5 Reasons to Join the Yachting Industry

yacht crew at port

Whether you’re an experienced sailor or a newcomer to boating, you may be wondering if you can find a place working on yachts – becoming a crew member, and helping to keep megayachts and superyachts in ship-shape.

Becoming a deckhand or a steward/stewardess, or a isn’t for everyone – but below, the team at Chi Yacht Refinishing will discuss 5 reasons you may want to join the yachting industry as a crew member. Read on, and see if a career in yachting is right for you.


  1. You’ll Get To See New Places

This is particularly true if you work on a charter vessel. Your guests and charterers will always be visiting new and exotic places – and you’ll be able to experience the joy of international, water-based travel.

Sure, your job won’t always be fun – it’s work, after all – but there’s a big difference between getting out of your 9-5 job and heading back to your apartment in the city, and finishing your shift on a sandy white beach in the Caribbean!


  1. You Can Learn More About Boats And The Hospitality Industry

The hands-on experience that you’ll get as a yacht crew member will be invaluable for your career, particularly if you are interested in furthering your career in the hospitality and boating industry. Starting from the bottom means you’ll understand every part of the boating business!


  1. Your Skills Will Transfer Between Vessels

This is a great perk. After you’ve worked on a few different vessels or for different charter companies, you can leverage your skills to find a new position. For example, if you decide you’d like a break from working on charter yachts, you’ll be able to easily find a position working on a larger vessel – like a cruise ship!


  1. You’ll Get Plenty Of Time Off

Like working on a cruise ship or another vessel, you’ll be expected to be available around-the-clock when working on a yacht. However, after your charter ends, you’ll usually get paid vacation time – often a week or longer. This means that you can get plenty of time off, and explore a number of great exotic locales! This type of work/life balance is not for everyone, but if it’s right for you, you’ll get some very unique opportunities to explore the world during your time off.


  1. You Can Save Plenty Of Money While Working

You will have few expenses when working on a yacht. You won’t have to pay for groceries, rent, utilities, a car or transportation, and so on. This means that you can save quite a bit of money while working. Whether you want to save it – or spend it on luxurious vacations – is up to you!


Working In The Yachting Industry Isn’t Easy – But It’s Worth It!

The lifestyle of a deckhand, crew member or steward/stewardess is not for everyone. But if you’re up for a challenge – and a very unique working environment – it may be right for you!

Not up for a life on the open water? There are other ways you can get involved in the yachting industry – like training in yacht refinishing and repair! So don’t wait. Explore your options for getting involved in the yachting industry, and get started now.