I am delighted to recommend Tim Clarke and Quay Crew as preferred Crew Agents. I have been using Quay Crew for several years now and have always been impressed by Tim’s ability to pick up on the specific requirements I detail for roles I seek to fill. When I need key personnel – generally Officers – Tim will always be my first port of call.
The process begins with an initial chat over the phone during which Tim asks all the right questions so that he can target only the most suitable candidates likely to meet our requirements. Then only CVs which tick all the boxes arrive in my inbox. This saves me a lot of time and avoids the frustration of wading through endless CVs of hopefuls who are ultimately unsuitable for one reason or another. I have always enjoyed good levels of longevity from Quay Crew supplied individuals and I would like to think that this is at least partly due to getting the recruitment right at the outset.
Tim offers valuable support to both client and the candidate throughout the recruitment process and always gets in touch again for feedback once the candidate is in place and has settled into their new position. Quay Crew’s fee basis is competitive and fair. I hope the above comments from a satisfied repeat client will give others confidence to use the services of Quay Crew for their crew recruitment needs.
- ROY DANCE
CAPTAIN PROJECT JUBILEE
Hiring is one of the hardest things we do but easily themost important. We deeply appreciate agencies like Quay whom listen carefully, understand what we’re looking for and have the ability to recognize candidates that will thrive onboard SKAT.
Quay’s connections to the operating fleet are exceptionally useful. Reference checks are more than a form filled in, but a personal conversation where real information can be gleaned, further saving us time. Over the last four years Tim & Caroline have earned a high level of confidence with our senior crew - even placed a few of them!
- BRAD KITCHEN
CAPTAIN M.Y. SKAT
Having worked with Quay crew for the past 4 years Tim, Caroline and the team continue to send me only CV’s that match our preferred description.
I know every CV received has been thoroughly vetted, reference checked and the candidates character will have been assessed to make the best possible fit with the current crew & structure.
Having established this relationship with Quay Crew the recruitment aspect of my job has been much simplified. I have no hesitation in recommending Quay Crew.
- EDWARD WEST
I have been working with Tim at Quay crew for 3 years now and have never been disappointed. When we give a detailed job description to Tim he only sends through candidates which meet the criteria. Tim has been invaluable for us in finding the right crew and has placed 50% of our deck team. Other agents send through piles of CV’s with no background checks or personality descriptions, Tim sends through one and most of the time they are the one. I would recommend Quay Crew to anyone looking to hire new crew.
- MATTHEW BALDIZZONE
CHIEF OFFICER AQUILA 85M
After taking on a new delivery at the Monaco Yacht Show, I had five days to
find 15 crew, which Is no easy task. Having used Quay Crew with satisfaction,
many times over the previous years, I knew that they would be up to the
task of helping me at short notice find quality crew. After consulting with
Tim Clarke, Quay Crew were able to supply me with 5 out of the 15 crew,
and not just any crew but the Senior Officers and Engineers; Chief Eng,
2nd Eng, Chief Officer, 2nd Officer and 3rd Engineer, which are notoriously
difficult to find at short notice.
- STUART FRIZE
CAPTAIN GAME CHANGER
I was first introduced to Quay Crew during the new build of MY Chopi Chopi, the 80m CRN. We gave Tim the brief of finding 5 of the junior deck crew, each of which had a very specific set of requirements and skills. Tim listened to exactly what we wanted and what we were offering, presenting only a handful of candidates that were right for the role.
The service was always efficient and communication was clear and precise. Since our first introduction nearly 2 years ago, Quay Crew have always provided me with good candidates and they are now at the top of my list for crew agents. I know that if I get a CV from Quay Crew, there’s a very high chance we will employ that person. I have continued to use Quay Crew successfully on my next yacht as Captain too.
- JAMES STOCKDALE
CAPTAIN MY BELONGERS 49M, EX CHIEF OFFICER MY CHOPI CHOPI 80M
Having worked with Quay Crew previously, I was confident they would be
able to provide us with excellent crew during the build of Project 818. We
worked exclusively with Quay Crew and they filled a lot of positions on board
including the Chief Officer, Chief Engineer and Chief Stewardess. Working
with only one agency who has access to so many great crew, made my
life significantly easier and reduced my workload considerably. I chose to
work with Quay Crew as the due diligence they do is always in depth, they
know their candidates well and I knew they had access to candidates who
aren’t actively looking. I would highly recommend QC to any new build as
they have a deep understanding of the challenges faced when recruiting
a large amount of people in a short space of time to join what can be a
- ADAM STEEL
CAPTAIN SYZYGY 818
I started working with Quay Crew during the build of Elixir at Amels Holland in 2015. As the Owners Representative and Build Captain I was tasked with assembling a new crew from scratch. This required careful consideration, not only to satisfy my requirements but those of the owner as well. Recruiting crew is something I actually enjoy, the challenge is bringing various personalities together to create one harmonious and functional environment.
This is where Quay Crew excelled for me, careful selection and thorough background checks prior to forwarding CVs removed a lot of the mundane legwork I normally have to endure, and thus enabling me to concentrate on speaking with serious candidates as apposed to wading through scrolls of CVs that clearly didn’t meet the requirements.
Quay Crew can proudly claim responsibility for the placement of our Chief Engineers, 2nd Engineer, Chief Stewardess and 2nd Officer during the build process, and more recently the Chief Officer and a deckhand as well. It has been refreshing to work with a recruitment company who pride themselves on personal service, are competent and passionate about what they do. I recommend Quay Crew to Captains and Owners wishing to work with professional crew recruitment agency.
- SIMON LADBROOKE
CAPTAIN M.Y. ELIXIR
Project Touchdown / Aquarius was coming towards the end of the build process at Feadship and we still had several key positions unfilled on deck when Quay Crew first made contact.
We had been working with other agencies but unfortunately there seemed to be a lack of good candidates around. After taking the time to find out what we wanted they quickly sent over a small selection of excellent candidates for each position. Each candidate has a detailed cover letter and fitted the brief so I didn’t waste time reading unsuitable CVs. Quay Crew always take verbal references too , not rely on written ones which I like.
We employed several candidates from Quay Crew on the deck and in the interior and at the time of writing all of them are doing really well and fitting in. Despite entering into the process at a late date Quay Crew impressed me with their quick, efficient service and of course the great candidates they sent. I also like their personal touch. They did a great job and I would recommend their services, especially for a new build project which requires a large number of crew to join in a short space of time.
I look forward to working with them in the future.
- NATHAN MISCHEWSKI
CHIEF OFFICER AQUARIUS
Quay Crew have delivered an impeccable service over the last five years. This service includes but not limited to, the supply of certified Officers and qualified crew, in depth reference checking and out of office hour’s support.
The defining point about their service is, Quay Crew actually listen to the Captain needs with reference to receiving specific job criteria’s. There are no mass floods of CV’s, only a hand full of carefully selected candidates that meets the requested requirements. This proves that Quay Crew take such pride in their work as they are not just filling a vacancy they are building a relationship with the Captain.
Tim and Caroline Clarke will always be my first point of contact in regards to recruitment as they always answer my emails, phone calls and have a solution for sourcing the right candidate.
- JOSEPH BELLAMY
CAPTAIN M.Y. AL SHOUA
I have been working with Quay Crew now for a few years and have always found them to be both professional and adept at supplying us with crew candidates who both fit the description of what we are looking for and ensuring that the crew put forward for any positions are of the highest calibre possible. I have also found Caroline and Tim to be great to talk to you when explaining what we are looking for and ensuring that our expectations are always exceeded.
I would happily recommend them to any other yacht or crew member and look forward to receiving some great candidates whenever we are next looking to fill a position on board.
- NEIL EVANS
CAPTAIN MY CAPRI 59M, EX CAPTAIN MY TITANIA 73M
Tim approached me in early 2013 and introduced Quay Crew with the aim of assisting Project Victory with its initial crew recruitment during the final year of the build process. Quay Crew made multiple placements on board across various key positions including both Chief Officers and various other ranks throughout all departments on board. Quay Crew stood out from other agencies from the start by taking a considerable amount of time to find out what I wanted, not just in terms of job titles and qualifications, but also personality so as to fit in with the ethos on board. Recruiting an entire crew for a new build project is a very challenging task for various reasons but Quay Crew demonstrated a clear understanding of the intricacies and variables involved that made the decision making process on who to employ that much simpler.
They worked quickly and efficiently and were flexible when required. They only sent a few candidates for each position and all of the CVs sent fitted the brief well so I didn’t waste my limited time reading about unsuitable candidates. I also liked the detailed cover letter and extensive reference checking.
I can recommend Quay Crew to any Captain or organisation looking to recruit yacht crew and look forward to working with them in the future moving forward.
- CAPTAIN RICHARD DAVID
CAPTAIN MY OCEAN VICTORY 140M
Caroline has filled two interior positions for us in the last 6 months and we have been working with Quay Crew for the past two years.
Despite a detailed job criteria she always manages to put forward qualified candidates that meet the specified job description. I find she usually puts forward different candidates to what I receive from other agencies which is sometimes rare especially for senior positions.
I don’t know Caroline very well personally but all the crew I hire from her say she is really genuine and help full and I think that reflects in the candidates they offer.
It seems that many crew both experienced and inexperienced choose to sign up with Quay Crew due the personalised service they provide.
- ASHLEE WILSON
CHIEF STEWARDESS M.Y. TANGO, 78M
Working with Quay crew has been a pleasure from start to finish. They listened to exactly what we wanted and submitted genuinely suitable and interested candidates who were all of an excellent standard. We particularly liked the thoroughness of the reference checking with quotes from referees included in the Quay Crew biographies on each candidate. Quay Crew are our number one agent and I can’t recommend them enough.
- ANGUS JACK
CAPTAIN MY A2 47M