Working on board some of the most luxurious yachts and sailing into some of the most breathtaking locations comes at a price. The price is really, really hard work.
Besides the sometimes murderous hours, getting face cramps because you smile all day and the endless amount of patience required, it’s all worth-it if you have the grit to make it through your first charter.
Here are 5 things that might just pull you through your first crew job on a super yacht.
Work hard and keep your head down. Be helpful to your fellow crew as well as Captain. Not only will they support you during the trip, but you’ll more than likely get hired again.
Play nice with fellow crew. You can’t exactly get away from them on board. Taking small steps to keep your relationships with your crew-mates positive will go a long way in improving spirits on board. If you have an issue with one of your crew-mates, no matter how small, it’s best to address it politely and informally sooner rather than later. Even if you find confrontation awkward and tend to avoid it at all costs (no matter how right you are), now is the perfect time to practice. Resentments have no room to build aboard a super yacht.
Seasickness remedies. Even if you don’t usually get seasick on a boat, you just might due to spending a longer amount of time on the ocean. It’s best to come prepared, as there is no “time-off” when you’re working on a vessel. Not even when you’re sick. So bring a good stash of over-the-counter medicines and tablets. For some, the acupressure travel wristbands might work too.
Smoker? Try Quit. Or bring patches. Usually crew are required to smoke out of the view of guests (if allowed on board at all). If you’re a heavy smoker and you can’t go without for an extended period – bring some nicotine patches to pull you through.
Home comfort. Getting homesick, especially on board an extended charter is very real. Try to pack one or two items that reminds you of home or bring you comfort. On days when you miss your creature comforts, or when you’re just plain tired after long days of working, these items can be a complete source of relief and joy.
Most importantly appreciate the great moments (epic sunsets, the food, the company of fellow crew, traveling) because life is short.