The Best Engineers Have Hands-On Experience - Aldrey's Story

interviews Dec 18, 2018

Welcome back, FreshYacht Insiders!

Today we’re featuring the story of Aldrey - a Jamaican Engineer who took his interest and aptitude for fixing things to a career on luxury superyachts.  


Aldrey tells us why he enjoys engineering (including a fun story or two!), why you don’t necessarily need a fancy degree to succeed in this field, the most important characteristic to be a good engineer and his top destinations on the yachting circuit!  

Aldrey, thanks for talking with FreshYacht today! Can you start by telling us a bit about what you do onboard?


As the engineer, I’m in charge of maintaining all of the main and auxiliary systems on board. This means I have to keep everything running and make sure it’s in well-maintained condition.


From the engine room to the AV system, from appliances to refrigeration - everything that runs on the boat is the engineer’s responsibility. The engineer really knows the whole boat, inside...

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From Sea to Sky - A South African Man's Journey Up Through Yachting

interviews Nov 06, 2018


Welcome back to our interview series! Today, we’re talking with Luke Raubenheimer, a lifelong mariner who took his yachting career and used it to become a pilot.  

Along the way, he’s had some incredible adventures. Luke’s story is a great one because we love to see the unusual and amazing places that a yachting career might lead.

Join us today and explore why Luke thinks the Bahamas are underrated, his best tip for newcomers to the industry, and what yachting taught him along the way.


How long have you been working in the yachting industry? How did you get your start?


I grew up sailing on family vacations, so I knew I loved the sport. I’d had a few jobs on sailing yachts but hadn’t seen it as a career yet. At one point my sister was working on motor yachts in the U.S. and she invited me over.


Coming from South Africa, I saw yachting as an opportunity to get a new start. I found a position on a sailing yacht. We crossed...

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How To Break Into Yachting As A Newcomer - with Suzanne Porta

interviews Jun 22, 2018

Curious about how you can break into yachting with no experience?

Today, we're sharing some great tips from an expert! We sat down with Suzanne Porta, a former yacht stewardess who went on to launch her own crew placement agency. She was happy to talk with FreshYacht to share her experience, explain the three most important characteristics for a new crew member, and give her best advice on how to network successfully!

Suzanne, thanks for chatting with us today! Can you start off by telling us your story of how you came into yachting, and what you do now?

 Like many Americans, I came into the yachting industry by chance. I grew up in New York, and was working in Manhattan in the high tech industry. After the World Trade Center came down on 9/11/01, I donated my nearby apartment to first responders, and I moved out to stay with family in Sag Harbor, New York.

Sag Harbor is a charming little town that’s an absolute hub for boats in the summer. I opened up a...

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How To Set Yourself Up For Success on Superyachts -- with Carrie Freeman

interviews May 21, 2018
If you’re looking at a yachting job, you may have lots of questions and concerns - how can you stand out from the crowd? What if you don’t like your coworkers? Does the work get boring after awhile? Do you need to rely on a crew agency to find a job?

We’re here today with Carrie, a 10-year veteran stewardess who now works for a yacht brokerage. She’s here to reassure you that if you take the leap and go for it, you’ll have an experience you won’t regret!


Carrie, before we dive in, tell us a little about your background and how you came to yachting.



I’m from Chicago originally and had a background in business. I had no idea that yachting was even something you could do, but I met some yachties when I was traveling in Florida, and they got me interested in the field.


I started doing some research, and then I just decided to dive in and go for it! I worked for 10 years as a stewardess, traveled a ton, and...

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A South African Man's Success Story

interviews Apr 24, 2018

Hey there FreshYacht Insider!


We’re back with another fantastic interview, this time with Sello -- a young man from South Africa who seized the opportunity to create a life of adventure for himself.


Sello grew up in Johannesburg, where he worked as a hairdresser. But after a few too many times meeting great people with exciting stories to tell, whether of travel for business or pleasure, Sello realized he wanted to be the one telling the story.


Here’s his take on breaking into the business, the need to take the risk, and how he’s seen the yachting community evolve.


Sello, you’ve got a great story of making a big life change. How did you make the leap from cutting hair to working on a yacht?


Once I decided that I needed a change from doing hair, I started researching for work abroad. I came across a few options -- working as a flight attendant, or teaching in Asia, or the Middle East - and then I saw yachting.  


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Making The Leap To A Superyacht Career

interviews Mar 13, 2018
Do you ever look at your current job and wonder how you could start a new career in yachting?

Well, many people just like you have made the switch. Even if your background has nothing to do with travel or yachting, you can still apply your knowledge to launching your new career.

Today, we’re excited to share an interview with Wade Bordian.

He went to business school and worked in sales and marketing for several years before he decided to make the jump to working on a superyacht, and he’s not looked back.

Here’s Wade’s story:


Hi Wade - thanks for chatting. Can you tell us how you found your way onboard a yacht?

Wade:  I grew up in Halifax, Canada a port city, and saw yachts coming through in the summer, so the seed was planted early - I was always intrigued by the people who lived this lifestyle.

I went to university and got my business degree, but I wasn’t sure it was a good fit for me. Initially, I actually looked at cruise ships, but most...

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Valentine's Special: Working On Yachts As A Couple

interviews Feb 13, 2018
If you’re wondering what it’s like to work and live alongside your partner on a superyacht, today’s post is for you!

We were thrilled to sit down with Dani and Anthony, who share the best and worst parts of working together on a yacht and their advice for partners looking to make this their career.

Dani and Anthony, how did you each get started working in the industry, and how did you meet?

Dani: I was working at a restaurant in Palma de Mallorca, which is a popular destination for yachts, so there were a lot of boats around. I’d always wanted to give it a try, and with my hospitality background, I was confident about working in the field.

I met my first Captain while I was working in the restaurant, and she ended up taking me with her to work onboard. Now I work as a second stewardess. I like the work and the constant rotation through different tasks and positions. It’s a great position if you like the challenge of organization and efficiency, and...

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Safety at Sea: A Captain's Perspective

interviews Jan 29, 2018
What keeps you from launching your superyacht career? Well, some of you have told us you’re wondering -- or your families are wondering -- about safety at sea on while working on yachts.

Well, you can rest easy -- in today’s edition of the FreshYacht interview series, experienced Captain Vareek Breaden, reassures us about the high safety standards demanded in the superyacht industry.

A veteran of over 20 years on yachts, Captain Breaden shares his perspective on why superyachts are one of the safest places to work, the importance of trust and reliance within a crew, and how he once offended a famous supermodel.

A lot of people thinking about starting a career in yachting have questions about safety onboard. Can you talk a little bit about what they could expect, and how you keep your yacht and crew safe?

If you take a close look yachting, the reality is we’re working for the wealthiest and most successful people in the world. Safety is an absolute necessity for...

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From Deckhand to Superyacht Captain: Interview with Captain Dave Zimath

interviews Dec 18, 2017

Greetings, FreshYacht Insiders! Today, we’re back with some advice from superyacht Captain Dave Zimath.

Just like many of you, Dave started off as a young twentysomething working as a deckhand. Today, he’s a captain and has been working in the superyacht industry for more than 25 years.

We talked to Dave today to learn what he looks for in a young crewmember, what surprised him about becoming Captain, and his favorite part of being in charge.

Dave, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with our FreshYacht Insiders today. We know many of them are just starting out, but might have their eye on being a Captain one day.

Tell us a bit about yourself - How did you get your start in the industry? How do you feel after working on yachts for so many years?

I’ve been in yachting since I was 23, when I started as a deckhand.

I got my start, like most people do, on a bigger boat. My first yacht was 172 footer, and these bigger yachts can afford to take on people...

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Taking A Chance: A Yachting Newcomer's Story

interviews Nov 19, 2017

Interested in working as superyacht crew, but not sure if you’ve got what it takes?

Today, we’re talking with Stewardess Sarah Murphree, who shares her experience of breaking into the industry, her favorite destinations (so far), and what advice she’d share with aspiring yacht crew.

Sarah, thanks for talking with us here at FreshYacht. To start, can you tell our readers a bit about you and how you first heard about yacht jobs?

I grew up in South Africa, but am originally from Zimbabwe, and still have a lot of friends and family there.

I was working in Cape Town as a bartender and a waitress, but was ready for a shift. When I heard about yachting from a friend who was a stewardess, I decided to go for it. I’m really happy that I’d talked to my friend first, who inspired me to go into the interior. I don’t think a deck job would have been a good fit for me.

What challenges did you overcome to start your first job? What was the hardest thing about...
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