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Let Them Eat Spaghetti (Cake is Too Damn Expensive)

Jan 13th 11
By Rubi McGrory

We are surrounded by reminders of the wealthy extravagance of yacht owners. Not just the yachts themselves, but what’s inside, where they go and the spending/consuming habits of owners and guests.

But even with enough money to own a crewed yacht, some bosses are still pretty cheap – hey, they didn’t get rich by spending their money foolishly.

No names but, here are some entries into the Cheap Boss Hall of Fame:

· The owner of a 70-meter yacht fought a taxi driver over an €8 fare; the crew pulled him away just before the two men came to blows.

· The boss owns a coffee vending company. He installed his machines, usually seen in rest stops, on board and insisted on charging charter guests €2 per cup. The coffee was so horrible guests would buy their own beans ashore for the crew to brew in contraband pots.

· The owners would regularly take sheets, towels and robes from their hotel stays to outfit the boat. The sheets clearly never fit the mattresses and their credit card would always be charged for their pilfering.

· The crew budget did not include any feminine-hygiene products.

· The lady of the vessel bragged about her designer tableware and how expensive each setting was. Every plate on board was either chipped or cracked. Most of the mugs and glasses had chips on the rim, but she insisted they were still good for use.

· The owner of a 45-meter yacht did not want to pay cell charges; he asked the stew to walk to a payphone quarter mile down the dock to make dinner reservations for the boss and nine guests at St. Martin’s most exclusive restaurant.

· The Mr. and Mrs. took great pains to explain to the crew that business was very bad that year, so there would be no Christmas bonuses. They flew in on their G5 just to make the announcement.

· The Mrs. insisted on stocking the VIP cabins with shampoo and products from the owners’ various hotel visits.

· The principal charter guest purchased monkfish at the docks and ordered the chef to cut it in small pieces and serve it as “scampi.”

· In an effort to keep budgets low, the captain insisted the chef rinse, dry and reuse paper towels.

· Even though the owner charged over $35,000 per week to charter his 40-meter yacht, his guests would drink their vintage wine from six-year-old plastic cups that were cracked from overuse.

· The owners paid over €100 on seafood for their intimate dinner for two. As she handed it over she instructed the chef, “The crew doesn’t need to eat any of this. You should be serving them pasta and eggs for dinner. Maybe once a week you can splurge on chicken or stewing beef.”

· The boss thought giving his crew accommodation was generous enough. He insisted they should be able to feed themselves – the boat was on anchor down island in the Caribbean.

I am sure there are plenty more. Please share, but no names!


Rating  Average 4.5 out of 5

  • I had to negotiate the $2.50 charge per bag of garbage at one of the better marinas in USVIs. I had to walk away so he could not see me laughing. We ended up paying as we should.
    Posted by WStrauss 10/11/2017 17:48:14

  • I have too many stories to start. I'm just gonna say: My owner is not cheap. He is just plain selfish. He does not want to spend a penny on anything except himself.
    Posted by Miss B Haven 12/02/2011 00:38:47

  • Worked an 80' Ocean summer of '09, Canada to South Pacific. Loaded the small freezers with about 2k in meat products for owner, family (3 boys) and 2 crew (one, the Chef, a veggie). Soon as we leave the dock, owner says "none of the good meat product for crew" (Costco bought). Only chicken and ground beef for Skip and delivery crew. Can you say 'karma'? We got to Marquesas, and despite my suggestions that the frozen 20 year old refrigeration pipes under the floor boards be inspected pre-departure, we lost all refrigeration for 3 weeks. Dumped hundreds in product overboard, and got the rest into rented freezer. (oh, and he INSISTED on serving the old, defrosted meat to his family and crew.) How sad... If you can't afford it, don't go.
    Posted by Mermaids 28/01/2011 23:58:19

  • there are no bad owners, just bad jobs. Shit owners are more than entitled to shit crew and I think they deserve them because at the end of the day, the guy who bought the 10million dollar boat that didn't put a nickel out for maintenance and repair other than crew salary is going to blame someone no matter how good a crew he has.
    Posted by tubby 18/01/2011 22:38:32

  • There is an owner of 2 x 60 meter top notch charter yachts who pays the crew very badly and reportedly refuses to payout the additional 30% retained part of their salary as example the junior crew are paid €1,300 with €600 retained. I just heard that the crew themselves paid for one of the yachts to berth in the Caribbean so that they could actually go ashore. The owner flatly refuses to pay for marina berths and as a result the crew are on anchor for most of the year.
    Posted by Yachtingbuzz 14/01/2011 21:32:29

  • I put together a list of about 20 items we desparately needed to make a 250 mile delivery. Split pins, shackles, cordage, batteries, provisions etc.The owner insisted he do the shopping. He came back with nothing but a roll of duct tape and said " we'll be fine" I immediately left him and his guest right there at the dock.
    Posted by MJPD345 14/01/2011 18:30:05

  • I had to pour Absolute into an empty Grey Goose bottle, and insist to vodka aficionados that it was indeed Grey Goose.
    Posted by hullofatime_1 13/01/2011 20:18:53

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