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13 Oct 2015
There are two questions I am often asked by prospective crew members: "Do I need to be a blonde beauty with legs up to here?" or "Do I need to be tall, dark and handsome?" In essence, what both men and women are asking is "Do looks matter?"
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"I've been to Nice and the Isles of Greece and sipped champagne on a yacht. Now I'm heading to Monte Carlo for this year's Grand Prix and I've gotta say I'm stoked with what I've got."
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The Captain is essentially the king or queen of the castle, or in this case the floating palace. At the very tip of the hierarchal ladder, he or she is not only the master of the ship but also the human resource manager, the accountant, the administrator, and the judge and jury, responsible for everything from organising visas and vaccinations, to poring over charts and plotting courses, to hiring and managing crew.


A first mate (or first officer) is second in charge to the captain which means he or she must not only be capable of managing the deck crew and all the external operations of a yacht, but also must be able to take control of the situation and the captain’s responsibilities should the situation demand it.

A second mate (or second officer or bosun) is one rung up from a deckhand but one rung down from a first mate, which means that he or she performs many of the duties of a deckhand but also often takes on specific responsibilities to assist the first mate.


Just as a yacht’s diesel engines are a largely unseen but vital part of a yacht’s operations so to are the engineers that look after them. However, looking after the engines is only one component of an engineer’s job. Just as important is the upkeep and repair of every other electrical and mechanical device onboard, and onboard every luxury yacht there is certainly no shortage of such equipment.


Like a chef in a five-star establishment, a chef on a luxury yacht broils, steams, fries, chops, mixes, blends and folds creative dishes from a huge array of fresh ingredients, and are as much artisans as they are chefs. However, unlike a chef on land, chefs on luxury yachts have to cook for the same people every day, day in and day out, week after week, for months or even years on end, and continue to impress them.


In a broad sense, a steward or stewardess is responsible for looking after the owners, the guest and the interior of the yacht, which basically means tending to every possible need and paying attention to every small detail. This can involve everything from cleaning to cocktail service to organising a theme night or a tour ashore.


A deckhand is responsible for maintaining the exterior of a yacht (a job that is as detailed as maintaining the interior of the yacht) as well as maintaining (which often means playing with) the many toys stowed onboard such as jetskis, speedboats and self-propelled mini dive submarines.

Specialty Positions

With luxury yachts getting larger and plusher, and yacht owner’s specifications becoming more particular, there are now a myriad of specialist positions available, from traditional assistants to the rich and famous such as nannies and bodyguards to more recent additions such as spiritual advisors, fashion assistants, beauticians and yoga instructors. Some live onboard full-time, others fly in and out an owner’s whim, often part of a large entourage, while still others are employed onboard in another position - for example, as a stewardess - but possess other qualifications - say, a personal trainer - and will forego their duties as a stewardess in favour of their specialty at an owner’s request.

For more information on the pros and cons of each role, the specific responsibilities, the required qualifications and the opportunities for career progression

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