Finding work during the Pandemic/Lockdown
I have had a lot of calls and emails from crew currently unemployed and looking for work asking me what the current situation is with the job market and yachts in general. This blog should hopefully give you an idea of what the current market is like!
May was an extremely busy month for us at Quay Crew which shows promising signs for the industry and crew. However it hasn't all been plain sailing with logistics proving challenging along with a large amount of experienced crew looking for work during these unprecedented times. A fair few of my candidates were in the transitional period where they had just left one yacht and were looking for a new position when the pandemic hit. Not ideal timing!
For the junior crew looking to break into the industry, things are tougher than ever. Not only is it tough to find your first position with little to no experience but this has now become even harder with lots of experienced crew now out of work and looking for jobs too. A lot of yachts are sticking in areas away from the Mediterranean as moving around Europe is challenging currently. This creates issues as not all crew have a B1/B2 Visas, Embassies are shut, and a yacht isn’t necessarily prepared to fly a junior candidate to the Caribbean. A lot of owners are still using their yachts and there potentially isn’t the time to train junior crew at the moment with the busy operations happening.
I have been asked if it is still worth heading to Europe to dock walk to try and find day work or a permanent role. Right now, I would say probably not. You could be preparing yourself better from home by finding work, saving money and upskilling. We are based on the South coast and from speaking with local marinas and tradesmen within the marine industry they are all extremely busy as customers want to use their boats during the nice weather we are currently having. Why not try and find work in this sector that is going to add to your skillset and allow you to save more money to fund your trip to Europe once things have settled. If you aren’t near the coast, then why not try and find labouring work with a carpenter or builder or maybe there is a lake near you where they run watersports.
For junior interior crew, you could be upskilling in areas such as floristry or hospitality when this sector reopens in the near future. Tim has written a blog previously on upskilling which you may find useful. You can find it here.
For experienced crew the market is getting busier every week, so things do look promising. The best thing you can do is be realistic with expectations and be flexible with what you are looking for. There are a lot of good boats out there which may not tick all of your boxes at the time but offer great prospects down the line. If you do the maths, you would be much better to take a 200 Euro pay cut than be out of work for 4-5 months spending all your hard-earned savings sat at home.
The industry has so far done really well to cope with the current situation and yachts have done a fantastic job of keeping recruitment going and getting crew to and from the yachts. This is all really promising, and I think the industry will recover in no time at all. Be patient, yachting may not happen for you this season, but you can definitely make your life easier by using this time wisely so that next season you can land your dream job much easier.
Make sure you are registered, CV & documents are up to date with us at www.quaycrew.com and keep an eye on the new jobs coming in!
Green Crew you need to get yourself to Europe
I am always more than happy to give advice to new crew looking to break into the industry, but I do always point out that ultimately your first job will usually come from your own hard work rather than relying on an agency to find you your first job. This could be through networking, dock walking or day work and to do all of these you need to be out there doing it for yourself! Heading to Antibes or Palma just before the season starts is the best way to achieve this.
I have spoken to candidates in the past who can’t understand why they haven’t got a job after months of applying for jobs on job boards and websites whilst sat at home in the UK waiting for boats to call them and offer them their dream job. This just isn’t realistic!
Thousands of green crew relocate to the South of France or Palma every year chasing their first job so why would you get a job whilst sat on your sofa at home? If you are serious about joining the industry then you need to be planning on heading out to the SOF or Palma ready to dock walk, network and day work.
Ultimately day work will strengthen your CV as well as creating networking options and maybe even land you your first position. Treat every opportunity as a trial!
Be realistic that things don’t happen overnight. It takes time. When it comes to getting your first job ask yourself how long is a piece of string? Some people land a job within a week other’s can take up to a few months before landing their first job.
Ultimately you should be open to all options. Any experience is better than no experience. If it isn’t the job you were hoping for, I would suggest sucking it up and getting a solid season under your belt with a good reference to come away with. Once you have your first season things become a lot easier and you can be slightly pickier on your next role.
Aim to head out at the end of March/early April. Events such as Monaco GP & Cannes film festival are great opportunities to pick up day work before and after the events!
Prepare yourself as best as you can before heading over to Europe: -
- Save as much money as you can to ensure you are able to financially support yourself for as long as possible and to give you the best chance of securing a job and not coming home broke and empty handed.
- Strengthen your CV with transferable skills such as watersports or trade experience which you can pick up at home before heading out to SOF/Palma.
- Network before leaving. Leverage from contacts you may have or friends already in the industry
- Have accommodation booked so you can arrive, get settled and get dock walking as quick as possible.
- Register with Agencies – Don’t just turn up expecting someone to see you if you haven’t even registered.
- Pack lightly with suitable clothes – White polo, Chinos, shorts, boat shoes etc
Wishing you the best of luck with your job search, I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have, and to point you in the right direction to secure your first job.
Junior crew’s realistic expectations
The majority of junior crew I speak to are usually very realistic about their expectations entering the industry, and even after 1 season onboard a yacht still so. However I do speak to some crew who feel they are entitled to much more after only 1 season in the industry which just isn’t the reality or deserved.
- Starting out in the industry -
The majority of junior crew looking to enter the industry should have the attitude that any job is a fantastic opportunity. You should see yourself as privileged to get the chance to work on a yacht as many green crew never do. You should be open to all options and realistic that your first job may not tick all your boxes but is a very good foot in the door and somewhere for you to learn the role. In fact it might tick very few of your boxes, but as long as the yacht is safe and fairly well run you should take it. Expect to work hard, be tasked with unglamorous jobs and be the majority watch taker. This doesn’t however mean working for less than standard industry salary. You should be aiming for around the 2500 Euro mark. If you have extra skills to bring to the table I.e. carpentry/boat building background this could warrant extra money.
The position may be seasonal or even temporary with the opportunity to go permanent. In my eyes you should take any opportunity thrown at you to gain the experience you need to progress. My first season was spent on a 45m sat in the South of France covering the crews watches over the Christmas/ New Year period. It was far from glamourous and very boring, I spent Christmas Day on my own, but I worked hard, learnt as much as I could and came away with a great reference which resulted in me getting a job on an excellent 85m yacht!
Treat every piece of day work or temporary work as a trial. You never know it could result in being offered a permanent position if you impress! Being a deckhand isn’t rocket science but listening to your superiors, fitting in with the crew and being a good team player is vital. Even if you aren’t the world’s best deckhand if you fit in with the crew and work hard you are likely to succeed.
After one season onboard a yacht you can expect a little more from the industry but be realistic! By one season I mean 6 months. Not 2 months or helping to finish off a guest trip. I often get told by candidates they have 2 seasons experience, but it equates to 2 or 3 months of experience in total.
If you have worked hard and come away with a fantastic reference from your first yacht you have set yourself up to hopefully pick up a nice new job and the chances are you can be a little pickier!
Regarding salary expect to earn similar money. Aim for 2500-2800 Euros. You may be able to secure a 5:1 rotation however don’t be put off by 38+ days holiday as lots of yachts still offer industry standard leave. Whilst there are more and more roles offering 3:1, 4:2 rotations those yachts have their pick of the crew. Why would they employ a relatively green crew member with 6 months of experience when they could have someone with 1-2 years and a Yachtmaster? For 80% of crew it isn’t realistic that they will get a role like that for their 2nd job.
The aim of your next job is to find a yacht where you can now put in a good year or two and continue to expand your skills along with progressing and working towards a Yachtmaster etc. Finding a yacht with a good training ethos in my eyes is the number one priority. Chasing a charter boat after 1 season is unlikely to work. You will not be experienced enough to keep up with the fast work pace and the extremely high standards required on a charter yacht. 6 months experience doesn’t make you a lead deckhand!
Chief Officers and Captains love to hear realistic expectations. If your opening conversation at interview is a crazy salary expectation, or a list of wants, you will exclude yourself from being considered. Have valid and good questions to ask to show an interest in the yacht and crew rather than priority number one being lining your pocket.
We are lucky enough to work with some fantastic clients but often candidates close the door for themselves with unrealistic expectations. More often candidates reject great jobs and yachts because a salary or leave box isn’t being ticked without considering all the other factors which make a great yacht. With the right attitude you will get offered decent yachts and should progress within once you have proven yourself!
Feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to discuss any of the above topics
What to look for in your next Yacht...
With the end of the Med season in sight a lot of crew look to move yachts for a variety of reasons however have you considered that the grass isn’t always greener and maybe sticking with a yacht for another season or two would pay off, show longevity and potentially open doors for a pay increase or a promotion in the future. However for the crew looking to move on and find their next dream yacht here are a few pointers when looking for your next position.
Ask contacts and friends for inside information
If you are interviewing with a yacht potentially the best way to get a good feel for the boat is to ask existing crew or people who have worked on the yacht before what their thoughts are. Don’t always take everything for gospel as sometimes disgruntled crew say bad things which aren’t always true. The majority of your decision will come from gut feeling and whether it ticks your boxes.
Ask the right questions
Far too many crew don’t take the time to come up with some great questions to ask the yacht before interviews. Nine times out of ten chief officers and captains appreciate a little forward thinking and some interesting questions at the end may help to show your interest. Don’t immediately ask what the holiday and pay package is as this gives off the wrong impression. Ask about crew longevity, training structures, nationalities, crew culture and what the crew most enjoy about the yacht.
Money isn’t everything
I hear daily from crew that they are only looking for charter. This drives me crazy as ultimately how many back to back charter boats are in the industry? Not half as many as good private yachts. Have you considered maybe your happiness is worth more than the cash? Not only this, charters can be unreliable. They get cancelled last minute; clients don’t always tip so potentially you could be shooting yourself in the foot for a good paying private yacht where you would be much happier and at the end of the year earnt more. Obviously, charter boats have their perks but be open to good private yachts too. Concentrating on charter can sometimes cloud other good opportunities in front of you!
The biggest factor for your happiness onboard will be the crew culture. If a lot of the crew enjoy the same activities and hobbies as you this will make your time off enjoyable ultimately leading to you doing a better job with the sight of a day off motivating you to work hard! If you enjoy hiking, watersports and being active potentially a yacht with a party culture or heavy drinking culture won’t be a great fit for you. Find out what the crew like to do by asking questions, stalking social media etc.
Probably the most attractive aspect of a yacht is the itinerary. Lots of yachts are Med/Caribbean so that world travelling yacht becomes very appealing to crew. Do bear in mind however you could be on the other side of the world with different time zones. Calls to family and friends become trickier. I was lucky enough to spend time in the South Pacific which was fantastic! If you want to travel further afield sometimes you may have to be flexible on the other aspects I.E salary or whether the boat is private or charter.
If your interested in discussing your next Yacht role, please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com, and register at www.quaycrew.com Good luck in the upcoming season, and hope this helps you find your next yacht job.
10 Deck Hacks for Junior Crew
10 DECK HACKS FOR JUNIOR CREW
Empty your hose!
Don’t just coil the hose neatly and chuck it back in a locker full of water. Make
sure to open the nozzle and drain it of any water. If you run the hose the length of the deck and put
one end on your shoulder, walk the length of the hose this is a quick easy way to empty any water.
Gather all your tools for the job and use a tool bag so you have everything to hand and
to avoid tools being scattered on deck or left on top of surfaces causing damage. Most importantly,
this reduces the chance of spills onto the deck.
Take your time to prepare for a job. Rushing the preparation is likely to result in
a poor finish. Make sure you protect surfaces before opening any paint tins.
Stowing will save you getting wet
Stowing to go to sea is important. It may seem boring to go round tying everything down but when you hit bad weather and covers are flying off and furniture is sliding up and down the deck you will wish you’d have done it properly the first time.
Make sure hatches are dogged down!
Hatches flying open whilst at sea is common. It is also a nightmare when the foredeck hatch busts open filling the bosun locker with inches of water. Make sure to double check all the hatches are dogged down!
Pretty much everything can be cleaned with vinegar. It is cheap, easy to use and doesn’t
burn your skin off your hands. Hot water and vinegar is my favourite for cleaning windows, removing
salt of rails and getting stubborn salt off the hull.
Use the right PPE, I keep hearing stories of people kneeling in acid all day whilst scrubbing teak
and then wondering why they have no skin left at the end of the day. Use knee pads! This goes for all
jobs, gloves, googles etc. they are all there for your protection.
There is no such thing as a silly question. If you are unsure ASK. Do not go drilling
that hole if you aren’t sure. This is a yacht not your standard home DIY you are doing.
If you are asked to jump in a tender. Don’t go all out with the throttle. Take your time,
be safe and avoid smashing up the tender.
Get yourself a pair of sunglass cables or head strap. Watching your new ray bans
sink to the sea floor is gutting!
I hope you find these ten deck hacks helpful! If you're currently looking for a deckhand role feel free to email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
I previously wrote a blog on painting techniques and preparation of the areas a fair few months back. I have heard that the post got some great feedback so I decided to write another maintenance orientated blog! Here's my advice on looking after your teak to ensure it lasts for years to come.
Two Part and Eco cleaning –
Lots of boats use a 2-part teak method to clean their teak which involves the use of stage 1 (a cleaner) and stage 2 (a brightener). This stuff is very effective, does the job and does bring the teak up looking like new. However, this can be a complete nightmare if you aren’t following the right methods! For example, leaving teak “juice”, and the 2 parts on the inboard, outboard and stainless can put you back a day in detailing quite quickly! You need to make sure you have a method down where you have someone constantly rinsing and another washing behind you. If you are a 1 or 2 man team then do small areas at a time. Don’t scrub a huge area in one go. With washing, this can be a metre up on the inboard and all the stainless or a complete wash down to kill 2 birds with one stone.
I remember being pulled back out on deck one day after we had finished work to lean over the capping rail and see huge dirty streaks of “teak juice” down the side of our nice clean blue hull. Safe to say we spent the next day over the side in the baking sun trying to get said stains off!
There are certain MARPOL regulations that’s prohibits washing chemical teak cleaners over the side and into the Ocean so be wary of this. This is where the ECO teak cleaner can come into place and replace the 2-part system. It is biodegradable and safe to deposit into the sea without harming the wildlife and eco system. Not quite as effective as 2 part and requires a bit more pressure and effort when using by hand but it does achieve those results. I have also seen people use washing powder or dish washer liquid before - but I do not recommend trying this!
Removing Dents, stains and marks –
It is inevitable that at some point there will be dents, wine, food and other
marks on the teak and there are various ways to remove these so that the deck looks fresh for when the guests return.
The obvious deckhands choice of weapon is of course K2R however a lot of boats actually ban this as they feel it leaves white marks and residue which can still be seen. However, using it properly can be really effective. A whole bottle of red wine over teak however is a different story. I’d suggest getting the teak scrubber and Eco teak out for that.
With the K2R: Apply, leave for 15 minutes or so, using the can cap which acts as a brush remove the residue, use a scotch pad with warm vinegar water and giv
e a good scrub, then dry using a chamois mop. If the mark is still there once dry, repeat the process again.
When I say dent, I mean a fairly small dent in the teak where the fibres have not been split. Not a huge hole or crater from where someone has dropped a pole from the mast onto the bridge deck aft.
You can usually save a piece of teak with a small dent if you act pretty fast. First you will need to find yourself a towel, preferably not a guest one. Soak the towel in a bucket of warm water and ring out the excess. Place the towel over the dent and using a hot iron place onto the towel. Make sure to keep moving the iron or you risk burning a mark onto the teak. This method can be a bit hit or miss but has saved me on a couple of occasions.
If you have a really stubborn mark that hasn’t been able to be removed with the previous methods, the last resort is usually sanding the deck. This is far from ideal especially if you are in the middle of a trip so might be worth saving for a down time or yard period. Sanding one part of the teak can also mean a difference in colour which is noticeable to the eye. Make sure to consult your Bosun/Chief before taking a sander to the teak. It may be on the list to do when you next visit the yard anyway so it could potentially wait.
If you do have a teak emergency, you can always head over to various Yachting facebook pages - Post a photo of your issue in the group and the Yachties may be able to help with tips and advice.
Feel free to add any comments or suggestions for your favourite ways to maintain teak. I’d love to hear them!
From Military to Yachting
Over the past year I have worked with several Marines and Soldiers looking to transition from the military into yachting. I have written this blog to raise some awareness as to why these guys could be an excellent asset and candidate to consider for a yacht looking to hire a deckhand.
More often than not the world and knowledge of yachting isn’t readily available to ex-military when looking to secure their next long term career. Often they have completed many years in the military or have been discharged for medical reasons and are now looking for a life where they can put their skills to good use. Understandably yachting is not top of the list for them when that time comes. But it should be on the list somewhere for them. These guys have some great life experience along with excellent hands on skills that are easily transferrable to yachting. Not to mention that these candidates are used to long hours, taking orders well and have worked in seriously challenging environments (so appreciate how lucky they are to be on a yacht). They are also very fit, well presented, great team players and have great discipline and leadership skills...
What more could you want from a deckhand?
Many of these guys have many extra skills to bring to the table. Most have specialised in certain areas or sections which can include anything from landing craft coxswains to team medics to anti-piracy specialists. These types of skills are invaluable on superyachts and the day to day life onboard.
For example an ex-Marine who has boat handling skills and has specialised in driving 30m landing craft and fast RIBS for the past 4 years means they are already a step ahead with tender driving and operations. Another example could be a field medic who has served on the frontline saving the lives of injured soldiers in the field. What if the worst case scenario were to happen on deck and someone required lifesaving treatment? It’s not unlikely with the cranes, tender ops etc that accidents will happen. I am fairly sure your new deckhand who was previously a medic could take control of a situation potentially saving a crew member.
From experience I have worked alongside an ex-marine myself on a previous boat who was new to the industry and he proved to be a great team player, hard worker and all round great guy. He had security qualifications which came in useful when the owner was in the Carib and he integrated into the team quickly, was able to take instructions and always very willing to learn.
To the Captains and Chief Officers, I would urge you next time when looking to recruit a deckhand to give these guys the opportunity to prove themselves as I believe you will not be disappointed. Their interview techniques may not be as good as your typical yachtie but don’t let this put you off as in a work situation I believe they will more than prove themselves and become a valuable part of your team.
Are you ex-military and want to know more about a Superyacht career?
Or are you a Captain or Chief Officer and want to know more about these candidates?
Whatever your interest, just email Tim Clarke:
Yachting 101: Being Smart with your Money
I spent two incredible years in Yachting, and although only a short amount of time, I managed to save enough to put a deposit on my first house when I came back to a land based role – Here’s my advice on being smart with your money!
I’ve seen a fair number of crew who leave yachting with minimal savings and go back to land based roles. These crew members end up struggling financially or having nothing to show for their time at sea. You need to think long term and about the bigger picture when in yachting and really take advantage of the fact you can save a serious amount of your cash. Here’s how to do it:
Avoid buying flashy items
Pretty much every yachty rushes out to buy an Apple Mac, the new Iphone, Iwatch, Rolex, Drone or latest electrical gadget. Personally, I didn’t buy a single electrical item whilst in yachting. For me, I felt that I didn’t really need them and found it more enjoyable to actually go out with the crew or have a chat in the crew mess rather than sat behind a laptop watching a film. Chances are the Rolex would have got stolen on a night out, or the Iwatch dropped into the sea so I just didn’t see the point. Being honest, the only things I bought were a fair few pairs of sunglasses – but I felt these were needed for the job so were justifiable. Even then I lost a few pairs to the sea!
Champagne or beer?
Don’t be the yachty giving it the large one with bottles of Champagne and Magnums of Rosé at the crew lunch. Spending 1000’s on booze ultimately will hurt the bank balance. Let’s be fair most crew are happy with a beer or G&T. Buying a round for your fellow crew members will probably still be less than that one huge bottle. Why waste your money on an overpriced bottle at an average over priced restaurant just to try impress your pals? I once saw someone buy a huge bottle at the Monaco GP and then start giving glasses out to random people because he didn’t have enough friends to drink it with… Don’t be that guy.
Save half or more of your salary
You should be aiming to save at least half your salary every month to be making any real progress with savings. I think most months I managed to save around 75% of my salary. Budget yourself a certain amount of expendable cash for each week. Thinking back, I used to budget around 100-150 Euros a week to blow on booze and trips out etc. Being honest, when you work long hours and only get one day off a week 150 Euros should be enough for that one day. Eating out should be occasional when you have a superb chef cooking for you 2-3 times a day so you should be spending minimal on food and instead saving the pennies. There are very few dry boats so often beers in the fridge can save you a few quid. Just don’t take the mick or you’ll notice they won’t be re-stocked!
There is a lot of stigma around the tax free earnings, and the best ways or loop holes to declare tax in your country of residence. I often get Green crew ask me if they need an offshore account or an accountant. My advice is usually get a job first and then worry about the rest – however being on top of Tax should be a priority if you do see yourself in the industry for a long time. Don’t keep piling the cash away and ignoring the fact there’s a large sum sat there and hoping that the tax man can’t touch it. There are multiple reputable companies that offer a service to help you complete a tax return. Usually it involves minimal paper work and hardly any evidence is required to prove you are eligible not to pay tax, especially if you are a UK citizen. Not only that, it will help you get a mortgage when the time comes.
Most banks offer minimal returns on savings. So even if you think you have the best possible rate on a savings account chances are you are only seeing a few quid every month in interest. Look further afield on how to make your money grow. Long term stocks and shares are probably a good option. Don’t expect your 5000 euros to double overnight though, this is a long game strategy. The other option would be to invest in property. Look into buying a place that could be rented. Whilst you live onboard it makes sense to have someone else paying your mortgage. Again, there are several financial advisors out there who can help you secure a mortgage regardless of whether you work at sea. I regret not buying a place when I was in yachting as in theory your salary is much higher than you are likely to earn onshore!
With all this being said you will travel to some incredible places in the world. Make sure you are having fun and don’t limit yourself on what you are able to do by being too tight with money. Chances are if you leave Yachting you may never return to some of these places so make the most of your time there. Looking back, I took for granted how lucky I was to see these places.
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Here’s all you need to know to avoid accidents on deck
It is inevitable that at some point whether it be a stubbed toe or a broken finger, you will most likely injure yourself in yachting. The job involves long hours, dangerous machinery, hazardous materials and not only that – But you are on the water too.
In this blog I wanted to highlight the importance of looking after yourself onboard, not only to avoid being THAT injured crew member but also to avoid being flown home leaving the team a man short!
I saw a fair few accidents in my yachting career and although mostly small injuries, they do cause a fair amount of havoc for the medical officer onboard and the rest of the crew. Recently there have been a number on deaths in the yachting industry – This is incredibly sad to hear about, especially as some of the incidents were very much avoidable had the right precautions been taken and common sense prevailed.
Here are a few stories from my time in yachting that show how easy it can be to be involved in an accident:
- Whilst visiting a secluded beach in Huahine, an island off Tahiti – All 30 crew decided to sit on a palm tree which overhung the water for a crew photo. The palm tree then snapped at the base with all 30 crew sat on it landing on a crew members foot and pinning him to the ground. (This person was me!) A trip to the hospital in Tahiti and several x-rays later luckily nothing was broken just very bruised and crushed. Not ideal a day before a month long owners trip!
- A crew member was detailing a tender and fell onto the hard garage floor breaking his collarbone in several places. A trip to theatre for this one unfortunately and nearly 10 months off work with rehabilitation!
- Two jet ski’s collided at no more than 4knots after losing concentration for a split second. The ski that was T boned didn’t come off too well, with a huge chunk of the fairing missing but also dislocating the riders knee and tearing several muscles – Ouch!
Whilst these are just a few examples, we do get a fair few calls here asking for temporary crew to cover an injured crew member and also a couple of horror stories of people loosing digits!
Here are a few key things to remember to avoid getting injured onboard:
- Keep an eye on your hours of rest, make sure you are getting the rest you are entitled to. When you’re exhausted and tired, accidents will happen.
- Use your brain, slow down and think about what you are doing. A Fast pace is often required on deck however rushing is likely to end in an accident or mistake.
- Be careful when ashore – don’t be the crew member to injure yourself because you are too drunk.
- Use correct PPE – a lot of yachts enforce not wearing shoes on deck. However I disagree. The amount of toes I injured was ridiculous. I once booted a Shurhold pole that had been left out on deck and ripped the toe nail clean off.
- Make sure you have had the correct training before using any equipment on deck – for example use of windlasses/capstans for tying up or lifting anchor. Be aware of where you are stood and where your fingers are! These are one of the main culprits for lost digits and injuries from snapbacks.
- Make sure to report all dangers and hazards!
Safety is the responsibility of everyone onboard. Look out for one another and remember your safety should be the main priority at all times.
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Using Social Media on a Superyacht
Social media has become a huge part of our lives over the past decade. You will struggle not to find a yachty on some platform whether it be Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. However sharing your life experiences online – such as boozy nights out, photos of beautiful locations or even becoming friends with high profile guests might look great from the outside, But it could land you in a world of trouble or even cost you your job! Here’s a few bits of advice to avoid being that person:
Limit the amount of posts to Facebook!
You would be surprised how many potential employers, chief officers, captains and even owner’s representatives scroll through your Facebook to see what you have been up to! The one bad photo of you drunk or up to no good may earn you a visit to the captain’s office or give you a bad name for future employment. Keep the content clean and lock down any photos which may give you a bad look. One controversial status is all it takes!
Don’t share your location
Checking yourself in online with your fellow crew onboard may actually conflict with the disclosure or social media agreements you may have signed when joining. That one Facebook check in at Nikki Beach may mean you have jeopardised your guest’s privacy along with a number of people turning up at the back of the boat trying to take pictures. I once experienced a kayaker come to the back of the yacht to spot a celebrity, He had seen us drop this famous guest onshore in a tender with the yacht name written on the side! You would be surprised how far people will go to spot their favourite celeb. Trying to shoo a dad and his son away from the back of the boat wasn’t the finest moment for me, I don’t own the ocean!
Guests are guests, no matter how friendly they may seem!
Becoming friends on Facebook with guests or following the owner’s daughters/sons or even the charter guest’s girlfriend, boyfriend etc is a disaster waiting to happen. Not only does it become a conflict of interest, but months down the line when you post a lovely photo of the crew enjoying the Jacuzzi after a busy charter, does it then become a problem. No matter how hard you’ve worked on your charter, if the owner spots you loving life in their expensive Jacuzzi it won’t look good. These moments are best kept on board, not social media!
Be careful what you take photos of
Snapping away pictures of the interior of a yacht, the brand new tenders, or even the high profile guest may seem like a good idea, but again, it really isn’t. If you really have to take a selfie with Bruce Willis or Lewis Hamilton keep it for yourself on your phone! Show your close family and friends when you are home on leave. Don’t plaster it all over Facebook, Instagram and snapchat. Obviously if you have their permission, then maybe choose just one platform to post it on, but be aware of the knock on effects.
All of these points sound like serious business, and in some cases it can be. Make sure you know what you’ve signed on to and are fully aware of any privacy details. I know from first-hand experience how one photo can land you in some mud and I have spoken to many candidates that have felt the rough end of a stick from one innocent photo or friend request. You’d be surprised the lengths yacht owners go to in order to avoid being in the paper or have their holiday spoiled by paparazzi. You don’t want to be the one to get the blame!