Positive, supportive relationships with co-workers were cited by a recent Australian survey as the main reason (67%) people stayed in their job, ahead of even “job satisfaction” and in fact higher than “salary” consideration (46%).
We all know, however, that the 9 to 5 office world is a very different one from living and working in the confined space of a superyacht. Jealousy, hot tempers, ego and sheer exhaustion coupled with a lack of personal space can create a challenging environment on board at times. We talked to a crew member currently crossing the Pacific to find out what habits will make your fellow yacht crew love you a little less!
1. The early riser
2. The messy one
If you don’t have some form of OCD you probably shouldn’t be working in yachting. So, if you’re always the one that leaves things lying around, forgets to put things back where they came from, or if your cabin cupboards are on the brink of explosion or your coffee mug is always on the side, then you are making everyone else’s jobs harder! Stop and think about how annoying you are to everyone in your messy wake. Basically, stop being selfish.
3. The antisocial drunk
4. The hoarder
Having to dodge a kiteboard in one bilge, skis blocking another, a guitar behind the cabin door or a tripod sticking out of the crew mess is far from ideal. Whilst it’s great having so many interests it’s not so great that you are taking up all of the limited space!
5. The dramatic one
6. The secret snacker
Some bad habits can annoy one particular department more than others. Provisioning for the crew is a time consuming process for either the Chef or the Chief Stew! After a hard days work, neither are likely to be impressed to find the snack cupboard empty with only the Bounty (or whichever chocolate bar isn’t liked by anyone) left! Having crew bitching and moaning because the yacht has run out of Dr Pepper or Walkers Salt & Vinegar is also particularly draining. Get over it!
7. The anti-social one
8. The noisy one
9. The chamois dodger
10. The rude one
In these confined spaces, everything is magnified hideously. Like Big Brother but with hard work and less sleep. There is no room for being rude. This can range from the minuscule like being greedy at lunch and stealing the last baguette or eating with your mouth open to the more serious like belittling others and being a bit of a bully. Being that positive person on board who is always happy is priceless and captains remember this when they are giving us your reference.