

Comparing Flavours and Smells

Once you have tried a few different wines, choose the ones you enjoyed most and try testing your sense of smell by closing your eyes. The glass is tenderly moved around, empowering the release of fragrances from the wine. You will be able to identify subtle distinctions for each and will help you recognize which one you are trying. With practice, this is where the professionals gulp and mix their wine which allows more precise and continuous tasting. If you can master comparing flavours and smells, you are half way there.

Reading

As with everything, reading and becoming as well informed as possible is key – same comes with becoming a wine connoisseur.  Read books about how wines are made, different types of grapes used, grapes from different regions of the world, or how the age of wine affects its flavour. This will give you a better understanding of the quality of wines and appreciate their taste.

Taking Risks

It is important to add as much variety to the wines you have tasted, whether they’re the most expensive wines, trying less known wines or taking risks and trying bolder ones will also assist in developing a better taste. There are so many wines out there and the best way to find out your preferred wines and to better appreciate their taste is to step out of your comfort zone and try new wines.

Pairing Wine with Food

Now that you have tested all sorts of wines and starting to recognize each smell, the grapes and even regions of where they’re from - It is time to pair the right wine with the right food. You have your basic pairs which you probably have heard of by now: red wine goes with red meats, white wines goes with seafood and a few white meats. However, the most important part is experimenting different types of wine with different foods to discover your personal favourites. Wine should accompany the food and not overpower the taste of it.

Your journey to becoming a wine connoisseur has only just begun - Make sure you read up, go wine tasting, experiment and even take up a class!

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<![CDATA[7 Superyachts That Are Heading In The Right Direction]]>As more and more Superyachts are being built with an ever-growing list of amenities such as swimming pools with waterfalls, shape-shifting exteriors that add extra space, a section for golf, the list goes on. It is easy to forget the harm it does to our planet however there are a few superyachts out there and ones to be built which are more ecofriendly than the rest. Whether it is to harness such technologies as solar energy, or a more efficient way to reduce fuel. Here are 7 superyachts that are heading in the right direction.

Motor Yacht Savannah

An 83.5m M/Y launched in 2015 by Feadship. She uses the Dutch yard’s pioneering Breath propulsion system which has five operation modes from diesel and diesel-electric combinations to complete electric. Savannah’s power comes from a 30-tonne lithium-ion battery bank capable of holding a whopping amount of electricity, a million watts. Even if she is in diesel mode, because of its dynamic steel hull shape and aluminum superstructure, Savannah stays efficient with a 30 per cent lower fuel consumption than other motor yachts.

Motor Yacht Ice

Custom built by Lurssen Yachts in 2005 and refitted in 2008, Ice (originally known as Air) is a 90m M/Y and is one of the most technical up-to-date yachts. First yacht in the world to be fitted with Azipods, low emissions, low vibrations because of its diesel-electric generators supplying power to two azimuth thrusters, low sound levels and as green and environmentally friendly as possible.

Motor Yacht Safira

A 39m custom expedition yacht built in 2013 by Newcastle and recently refitted in 2015. This luxury yachts exterior design and engineering are the works of Sparkman & Stephens and its interior built from reclaimed, recycled or remnant materials. MY Safira runs on 15 per cent biodiesel with a reduced carbon footprint, more environmentally friendly and still as luxurious as any other yacht.

Sail Yacht Rainbow

SY Rainbow is the first J Class yacht with hybrid power and uses diesel-electric propulsion. A 40m sloop sail yacht with a displacement hull built in 2012 by Holland Jachtbouw. The yachts beautifu interior has been designed by deVosdeVries design and was last refitted in 2016. Another great environmentally friendly yacht with its batteries able to charge while sailing and will cruise in battery-only mode for up to three hours.

Motor Yacht Dorothea III

A 45m Marco Polo Series expedition MY built by Choey Lee in 2007. With a unique olive-coloured hull MY Dorothea 3 has a single engine and thruster/backup power arrangement that results in low fuel consumption. She accommodates up to 8 guests and is capable of carrying up to 10 yacht crew onboard, all enough to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience without having too much guilt.

Sail Yacht Mirabella III

This 41m sail yacht was custom built in 1994 by Concorde Yachts, previously known as Mirabella 3 of London, and last refitted in 2010 by Master Yachts. She has an impressive leisure and entertainment facility, one of which includes an onboard driving range, carrying biodegradable golf balls that turn into fish food and the grey water treatment is state-of-the-art. The yacht also gathers ocean date to assist with conservation studies.

Sail Yacht Ethereal

A 58m custom SY built by Royal Huisman in 2009. The world’s first hybrid superyacht built to combine innovative eco-friendly technologies with classic luxury. The yacht has an electro-mechanical propulsion system that runs on rechargeable batteries – Ethereal is capable of a top speed of 17 knots and comfortably cruises at 10 knots when powered by her engines stored energy which allows her to run for an extended period of time, while lighting and appliances are energy-efficient. A beautifully elegant style with modern design features that ensure top quality yachting experience.

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<![CDATA[Staying Healthy on a Superyacht - 20 Superfoods For Yacht Crew]]>It’s easy to get side tracked with your health and fitness when working on a superyacht. Working long hours with a busy schedule, you find yourself looking forward to relaxing or head for a night out. It is important to keep up with your superfoods which boost health, strength and your well-being. Which isn’t too hard on a yacht given the endless amount of goodies on board.

While superfoods aren’t a quick fix and give you instant muscles like popeye, incorporating them into your diet will help you create a healthier lifestyle in the long run. Superfoods is a label which identifies food that area extra rich in nutrients and they all contain large doses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and more. When it comes to health, food choices and fitness always go hand in hand, and a balanced lifestyle is key.

Here are 20 superfoods you can try adding to your meal or snacks.

Blueberries

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and help eliminate free radicals that damage cells in your body. They’re naturally sweet so perfect for a sweet fix and also assist regulate blood sugar levels.

Green Tea

Green Tea also contains a large amount of antioxidants, even in just one cup. They have multiple benefits in boosting your health, some of which are reducing the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s, as well as increasing brain cognitive ability and function.

Spinach

This is another green superfood commended for its health advantages. It’s nutrition reaches around most of the body from bone strength and eye health to the immune system and brain function. It surprisingly contains omega-3 fatty acids and a concentrated amount of essential vitamins.

Quinoa

A great alternative to rice, it contains all the nine essential amino acids our bodies can’t naturally produce and is packed with protein.

Eggs

These are packed with vitamins and minerals but it’s the amount of protein that makes eggs a superfood, containing 9 essential amino acids along with iron, selenium, vitamin A and all the B vitamins.

Almonds

Almonds are highly nutritious containing a great amount of calcium, potassium, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and phosphorous. Make sure you eat them in moderation as a handful will provide plenty of what you need.

Kale

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol and quercetin. It is high in antioxidant content and provides plenty health benefits.

Lentils

A great source of fibre and protein, lentils also boost your body functions including regulating blood sugar levels, lowering bad cholesterol and reducing risk of heart disease.

Avocados

Avocados are great for you, although should be eaten in moderation as it is extremely high in fat, also rich in potassium, folate and fibre. These superfoods promote good blood flow as well as lowering blood pressure, when eaten with other healthy foods, avocados help speed up nutrient-absorption in the body.

Walnuts

Similar to almonds, walnuts are particularly beneficial and in moderation can boost energy levels due to rich amounts of iron, manganese and zinc. Great for the skin and lowers blood pressure because they’re high in vitamin E and antioxidants.

Salmon

Salmon is best known for containing high omega-3 fatty acids and a regular portion of salmon can do wonders for your brain. Also contains peptides and high anti-inflammatory properties and they’re delicious raw, cooked or baked.

Sweet potato

An excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, fibre and more. They are delicious steamed, baked or mixed with other foods. Because of their god source of magnesium, it is meant to be a great relaxation and anti-stress mineral.

Goji Berries

Goji berries are now widely popular because of its 18 amino acids making them high in protein and is meant to help with muscle function and boosting your nervous system. Goji berries contain vitamin B2, vitamin C, vitamin A, selenium, iron, and other antioxidants.

Pomegranates

A great source of fibre along with its wide variety of health benefits. Pomegranate and its unique ruby-red jewel-like seeds have always been utilized for medicinal purposes for a large number of years. Pomegranates are said to be quite effective against heart disease, hypertension, inflammation and some cancer diseases.

Turmeric

Turmeric contains a high concentration or curcumin, an antioxidant, and has powerful medicinal properties. Adding this spice to your dishes will definitely be a huge benefit.

Beetroot

Beetroot is rich in purple colour and is a great source of folate and iron. High in antioxidants and is said to assist in reducing hypertension, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.

Broccoli

This superfood is rich in Vitamin C and K. Broccoli is also a great source of folate, potassium, fibre and protects the body from damaging free radicals.

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are versatile to include to our meals. They are rich in good fats which would help to balance hormones, promotes cardiovascular health and a potent source of magnesium. These seeds are full of wonders.

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds have no become a very popular superfood because they contain plenty of antioxidants and is a great source of omega-3, protein and fibre. It does wonders to your health, try adding them to your shakes or yogurt bowl.

Flaxseed

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed has god fats that have shown to have heart-healthy effects. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods and similar to chia seeds, this can also be a great addition to your yogurt bowl or foods.

We all love a naughty treat or two and a great first step into making healthier choices is substituting these treats to more raw food choices. Being mindful of where your food comes from and asking yourself exactly what it is your eating will make a difference and is a good habit to adopt. Eliminating and switching to superfoods isn’t as hard as you think, so whether you’re on your yacht job working or out and about, you can freely add these to your meals in little portions or more. It is also more common for restaurants nowadays to offer them or add them onto their menus which make it easier for yacht crew.

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<![CDATA[Top 5 IOS Apps For Yacht Crew Working Towards Their Officer Of The Watch (OOW) Ticket]]>Here are the best applications for Yacht Crew who are studying towards their Officer Of The Watch (OOW) Certificate of Competency (CoC).

Navigation Rules Pro

Navigation Rules app Pro has everything in our popular Navigation Rules app plus an additional 100 pages of content. Navigation Rules Pro contains a complete copy of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGS), including amendments and the Inland Navigation Rules, in effect for all inland waters, including the Great Lakes.

   

ColRegs: Rules of the Road

 

The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, better known as Colregs, were published by the IMO in 1972, and have since been adopted by 155 states representing 98.7 per cent of the tonnage of the world's merchant fleets.

This app now comes with new Maritime Geography and Introduction to Radar modules included as well! The rules are presented here in bite-sized chunks, with audio.

   

Marine Rules & Signals

The reference guide to rules and signals at sea. Part of a series of Marine Navigation apps, Rules & Signals is a useful tool for sailors, fishermen, surfers and people involved in sea water sports. The Imray Marine Navigation reference products are intended for quick reference and learning.

Beautifully illustrated with diagrams and short, clear text. Remind yourself quickly about a rule or light, or learn at home, traveling or in the winter while planning your trips.

   

Nautical Chart Symbols & Abbreviations

Symbols used on nautical charts specified by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), plus international abbreviations and supplementary national symbols used by the U.S. and U.K.

The application consists of 5 main sections, each with sub-sections organized into categories to guide users through the hundreds of symbols. The main sections are below.

   

Freds Oral Prep Quiz

 

This app is designed for all grades - from Deckhand to Officer of the Watch to Master, and covers the syllabus from A-Z. Simple and easy to use quizzes for the Maritime/Superyacht Industry.

   

Freds oral prep course also has a home study app which could be ideal for those who wish to go it alone of possibly do some pre-study before your course. Click here

Get yourself prepared for your next yacht job!

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<![CDATA[6 Ways To Help Clean Up The Ocean]]>The oceans cover 71% of the world’s surface and they are a valuable supply to all living creatures – without water, no life on earth is possible. Even when the society endeavors to properly dispose of plastic waste, yearly between 4 and 12 million metric tons of plastic waste still enters the ocean.

Whether you’re a recreational diver, into water sports, a yachtie or just a lover of the ocean, we can all participate in little things to live greener and protect our planet. A few changes yacht crew can make in our daily habits can have a vast effect and help conserve the ocean. These are a few ways you can help in saving our planet.

Reducing Your Use of Plastic Products

Whether you’re at home, traveling or working away on your yacht job, one way to begin is by reducing your particular utilization of single-use plastics. Plastics end up as ocean debris which adds to the destruction of the ocean surroundings and the marine wildlife. Look into investing in reusable water bottles, store food in non-disposable plates, avoid straws and takeout utensils, bring your own reusable bag when shopping etc. Recycle items that can be recycled, this helps keep them out of the ocean and reduces ‘new’ plastic.

Avoid Products That Exploit Marine Life

Some products contribute to harming delicate coral reefs and marine populations. Abstain from buying coral jewelry, shark products, cosmetics containing traces of mammals etc.

Help Take Care of The Beach

Whether you enjoy water sports or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself and keep a look out for trash around the area as well. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife. Different establishments and organizations are fighting to keep the oceans clean and save our marine wildlife. Consider donating or volunteering for hands-on work or support as these little acts have a major effect in helping clean up our oceans.

Organic Products

Chemicals such as pesticides and various cleaning products etc., enter our oceans and waterways through our sewer systems which then affect hundreds of marine species. Look into purchasing organic products if possible.

Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices

Global fish populations are quickly being depleted because of demand, loss of living space, and unsustainable fishing practices. When purchasing products or eating out, help reduce the interest for overexploited species by picking seafood that is both healthful and sustainable – choose wisely so you don’t end up with an endangered species on your plate.

Spread The Word, Create Awareness

Create awareness in what is happening with the world’s seas and what can be done to make a change. All life on earth is associated with the sea and its inhabitants. The more you educate yourself on the global issues, the more you will be eager to assist in ensuring its health so spread the word and let’s help keep our oceans clean!

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<![CDATA[Stunning Game of Thrones Filming Locations]]>SuperYacht Crew Bucket List

Can Game of Thrones get any more exciting, thrilling and wonderful? With 6 seasons done, this story of betrayal and drama of noble families has taken over the minds and hearts of millions of people around the world. With almost 1200 or more deaths which have taken over the past 6 seasons, Game of Thrones has managed to stay on one of the top loved and watched TV series. The story line and definitely the punch in it, that is carried by the characters is amazing but the locations play a larger than life role in making Game of Thrones one of the best. The breathtakingly stunning locations where game of Thrones is filmed are worth praise and adoration. One cannot help but fall in love with the beauty in which the series have been filmed. Here is a list of the stunning filming locations of Game of Thrones.

Spain

Dragonstone: San Juan De Gaztelugatxe

Dragonstone San Juan De Gaztelugatxe Super Yacht

The rocky beach that you see too often in Game of Thrones is better known as Itzurun. The so called “Dragonstone”is located Spain’s northern coastline: Gaztelugatxe, a small islet off the coast of Biscay, which is connected to the mainland by a winding, manmade bridge used for Daenerys’ ancestral home of Dragonstone.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, whose name means “castle rock” in Basque (“gaztelu” = castle + “aitz” = rock), is a definite “must” if you are visiting the Basque Country. It is an island located just off the shore along the Bay of Biscay, 35 km east from Bilbao. Unfortunately there is no impressive Castle as the Drangonstone itself was all CGI however it does feature a tiny church on its highest point.

If you go up the coast, you will come to see San Sebastian which is Europe’s most famous food lover’s city. If you are a foodie by heart and soul then you need to visit this place too. The Game of Thrones fan can never forget the San Juan De Gaztelugatxe. This is topped by the hermitage and is connected to the mainland through a path. You can easily visit this too as it is towards the west of Zumaia. It is near to the city of Bilbao. This is yet another amazing and beautiful place but sadly, it does not get a lot of tourists.

"Go Visit the Mother of Dragons"

Croatia

Kings Landing - Dubrovnik

Kings Landing Dubrovnik Super Yacht Crew

Season 2 of Games of Thrones was filmed in Croatia and Iceland. The Croatian Port was used several times for the outdoor scenes filming of King’s Landing. The scenic medieval walls were a perfect pick for King’s Landing and nothing could have met the requirements as this beautiful place did. A lot of other locations in Croatia were also used in Game of Thrones. For example, the Qarth and Slaver’s Bay was also filmed in Croatia.

 

Iceland:

Beyond the Wall - Hverfjall

Beyond the Wall Hverfjall Winter Superyacht Crew Travel

In Iceland, the filming for the Night’s Watch expedition was held in the national parks of this place. This was done on actual glaciers of Iceland which made the scenes breath taking. The filming took place in these two amazing places and their different locations till season 5 of Games of Thrones.

Ireland

Dark Hedges

 

Dark Hedges Ireland Game of Thrones Road Trip

The Dark Hedges, which have long been one of the most photographed attractions in Northern Ireland, The iconic Beech trees represented the King's Road in the first episode of the second season of Thrones, as Arya Stark, who had escaped from King's Landing disguised as a boy, travelled through the Hedges with other characters to join the Night's Watch.

The Hedges on Bregagh Road near Ballymoney was voted as one of the top 10 best Road trips.

Paint Hall Studios in Belfast:

GOT Set Belfast Yacht

This is more of a filming headquarters for Game of Thrones. This lies in the Northern Ireland. Majority of the interior sets of GOT are located here. For example, the Red Keep sets, The Great Sept of Baelor and the Iron Throne. We also have Castle Black in Northern Island which is an amazing on location filming place for Game of Thrones.

 

Malta

Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Finale: Remember, Remember, the Great Sept of Baelor!

 Great Sept of Baelor Game of Thrones Finale

 

The Azure Window, Gozo – Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen’s Wedding

Kayak Azure Window Gozo Yacht Crew

Any Yacht Crew fancies a Kayak or Paddleboard through this Instagram ready backdrop?

  

A lot of other places were used as the filming locations for Game of Thrones. The epic journey of 6 seasons of this TV series have had immense locations wrapped up within it. From different places in Malta from season 1 to Croatia, Iceland, Morocco, Spain and Dome, along with a lot of other locations; this eye catching series has taken the world by its great beauty and story plot. The above mentioned locations are only some of the most remarkable places that we have seen in the 6 seasons of Game of Thrones. The 7th season is also taking everyone by storm and it is not wrong to admit that it is greater than ever!

Season 7 Finale Coming soon! Winter is Here!

 

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<![CDATA[20 Tips For Your First Season in Yachting]]>Is your first season coming up soon? Here are 20 helpful tips for yachties new to the superyacht industry.

1. Manage your banking and financials before you land a job on a superyacht.

2. Do your homework on the seasons, revamp your CV, prepare your references and any visas if needed, register online with yacht crew recruitment agencies and start the search for your first yacht job.

3. Always have an updated CV with you.

4. Learn the superyacht lingo.

5. Observe, work hard and learn fast.

6. Never turn down an opportunity to do daywork, it could open up future employment on yachts.

7. Don’t complain. Stay honest and proactive.

8. Make sure you have a decent laptop or phone to stay in contact with family and friends back home.

9. Never gossip about yacht crew, guests, owners and captains.

10. If you open it, close it, if you use it, put it back, if you finish it, replace it.

11. When living and working on a superyacht, all the littles things are the big things.

12. Stay clean, drug free and always presentable.

13. Keep your language and the soles of your feet clean.

14. Be aware and alert of your surroundings, whether on the yacht or the neighboring yachts. Anticipate weather, guests’ needs, potential hazards, etc. It is always best to be prepared.

15. Network; introduce yourself and meet fellow yachties, socialise and grow your network in the yachting industry.

16. Be positive, punctual and always professional.

17. Look after your health and weight as you can easily get carried away with all the food and drinks!

18. Personal hygiene and cooking hygiene.

19. Superyachts allow you to live and work with virtually zero living costs. Take this opportunity to save or pay debt, if any.

20. Appreciate the great moments (sunsets at anchor, the food, watching the Grand Prix, traveling) because life is short.

If you have any questions, looking to apply for a job or needing advice from the team at SuperYacht Crew Agency, please free feel to contact us at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[SYCA's Top 10 Instagram Accounts]]>SuperYacht Crew Agency has compiled a list of our top 10 Instagram accounts of 2017, showing the luxury and beauty both the superyacht industry and nature has to offer. Yacht crew who live the life, love it and working it!

Luxury Water Toys - @luxurywatertoys

‘High-end company offering retail sales, services and personalised solutions for exclusive water sports.’

SuperYacht Times - @superyachttimes

Can you name the yacht and destination? Photo by J-Pierre Bammatter

A post shared by SuperYachtTimes (@superyachttimes) on Aug 2, 2017 at 4:27am PDT

‘Superyacht Times is the database, mediabank and news source for the superyacht industry. The leading website and newspaper for superyachts.’

Boat International - @boatinternational

‘The global authority in superyachting, celebrating the yachts and the life that comes with them.’

SuperYacht World - @superyachtworld

‘The global magazine for superyacht owners’

SuperYacht Fan - @superyachtfan

About superyachts, superyacht owners, private jets and private jet owners.’

The Yacht Guy - @theyachtguy

Your Monday Motivation Photo by @theyachtguy

A post shared by TheYachtGuy® (@theyachtguy) on Aug 14, 2017 at 8:21am PDT

‘Your daily dose of yachts and the yachting lifestyle.’

The Yacht Stewardess - @theyachtstewardess

The life of a yacht stewardess by Sabrina Nogueira.

SuperYachtStore - @superyachtstore

‘SuperYacht Luxury Toys & lifestyle’

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<![CDATA[What is Port State Control?]]>Port State Control, also known as PSC, is the foreign ship inspection that takes place in various national ports. The reason why it was created is to investigate compliance with the requirements of international conventions, such as SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, and the MLC.

It’s crucial to have Port State Control for a SuperYacht as it assures you that the vessel is safely manned properly, while having the best maintenance and conditions. Meeting these IMO requirements is very important for all vessels, regardless of their size.

Is the Port State Control necessary?

Although the Port State Control was designed as a state implementation backup flag, time has shown that this type of checkup can be very efficient. Since a ship that goes to port in a country will most likely visit other countries as well, it’s a lot easier to perform a Port State Control one time as it will offer a better coordination. This will also help prevent multiple inspections and the costs will be lower as a result.

Not only does this offer a great way to inspect multiple ships, but at the same time it also helps avoid any potential delays that might appear from unnecessary inspections. Although flag state inspection is still the most important, the Port State Control inspection is a very good safety net. A lot of low par ships can be caught this way.

The Port State Control will check if the vessel is operated according to the international laws at first. The Port State Control (PSC) will also verify the ship master competency, the competency of his officers and the overall equipment and ship condition.

If a ship doesn’t comply with the rules, the Port State Control can issue a detention. In 2017 alone, 683 ship detentions were issued by the Paris memorandum of understanding (PMU) due to a wide range of reasons. This included things like hardware deficiencies, crew deficiencies and so on. According to the Port State Control Officer (PSCO) courses of action, there are deficiencies which can be rectified in 14 days due to minor infractions, while others can be rectified whenever the ship will arrive at the next port. However, the Port State Control can also state deficiencies that need to be rectified before the ship will depart that port. It all comes down to the situation and changes can be issued on the fly based on that.

Port State Control detention criteria

Usually, a detention is issued when the ship is seen as unsafe. The inspectors will have to create a list with all the deficiencies before the ship will be able to sail once again. The deficiencies you can find here include crew certification, maritime security, ship safety, working and living conditions as well as management or operational tasks depending on the situation. These are a major concern for the PSCO and every ship has to address them in order to get the best results and stay safe. The Port State Control has to be issued for all ships, from boats to superyachts and it’s very important since it offers a great insight into a ships state.

Port State Control - SuperYachts

Its not only the commercial world that can be audited at any time, A Port State Control Officer can board a SuperYacht when he/she likes. Safety, security, environmental protection and seafarer welfare are the main areas of interest. The Management Company and Captain are responsible to ensure the SuperYacht is always ready or Port State InspectionEligibility of Superyachts to port state control.

Superyacht Inspection

Top 5 Port State Control Deficiencies 2017

1. ISM

2. Fire Doors

3. Nautical Publications

4. Charts

5. Voyage or Passage Plan

 

For more information, visit Lloyd's Register

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<![CDATA[What is a Flag State?]]>What is a Flag State? When Superyacht owners are looking to build a new yacht, they must register their superyacht to a country of their choice. The decision of choosing a flag state is mainly influenced by tax regimes and proposed usage, along with exposure to liability and boarding, vessel’s success as a commercial yacht, safety etc.

 

There are different advantages of choosing a flag state however the majority of superyachts are registered in the Cayman Islands and the Marshall Islands. A flag state is the country or government entity under whose laws a vessel is registered or licenced – they will generally require a yacht to be in compliance with standards set forth by one or more of the main classification societies such as Lloyd’s Register. Each flag state has its own manning requirements and has the authority to enforce regulations over vessels registered under its flag and carry out inspection ensuring the vessel is meeting safety and practice standards.

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<![CDATA[The Best Superyacht Gym 2017]]>Working on a Superyacht takes up most of your time, especially during charters or boss trips but there is no need to ditch your health and fitness altogether! Here are some of the world’s best superyacht gyms perfect for owners, guests and yacht crew.

Luxury Superyacht Gym's:

1. Quattroelle

This spacious superyacht gym onboard M/Y Quattroelle was designed by the fastest man on earth – Usain Bolt.

 yacht gym superyacht quattroelle

2. Cloudbreak

This 73m explorer yacht has a fully stocked superyacht gym with an ocean view – kettlebells, bikes, a treadmill and space for yoga.

 superyacht gyms yacht cloudbreak

3. Alfa Nero

Situated on the top deck of the yacht, enjoy some of the best views during a workout on motor yacht Alfa Nero's superyacht gym.

 best superyacht gym

4. Ulysses

In addition to the ever so beautiful motor yacht Ulysses with all its superyacht toys and gadgets, the superyacht gym comes equipped with dumbbells, a bench, exercise bikes, treadmills and a rowing machine.

superyacht ulysses best yacht gym

5. Musashi

The superyacht gym on motor yacht Musashi is adjustable to different weather conditions, both indoor and outdoor with a simple sliding glass wall and fold-down platform to change its scenery.

 luxury superyacht gyms

6. Iron Man

Fully equipped with Technogym’s finest, you can expect nothing less than an impressive superyacht gym space from yacht Iron Man.

 finest superyacht gym

Are we missing a beautiful Superyacht gym from our list? Let us know.

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<![CDATA[5 SuperYacht Shows You Don't Want to Miss]]>Cannes Yachting Festival, September 12-17

http://www.cannesyachtingfestival.com/

Monaco Yacht Show, September 27-30

http://www.monacoyachtshow.com/

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 2-6

http://www.showmanagement.com/fort_lauderdale_international_boat_show/event/

Antigua Charter Yacht Show, December 4-10

https://www.antiguayachtshow.com/

Thailand Yacht Show, December 14-17

http://www.thailandyachtshow.com/

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<![CDATA[Why Social Media Matters to Yacht Crew?]]>Social Media is a key player in the job search process in the SuperYacht industry.

Sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ allows potential employers to get a glimpse of who you are outside the confines of your CV and interview stages.

Most yacht crew looking for work are active on social networking sites on a daily basis because it offers them the opportunity to learn about yachts they’re interested about, the latest courses, events, etc. To sell yourself for yacht jobs to employers seeking yacht crew. A chance to connect with fellow yachties, potential future employers and superyacht crew agencies.

So, does your social media accounts matter? Yes. Captains, Yacht management and/or crew agencies use social networks as part of the screening process for potential candidates to evaluate your character and personality. A few reasons behind social media research is that employers can get a good idea of whether or not a candidate is a good fit for the current crew, learning about his or her qualifications, whether the candidate has the ability to present themselves professionally and their hobbies and interests.

The upside of employers screening your profiles is that they’re also looking for information that could be advantageous to your application, whether it’s similar interests with the current yacht crew, personality, qualifications, etc.

If you’re new to the yachting industry or a seasoned yachties, focus on building a strong social network and do a good job representing your skills and experiences. If you choose to share content publicly make sure it’s working to your advantage, it’s best to avoid anything that could potentially be viewed by an employer as unprofessional such as displaying poor communication, bad mouthing previous employers, making discriminatory comments and instead focus on sharing content that highlights your accomplishments, qualifications and of course, be yourself.

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<![CDATA[Is SuperYacht Crew Rotation The Answer?]]>Superyacht crew rotation has been asked for more than ever before in the yachting industry. As the yachting sector grows and are more accepting towards rotational roles, yacht crew often wonder if they will ever land a supreyacht rotation role. The million dollar question is..

Is Superyacht Crew Rotation The Answer?

While rotational yacht crew schedules have been the norm in the commercial shipping industry for years, it is only just recently being accepted as a standard in the private sector of superyachts. One may wonder why a rotational schedule would be the best choice for both an income generating commercial vessel as well as a recreational private vessel. The benefits of running a ship under a rotational crew schedule go beyond affecting just the functions of a commercial ship and are truly the best practices for any ship on the water.

There are cost increases incurred with hiring two people to cover a single position. This is to be expected, the costs of replacing crew members due to burn out and the costs of training their replacements to approach the proficiency and skill level of the departed crew member go far beyond the costs of implementing a rotational schedule.

Superyacht Crew Rotation

Not only could it be an issue that costs tens to hundreds of thousands in repairs to your yacht, but a serious issue could put the very sea-worthiness of your ship at risk, or even put your life or the lives of your crew members in danger. Even the less serious of issues can be extremely expensive and how much cheaper the cost of prevention is when compared to the cost of repair or replacement of a crew or vessel.

By implementing a rotating schedule for your crew members, you are maximizing your chances of retaining those crew members. The longer you are able to retain the same crew members, the more knowledge and experience they gain on your particular vessel, the more value they have on the ship itself. It is that knowledge and experience that will bring you a return on the investment that you’d made in the form of the added cost of a rotational schedule.

The situation for private superyacht crews are improving due to this change towards accepting rotational crew schedules. In addition to that, situations for superyacht owners are improving as well due to the minimization of risk and the reaping of the benefits brought about by implementing crew rotations.

Yacht Crew

If you and your partner are looking for more information on rotational positions, have a look at our 'Couples Rotation' or let us know what your thoughts are on rotational yacht positions at info@syca.co.uk 

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Most Expensive Cigars in the World]]>Ever wondered what the 10 most expensive cigars are in the world? As anyone who regularly smokes cigars can tell you, the hobby is not a cheap one! SuperYacht Crew Agency wanted to create a list of the world’s top 10  most expensive cigars – in no particular order.

1. Gurkha Black Dragon is one of the most expensive cigar in the world. The cigar is 8.5 inches long and only a few packs are made each year. One cigar costs $1,150 and almost $115,000 for the whole box.

2. Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve will cost you around $750 per each cigar and people waited in line for this. These cigars are high standard, one of a kind and they come with a great Connecticut Maduro Wrapper and a 12-year-old Dominican filler and binder.

3. Cohiba Behike is 7.5 inches long and 52 inches in ring size. It was first released in 2006 and has been re-released as a different blend. They are considered very premium and is popular because of its taste and packaging.

4. Fuente Don Arturo AnniverXario is a great cigar of close to $78 apiece. You can end up paying no less than $7500 for a package of 46 sticks.

5. Louixs produced by the Goldwin Metropolitan Company, these cigars are a six inch by sixty ring gauge size in Rosado wrappers. These cigars have lovely hints of cocoa and spice.

6. The Padron Serie 1926 80 years was blended to celebrate the establishment and the founder, Jose Orlando Padron. These cigars come with both Maduro and natural wrappers which you can purchare in boxes of eight or as a single stogie.

7. Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF is definitely a collector’s item, created by Arturo Fuente, a staple on the cigar industry. These great cigars are high in demand and are difficult to find. The cigar has the initials BBMF on them due to the seven inch size!

8. The Cohiba Esplendidio is a renowned Cuban cigar brand that was launched in the 1960s. It can be purchased in a box of 25 or a packet containing 3. The brand is produced in Cuba and is recommended because of its flavor.

9. Stradavarius cigars are a mix of Nicaraguan, Dominican and Mexican tobaccos rolled in Dominican habano seed wrapper leaf which gives the finished product a distinctive taste. They are available in three different sizes and come in a box of 10.

10. King of Denmark is a Royal Danish Cigar, the most impressive thing about these wonderful cigars is that they can be customized to your liking. These cigars are encrusted with Swarovski crystals and wrapped in gold foil embossed with your name. Only 30 cigars are made per day from the very rare Regal Blend. They come in a personalized Scandinavian designed humidor with a 24ct gold plated sterling silver crown on the top.

There you are, some of the most expensive stogies in the world – if budget is out of the picture, try some of these out!

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<![CDATA[What is ISM?]]>ISM stands for International Safety Management Code. It is one of the required regulations that provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships at sea. The ISM code was first adopted and formally integrated as part of the SOLAS Convention in 1994, it is to ensure the safety of seafarers, ship, cargo and the environment.

The Purpose of the International Safety Management Code (ISM)

1. Prevent pollution at sea

2. Ensure safety of life at sea

3. Prevent human injury or loss of life at sea

4. To avoid damage to the environment and ship

The ISM Code consists of the categories below which forms the main structure and definition of its entirety.

ISM Code 2017/18

Safety Management System:

Is an organised and documented system under the ISM code which enables shipping companies and crew members to effectively implement all safety policies. It is mandatory for all ships to follow and implement the ISM Code by the Safety Management System (SMS) which details the requirements that need to be followed such as:

1. Establishment of a managerial team to oversee the various proceeding

2. Ensure managerial officers carry out their duties and responsibilities

3. Identify the differences between the outlined responsibilities and the actions to resolve issues, if any occur

4. Audits both internally and externally to eliminate all possibilities of safety issues and to verify the compliance of the ship and the company are up to standards of the code

Certificate of Compliance: is issued to a company verifying its compliance with the requirements of the Code.

Safety Management Certificate:

A Document of Compliance (DOC) is a certificate issued verifying the company and the ship personnel are operating in accordance with the code.

Documentation: a manual which consists of information, records, reports or statements which indicate implementation of safety management systems and policies by the company and the ship. The documentation will be proof of evidence based on observations, measurements or tests made during an audit.

Non Conformity is when the documentation indicates a company and its ships failure of upholding the requirements of the ISM code. Major Non Conformity poses serious threat to the safety of seafarers, the ship or the environment, this indicates an extreme failure in effective and systematic implementation of the code and will be required immediate corrective action.

The internal audit is carried out by the company and ship itself whereas the external audit is carried out, every 2-3 years, by the ships flag state. If the vessel has successfully incorporate all the safety requirements, the company is then issued with a Certification of Safety Management or the Safety Management Certificate.

 

To find out more about the ISM Code check out the International Maritime Organization.

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<![CDATA[SuperYacht Terms Commonly Misused]]>Watertight Doors and Weathertight Doors

A watertight door prevents the passage of water when exposed to a head of water (3-10 meters). No ingress of water from both sides of the door and this ensures the integrity of the neighbouring compartment is not lost. Typically located below deck level and are of a slide type.

watertight door

A weathertight door is typically located above the waterline of the vessel that can be subject to adverse weather conditions. They prevent the ingress of water from the outside to the inside and are designed to withstand brief submersion experienced by green seas (no higher than the height of the door itself). They are designed to open outwards only ensuring a positive pressure should the vessel be taking on a large sea. Generally tested with a high-pressure hose that is directed at the seal. No leakage can be present.

weathertight door

Gross Tonnage and Net Tonnage

Gross Tonnage is the volume of all enclosed spaces on ship. This includes the Engine Room and other non-cargo spaces as well. The tonnage is calculated by a complex formula. If you’re interested, details can be found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gross_tonnage.

Most of the Maritime Regulations (SOLAS, MARPOL etc.) are applicable to ships based on their Gross Tonnage.

Net Tonnage on the other hand, is the volume of only the cargo carrying spaces on the ship. This is the tonnage that determines the earning capability of the vessel.

The photos below will give you an idea of the difference.

Gross Tonnage.

Gross Tonnag Net Tonnage

Net Tonnage.

Straits and Channels

Straight is a narrow waterway joining two larger bodies of water. It’s naturally formed and normally connects two seas. Water flow is both directions and is tidal.

E.g. The straits of Gibraltar, Singapore Straits, Lombok straits, etc.

A Channel can be defined as a wider straight or waterway between two landmasses. Channels can be either natural or man-made and have more navigable water.

E.g. English Channel, Ambrose Channel, etc.

The photo below is an example of the two.

Straits and Channels

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<![CDATA[Tips on How to Make Your Superyacht CV Stand Out]]>Superyacht captains and yacht management will agree that finding reliable and strong yacht crew is one of their most challenging and time consuming responsibility. We see the highest turnover rates in the yachting industry than any other and with the constant growth of both superyachts and yacht crew, it's important to ensure your CV stands out from the rest of the crowd.

Yacht Crew CV Tips

How do I make my superyacht CV stand out?

  • Easy to read

You want a resume that bullet points your skills and strengths but at the same time also easy to read and skim through. Try separating various sections and offer headings, use bullet points to break up the content and make it look nice. Sure, the information you share with your CV is what matters the most, but presentation is also key.

  • Achievements and skills

These will make you stand out - show your awards, achievements and skills in a clear and very easy to read manner but remember all in relevance to the yachting industry. You are trying to show your future employer that your current skills can be transferred over to yachting and how it can be an plus.

  • Make your CV relevant to yachting

This comes in handy for jobs on a superyacht, ensure your CV is specific to your background and most importantly to the job you are applying for. Each yacht job and vessel are different, whether you are applying for a role as a Deckhand, Stewardess, Engineer, etc., ensure your CV caters to each job application.

  • Short and sweet

You don’t need more than 2 pages for a CV. If you need more, then you are most likely offering unnecessary information. The idea here is to keep it short and sweet.. You want to inform the captain and/or yacht management about what you can bring to the table and why they should hire you. Remember, they are always busy and with the amount of CVs they receive, it is best to keep it interesting and straight to the point.

  • Avoid fabrications

Sure, they look great but they have to be backed up with something. So stay honest!

If you are looking for more tips and advice on how to improve your superyacht CV, please feel free to contact us at info@syca.co.uk or check out our Superyacht CV Tips & Preparation which also includes a yacht crew CV template you can use.

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<![CDATA[Superyacht Facts That Will Blow Your Mind]]>Superyachts are extraordinary in both size and scope, they are visually impressive and will always bring in front a sense of quality and great opulence. You do have to wonder, how much do you actually know about these great vessels? Here are some amazing Superyacht facts you may have never known about!

SuperYacht Facts

1. Some Asian Superyachts have a conference room

Asian Superyacht

Although most models have pleasure and comfort in mind, the Asian Superyachts are designed to be suitable for professional use as well. So you will always be able to find some models that have their own conference room. This SuperYacht fact just goes to shows how diverse superyachts can be.

2. The Fastest Superyacht in the World goes to the World is not Enough – 70 knots (80mph)

The Fastest Superyacht in the World

 

Which is more than twice as fast as Usain Bolt the Fastest Human on Earth who can run at a top speed of 30mph!

3. The Worlds Largest SuperYacht (by length) is M/Y Azzam.

Check out the Top 5 Largest SuperYachts in the World!

4. How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Superyacht?

Cost To Charter a SuperYacht

The charter price will differ from each yacht and the seasons, it can be anywhere from $20000 to $2 million or more. Only a percentage of the world can afford these crazy charters!

5. Most Superyachts are owned by people in the Middle East

SuperYachts Middle East Charter

There are a few hundred Superyachts in the world and around 1/3 or more of them are owned by people in the Middle Eastand it's no surprise!

6. A Superyacht discovered WWII wreckage

SuperYacht Discovery

The co-founder of Microsoft has his own Superyacht with 2 submarines and it’s those 2 submarines that managed to find the WWII wreckage. It’s believed the wreckage belongs to a WWII era Japanese battleship sunk during the war, around 1944.

7. It costs on average of $1 Million per meter to build a Superyacht

Cost to Build a SuperYacht

8. The most expensive SuperYacht in the World to be sold was M/Y Azzam at an estimated $600 million.

9. A SuperYacht costs on average 10% of the purchasing price per year to maintain it!

There is no surprise here by the time you factor in, docking fees which can be upwards of $3,00 per night ($300,000) per year, fuel which can be up to 500 litres of Diesel per hour (approx. $400,000 per year), crew wages (1.5 million per year), Genreral Maintenance (upwards of $1million per year), Insurance ($250,0000).

10. The largest number of superyacht crew goes to Al Salamah – with 136 onboard at any given time.

Superyachts have at least 5-10 people as crew. It depends on the build and the length of the vessel, but in order to make a Superyacht work, their owners need to pay a hefty amount for a fully operational crew.

Are there any Amazing SuperYacht facts that have blown your mind, let us know at info@syca.co.uk so we can add it to our list.  

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<![CDATA[Top 9 Superyachts in Movies]]>For all the movie buffs who have seen luxurious superyachts that have starred in plenty of iconic movies, wishing you knew more or wondered if you could even charter one!

Here are the top 9 Superyachts that have starred in films:

1. Motor Yacht Thumper in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ (2016)

This 40m Sunseeker Superyacht where Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are seen sipping Champagne on the Sundeck of M/Y Thumper cruising the coast of Cannes.

  

2. Motor Yacht Usher in ‘Entourage’ (2015) 

The 47m built by Delta Marine was featured in the opening scene of Entourage the movie. Movie star Vincent Chase, together with his boys Eric, Turtle and Johnny Drama pick up right where the series ended partying alongside bikini models, this time onboard M/Y Usher in true Entourage style.

  

If you haven’t already seen the movie check out the trailer below:

3. Motor Yacht Ocean Emerald in ‘Point Break’ (2015)

Did you notice the sleek 41m Superyacht in Point Break? During the remake of the original 1991 film, it was used for the party scene of Johnny Utah and the rest of his team of extreme sports enthusiasts.

   

4. Motor Yacht Lady M in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (2013) 

I’m sure you all remember Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of Jordon Belfort “The Real Wolf of Wall Street” and the ever so famous scene onboard Motor Yacht Lady M making it rain "fun coupons".

Motor Yacht Lady M

5. Motor Yacht Casino Royale in 'Casino Royale' (2006) 

Previously known as Motor Yacht M3, I’m sure you remember this yacht racing into our screens in 2006 while watching the famous James Bond movie, Casino Royale. This top performing yacht is also designed on importance of luxury, comfort and timeless elegance hence the appearance in the ever so suave James Bond scene.

6. Motor Yacht HELIOS 2 in 'Syriana' (2005)

Remember the unforgettable appearance in the geopolitical thriller ‘Syriana’ film with George Clooney and Matt Damon? This luxurious superyacht depicted the wealthy lifestyle of Middle Eastern Princes.

7. Motor Yacht Galeocerdo in 'The Island' (2005) 

The most eye catching and one of the fastest vessels in the world made an appearance with Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta sailing away in the sunset after finally being freed.

     

8. Motor Yacht WHITE KNIGHT in 'The Bourne Identity' (2002) 

This was the very first film of the Bourne book trilogy. The espionage thriller did not disappoint. During a few flashbacks of Jason Bourne onboard Motor Yacht White Knight, you’ll be able to see a few shots of the interior of the yacht before he jumps off after being shot and floats away in the ocean.

9. Sail Yacht Regina in James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’

This beautiful 2011 Medyat built superyacht was a setting for when James Bond was sailing to the mystery island. Hashima Island, about 9 miles off the Japanese Coast in the East China Sea.

  

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<![CDATA[Pairing Wine With Foods]]>Ever wondered what the best way to pair wine with food is? Here's a breakdown of the best matches!

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<![CDATA[Your Rights as a Seafarer]]>While it may seem vague in this abbreviated form, the MLC 2006 stands for the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, which is a comprehensive international labour convention adopted by the International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization (or ILO) in February of 2006. 

Often referred to as the “Seafarers Bill of Rights”, the MLC sets out the rights to decent conditions of work on almost all aspects of their working and living conditions, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Seafarers’ Employment Agreement
  • Payment of wages
  • Hours of work and rest
  • Entitlement to leave (paid annual leave)
  • Repatriation
  • Seafarers compensation for the ships loss or foundering
  • Manning levels
  • Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering
  • Health protection, medical care, welfare and social security
  • Compliance and enforcement

 As it applies to yachting, the MLC clarified that all persons working at sea would now be considered “seafarers” - including those that work on ships but aren't directly involved in the navigation or operation of the ships.  This refers to employees such as personnel working on ships that operate in the tourism and recreational sectors – for example, cruise ships or commercial yachts.  It covers all workers including cabin and cleaning personnel, bar staff, waiters, entertainers, kitchen staff and more, whether they were recruited directly by the ship's owner or are employed under a subcontract arrangement. 

The MLC 2006 means that supervision of ships and companies will be improved at all levels.  There are now means by which labour conditions on ships will be kept up to date, and those conditions are now globally uniform and expected to both complied with and verified.

Seafarers should be informed of and fully understand the rights they can expect to be met on the job and providing them with the information to seek the remedies needed if they feel those rights are not being met. It is important that you understand your rights under the Maritime Labour Convention.

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<![CDATA[Quit Your 9-5 Job and Work on a Superyacht]]>Are you unhappy climbing the corporate ladder? Maybe it’s time for a career change. A fresh start working onboard a luxury superyacht. Imagine waking up on a Monday morning in a country you’ve never been before, travelling the world to the most remote, luxurious and dream-like locations on the planet!

The base salaries start from $36,000 per annum, tax free. Perks such as full medical insurance, flights to and from the vessel paid for and have almost no expenditure on food, drink and accommodation.

Ask yourself one simple question - Do you love what you do?

If the answer isn’t a resounding 100% “Yes, I’m already living the dream” then perhaps it’s time to come up with a game plan and try something new!

Do your research - Scour the internet finding all the information you can about the Yachting Industry. Join yacht related Facebook groups, start reading yachting blogs providing tips and advice such as Dockwalk, Superyacht News, Superyacht Times and even our own list of tips at SuperYacht Crew Agency's Blog.

What about money? – Decide if you have enough savings to tie you over until you get your first job onboard a Superyacht. How long does it take and how much will it cost me? Many of these frequently asked questions and answers can be found here at SYCA FAQs.

No money? Sell some of your useless things, rent your apartment out or even start dayworking in the superyacht hubs of the world.

You know what they say, ‘the best investment you can make is in yourself and it’s always worth it!’

Get yourself qualified - This can be done long before you step out of your comfort zone and quit your job. The minimum qualifications for entry level positions on yachts are your STCW’s and ENG1 Medical Certificate.

Timing and location - How much notice do you have to give your current employer? Timing is everything, there’s a good time to give yourself the best chance of finding a job as yacht crew. The best location and times to get a great head start are knowing your yachting seasons and the hubs here

Reaching out to crew agencies or other yachties for advice – There are good and bad crew agencies so make sure you use reliable ones. A good standard to set is to see whether the agencies are MLC certified like we are at SYCA. The MLC Certificate of Compliance states, "All seafarers shall have access to an efficient, adequate and accountable system for finding employment on board ship WITHOUT CHARGE to the seafarer". Should you find any crew agencies charging a fee for their service run the other way!

Have a chat with a couple of your yachtie mates or network through social media or in person seeking advice.

Pull the Trigger and Quit - Now you have a solid game plan, bite the bullet and quit your typical corporate job and start a new and exciting career!

Contact us at info@syca.co.uk if you’re seeking additional advice.

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<![CDATA[How To Track Your Fellow Yachties]]>Have you got friends or family who work on superyachts? Ever wondered where they may be in the world? If you’re looking for a way to track them online all you have to know is which superyacht they’re currently working on.

Marine Traffic or Vessel Finder is a great live online website of all registered vessels current locations are in the world, whether the yacht is anchored, berthed or under way.

There are many reasons as to why these websites are great, they’re almost always accurate in regards to location. If you’re a yachtie freak and generally are interested in specific details it provides you with the overall vessel particulars such as gross tonnage, vessel size, flag state, recent port calls, voyage information etc.

The best part is that it’s very easy to use and you get immediate access to the information provided. Check it out and see if you can find where your yacht crew family and friends are!

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<![CDATA[How To Beat Stress At Sea]]>Do you ever think about working on a luxury superyacht? Like a lot of things in life, working on as yacht crew is not easy but the benefits make it worthwhile. Thankfully, there are many different ways to eliminate stress. It’s different for everything, some may prefer an activity and some may prefer relaxing on a beach. The team at Superyacht Crew Agency has created a list with some of the best and proven ways to decrease stress.

Exercise

Everyone knows that this is true! You may sometimes hate the feeling during the workout but the end result is always a positive one. When you exercise your body releases endorphins which reduces your perception of pain and triggers a positive feeling. Not only do you maintain a happy and healthy body, but it also allows you to stay motivated in every aspect of your life. There are many types of ways to exercise and it’s not the same for everyone but once you find what works for you it becomes really enjoyable and exciting. Sure, it will take a little bit of time until you create a good workout routine, but this is on top of my list for decreasing stress.

Hobbies

Find a hobby that you enjoy. For example, if you like photography, there’s nothing more interesting than showcasing the beauty of the sea in its full glory. This is also one of the benefits of working on as yacht crew, you can easily take pictures of your beautiful daily sunsets, secluded beaches, scuba diving with mammals and more! Plus, you can even sell them online and make a profit as some yachties have done!

Watch movies

It can be a good idea to unwind and watch movies/series. Given that most superyachts have an extensive and updated movie library that will rival Netflix! Depending on your location and yacht, most will have wifi and it’s always great using this tool to stay in touch with loved ones and even watching films.

Eat healthy

Similar to exercise, a healthy life leads a happy life! It is so important to eat as healthy as possible on yachts. There will be health challenges and some yachties tend to struggle because there are so many goodies up for grabs but remember to try and keep a balanced diet. It’s definitely okay and recommended to indulge once in a while but make sure you stay on track with your daily routines. Consistency is key.

Communicate

Communicating with your fellow yacht mates or even talking to your family via various communication applications can assist in beating stress at sea. Having to catch up with current events, finding out how things are getting on at home, planning future trips for your holidays and even venting will help. Any type of socialization will definitely make your days happier.

So give it a try and help yourself stay motivated and happy during your working hours at sea!

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<![CDATA[A Beginners Guide to Cigars]]>cigar sizes and shapes chart

Have you ever walked into a well-stocked cigar shop and have no idea whether to purchase a Montecristo, an Ashton or any of the multiple options of cigars shops offer? After your first few stogies and examining the ranks of decent, good and great cigars, you’ll find a different class of smokes. Here’s a quick overall guide of how to select, cut, smoke a cigar, cigar humidors etc.

The simplest way of categorizing a cigar is by the method in which they are made. Cigars are either rolled by hand or manufactured by machines. The difference between the two types of make is that the machine made cigars are not 100% pure tobacco, they may contain preservatives, various other substances, etc. whereas the handmade cigars consist of the tobacco filler, the binder leaf which holds the filler together, and the outer wrapper which are generally all 100% tobacco leaves and not any added substances. For the most part, such tobacco has a much better flavour than machine made cigars. You will also get partially made by hand and bound by machine cigars.

beginners guide to cigars

Price

Prices vary depending on brand and type. If you’re a novice smoker, don’t worry too much about breaking the bank and going for the expensive cigars, you probably should look to spend less than $10 for your first stogie. This way you are less likely to get discouraged if the cigar doesn’t live up to your initial expectations. Trust me, my first few experiences smoking cigars was not impressive and odds are most first timers will feel the same. After you get a hang of it and start to enjoy the experience then you can start looking for higher end cigars.

Flavour

Also known as the ‘body’ of a cigar. This is a very subjective term and is used with plenty of other descriptive words to describe the type of smoking experience you may have had. You have 3 types of measurements, ‘mild bodied’, ‘medium bodied’, and ‘heavy’ which is sometimes called full bodied.

This varies from one smoker to another, on a general note, a full-bodied cigar would have stronger tobaccos, taste much more robust and may even be complex in flavour. However, that being said, keep in mind that flavour and strength are two separate entities. You can have a mild cigar with a lot of flavour, a full bodied cigar with very little flavour or could be considered mild to medium in strength. It is all very confusing but as always it comes down to the blend of the cigar and what your personal taste preference is.

Your First Cigar

Cigars are widely available, whether at convenience stores, cigar shops or online. I would suggest either ordering it online or purchasing one from a proper cigar shop. Most convenience stores or similar types are not properly stored in a humidor which means that you are not getting a high-quality cigar. A cigar humidor is an airtight container or room designed to store and age cigars within the optimal humidity range. Tobacconists will be able to provide you suggestions or some beginner’s advice so don’t be nervous and ask away!

Cigar Construction & Tobacco Quality

Cigar construction and tobacco quality are important. You are looking for a nice and even consistency and fill. The best way to test the construction is by rolling it between your thumb and index finger, ensure the outside of the cigar doesn’t have any lumps and also check if the body of the cigar is not too soft or void of filling. A rough texture or anything that does not resemble a good construction means a less smooth draw when you inhale. As for Tobacco quality, it will be close to impossible to tell by simply looking at it so feel free to ask the tobacconist or your friend’s recommendations.

Cutting & Lighting

The cutting of the cigar is to create the perfect opening for smoking and trying to do this without damaging the cigar. The best cut is one above the ‘cap line’ which will open up 75%-85% of the cigar’s surface. You want a large enough open to allow for an easy draw but you want to avoid at all costs to cut beneath the cap line as the cigar may start to unravel. The key to a good cut is to be quick and decisive. Make sure you have the right tools to do so, the prime criterion of any cutter is that it be sharp. Here are the most common types of cutters and the pros and cons of each. 

Now, lighting the cigar. Remember to keep the cigar above and near the flame whilst making sure it doesn’t touch. Burning a cigar directly in a flame over heats it so make sure you rotate the cigar so all parts of the tip are equally heated and do so until the entire foot of the cigar is glowing. Then raise your cigar and take your first puff!

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<![CDATA[What Makes a Good Yacht Crew Agency?]]>A solid and in depth process.

Background check certificates and qualifications. Take note of their previous work experiences, additional skill sets that may be relevant and their personality. Reference checking is important as well, even though you have a copy of their written references, it’s great to have a summary of it based on personal conversations. Written references can be a great addition however a “made up reference” or reference from a friend can be useless. You need to dig a little deeper as mentioned above. Getting an idea of the culture onboard, leadership style of the Captain, the longevity of existing crew members, etc. This all takes time and effort. And as yacht crew placement agencies cover all this and remove the headache of a process Captains experience, it becomes worth the fee. Understanding the job requirements of your client, having a checklist and a strict criteria of the type of crew member he/she is looking for. Not only check out points from the job description, but to go through candidate’s additional skills, hobbies, personality and so forth to see if they are potentially a great fit.

One of the biggest crew agencies nightmare is, ‘Crew needed ASAP’. This encourages some of the crew agencies to forget the process and skip some essential key steps. We are here to save the Captain and Management time so having to keep that process is essential. To streamline the process in the future with existing clients, we always keep copies of all documents. This saves both parties time. It is also important and an MLC minimum to keep a list of placed crew members and relevant information updated.

What helps yacht crew agencies?

As much information as possible; specific position, job description, minimum qualifications required, experience, cruising itinerary, type of crew onboard, etc. We get it, you’re busy! Sifting through CVs is the last thing on your mind. That’s what crew placement agencies are here for! A good agency will take all aspects of the job description into account, go into an in depth search and use all information given when creating a shortlist. The costs involved in interviewing, training, paperwork, uniform, flights, etc. These all need to be taken into account when searching for crew members. This is what every yacht wants to avoid, the extra headache of having to rehire crew that’s why it’s crucial to provide crew agencies with as much information so we can do our job in finding the right suited candidate.

The yacht’s itinerary. This is important. Some crew have preferences of where they like to stay, whether it be cruising the Mediterranean Sea or the Caribbean Sea. So if there is a chance the yacht may relocate, it is important to mention these specific details.

Qualifications and experience aren’t enough these days. Personality and the right fit is essential, knowing what the current crew onboard are like can be very help for both parties A very common example I’m sure lots of Captains have experienced: A Captain is looking for a crew member that specifically holds a Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate, only to then receive CVs with only a Powerboat Level 2 Certificate. Was this requested? No. Is this certificate equivalent to a YM ticket? No.

One of the most common mistakes agencies make is when they bombard Captains with CVs hoping one will pay off. No full research done, no taking in account the requirements and turning it into a CV forwarding service. It’s not all about how many CVs you send, in this industry it is always quality over quantity.

Another important process is feedback. This is key for crew agencies, I like to know how the crew are getting on and how things are onboard the yacht. Overall don’t lose sight! Don’t cut corners or lose focus. Prove yourself over time and time again, and uphold your reputation. Very well vetted quality candidates is key. Dedicated to finding the right crew should be priority.

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<![CDATA[Nautical Phrases - What Do They Actually Mean?]]>Have you ever wondered where a few of our common nautical phrases originated from? Well, here’s a few you may have heard and the meaning behind them.

Nautical Phrases

“Feeling blue”

How often do you hear people talking about feeling blue or have the blues? Who knew that this nautical phrase came from the world of sailing? An entire genre of music comes from this phrase and apparently, the phrase comes from a custom that was practised when a ship lost its captain during a voyage. The ship would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her hull when she returned to port.

 

nautical phrase feeling blue

“Pipe down”

Remember when your parents or even your mates have been screaming “pipe down” and wondered where the nautical phrases actually originated from? Pipe Down was the last signal from the Bosun’s pipe each day, which meant lights-out, quiet down, time to go to bed.

nautical phrase pipe down

“Loose cannon”

Everyone has known a few people who are loose cannons – unpredictable and dangerous to some extent. The nautical phrase comes from when a ship’s cannon would come loose from its lashing. The massive and dangerous cannon would be sliding all over the place making it a very uncomfortable time on deck trying to get that bad boy back in its spot.

loose cannon phrase

“As the crow flies”

Back in the day, it was very common for century ships to carry crows on board to use as a last resort when navigation attempts failed. When released, a crow will instinctively head to shore if it is near. Navigators would often time the crow’s flight as a means of measuring the distance from ship to shore. As the crow flies is considered the shortest route between two points in a straight line and to be thought as to where the nautical phrase ss the crow flies comes from. 

as the crow flies

“Three sheets to the wind”

While one might assume that the nautical phrase “sheet” represents the sail of the ship, it actually refers to the line used to control the sail. When several sheets were loose, a ship’s sail would flail wildly about, often causing the ship to appear to be staggering uncontrollably, as if in a drunken state. The expression was used to refer to drunkenness even during the age of sail and was often part of a sliding scale. When a sailor was just a wee bit tipsy, he was one sheet to the wind. Two sheets to the wind described a sailor who was well-oiled, while three sheets to the wind represented a sailor who was a stumbling, slurring mess.

three sheets to the wind

“Jury rigged”

This nautical phrase dates back to the mid-18th century, jury rigged refers to an improvised, temporary solution to a problem similar to those gadgets produced by MacGyver when he found himself in a pinch. When a ship lost its mast at sea, a new mast had to be improvised from available materials. This mast and accompanying replacement rigging was known by sailors as a jury rig.

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<![CDATA[Superyacht Terminology]]>A

ABAFT – Toward the rear (stern) of the boat. Behind.

ABEAM – At right angles to the keel of the boat, but not on the boat.

ABOARD – On or within the boat.

ABOVE DECK – On the deck (not over it – see ALOFT).

ABREAST – Side by side; by the side of.

ADRIFT – Loose, not on moorings or towline.

AFT – Toward the stern of the boat.

AFT DECK – The deck towards the stern of the boat

ALEE - The side of a boat or object away from the direction of the wind.
ALOFT - Above deck in the rigging or mast.

AMIDSHIPS - In the centre of the yacht.

ANCHORAGE – A place suitable for anchoring in relation to the wind, seas and bottom.

ANCHOR BALL – Round black shape hoisted up to show the Yacht is anchored.
ANTI-FOULING PAINT - A special paint applied to a boat's hull to prevent marine growth.
APPARENT WIND - The direction and speed of wind as felt in a moving boat - the way it 'appears”.
ASTERN - The direction toward or beyond the back of the boat (stern).
AWEIGH - An anchor that is off the bottom.

 

B

BACKSTAY - A support for the mast to keep it from falling forward.

BATTEN DOWN – Secure hatches and loose objects both within the hull and on deck.

BEAM – The greatest width of the boat.

BEARING – The direction of an object expressed either as a true bearing as shown on the chart, or as a bearing relative to the heading of the boat.

BEATING - Sailing upwind.
BEAR OFF - To turn away from the wind.

BELOW – Beneath the deck.

BERTH – 1) A cabin or other place to sleep aboard a boat. 2) A boat slip at a dock where the boat can be moored.

BIGHT – The part of the rope or line, between the end and the standing part, on which a knot is formed.

BILGE - The bilge is the lowest compartment on a ship, below the waterline, where the two sides meet at the keel, where water collects.

BITTER END – The last part of a rope or chain. The inboard end of the anchor rode.

BOAT – A fairly indefinite term. A waterborne vehicle smaller than a ship. One definition is a small craft carried aboard a ship.

BOAT HOOK – A short shaft with a fitting at one end shaped to facilitate use in putting a line over a piling, recovering an object dropped overboard, or in pushing or fending off.

BOOT TOP – A painted line that indicates the designed waterline.

BOSUN – A non-commissioned officer in charge of the deck crew.

BOW – The forward part of a boat.

BOW LINE – A docking line leading from the bow.

BOWLINE – A knot used to form a temporary loop in the end of a line.

BRIDGE – The location from which the yacht is navigated from.

BRIDLE – A line or wire secured at both ends in order to distribute a strain between two points.

BRIGHTWORK – Varnished woodwork and/or polished metal.

BULKHEAD – A vertical partition separating compartments.

BUOY – An anchored float used for marking a position on the water or a hazard or a shoal and for mooring.

BURDENED VESSEL – That vessel which, according to the applicable Navigation Rules, must give way to the privileged vessel. The term has been superseded by the term “give-way”.

 

C

CABIN – A compartment for passengers or crew.

CAPSIZE – To turn over.

CAPSTAN – A large vertical winch used for anchors or mooring lines.

CAST OFF – To let go.

CATAMARAN – A twin-hulled boat, with hulls side by side.

CHAFING GEAR – Tubing or cloth wrapping used to protect a line from chafing on a rough surface.

CHART – A map for use by navigators.

CHINE – The intersection of the bottom and sides of a flat or v-bottomed boat.

CHOCK – A fitting through which anchor or mooring lines are led. Usually U-shaped to reduce chafe.

CLEAT – A fitting to which lines are made fast. The classic cleat to which lines are belayed is approximately anvil-shaped.

CLOVE HITCH – A knot for temporarily fastening a line to a spar or piling.

COAMING – A vertical piece around the edge of a cockpit, hatch, etc. to prevent water on deck from running below.

COCKPIT – An opening in the deck from which the boat is handled.

COIL – To lay a line down in circular turns.

COURSE – The direction in which a boat is steered.

CUDDY – A small shelter cabin in a boat.

CURRENT – The horizontal movement of water.

 

D

DEAD AHEAD – Directly ahead.

DEAD ASTERN – Directly aft.

DECK – A permanent covering over a compartment, hull or any part thereof.

DINGHY – A small open boat. A dinghy is often used as a tender for a larger craft.

DISPLACEMENT – The weight of water displaced by a floating vessel, thus, a boat’s weight.

DISPLACEMENT HULL – A type of hull that plows through the water, displacing a weight of water equal to its own weight, even when more power is added.

DOCK – A protected water area in which vessels are moored. The term is often used to denote a pier or a wharf.

DOLPHIN – A group of piles driven close together and bound with wire cables into a single structure.

DRAFT – The depth of water a boat draws.

 

E

EBB – A receding current.

EPIRB – Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon.

 

F

FAIR LEAD – Device uses to guide a line, rope or cable around an object, out of the way or to stop it from moving laterally.

FATHOM – Six feet.

FENDER – A cushion, placed between boats, or between a boat and a pier, to prevent damage.

FIGURE EIGHT KNOT – A knot in the form of a figure eight, placed in the end of a line to prevent the line from passing through a grommet or a block.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS – You will cover this in Basic Fire Fighting STCW 95.

FIRST MATE (Chief Officer) – Second in Command.

FLARE – The outward curve of a vessel’s sides near the bow. A distress signal.

FLOTILLA - A group of yachts cruising together.

FLOOD – An incoming current.

FLOORBOARDS – The surface of the cockpit on which the crew stand.

FLUKE – The palm of an anchor.

FOLLOWING SEA – An overtaking sea that comes from astern.

FORE-AND-AFT – In a line parallel to the keel.

FOREPEAK – A compartment in the bow of a small boat.

FORWARD – Toward the bow of the boat.

FOULED – Any piece of equipment that is jammed or entangled, or dirtied.

FREEBOARD – The minimum vertical distance from the surface of the water to the gunwale.

FURLING - Rolling or folding a sail on its boom. Many charter yachts today are 'self furling” which take much of the work out of dropping the sails.

 

G

GALLEY – The kitchen/cooking area of a boat.

GANGWAY – The area of a ship’s side where people board and disembark.

GEAR – A general term for ropes, blocks, tackle and other equipment.

GIVE-WAY VESSEL – A term used to describe the vessel which must yield in meeting, crossing, or overtaking situations.

GRAB RAILS – Hand-hold fittings mounted on cabin tops and sides for personal safety when moving around the boat.

GROUND TACKLE – A collective term for the anchor and its associated gear.

GUNWALE – The upper edge of a boat’s sides.

GYBE (also spelled jibe) - To change the course of a boat by swinging a fore-and-aft sail across a following wind (e.g. the wind is blowing from behind the boat).

 

H

HALYARD - Line (rope) used to hoist a sail.

HARBOR MASTER - The person at a harbour in charge of anchorages, berths and harbour traffic.

HARD CHINE – An abrupt intersection between the hull side and the hull bottom of a boat so constructed.

HATCH – An opening in a boat’s deck fitted with a watertight cover.

HEAD – A marine toilet. Also the upper corner of a triangular sail.

HEADING – The direction in which a vessel’s bow points at any given time.

HEADWAY – The forward motion of a boat. Opposite of sternway.

HEEL - To temporarily tip or lean to one side. Monohulls heel more than catamarans.

HELM – The wheel or tiller controlling the rudder.

HELMSPERSON – The person who steers the boat.

HITCH – A knot used to secure a rope to another object or to another rope, or to form a loop or a noose in a rope.

HOLD – A compartment below deck in a large vessel, used solely for carrying cargo.

HULL – The main body of a vessel.

 

I

INBOARD – More toward the centre of a vessel; inside; a motor fitted inside a boat.

INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY – ICW: bays, rivers, and canals along the coasts (such as the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts), connected so that vessels may travel without going into the sea.

 

J

JACOBS LADDER – A rope ladder, lowered from the deck, as when pilots or passengers come aboard.

JETTY – A structure, usually masonry, projecting out from the shore; a jetty may protect a harbour entrance.

JIB -Triangular sail projecting ahead of the mast.
JIBE - See gybe.

 

K

KEEL – The centreline of a boat running fore and aft; the backbone of a vessel.

KNOT – A measure of speed equal to one nautical mile (6076 feet) per hour (1 knot equal to 1.852 km/h).

KNOT – A fastening made by interweaving rope to form a stopper, to enclose or bind an object, to form a loop or a noose, to tie a small rope to an object, or to tie the ends of two small ropes together.

 

L

LATITUDE – The distance north or south of the equator measured and expressed in degrees.

LAZARETTE – A storage space in a boat’s stern area.

LEE – The side sheltered from the wind.

LEEWARD – The direction away from the wind. Opposite of windward.

LEEWAY – The sideways movement of the boat caused by either wind or current.

LINE – Rope and cordage used aboard a vessel.

LIST – (also HEEL) – tilt to one side; “The balloon heeled over”; “the wind made the vessel heel”; “The ship listed to starboard”.

LOA - Length Over All. The length of a charter yacht as measured from 'stem to stern”. This is important because yachts are usually charged a price by the foot for dockage at marinas.

LOG – A record of courses or operation. Also, a device to measure speed.

LONGITUDE – The distance in degrees east or west of the meridian at Greenwich, England.

LUBBER’S LINE – A mark or permanent line on a compass indicating the direction forward parallel to the keel when properly installed.

LUXURY YACHT - a crewed charter yacht that strives to provide 5 star service to its charterers including cuisine, water sports, housekeeping and navigation.

 

M

MAINSAIL - The largest regular sail on a sailboat.
MAIN SALON - The primary indoor guest area on a yacht’s main deck.
MAKE FAST - To secure a line.

MARINA - A place where yachts dock and receive services such as provisioning, water and fuel. Typically marinas offer protection from bad weather, and have hundreds of slips for yachts of various sizes. Slips are rented long term or by the day.

MAST - Vertical spar that supports sails.
MASTER CABIN - Typically the best/largest cabin onboard any charter yacht.

MARLINSPIKE – A tool for opening the strands of a rope while splicing.

MEGAYACHT - A large, luxury motor yacht. No hard and fast definition, but normally crewed luxury yachts 100 feet or longer: similar to superyacht.

MIDSHIP – Approximately in the location equally distant from the bow and stern.

MONOHULL - A yacht with one hull, as opposed to a multihull or catamaran that has pontoons.  While most motor yachts are Monohulls, the term typically refers to sailing yachts.

MOORING – An arrangement for securing a boat to a mooring buoy or a pier.
MOTORSAILOR - A yacht built to sail and cruise under power with equal efficiency.

 

N

NAUTICAL MILE – One minute of latitude; approximately 6076 feet – about 1/8 longer than the statute mile of 5280 feet.

NAVIGATION – The art and science of conducting a boat safely from one point to another.

NAVIGATION RULES – The regulations governing the movement of vessels in relation to each other, generally called steering and sailing rules.

 

O

OUTBOARD – Toward or beyond the boat’s sides. A detachable engine mounted on a boat’s stern.

OVERBOARD – Over the side or out of the boat.

 

P

PASSARELLE - The passageway you walk on from the dock to the yacht. Often incorrectly called a gangplank.
PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (PFD) - A safety vest or jacket capable of keeping an individual afloat.

PIER – A loading platform extending at an angle from the shore.

PILE – A wood, metal or concrete pole driven into the bottom. Craft may be made fast to a pile; it may be used to support a pier (see PILING) or a float.

PILING – Support, protection for wharves, piers etc.; constructed of piles (see PILE).

PILOTING – Navigation by use of visible references, the depth of the water, etc.

PLANING – A boat is said to be planing when it is essentially moving over the top of the water rather than through the water.

PLANING HULL – A type of hull shaped to glide easily across the water at high speed.

PORT (DIRECTION) - The left side of a boat when facing the bow. Signified by Red. Opposite side from Starboard. Trick to remember - 'After a party, there’s no red port left”.
PORT (PLACE) - A marina harbour or commercial dock for boats.

PRIVELEGED VESSEL – A vessel which, according to the applicable Navigation Rule, has right-of-way (this term has been superseded by the term “stand-on”).

 

Q

QUARTER – The sides of a boat aft of amidships.

QUARTERING SEA – Sea coming on a boat’s quarter.

 

R

REACH - To sail across the wind.

REEFING – This is a way of reining in the sails in strong winds.
RIB (rigid inflatable boat) - An inflatable boat fitted with a rigid bottom, often used as a dinghy or tender.

RODE – The anchor line and/or chain.

ROPE – In general, cordage as it is purchased at the store. When it comes aboard a vessel and is put to use it becomes line.

RUDDER – A vertical plate or board for steering a boat.

RUN – To allow a line to feed freely.

RUNNING LIGHTS – Lights required to be shown on boats underway between sundown and sunup.

 

S

SAILING YACHT - A yacht whose primary method of propulsion is sails. Nearly all sailing yachts have engines in addition to their sails.

SATELLITE NAVIGATION – A form of position finding using radio transmissions from satellites with sophisticated on-board automatic equipment.

SCOPE – Technically, the ratio of length of anchor rode in use to the vertical distance from the bow of the vessel to the bottom of the water. Usually six to seven to one for calm weather and more scope in storm conditions.

SCREW – A boat’s propeller.

SCUPPERS – Drain holes on deck, in the toe rail, or in bulwarks or (with drain pipes) in the deck itself.

SEA COCK – A through hull valve, a shut off on a plumbing or drain pipe between the vessel’s interior and the sea.

SEAMANSHIP – All the arts and skills of boat handling, ranging from maintenance and repairs to piloting, sail handling, marlinespike work, and rigging.

SEA ROOM – A safe distance from the shore or other hazards.

SEAWORTHY – A boat or a boat’s gear able to meet the usual sea conditions.

SECURE – To make fast.

SET – Direction toward which the current is flowing.

SHIP – A larger vessel usually thought of as being used for ocean travel. A vessel able to carry a “boat” on board.

SLACK – Not fastened; loose. Also, to loosen.

SOLE – Cabin or saloon floor. Timber extensions on the bottom of the rudder. Also the moulded fiberglass deck of a cockpit.

SOUNDING – A measurement of the depth of water.

SPRING LINE – A pivot line used in docking, undocking, or to prevent the boat from moving forward or astern while made fast to a dock.

SQUALL – A sudden, violent wind often accompanied by rain.

SQUARE KNOT – A knot used to join two lines of similar size. Also called a reef knot.

STABILIZERS - A feature that helps to prevent a motor yacht from rolling too drastically, especially in bad weather, greatly improving the comfort of the guests. The most advanced form is a zero-speed stabilizer, which works both under way and at anchor.

STANDING PART – That part of a line which is made fast. The main part of a line as distinguished from the bight and the end.

STAND-ON VESSEL – That vessel which has right-of-way during a meeting, crossing, or overtaking situation.

STARBOARD – The right side of a boat when looking forward.

STEM – The forward most part of the bow.

STERN – The after part of the boat.

STERN LINE – A docking line leading from the stern.

STOW – To put an item in its proper place.

SWAMP – To fill with water, but not settle to the bottom.

SWIM PLATFORM - The space at the back of the yacht from which you typically can go swimming or board a dinghy. Lately, these have become entire pool/beach areas on some of the larger luxury yachts.

 

T

TACK (SAIL) - The lower corner of a sail. 
TACK (SAILING) - Each leg of a zigzag course, typically used to sail upwind.

THWARTSHIPS – At right angles to the centreline of the boat.

TENDER - A boat that a yacht carries or tows used for transfers to and from shore, short day cruises and water sports. Also sometimes called a dinghy.

THRUSTER - A bow thruster or stern thruster is a transversal propulsion device built into, or mounted to, either the bow or stern, of a ship or boat, to make it more manoeuvrable.

TIDE – The periodic rise and fall of water level in the oceans.

TILLER – A bar or handle for turning a boat’s rudder or an outboard motor.

TOPSIDES – The sides of a vessel between the waterline and the deck; sometimes referring to onto or above the deck.

TRANSOM – The stern cross-section of a square sterned boat.

TRIM – Fore and aft balance of a boat.

TRUE WIND - The direction and velocity of wind as measured on land, distinct from apparent wind which is how it appears on a moving yacht.

 

U

UNDERWAY – Vessel in motion, e.g. when not moored, at anchor, or aground.

 

V

V BOTTOM – A hull with the bottom section in the shape of a “V”.

VHF - Very high frequency; a bandwidth designation commonly used by marine radios.

VIP CABIN - Typically the second-best cabin onboard any charter yacht.

 

W

WAKE – Moving waves, track or path that a boat leaves behind it, when moving across the waters.

WATERLINE – A line painted on a hull which shows the point to which a boat sinks when it is properly trimmed (see BOOT TOP).

WAY – Movement of a vessel through the water such as headway, sternway or leeway.

WAYPOINT - The coordinates of a specific location.
WEIGH - To raise anchor.

WINCH – Horizontal rotating drum, turned by crank or by motor or other power source also known as a windlass. 

WINDLASS - Rotating drum device used for hauling line or chain to raise and lower an anchor.

WINDWARD – Toward the direction from which the wind is coming.

 

Y

YACHT – A pleasure vessel, a pleasure boat; in American usage the idea of size and luxury is conveyed, either sail or power.

YACHTING - The experience of being on a yacht.

YAW – To swing or steer off course, as when running with a quartering sea.

 

Z

ZERO-SPEED STABILIZERS - The most sophisticated type of motor yacht stabilizers that keep the yacht from rolling both under way and at anchor, significantly improving their comfort.

 

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<![CDATA[How To Contact Crew Agencies: The Do's and Don'ts]]>Important notes regarding yacht crew agencies:

  • Ensure they are fully compliant with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006). They should have a readily available copy of the certificate on the website.
  • SYCA’s MLC Certificate.
  • A superyacht crew agency will NOT charge seafarers directly or indirectly for their services.
  • Ensure they are looking out for what’s best for you.

Minimum Requirements for all Seafarers:

  • Your CV in word format.
  • Valid Passport (Copy).
  • Valid visas, if applicable.
  • Up to date references.
  • A valid medical certificate ENG1 (within the last two years) in English and by an approved medical practitioner. You can find a list of approved doctors here.
  • Your STCW95:

           a) STCW 95 Reg VI/1 section A-VI/1-1 in Personal Survival techniques.

           b) STCW 95 Reg VI/1 section A-VI/1-2 in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting.

           c) STCW 95 Reg V1/1 Code section A-V1/Para 2.1.3 in Elementary First Aid.

           d) STCW 95 Reg VI/1 section A-VI/1-1 in Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities.

If you don’t have your STCW 95s – Click here for a list of the training academies and organisations that carry out these courses.

Extensive Reference Checking. Checking references is an essential part of crew placement; it prevents mistakes, allows us to obtain independent information about previous job performance. A yacht crew agency will not solely rely on written references.

Information is Key. Crew agents are here to help you, so help them by providing all the details and relevant documentation (certificates, qualifications, etc) needed. As part of the MLC 2006, it is required by every agency before they can even consider placing you forward for a position.

Do’s

DO – Use the subject line in emails: Crew agencies receive hundreds of emails a day and one without any reference can often get overlooked. Make it clear. Quote the reference number of the job or for example, specifically state “Application for Y1 Chief Engineer onboard 84m”.

DO - Introduce yourself! Whether this is via email, a phone call or through Facebook.

DO - Tell them if you don't want them to send your CV to a particular yacht – maybe previous yachts you have worked on or your current yacht.

DO – Give them a guideline of how much you expect to earn.

DO - Tell the truth, if you are unavailable for the next few months don’t tell them you are free.

DO - Tell them when you are available for interviews.

DO - Keep the details you give the agent up to date. If you acquire new skills or qualifications, let them know.

DO - Tell your agent when you have found a job!

DO - Take the time to explain to them the exact job you want.

DO - Dress the part when you interview with the agent and/or employer. 

DO - Check emails and phone messages. Please don’t leave it 5 days before you reply. Even if you have already found a position please let them know. It not only looks bad but also could be a missed opportunity as it shows the potential Captain that you are not interested in the position.

DO – Ensure your emails sound professional and not just full of slang terms.  

DO - Base yourself in a yachting hub like Antibes or Palma to do some networking, day working, and ultimately increase your chances of getting a job. 

DO – Walk the docks (Dock walking). Be out there every day, smartly dressed, with a plan of action.

DO – Your research. Not only about the crew agency but also about the potential new jobs they will have for you. Be prepared for your interview.

DO - Ensure your CV is up to date and does not have your old licenses or Mobile number on it.

DO - Make your CV stand out from the pack. Crew Agents and Captains love to see someone who's excited, talented and committed to their career in yachting.

DO - Talk to the agents, ask them questions if you’re unsure about anything.

DO - Ask for their help and advice: asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s actually a very powerful door opener. By asking a crew agent for help and advice, you are saying two things to them:

  1. I value your opinion and professional expertise.
  2. I am open to advice and feedback.

What the agency thinks is that this individual will take my advice. It’s worth investing time to assist in making them the best they can be. Because they are open to advice – they will most likely be easier to place than others.

DON’TS

DON’T – Send just your CV/Resume to a placement/recruitment agency, then sit back and expect things to happen. Chances are you’ll be waiting for a long time. Make sure you send all relevant documents for their records.

DON’T - Put skills in your application that you don’t have.  This can hinder the crew agent’s ability to find the right job for you and could lead to jobs that you’re not qualified for.

DON’T - Just send a CV with no explanation. A quick paragraph of what it is you are looking for will suffice, or even better, a paragraph of your overall objectives.

DON’T - Expect to get hired in a day or two. Depending on the season and your level of experience, it could take anywhere from two weeks to three months or longer before you get a job.

DON’T - Put yourself forward for a position you are not yet qualified for. If you are working towards a specific certificate, ensure you have stated the details and when you will be qualified. Don’t expect to be put forward for a Captains role without any experience in the industry.

 

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!”

 

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<![CDATA[What is a Stewardess on a Yacht?]]>What is a Stewardess on a yacht?

A yacht stewardess is an entry-level position in the interior department of a yacht, his/her responsibilities are carried out under the delegation of the Captain and the Chief Stewardess. A stewardess yacht job is responsible for providing excellent hospitality and service in accordance with the owners and guests expectations, as well as maintaining the interior of the yacht.

Superyacht Stewardess Job

What are the responsibilities of a yacht Stewardess?

  • Ensuring excellent hospitality and service for guests onboard
  • Maintaining housekeeping and laundry duties for guests and yacht crew
  • Guest cabin care and detailed cleaning
  • Excellent guest service of fine dining, cocktails and wines
  • Bartending & Barista knowledge
  • Watchkeeping within the crew mess
  • Providing service styles such as Silver, Butler, Russian, French etc
  • Table setting
  • Flower arrangements & cutting
  • Ensure the yacht maintains a safe and secure environment

What are the minimum requirements I need for a Stewardess yacht job?

  • STCW '95
  • ENG1 (Seafarers Medical Certificate) or equivalent
  • Passport and visas, if applicable

What other skills do I need to stand out as a yacht Stewardess?

  • Bartending courses
  • Wine & cocktail courses
  • Basic food service courses
  • Napkin folding (Origami an extra bonus)
  • Flower arrangement courses
  • Hospitality degree or diploma
  • Hospitality and service experience / background
  • Elite level of service standards to high-profile guests experience

What do Captains look for in a Stewardess?

  • Positive attitude
  • Professional appearance and well presented
  • Hard working
  • Good work ethic
  • Willingness to learn 
  • Team player
  • Good communication skills
  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic

What is a Stewardess on a Yacht

What is the yacht Stewardess Career progression?

Stewardess > Chief Stewardess > Purser

What else do I need to know?

Here is a more detailed description on how to get a Stewardess yacht job

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Instagram Accounts That Will Get You In Shape This Season]]>Jen Setler - @jen_setler

Sunsets and squats. 2 of my favorite things 😃 #KeyWest #MDW

A photo posted by Jen Selter (@jenselter) on May 25, 2014 at 8:27pm PDT

Amanda Bisk - @amandabisk

Former Australian Pole Vaulter

Anna Victoria - @annavictoria

Creator of The Fit Body Guides 12 Week Meal Plan Guide.

Who's ready for a Burpee Challenge!? I'm sure I'm getting some blank stares 😂 FBG girls, I'm nominating all of you!! 💪 💗 If you are having trouble with burpees, I recommend breaking them down and doing one move at a time. Start from a high plank (starting push-up position) and either bring your feet to your chest via snap jump OR step one foot up at a time. Then pause and then jump straight up into the air, then squat back down, pause, then jump back into a high plank or step back one foot at a time. This is one burpee. No matter how slow you have to go or in how many pauses, you will improve if you keep trying! Over time your core and upper body strength will improve to support you through the movements. 🤗 Here's your challenge, do it weekly to improve! 💪 2 push-ups burpee + squat jump: 5 rounds 💪 5 mountain climber burpees + squat jump: 5 rounds Do both rounds which would be a total of 10 burpees and record your time. Next week, try to beat last week's time! Tag a friend to do it with you! 👯 #fitbodyguide www.annavictoria.com/guides

A video posted by Anna Victoria (@annavictoria) on Sep 14, 2016 at 3:39pm PDT

Gunnar Peterson - @gunnarfitness

So what are you going to do?

A photo posted by Gunnar Peterson (@gunnarfitness) on Aug 15, 2014 at 7:00am PDT

Nude Yoga Girl - @nude_yogagirl

Mike Marchese - @upyourfitness

A quick highlight reel of our recent Yachtescapades this weekend in #Cancun, #mexico.

A video posted by Mike Marchese (@upyourfitness) on Aug 30, 2016 at 10:43am PDT

The Rock - @therock

Tanya Poppett - @Achieving_Balance

Rich Froning - @richfroning

In the words of @bridgesj3 "just paying the man" @prestonsmithphotography

A photo posted by richfroning (@richfroning) on Apr 26, 2016 at 12:50pm PDT

Natalie Jill - @nataliejillfit

Bonus

SuperYacht Crew Agency - @superyachtcrewagency

 

May not be Fitness related but it could help you find that next job.

Yoga Instructors, Beauty Therapist, Masseuse, Personal Trainers, Physiotherapists, Hair Dressers/Stylists/Barbers and Nail Technicians. Get in touch and follow us as we have lots of new and exciting jobs for SuperYacht crew.

** Job Alert! ** Looking for that dream job? We have lots of NEW positions available. Get in touch!

A photo posted by SuperYacht Crew Agency (@superyachtcrewagency) on Nov 15, 2016 at 12:31am PST

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<![CDATA[How to Stay Fit on a Superyacht]]>SuperYacht Gym - Staying fit onbaord

Yacht Crew Workout Excuses:

  • Long hours
  • Cramped spaces
  • Lack of fitness equipment
  • On charter – no time to workout
  • Guests on
  • Shipyard
  • Delivery/Crossing

Yacht Crew Dirty Pleasures:

  • Crew dinners
  • World class food
  • Candy cupboards to rival supermarkets
  • Birthday cakes (always seems to be someone’s birthday!)
  • Cocktails and canapés
  • Pastries, Doughnuts, Muffins, Croissants
  • Soda fridges
  • Food Fridges
  • Beer
  • Wine

“It’s all so hard to stay away from when they are in your face 24/7”

So the million dollar question is, “How can I stay fit on a superyacht?”

1. Fitness DVDs – Yoga, P90X, Insanity, etc.

2. Water Sports

Most superyachts will have an array of sports equipment and may be available for the crew to use. Take advantage of this. Get out of your bunk, stop watching series, wake up early and go play.

Paddle boarding, kite surfing, diving, skurfing, kayaking, rowing, and swimming. Even if they are guest on, I’m sure there will be somewhere close by that you can rent the equipment.

Superacht Sports

 

3. SuperYacht Gyms onboard (Crew and guest gyms)

A lot of superyachts now have both gyms these days. If you are lucky enough to have access to the owner’s superyacht gym during crossing or down time. This will have very high end fitness equipment much the same as you would find in a big globo gym. So make the most of it. Who wouldnt want to workout on a SuperYacht gym staring out into the ocean instead of looking at the same 4 walls filled with mirrors and posters in a membership gym. 

superyacht gym

 

4. TRX – Resistance Training

A full body strength workout using a suspension trainer can be the best solution for a pop up yacht gym, this may well be your best tool for travelling. The sheer number of different workouts you can do oboard with this one piece of kit is crazy. It can be suspended from anywhere: a tree, door, closet, you name it. The TRX is basically a pocket SuperYacht Gym. 

yacht crew TRX gym

 

5. Does no space mean no SuperYacht Gym?

There are still plenty of exercises you can get done in very little space and without equipment required. Not having a superyacht gym onboard doesn't mean crew cant stay fit. Any variations of body weight exercises such as:

  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Pushups
  • Burpees
  • Core exercises

6. Stretching and Yoga on the Sun Deck

As mentioned above, yoga videos, there are plenty you can find online. Go for a walk or run when you are next in port, maybe even a hike or trek to see the sights, or cycle to the best juice bar in town.

It’s important to set goals, plan your routine, and responsible. If you need an extra push, ask one of your fellow crew members to help wake you up, or even better, a training partner that way you both can hold yourselves accountable.

SuperYacht Yoga

 

Healthy Yacht Crew Tips:

  • Drink water
  • Eat breakfast
  • Plan your workouts
  • Set goals
  • Stay committed
  • Be creative
  • Eat whole foods
  • Stay away from the snacks
  • And have fun!

Don’t limit yourself, be creative – Anything is possible with out without a SuperYacht Gym.

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<![CDATA[SuperYacht CV Tips & Preparation - Yacht Crew CV Template]]>The team at SuperYacht Crew Agency has made a brief CV guide for both newcomers and for seasoned professionals. A well written and presented CV is an essential part of seeking a job on a Superyacht. Yacht Captains and placement agents go through millions of CVs and the amount of time they have to screen them are minimal. Your job is to make yours stand out.

If you are transferring from a commercial background, or a background not related to yachting, we need to see a more yacht friendly CV. The information below will guide you in preparing a yacht crew CV.

Format

Yachting is all about attention to detail. Your CV represents you, and the format is incredibly important because before anyone reads it, they have already made assumptions about the type of candidate you are by how you have presented the information.

Captains look for crew that have something special, keep it concise, and highlight your most recent qualifications, experiences, and skill set. We recommend two pages maximum, if possible.

Required information for Yacht Crew CV’s:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Photo
  • Mobile number
  • Email
  • Nationality
  • Spoken languages
  • Marital Status
  • Visas with expiration dates
  • Driving licence
  • Current location
  • Smoking habits
  • Visible Tattoos
  • Profile objective
  • Relevant yachting qualifications
  • Yachting experience

             a) Position held

             b) Start and end dates

             c) Private or charter

             d) Yacht name and size

             e) Concise summary of the itinerary and your duties

  • Additional relevant work
  • References

             a) Name

             b) Yacht Name

             c) Position of Referee

             d) Contact details

  • Interests and hobbies

Examples of what information should not be added on your CV:

  • Irrelevant job experiences
  • Irrelevant qualifications
  • Irrelevant references

Photo

Use a headshot of good quality and size. No outrageous hairstyles or facial hair, should look tidy. Wear a smart shirt or polo shirt (uniform, if any) for deck and interior positions, and for chef’s to wear all white for galley positions. Look professional, well presented, and don’t forget to smile!

Objective / Profile Paragraph

This is where you sell yourself as a candidate. Keep this section brief but straight to the point, outline the experiences you have gained and which direction you see yourself in your yachting career. Be clear about the type and size of vessel you prefer, and what you have to offer.

Qualifications and Yacht Experience

Arrange your qualifications in order of highest first, your education and experiences in a chronological order from most recent to oldest. As mentioned above, include any experience and/or outdoor activities (e.g. boating, dinghy sailing, IT, electronic, mechanical, carpentry, etc.) that may be relevant to the position you are applying for.

As for chefs, they should include sample menus with images of their prepared food.

Here is a SuperYacht CV Template for you to download. 

If you are still uncertain of your CV, and would like some advice, feel free to contact us at info@syca.co.uk. The team at SuperYacht Crew Agency would be happy to assist.

 

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<![CDATA[The Best Locations to Start Your Yachting Career]]>You've finally decided to further a career in yachting, obtained your minimum qualifications (STCW, ENG1 medical certificate) to work on a superyacht and are now wondering what is your next step.

Where are the best locations to start your first yacht job?

  • Port de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Superyacht Palma de Mallorca

  • Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain

superyacht crew barcelona

  • IYCA Port Vauban, Antibes, France

superyacht crew antibes

yacht crew

  • Rybovich, West Palm Beach, Florida

yacht job palm beach

  • Sails Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

superyacht crew jobs

For more superyacht crew advice on how to get started in your yachting career, check out our links below:

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<![CDATA[Packing Essentials For Superyacht Crew]]>Whether you're a seasoned yacht crew member or have only just landed your first superyacht job, you're wondering whether the yacht will be a winter season in the shipyard, snowboarding in the alps or a summer away in the Caribbean sipping on rum laced cocktails. We are never truly 100% sure on where our next adventure will take us on a superyacht. #superyachtproblems

What essentials do I need to pack for my superyacht travel pack?

1. Backpack/Suitcase

You will need something to carry all of your things in. Hard suit cases are not ideal for superyachts as there will be limited storage onboard for yacht crew luggage so unless you want to be sleeping with your new Louis Vuitton hard case I'd suggest something easily collapsible. The North Face Holdalls are a perfect example.

Superyacht Louis Vuitton

Yacht Crew North Face Bag

2. Passports - your new superyacht travel log

You will need somewhere to hold all your visa and stamps, think of it as your new travel log. Be sure to get a 52 page or largest one possible as you will soon use up those pages.

Yacht Job Passport

3. Multiple currencies - because you're never in one place for long!

Stock up on some cash, USD are generally a solid option if you only want to carry one currency. Make sure your credit/bank cards are all in date and you have notified the bank of your travel plans to avoid getting your card cancelled the first time you try to withdraw some cash to pay for your first round of beers in Antibes. 

Superyacht Currency

4. Macbook Pro - 90% of yachties will have the latest model

Now that Apple have released the latest and greatest Macbook with all singing, all dancing new touch bar I'm sure a good amount of yacht crew will have one on order. 

Yacht Crew Macbook Pro

5. iPad

Well, because Apple.

6. iPhone

Facebook, WhatsApp, Pandora, the Internet, oh and Instagram! After all, how else can you get those extra followers? Check us out on Instagram @superyachtcrewagency

7. Apple Watch - because the Macbook, iPad and iPhone is never enough

Set up your yacht cabin with another 3 ways to kill time.

Superyacht Apple Dock

8. Skateboard - for those midday breaks

Almost all yacht crew have a skateboard or enjoy skateboard breaks - traditional skateboard to electric ones, there are so many to pick from!

Superyacht Skateboard

9. Sunnies - to enhance your selfie game

Got to get yourself some sunglasses, protect your eyes and buy a decent pair of polarised ones. Although they are more expensive than the traditional ones, polarised sunnies effectively reduce glare from surfaces such as snow and sea which help while you're on a yacht. So protect an irreplaceable asset and get some for your superyacht travel kit.

Superyacht Sunglasses

10. GoPro - to create some kickass videos

Hiking, surfing, diving, wakeboarding, mountain biking, watching the grand prix or checking out the Cannes film festival. You can take a GoPro anywhere and don't forget it's another pretty cool piece superyacht crew can't seem to live without. Strap it to a selfie stick, attach it to a drone, set it up for those beautiful yacht sunsets or a time lapse of cruising the ocean waves. Either way this is a great way to record all your travel memories. Don't forget to get yourself an external hard drive or some cloud space to store all your new videos and pictures.

Super Yacht Crew GoPro

11. Canon - to bring out the artist in you

So many options out there, but a real good investment. With most of the modern cameras you don't need to be an expert to get some really professional photographs. Why not take up a photography course? Plenty of stuff to be found on Youtube or Google during your time off your yacht job. Sign up for a class somewhere locally, go to photography meetups or do it all from your yacht crew cabin on a learning platform like Udemy

SuperYacht Crew Camera

12. Drone - For those professional looking aerial shots

Aerial photography is becoming more and more of a trend as the latest Drones are a lot easier to fly. They're compact enough so you can add them to your hand luggage and still have space to carry your other items. The cost has reduced quite considerably over the years and it's becoming another essential piece of travel kit for yacht crew worldwide. What do you have in your crew bag? DJI Phantom, Mavic, GoPro Karma?

Super Yacht Drone Best Crew

13. Tripod/Selfie Stick

If you are looking to setup a tripod to get those professional looking still shots of sunsets or the ultimate superyacht crew selfie - someone, somewhere will have one of these if not I'm pretty sure any land you step foot on will sell them. 

Super Yacht Crew Selfie

14. Headphones

I can't stress enough at how useful these can be and a must have on any yachties shopping list. Think of all those long haul flights where you just want to get some rest but have some really loud passengers right in front of you keeping you up or trying to read a book but can't seem to find any peace and quiet. Just turn on the noise cancelling headphones and zone out. I would recommend getting some wireless noise cancelling bluetooth ones, well worth the investment - the QuietComfort 35 Wireless headphones from Bose are a great choice. After all what else are you going to use for your new shiny iPhone 7 and 2016 Macbook Pro?

Yacht Crew Headphones Best

15. Nike Shoes

We all know yacht crew go through ups and downs when it comes to training and keeping fit onboard a superyacht. So get a pair so you can dig out from the dark deep corners of your crew cabin cupboard and dust them off to get that beach body ready for summer season!

Yacht Crew Nike Shoes

Bonus Items

Don't worry, we have left out many of the other crucial items and this list will not be for everyone. After all, it's just a bit of fun and by no means supposed to be a must have list. So please don't go out and buy everything on the list now! Oh wait, you probably already have. For all those greenies starting out this is what yachting is all about - see it, like it, buy it! So if you are new to yachting and don't have thousands of dollars of disposable cash saved up, stick to the basics - Passport, some cash, credit card, toothbrush, board shorts or bikinis, sun cream and sunnies and go get after it! The rest you can buy along the way!

Why not checkout our guide on How To Get a Job on a Superyacht. Should you have any questions or are needing advice in yachting, feel free to drop us an email at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[Couples Rotation On A Superyacht]]>The opinions differ when it comes to how the superyacht industry feels about hiring couples to work together on a boat. Some captains and ship owners resist it in general, while other boats are actually considered “couple friendly”. If you and your partner are looking for employment as yacht crew together, here are some things to consider as you apply for jobs.

It is important that you and your partner keep your CV up to date and written specifically for the superyacht industry. Superyacht CVs can be slightly different from land based CVs. Yacht crews will require a photo of you alone, not you and your partner. It is also considered unprofessional to join yours and your partners CVs. Always present yourself on your own merits, and yours alone. The conditions you have set for joining the ship only with your partner can be discussed and negotiated after your CV has gotten the attention of your prospective employer.

There are always positives and negatives for consideration by any captain, yacht managements, and/or crew placement agents when it comes to the subject of employing/placing a couple on a superyacht.

On the positive side; often times, couples are less likely to be party goers. Couples that have been together over a longer period tend to be more secure and reliable. They also tend to work harder on behalf of one another and understand well that the individual’s actions reflect on their partner. These are all factors that can be highly beneficial to the captain and yacht owner.

On the other hand, you must be careful of the commonly understood negative effects of employing a couple onboard a superyacht. Couples that have not been together for very long are often prone to disagreements that can be disruptive to other crew members, and possibly the guests or even ship duties. There is also the risk of losing two crew members due to the dismissal of one of them. Captains must also consider the possibility that one crew member may attempt to “pull rank” based solely on the position held by their partner. These are all factors that are going to be on the minds of captains or yacht owners when presented with the option of hiring a couple as crew members.

Luckily, there are many vessels out there that are considered “couple friendly”. They’ve already weighed the pros and cons of hiring couples as yacht crew onboard a ship and have decided in advance to make the ship operations suitable for couples to be hired. These can often be your best bet when it comes to seeking employment as a couple onboard a superyacht. Right away, you no longer have to worry about selling a possible employer on the concept of hiring a couple. You can approach the application and interview process confident that you will only have to present yourself on your merits, rather than first overcoming the employer’s possible aversion to hiring couples as crew.

Although it is more challenging to land a couples job on a superyacht, here at SuperYacht Crew Agency (SYCA), we will do our best to try and accommodate all yacht crew members and our clients.

Lastly, even after being hired as a couple onboard the same yacht, you must remember: always take part and be social! Don’t isolate yourselves from the other yacht crew members and remember to have fun. Enjoy your hard-won employment onboard.

 

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<![CDATA[Top 5 Largest Superyachts in 2016]]>Working on a superyacht is one of the most luxurious experiences; a lot of hard work goes into your yacht job but in return you travel and explore some of the most remote islands and destinations in the world. Have you ever wondered the worlds largest superyachts?

Here are the top 5 largest superyachts in 2016:

1. Superyacht Azzam – 180mm (590ft)

Motor Yacht Azzam was launched by Lürssen Yachts in 2013, one of the world's leading shipyard for large luxury yacht building. The idea behind building yacht Azzam was to build a luxurious megayacht featuring a timeless and innovative design while guests enjoy the sophistication and luxury accommodation while traveling at high speed regardless of water conditions.

superyacht azzam

Builder: Lürssen Yachts

Launched: 2013

Top Speed: 30 knots, or 35mph

Number of crew: 70+

2. Superyacht Eclipse - 163m (533ft)

Motor Yacht Eclipse was built by Blohm and Voss, completed in 2010 at the Hamburg shipyard. Being one of the largest superyachts in the world, it accommodates 36 guests in 18 cabins as well as catering to over 70+ yacht crew members. This luxury megayacht is owned by Russian Billionaire, Roman Abramovich.

superyacht motor yacht eclipse

Builder: Blohm and Voss

Launched: 2010

Top Speed: 25 knots

Number of crew: 70+

3. Superyacht Dubai – 162m (531ft)

What was previously named as Platinum, Panhandle and Golden Star is now known as Motor Yacht Dubai. The construction of this yacht took over 10 years, at the beginning it was a joint project between Blohm + Voss and Lürssen shipyards then was acquired by Platinum Yachts in 2001 and finally launched in 2006. Her incredible size is disguised by the elegant lines of her steel hull and aluminium superstructure.

superyacht crew dubai

Builder: Platinum Yachts

Launched: 2006

Top Speed: 26 knots

Number of crew: 85+

4. Superyacht Dilbar – 156m (511ft)

Motor Yacht Dilbar is the Worlds biggest SuperYacht by Volume (Gross tonnage)

Superyacht Dilbar was custom built by Lürssen Yachts in Germany and launched in 2016. Yacht Dilbar can accommodate up to 24 guests in 12 cabins and is capable of carrying over 90+ yacht crew members in 53 cabins. She has a wide range of amenities onboard, perfect for a luxury yacht experience.

superyacht job on motor yacht dubai

Builder: Lürssen Yachts

Launched: 2016

Top Speed: 21.5 knots

Number of crew: 80+

5. Superyacht Al Said – 155m (508ft)

Motor Yacht Al Said was built by Lürssen Yachts in Germany and launched in 2008. She offers accommodation for up to 65 guests and capable of carrying up to 150 yacht crew members! She was built to Lloyds Register classification society rules and her outstanding interior features paneled wood walls, huge entertaining and reception spaces and even a large concert hall that can accommodate a 50-piece orchestra.

top 5 largest superyachts

Builder: Lürssen Yachts

Launched: 2008

Top Speed: 25 Knots

Number of crew: 150

If we've missed some of your favourite largest superyachts in the world, send us an email at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[Superyacht Job Interview Tips]]>There is huge competition when it comes to the superyacht industry, from newcomers to experienced yacht crew. It is always helpful to be in touch with a good yacht crew placement consultant to assist and advise you in finding the right yacht job.

Superyacht Crew Job

With all interviews, first impressions are extremely important, but it’s your interview technique that’ll get you the job.

Superyacht interview tips:

  • Present yourself well (immaculate presentation).
  • Dress appropriately; suitable attire would be a clean and crisp polo shirt or t-shirt with smart trousers, shorts, or a skirt (generally black, navy, white or cream colours).
  • Wear your hair up neat and tidy.
  • For women, wear minimal makeup and for men, clean shaven is always preferred.
  • Don’t be late.
  • Do your research. If you know the superyacht name, look it up. It is important to show you are interested and have taken the time to search for information.
  • Body language is important, stand up straight and have good posture.
  • Express commitment, confidence, and teamwork.
  • Be honest and positive. If you don’t have previous yachting experience, capitalise on other strengths and attributes which carry over into the position you are applying for (e.g. previous work in hospitality, sailing, etc).
  • Be attentive, listen and show interest in what the employer is saying.
  • Ensure you communicate well and show an eagerness to learn.
  • Always make eye contact to demonstrate politeness and interest.
  • Ask questions. It is important for the employer to know you are interested in the position (e.g. yacht itinerary, crew dynamic, etc.).

Write down yacht related questions you think will be asked, practice and role play with someone. Either a friend or fellow crew member who has had experience on-board a yacht, or been in a yacht interview situation before, that way they can give you an insight and some feedback.

Common questions I will be asked during a yacht interview?

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Practice how to turn a negative into a positive. Always revert back to how your skill set can be an asset, and why you would be a good fit for the yacht job.

  • What is your greatest achievement?

They are interested in knowing what you have been successful in, what achievements you are proud of, how you have solved problems, learned, and improved from difficult situations.

  • Why do you want to work on a yacht? And why are you different from other yacht crew?

Similar to your objective, describe where you see yourself in your yachting career and how this position fits into your goals. In addition, explain why the job is appealing to you and what you can offer to the job.

  • What are your hobbies?
  • Why should we hire you?

Normally this is asked towards the end of the interview, this is to give you another chance to try and sell yourself, and explain why you would be a great asset to the yacht. Express that your skillset sets you apart from other yacht crew, that you meet the employer’s needs, you are committed, etc. Your recruitment agent may be able to advise you as to what the employer is specifically looking for.

Prepare questions regarding the yacht itinerary, your duties, possible training and development and more, to show your enthusiasm in the position and the yacht.

Yacht Crew Interview Tips

Also, prepare for an immediate start, generally when a captain or owner interviews you, the job will likely start immediately. Superyacht job positions are as easily filled as it becomes available. Make quick and smart decisions, don’t beat around the bush as you may miss the opportunity.

Every Captain or owner is different, every boat has a different style, and every crew on-board each superyacht are different. Remember the employer has found your CV interesting, now they are looking to find out what type of candidate are you, what you can bring to the job, and if you are a good fit for the current yacht crew and their activities; this is important because the employer needs to ensure this as you will be eating, working, and living with the crew 24/7.

What to avoid during an interview?

1. Don’t leave your phone on.

2. Don’t ask about salary, holidays, and flights right away.

3. Don’t criticize previous employers.

4. Don’t ramble.

The more prepared you are, the more your personality will come out. So make sure you practice, get some feedback and improve before your interview.

Good luck on your hunt for your next superyacht job.

Superyacht Ulysses Interview Tips

If you have any questions or need further help, feel free to contact the team at SuperYacht Crew Agency and we will do our absolute best to give out any superyacht related advice you need.

You can reach us by phone at +44 2081 234535 or email us at info@syca.co.uk

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<![CDATA[Life On A Superyacht]]>What is life like on a Superyacht?

Working as a yacht crew member on a luxurious superyacht has its advantages and disadvantages. With long and endless working hours the yacht life is definitely no picnic. But if you can cope with all the hard work as yacht crew, it all pays off!

What are some advantages working on a yacht?

1. Travel

Superyacht Travel

It’s no secret that superyacht crew get to travel to the most exotic and remote destinations in the world. Picture your perfect oasis, a tropical island, an exclusive resort for the rich and famous, a beautiful busy city, and a quaint village full of rich culture, the list goes on for the day in the life of a yachtie. Yacht crew also get some fantastic views when cruising, berthing or anchoring in some of the most gorgeous and eye-catching locations on earth. Usually you may be lucky enough to get weekends or the odd day off from your regular yacht job to explore the locations you visit.

2. Money

Life on a Superyacht Money

As any superyacht crew agency can tell you, the yachting industry is founded on enormous amounts of wealth, and there is plenty of money to be shown. With substantial base salaries, most expenses paid for, and multiple other perks such as, tips, medical insurance coverage, flights to and from the vessel, etc. you’ll find that you have close to no expenditure on food, drink, accommodation, supplies and clothes (with uniforms provided) or leisure activities for occasional crew outings.

There really is no need to restrict yourself financially, working a superyacht job gives you an amazing opportunity to either save money or spend it on experiences, which allows you to pursue the most valuable thing of all – a full and happy life on a superyacht.

3. Experience

Superyacht life

Working a yacht job allows you to experience a completely different lifestyle. On a normal day, would you ever get an opportunity to mix with celebrities? Some of the most intellectual and influential people on the planet? You will experience lavish dinners, wakeboarding, jet skiing, diving, cultural tours and adventures, shopping or sipping on the best champagne, whatever floats your boat. There is a wide range of things to experience that you normally wouldn’t on some of the most picturesque locations of the earth. You never know the opportunities that may await you if you don't take that step!

4. Your New Family

Yacht Crew

A yacht job is unlike any other career, you’re surrounded by your yacht crew twenty-four hours of the day, seven days a week. They’re your work colleagues, your bunk mates, your friends, and your family away from home. Which more often than not makes for a group of strong, fun, and long-lasting relationships throughout.

To sum it all up with a famous saying, ‘You work hard and play hard’.

You can contact us at info@syca.co.uk for more advice on starting your career working on a superyacht!

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<![CDATA[Superyacht Crew Positions]]>The Most Common Superyacht Crew Positions Are:
  • Captain
  • First Officer
  • Second Officer / Mate
  • Chief Engineer
  • Second Engineer
  • Third Engineer
  • ETO
  • AV IT Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Bosun
  • Lead Deckhand
  • Deckhand
  • Purser
  • Chief Stewardess
  • Interior Manager
  • Head of interior
  • Head of Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Head Chef
  • Second Chef
  • Crew Chef

Depending on the size of the vessel, there’s a high possibility of dual positions on the superyacht. Some Dual Superyacht Crew Positions onboard can include the roles of Deckhand/Stewardess, Second Engineer/Deckhand or even Stew/Masseuse.

Numbers and positions of yacht crew jobs will vary depending on the vessel and its safe manning requirements. There will always be a general chain of command, each and every role is essential for the smooth and safe operation. 

Captain

The top of the hierarchy of Superyacht Crew Positions onboard is the Captain who has one primary duty, which is the overall safe manning and operation of the yacht. This entails taking ultimate responsibility for the vessel, yacht crew, Owner and the guests. Yacht Captains hold responsibilities in various areas such as personnel management, shipyard/project management, legal and regulatory compliance, accounting, achieving owners’ objectives, and generally answers to the owner with regard to all decisions.

A captain must have an overall excellent knowledge of the operations of the yacht and each department. This role requires you to have excellent nautical knowledge, maintenance, engineering, and technical practice, superior leadership, communication, as well as administrative duties such as accounting, paperwork and IT.

Each subsequent department falls under the command of the Captain.

Chief Officer / Second Officer

The First Officer or Chief Mate is the right hand man of the Captain. The roles are very similar, but specific duties vary on different yachts. Some of the responsibilities include the safe manning of the yacht, overseeing and managing all crew operations and maintenance, and a list of administrative and safety duties on board. Also, regularly takes bridge watches and often be responsible for the majority of the yachts passage planning and navigation.

The First Officer / Chief Officer must be able to stand in for the Captain in his absence; therefore this role requires you to have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the entire yacht and its operations.

The Second Officer acts as an aid and understudy, assisting the First Officer and familiarising with all operations.

Chief Engineer / Second or Third Engineer

The Chief Engineer is responsible for the Engineering Department, and more importantly, for all technical aspects and its equipment to run smoothly. Chief Engineers must have advanced knowledge of engineering on board, expert technical and troubleshooting experience, and able to prevent malfunctions and multitask.

The Chief Engineer’s day-to-day work is to maintain all aspects of mechanical and electrical operations, ensuring all planned maintenance takes place, and is in charge of the majority of service and repair work, liaising with subcontractors and shore based Engineers ensuring all relevant operations are up and running, and up to standard.

The Second or Third Engineers are directly responsible to the Chief Engineer, assisting and maintaining mechanical and electrical operations. yacht crew jobs for Engineers are in High demand, finding highly qualified skilled engineers is the goal of the Management and Captain. 

The entire Engineering department is responsible for anything and everything that could break and need to be fixed, from the main engines to smaller pieces of equipment such as jet skis, televisions, etc. Being able to troubleshoot and repair almost everything in the yacht is essential. Also being able to transition between engine room work and interacting with guests, if needed.

ETO / AV/IT Engineer / Electrician

Depending on the size of the yacht, they may hire separate individuals for each position, or one that can fulfil all responsibilities. If your are unsure of the Superyacht Crew Positions onboard check with a superyacht crew agency.

Generally, the ETO will have knowledge in handling AV/IT skills. The main responsibilities are daily maintenance of all electronic, computer, audio/visual and communications equipment to ensure it is running efficiently. The larger the yacht, the more likely systems will be numerous such as radio, radar, telephones, satellite communications, navigation systems, computers, interior equipment (TV and DVDs) etc. The ETO is also in charge of ensuring all planned maintenance work takes place and liaises with shore based technicians.

Electrician’s role is very similar, however the systems he/she would be responsible for include all electrical circuits on board, circuit breakers and switches, lighting, batteries, etc.

Bosun / Lead Deckhand

The yacht crew position of Bosun is likely to be an experienced deckhand who is able to take on extra responsibilities. They are in charge of the Deckhands, deck operations, and likely to spend a great deal of time with guests and owners when on board, therefore a positive attitude, a keen eye for detail and service are paramount.

The Bosun is normally the main tender driver, he/she will have to know inside and out how all tenders and toys operate. Normally, will oversee activity on the passarelle, and serve in a security role ensuring guests are embarking and disembarking safely. This position requires you to be well versed in operating various vehicles, equipment and mechanised devices.

Some of their responsibilities include the general maintenance of the exterior of the yacht, as well as tenders and toys, often undertakes bridge watches when at sea, painting, varnishing, storage, deck supplies, equipment and must have basic engineering abilities.

Deckhand

Deckhands encompass a large array of duties and responsibilities, having to assist in the maintenance, cleanliness, and manoeuvring of the boat and tenders. The role is very similar to the Bosun, being held responsible for the maintenance of the exterior of the yacht, and keeping it in pristine condition at all times. Some of the responsibilities as a deckhand include cleanliness and maintenance of the yacht such as wash downs, painting, varnishing, fibreglass restoration, polishing, finishing, carpentry, sanding, etc. On occasion, they may assist with helping the interior and galley department.

Purser / Chief Steward(ess) / Steward(ess)

A purser tends to be found on larger yachts where they have a large number of yacht crew, where no yacht crew role for a purser is required, the Chief Stewardess assumes some of these responsibilities. It is a highly administrative position and requires a strong background in all areas from service to administration and crew management. The purser is responsible for all operations in the interior department, which include inventory, purchasing and provisioning, accounting, organising guest activities, working closely with guests and crew, and assisting the Captain with the yachts paperwork.

It is essential that a Purser has had experience as a Chief Stewardess, as a lot of their responsibilities are very similar. He/she must be well versed in financial and computer skills, communication, organization and delegation abilities, as well as excellent knowledge of service and housekeeping skills. It is also very likely that a Purser will be responsible for recruiting new members for the department when necessary.

The Chief Steward(ess) role has similar responsibilities as a steward(ess), but on a more senior level, taking on extra responsibilities, training and managing the interior department. It requires you to have an excellent attention to detail, anticipate guests wants and needs, and to deliver exceptional services in a luxury 7-star manner.

The Chief Stewar(ess) and Steward(ess) main responsibilities include food, drink, and bar service, silver service, overseeing the cleaning and polishing of accommodation, cabin preparation, flower arranging, obtaining local currency, arranging trips, transport, and general yacht operations.

The entire interior department are primarily focused on the comfort of the owner and guests.

Head Chef / Second Chef / Crew Chef

Along with the Interior department, the yacht crew job of Head Chef is an extremely important role as the owner and guests will always remember the food they had, regardless of the size of the yacht. The Head Chef is in responsible for the galley.

Chefs working on a Superyacht will usually have previous experience working at a hotel, restaurant, resort or cruise line. They must hold health standard certifications, have a vast knowledge of produce, diets, allergies, food safety and storage, and the ability to provision to a budget in different parts of the world. Special menus and varied dietary requests aren’t uncommon, so you must be able to create inventive and balanced menus with scarce supplies.

It is very challenging as Head Chefs will have to plan all meals and anticipate other culinary requests. They are in charge of planning meals, maintaining an inventory of all galley equipment and food, as well as galley safety and sanitation standards, purchasing ingredients, preparing food and final presentation, and ensuring that the galley is kept in pristine condition.

Sous Chefs are found in larger yachts, who work alongside the Head Chef, bearing all responsibility and assisting the Head Chef when necessary, as well as cooking for the crew. In some cases, the Sous Chef takes on a dual position as a crew cook, or a “Stew-Cook” where a Steward(ess) will take on the responsibility as a Steward(ess) and a cook. This is very common on smaller sized yachts, to funnel responsibilities of both a cook and steward into one.

SuperYacht Crew Positions & Hierarchy

SuperYacht Crew Positions

A yacht crew placement agency can get you started!

A crew placement agency will be able to tell you what Superyacht Crew Position is best suited to your skill set, which superyacht crew jobs are available and can give you Tips on How to Get a Job on a SuperyachtRegistering with an Superyacht Crew Agency is simple and is one of the most effective ways of finding superyacht jobs.

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<![CDATA[STCW Updates - What You Need To Know]]>Looking to Keep Your Superyacht Job? New Licensing Requirements for Yacht Crew Members

STCW Updates, and new licensing requirements.

The Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention have brought about a number of changes that will also affect members of yacht crews and should be kept in mind when you are looking for superyacht jobs.

If you are new to the field, you should be aware that the absolute basic minimum requirements for hire on a yacht crew is to be STCW ’95 Certified. You should become certified before you register with a superyacht agency for placement in any crew jobs.

New Regulations and Amendments

Seafarers are required, every five years, to provide evidence of having maintained the required standards of competence to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities working on board a ship. The provisions will be implemented gradually until 1 January 2017, when all the amendments are to be in place. One of the most significant amendments is the requirement for all seafarers to update some elements of the mandatory STCW safety training.

If you are serving on board a ship (including a superyacht) and are qualified in any of the following you must, as of January 2017, have documentary evidence of either completing the training course or updating (refresher) your STCW Qualifications.

The STCW courses that are required to be updated are:

  • Personal Survival Techniques - half day
  • Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting - 1 day
  • Advanced Fire Fighting - 1 day
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats - 1 day
  • Fast Rescue Boats - 1 day

In order to be applicable for refresher training, seafarers must provide their previous STCW certifications.

Please note that all prerequisites for STCW training still exist, therefore in order to undertake Advanced Fire Fighting a seafarer must first have a valid STCW Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting certificate. Furthermore, to undertake Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boat training a seafarer must first have a valid STCW Personal Survival Techniques and finally a seafarer must have a valid STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boat certificate to undertake Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boat training.

The following STCW courses that do not currently require updating are:

  • Elementary First Aid
  • Security Awareness
  • Designated Security Duties
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

Course

Changes since STCW ‘78 as amended 1995

Refresher course required under STCW

Personal Survival Techniques

No

Yes

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

No

Yes

Advanced Fire Fighting

No

Yes

Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats

No

Yes

Fast Rescue Boats

Yes

Yes

Elementary First Aid

No

No

Security Awareness

New 2010

No

Designated Security Duties

New 2010

No

Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

Yes

No

 

Updating of the Proficiency in Medical Care is not currently required under the STCW Code however on EU Member State flagged vessels, the captain and any person delegated to use the medical type A supplies must receive special training updated at least every five years.

Although it is not mandatory updating before 1 January 2017, it is important that individuals schedule their training well in advance before places become limited as deadline approaches. This applies to those holding all yacht jobs. It is essential because if a ship’s crew cannot prove evidence of having met the updating requirements from the STCW Manila Amendments, the vessel may fail port state inspection.

Some schools which hold these courses are:

Warsash Maritime Academy, UK

http://www.warsashacademy.co.uk/courses/stcw-safety-and-security/stcw-updating-training.aspx

Sea Safety Training Group, SA

http://www.sstg.co.za/maritime-courses/

Maritime Professional Training, Fort Lauderdale, USA

http://www.mptusa.com/our-courses.cfm

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<![CDATA[Tips To Getting A Job On A SuperYacht]]>How To Get a Job On a SuperYacht?

1. Choose your SuperYacht Career Path

2. Get Certified

3. Register With A Crew Agency

4. Network

5. Choose Your Ideal SuperYacht Job

6. Try Dockwalking

7. Find The Best Location to Start your Yachting Career

8. Nail The Job Interview

Work On A SuperYacht

Securing a job on a superyacht is the ultimate goal. Working on a yacht can be unique, lucrative, and potentially a long term career path, but breaking into the field can seem very intimidating. If you aren’t sure where to begin, it’s important to know what sort of Yacht Jobs are out there, and also what you can do to increase your chances of placement on a yacht crew. There are plenty of yacht jobs available for a wide range of abilities, and with determination, knowledge, and the right SuperYacht Agency, you can prepare yourself for your long term goals in this career.

A high quality yacht crew is always in demand and there are many different positions to fill on a superyacht. The number and type of positions can vary depending on the size of the superyacht.

Crew Positions Onboard a SuperYacht

  • Captain
  • First Officer
  • Second Officer
  • Bosun 
  • Deckhand
  • Chief Engineer 
  • Second Engineer
  • Third Engineer
  • ETO
  • Purser
  • Chief Stewardess
  • Second Stewardess
  • Head Of Interior
  • Head Of Housekeeping
  • Stewardess
  • Laundry
  • Head Chef
  • Chef
  • Sous Chef

Ask yourself which position on a superyacht would suit your character and skill set best. Experience is highly valued in a crew member, so if you are lacking in relevant prior experience, you could be at a disadvantage. However, if you are serious about working on a superyacht, there are a few tips on how to get a job on a superyacht including how to enhance your SuperYacht CV and make it stand out from the crowd, brush up on your Nautical Phrases and SuperYacht Terminology.

Training and Certifications For Yacht Crew Jobs

There will be several training courses and certification options available from many sources, and once you have considered your long term goals for a yacht crew position, that will determine which courses and certifications are required.

The absolute minimum requirements to obtain your first job on a superyacht are to be STCW 2010 Certified. STCW 2010 stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, standards that were set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  The STCW 2010 consists of 5 basic training courses that will cover Personal SurvivalTechniques (PST), Basic Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid & CPR and Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR).

Note: If you are serving on board a ship and are qualified in any of the following you must, as of the 1st of January 2017, have documentary evidence of either completing the training course or updating/refresher training within the last 5 years.

You must also have your ENG1 Medical Certificate, the MLC states that every seafarer must have a valid medical certificate. ENG1 is a relatively quick and unobtrusive examination set by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to minimize or prevent potential hazards at sea. MCA approved Doctors will establish whether or not you have any medical conditions that might cause you to be unable to perform certain duties at sea.

"Securing a job on a superyacht is the ultimate goal"

As mentioned above, these are only the minimum requirements, for each specific position you look into, there will be a list of many more qualifications and courses that will also be required. E.g. Engineers require holding a ticket such as AEC, MEOL or their Yacht Y4, Y3, Y2, Y1 Ticket and Certificate of Competence (COC).

Finding the Right Superyacht Crew Agency

Once you have your basic training and qualifications specific for how to get a job on a superyacht under your belt, you may find it beneficial to register with a yacht crew placement agency. This is a very common way for newcomers to land their first job on a superyacht. There are many crew agencies out there, so deciding which agency will be the best fit for you will be at your own discretion. The general procedure is to either sign up on their registration page, or email the crew placement agency providing them with your CV and other related documents. There may be a quick interview before it is official, but once you are registered, the search for crew jobs begin.

Social Media is also a great way to get started, joining and posting in superyacht related groups, and making sure you are out there looking for either day work to get your foot in, or through contacts you already have in the industry.

Searching For a Job On a Superyacht

Whatever method your choose to land your first job on a superyacht we wish you the best of luck in finding your dream job, just as any land based career it is important to present yourself in a professional manner. Dressing well, and maintaining a respectful, friendly attitude during courses and interviews can make a big impression on potential employers and valuable network contacts. It is very important to be honest about the position you are seeking for and the qualifications you hold.

The Superyacht Job you want is out there – doing your part to prepare yourself with proper training and knowledge can only work in your favour. You are already half way there!

Good Luck and we would love to hear how it all works out. Should you have any questions or need any advice please feel free to email us.

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