The Super Yacht segment is a growth market currently in the Marine Industry and many candidates WRS Tech talks to daily are interested in making a transfer to the ultra luxury lifestyle that Super Yachts appear to offer. These Yachts range in size from 50–450 ft. For the most part they are owned by individuals who vacation on board.
Yachts that are used uniquely by the owner, his family and friends are referred to as private. If an owner leases his yacht to a third party the yacht is considered a charter yacht. Both private and charter yachts in all size ranges require crew to maintain and run the vessel. The itinerary (where the vessel travels) is determined by the owner. Standards of service, while usually very high, vary from yacht to yacht. For the most part, yachting is an industry that brings together like minded people as crew who are prepared to work hard. Yachting is unlike any other industry and, as such, the rewards and expectations are unique.
Cruise ship personnel have many skills that transfer to the private yachting industry, though it is important to remember that it is not the same industry. Crew on private yachts tend to work longer hours and have more extensive job descriptions with less time off. We suggest that anyone with cruise ship experience research our job description pages to get an idea of how employment on yachts differs to cruise ships.
Captains and engineers with a cruise ship background often have advanced licenses and ISM experience which can be beneficial to luxury yachts so remember to emphasize this on your application and resume.
Housekeeping skills are easily transferable and, as such, Cruise Ship Housekeeping personnel are regularly placed in the yachting industry.
However, the move to the yachting industry may require even experienced cruise ship personnel to compromise their hierarchal status and prove they are an integral crew member before moving up the ranks.
Crewing on a yacht can be challenging and is certainly hard work. It is important to remember your time aboard is not a vacation and it is certainly not for the faint hearted. You need to carry out your job with a smile and pleasant demeanor.
The good news is that when you do have time off you may be in a beautiful corner of the world, the crew onboard have become your friends, the pay is often fantastic and you will undoubtedly experience the true meaning of being a "yachtie".
For more information on careers working with Super Yachts please get in touch now with WRS Tech's expert team of recruiters by calling us directly on +44(0)23 92 633952 and asking for the Shipping team.