You might be wondering whether you have got the right skills and/or work experience to land a job on a superyacht and this is all fair and a reasonable thing to do. You can read about what is needed in my previous posts here and here.
But being a yachtie is not just about your skills or experience. It also requires a particular personality, that you either already have or will have to develop fast if you want to thrive in this industry.
First of all, you need to understand, and I would like to make it very clear, that working on yachts is not just about travelling and having the time of your life at a wealthy person’s expense. It is also about a particular lifestyle that apart from the access to sunshine and water toys offers quite a few challenges.
all of which requires a strong character, positive attitude, great work ethics, a certain level of fitness and most of all open-mindedness. I will talk about them in different posts.
How much does it take to break you? Are you OK being alone in foreign lands? Do you get scared easily? Is it easy to offend you? Will you be fine spending Christmas or other important holiday looking after someone else’s family and far from your own? These are the questions you should really ask yourself if you want to work on superyachts and let me explain why.
You might be living on a luxurious yacht, but you will still work at sea. It’s true that superyachts mostly spend time in nice, sunny places and don’t go out to the sea unless the weather is great. However, I want to warn you that even the fairest weather can turn into a storm in no time and during a long crossing it is rarely possible to avoid the storm. If you are a seasoned sailor this is your environment and you will probably love it. For all those who come to yachting thinking it’s just sunshine and light breeze these might be scary times. If you want to work on a yacht you need be prepared for any weather and have a deep respect for the sea as it is a moody creature.
Where there is big money there are big egos. Don’t get me wrong, it is not my intention to confirm any stereotypes. The majority of wealthy people that I met in this career were incredibly nice, generous and just lovely, and their children more often than not are well-educated, respectful and well-behaved. But as in every society there will be people with big egos and no manners. There will be people who despite their money and all the luxuries are miserable and they want everyone to feel this way and you might come across a spoilt kid too. Well, you still need to smile and go out of your way to make their stay amazing. They will probably be hard to please, and yet, it is still your job to keep them happy… I can assure you it can be done, it takes some practice and a few tears, but eventually you learn not to take things personally and keep your smile no matter what.
And then there is your crew. There are so many amazing people in yachting and you will make friendships that will last a lifetime. Nevertheless, you might sometimes also find that there are bigger egos below deck than in the guest area. They are not just your work colleagues. These are the people that you will be sharing your living space with too, and they will often be your only company in those remote places. Much more often these are not good fighting skills but rather the ability to let go that will be the real sign of strength.
Birthdays, Christmases and other family events will be missed as you will be far away and busy in other parts of the world making sure that other people are having a nice time with their nearest and dearest. This is where you have to take responsibility for your life choices and accept this as the price for all the good things that this industry offers. Some days are easier than others and not everyone can take it easy. For some people this is the reason number one why they quit yachting.
(…) strength is not born on the sofa in front of a TV. Only from challenges you can learn how much you are capable of. And only through change you grow. You might not be a yachtie yet, but you might give yourself a chance to become one.
You will also be on your own in other parts of the world. Yes, you will usually have your crew, but sometimes for whatever reasons you will end up alone in a new country, where they might not even speak English. For solo travellers this is what we are often looking for, but is this you? Have you ever been abroad or anywhere on your own? Do you love it or does it terrify you? All solo travellers will tell you that you can have a time of your life being alone in another country. Yet, if you are not used to your own company it may not sound like fun at first and you will need to learn to enjoy it.
Am I trying to scare you off here? Most definitely not. My intention is to give you a realistic view on this industry. It’s not only about cool places, luxury and fun, behind all this there is definitely hard work, and often broken egos and hurt feelings. There are no ideal jobs and this one definitely isn’t perfect either, but do you still remember why you wanted to get into yachting? Because these travels, tax-free salaries and luxuries are still there at the end of any hard time you might come across.
Strength is not born on the sofa in front of a TV. Only from challenges you can learn how much you are capable of. And only through change you grow. You might not be a yachtie yet, but you might give yourself a chance to become one.
If you’d like to discuss if you are a good fit for a yachtie book yourself in for a free Discovery Session with me. You can ask all your questions and find out of you’ve got what it takes to be a yachtie and how I can help you become one.