2. Desirable Traits for Yacht Crew Members
Character and work ethic, the ability to put in long hours under pressure and consistently deliver top-quality service, appearance, attitude, and loyalty are all factors that make for successful crew members; people with a can-do attitude and a smile, who are friendly but discreet, and sensitive to boundaries. Some clients prefer an outgoing crew, while others want them to be almost invisible.
3. Three Ways to Hire Yachting Crews
The first and certainly the most reliable way is to hire a professional yacht crew agency with maritime professionals who are are experts at interviewing and checking references of potential crew members, training, ensuring required certifications, and arranging contracts and visas.
A second way is through referrals, and although this can be a simple solution, it’s not always the most dependable. For example, another yacht owner may recommend a captain or chef. Experienced captains often have their own networks, and can help to find under-officers, engineers, chefs, and a head stewardess to build their own staff.
A third method, which requires the most work and a lot of luck, is to use online resume-hosting sites and services for yacht workers and employers.
4. The Cost of Crewing a Yacht
Crew salaries are about 35% to 40% of superyacht operating costs. Salaries aren’t set in stone, but according to “supply and demand,” whether for a long-term or temporary role, and