Could you work on a superyacht? Eight questions to ask yourself
Written by Michael Henson
So you like the idea of cruising around the Mediterranean or Caribbean, earning thousands of tax-free pounds, partying with the rich and famous? If you’re considering a job on a superyacht there are eight questions you need to ask yourself to see if it’s right for you.
- Do you value your privacy? You will be living in a shared cabin, which are renown for being very small. You will very rarely be alone, so if you crave your own company and enjoy solitude, the cramped crew life full of big personalities would definitely not suit you. Further to this, gone are the times where you could dance in the shower, as much room as possible is saved for the owners so this means small, shared shower cubicles. Lets just say it helps if you are small.
- Could all your possessions fit in a suitcase? Again the space issue will mean that you have very little room for personal possessions. If you are someone who needs a variety of clothes or shoes, or somebody who needs their creature comforts, life on board may not be the best career choice.
- Could you be away from your family and friends for long periods of time? Are you prepared to miss your regular Saturday night out? Being away on a superyacht in the middle of the ocean means you are going to miss birthdays, weddings, Easter and pretty much anything else involving your family. A major drawback, which needs to be considered.
- Are you in a relationship? On board relationships are sometimes frowned upon and on some vessels forbidden altogether. Captains may see relationships as an annoyance because of previous bad experiences. For example if one was to get fired/quit, soon after the other would follow, or worse still if they were to break up this would cause a divide on a boat that needs full teamwork to run efficiently. Its not unheard of for couples to work on board a yacht but it does create a barrier to getting hired and may be a reason that gets you fired.
- Do you like being at sea? This seems like an obvious question to ask but you need to consider it. You will be on unstable land for long periods of time and getting seasick simply wouldn’t benefit anybody involved.
- Are you prepared to work long days and hours? Crew will wake up to serve breakfast and then stay until the last guest has gone to bed, meaning days can be up to 20 hours. There are no weekends at sea and you may not get a day off for weeks. Hard work is an understatement, and if you struggle through an 8-hour day 20 would feel like a lifetime.
- Do you like cleaning? As a stewardess or a deckhand, you will be doing a vast amount of cleaning; it is vital that you enjoy it. When varnishing on a yacht its not just one or two coats, it’s 10 to 12 coats. That’s what it needs to keep it in the immaculate stage. If you struggle cleaning in your day-to-day life you will not enjoy working on a yacht.
- Do you have a strong moral compass and are easily offended? If you are going to work on a yacht (especially a charter yacht) then the ability to turn a blind eye and not get too upset by impoliteness or some of the things you see is crucial. Yachting will test your morals.
If you could suffer through with all of the above the rewards for all the hard work are outstanding. Click here to find out just why tens of thousands of people choose to work on board.
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