working on a yacht

Interview with a Super Yacht Purser

Have you ever thought what it would be like to manage the finances of a yacht? Look no further – we chatted to a Purser and as it turns out, it’s not all plain sailing out on the waves.



Firstly, many thanks for your time! Can you let our readers know which MY you’re currently Purser of?

Project 6499


The route to becoming Purser is never a straight line, which direction did you take to achieve your position today?

I joined when I was 18 and stuck to a progression. Once I became 2nd Stew I wouldn’t consider a more junior role, and the same when I became Chief Stew and more recently, Purser.


What was the first yacht you were Chief Stew on, how big was it and how many interior crew?

M/Y Fountainhead, 88m, 10 interior crew members.


What would you say is the most challenging part of your role as Purser?

Not letting the captain realise that I am actually in charge 😉 Seriously – finding enough cupboard space for my shoe collection or politely letting everyone know I will move mountains for them, while at the same time having them realise I am not their mother.


When recruiting a new crew member, besides the required qualifications and certifications, what do you look for in a new employee?

I look for a good attitude, willingness to learn and an all-round nice person to be around.


As you’ve travelled all over the world, what would be your top 3 recommendations for places to dock?

1. Antigua Obviously!

2. Cap D’Ail

3. Eden Island in the Seychelles (The last one may be influenced by the fact we had no one on board for six months)


Does being yacht crew make ‘normal’ life nearly impossible?

Yes, whilst doing this work I’ve stocked my apartment the way I would stock a pantry; Just in case I suddenly have sixteen guests turn up, I might run out of Prosecco or Olive Oil.


If you could have one super gadget to make your life easier, what would it be?

A Teleporter – it would make attempting a normal life a lot easier.


And finally, what’s your one piece of advice to aspiring crew?

Don’t take it too seriously, remember who you are and that as much as it’s good to improve your C.V, improve yourself as well. Boats will always look after the welfare of the boat as a whole first, remember to put yourself first and not the job.


From 2006 to 2007 Tim was lucky enough to spend two years as a deckhand on MY Sai Ram and MY Leander, two excellent charter yachts. Quay Crew was formed in 2013 and is proving to be a great success: Tim covers the deck department predominantly working on Captain and Officer roles.

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