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Different Types of Jobs on a Yacht

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While on some yachts you are going to need certification to get a job on others there are plenty of non-skilled positions available such as deckhands, chefs and stewards. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the yacht, the more non-skilled positions that will be available.

It is often the case that crews are needed for super yachts. These positions will not be advertised because the owner might want privacy. Being a trusted person and being in the loop will get you the job. It is often the case that a job on a super yacht is fairly easy until the owner arrives on deck and then it is ‘all hands to the pumps’.

Here is a rundown of the different types of position available on a yacht:

It is often the case that crews are needed for super yachts. These positions will not be advertised because the owner might want privacy. Being a trusted person and being in the loop will get you the job.

Captain

This is the best job and needs proper qualifications and experience. The captain is responsible for the safety of the crew and passengers and for navigating the boat. The Captain makes all the important decisions. He or she must liaise with the owner and have good communication skills to keep the crew functioning properly.

First Mate

The first mate is next in command after the Captain. It is normally the first mate that relays the captain’s orders. After serving as a first mate for some years it is often the case that they will become captains. It is the first mate who maintains a dialogue between the crew and the captain.

Pilot

This is a highly skilled and technical job for which you will have to study to get a license. The captain would not be able to do his or her job without the assistance of the pilot who knows how to read maps, navigate and maneuver the yacht through the water. As with the engineer’s job, there’s a lot of technical know-how involved in being a pilot.

Engineer

This is another skilled job. An engineer must be ready to fix anything that goes wrong with the boat. Being able to diagnose a problem and being able to come up with makeshift solutions until a port is reached is what makes a good engineer.

Chef

This is a very important job and a busy one too. The chef is responsible for feeding not only the crew but also the passengers. Basic food might pass for the deckhands but the owner and his guests or the paying passengers will expect tasty food. The Chef must be able to work in a small area in the boat and have lots of recipes up his or her sleeves. Being qualified to cook is more important for a chef than being qualified to sail.

Deckhand

Anyone who is fit and healthy; and who doesn’t get seasick can be a deckhand. This is a non-skilled job that is at the bottom of the marine hierarchy of jobs. Deckhands are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the yacht. Bigger yachts will always need a deckhand to do all the menial jobs.

Steward / Stewardess

This is another non-skilled position. Experience in the service industry is helpful but not necessary. Stewards take care of the passengers needs – bringing food, cleaning up, making beds, mixing drinks etc.

Safety Officer

This is a skilled job. The job description is summed up in the job title: a safety officer is responsible for making sure the yacht, the crew and the passengers are all safe. A good safety officer will attempt to anticipate problems and take pre-emptive measures to prevent problems – like advising against going to areas where piracy is prevalent.

Purser

A purser is the one who keeps the money. The purser keeps accounts of outgoings, pays salaries and receives fares from the passengers. Accounting skills are more appropriate for a purser than nautical ones.