What's it REALLY like working as yacht crew?

career Jan 27, 2020
If you’ve never worked on a superyacht, you might be intrigued by the lifestyle you see.


One new exotic port after another.


Water toys, delicious meals, and a luxurious yacht to call your home.


Well, all of that is true -- but what’s also true is that, as a crew member, you’ll have a slightly different experience than the guests onboard!


That said, you can still enjoy and explore all of these things when you’re not working.


Here’s what you should know about the superyacht crew lifestyle, and why it might be a great fit for you.



1. The Industry is Growing


Currently, over 15,000 yachts worldwide are hiring professional crew -- with more being built every year.


For a large yacht, the crew size can be 50 people or more!


That’s a LOT of jobs.


What’s more, new yachts means new roles for officers and upper-level crew. You’ll need to work your way up over about five years to be an officer, but the opportunities are there!


2. You’ll See Some Amazing Sights


It’s true that you may be a little busier than the guests, cleaning the yacht or serving meals while they lounge on the beach - but you’ll still have unparalleled access to some of the most incredible and remote places around the world.


From Alaskan waters to Caribbean ports too small for cruise ships, you’ll have the chance to explore these places on days off.



Without the cost of paying for airfare and hotel, you’ll be able to splurge on outings, activities, or just enjoy soaking in the beauty of these incredible places!


3. Did We Mention The Cash?


Do you have a budget? (We hope so!)

If you do, take a quick peek -- how much of your monthly income is tied up in housing, meals, commuting to and from your job?


What about your work clothing, or even your daily necessities like shampoo and soap?


Is it 30%? 50%? Even more?


Now, what if you could SAVE ALL OF THAT money each month? What could that do for your lifestyle and your long-term goals and dreams?


On top of that, let’s look at tips. The crew on Charter Yachts can make up to $5000 per WEEK in tips. That’s insane!


4. You’ll Make Great Friends


Yachting is a very social industry.


Between the networking amongst job-seekers, the hard-working crew in port for a few days, and the locals along the way, you’ll make connections among your own boat’s crew and others you'll meet.


Some people have even met their future spouse or partner while working together on a yacht!


If this sounds like a lifestyle you could get excited about -- we agree!


And that’s why FreshYacht is here. But before you jump right in, make sure you know the last important fact about working on a superyacht - it’s a lot of work.




Yacht crew may work up to 15 hours a day -- or even more! And, it may be a few weeks of hard work before you get a true day off.


Your schedule can be unpredictable, and you may need to work holidays.


But if you’re willing to show up and put in the hard work - you’ll get the wonderful benefits of the superyacht lifestyle!


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