Yacht Crew's Changing Daily Routines

Uncategorized Oct 26, 2020

If you’ve been working a “normal” land-based job, you’re probably used to a 9-5 workweek with weekends off.


If you've been working in the hospitality industry you may be used to shifts, working weekends, and holidays.


No matter what, you’ll find that the Superyacht work routines are quite different.


We’re here to break it down for you so you know exactly what to expect!


Over the course of a year, yacht crew's typical daily routines will change. Here are the three routines you'll find yourself working: 


1. Guests on Board

2. Transit or Passage

3. Shipyard or At the Dock


Each of these routines is completely different, with varying hours and tasks. Let’s take a closer look!


1. Guests on Board


Having guests onboard is the entire reason that the superyacht industry exists -- so this is going to be the primary work routine you’ll experience.


When guests are on board, you’ll be working hard all day long. You could be on deck coordinating activities and keeping the boat shipshape.


If you work in the interior you'll be serving meals, cleaning, and entertaining guests.



You’ll likely get some breaks when guests are on excursions, but ultimately the crew is there to serve any whim at any time. Guests want midnight coffee? A crew member will be there to prepare it.


Working together during the times when guests are onboard can be challenging and exhausting, but also highly rewarding.


2. Transit or Passage



Yachts regularly relocate from one area to another in between yachting seasons.


For instance, a yacht based in the Caribbean for part of the year may need to move to the Mediterranean for another season.


Moving the yacht is all about speed of transfer, so you’ll probably be moving 24 hours a day.


This means that crew will stand watch, being alert for several hours at a time and keeping an eye out for navigation, other vessels, or potential threats like land, weather, or other concerns.


While it can be busy and potentially stressful during this period, you’ll also be getting extended breaks each day when NOT on watch.



You’ll have time to rest and relax, enjoy the yacht’s peaceful environment, catch up on duties, or just enjoy being at sea. It can be really enjoyable!



3. Shipyard or At the Dock


Yachts often stop at the shipyard for maintenance between guest seasons.


Many things cannot be fully repaired while the boat is actively traveling with guests, so a long list will be created during the season and these items can be fixed during the yacht’s time at the dock.



This is a good time for many crew members to take a vacation.


Others, like engineers, are very busy during this period. However, it’s more of a standard schedule, with 8 hour days and evenings and weekends off.


One crew member is always on watch to keep an eye on things, but these duties are rotated so you won’t be the only one with the burden.


Which Sounds Best To You?


The nice thing about yachting is that you will rotate through all of these routines during your time onboard.


It’s a great way to shake up your schedule, give yourself some much needed time to rest, and ensure you never get bored!


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