A career in yachting is a wonderful way to explore the world. But, not only can it be a big adventure, it can also turn into a long and rewarding career.
While yachting is a fun, adventurous way to earn a living and collect some passport stamps along the way it is an industry that demands dedication, hard work and a fine eye for detail.
Here is a snapshot of a handful of the jobs to work up to:
The First Officer (often also referred to the ‘Chief Officer’) is essentially the second-in-command below the Captain on board a superyacht.
The only difference between the roles, in fact, is the overall level of responsibility. The first officer must be able to fulfil the Captain’s duties should this be necessary, which means he or she needs to have extensive on-board experience, as well be fully versed in all the workings of the particular vessel. For most First Officers, their day-to-day is taken up mostly by overseaing all deck and safety procedures. Additional responsibilities could include trip planning, navigation, maintenance supervision, as well as management of crew operations.
Deckhands are were most yacht crew start their careers. They are responsible for a variety of duties on deck, ranging from maintenance (such as painting and varnishing) to polishing the deck and beyond. While it is very much an entry level job, quality hard work and a good work ethic (attitude is everything here) is often rewarded and gaining experience a deckhand is a very necessary stepping stone to bigger positions.
The engineer is responsible for all the mechanical inner workings of the vessel. The engineer’s main duties require smooth running of all technical equipment such as engines and other hardware. While much of the everyday work revolves around maintenance, a competent engineer is able think on his or her feet and multitask to ensure all onboard systems are performing as required.
The Chief Steward/Stewardess’s job is never done. They head up the yacht’s interior department and their role is to ensure the comfort of all guests on board by inspiring their team to provide the highest level of hospitality service. In line with this, duties range from cleaning and cabin preparation to food and drinks service as well as arranging excursions and the like. The Chief Steward/Stewardess answers directly to the captain and carries a lot of responsibility with the entire interior department falling under them.
For many who book charters, the food served onboard is often one of the memorable aspect of the trip. In line with this, the Yacht Chef prepares food of only the highest standards. Responsibilities extend well beyond cooking however and the Head Chef is also in charge of devising menus, as well as sourcing and purchasing the ingredients in different locations. With diverse tastes and special dietary requirements among guests this can often prove to be a stressful juggling act. On larger yachts, both a Head Chef and a Second Chef (‘Sous Chef’) will be employed and, in very rare instances, a separate cook for the crew.
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