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The majority of crew aren't career minded and more likely to jump ship rather than work through rough patches.


Every job has busy and slow periods mixed with great, mundane and atrocious days. Crew need to be realistic, adapt, grow and consistently achieve objectives. Doing something once is no reason for promotion because every role on a yacht follows specific routines which maintain standards.


Realistic attitudes, being humble and understanding that doing your job well is expected and no reason for praise. 


Time served, playing your position on the team and offering a helping hand is what yachting is all about.


It's the really tough times which showcase the true worth of crew.  


When crew choose to  step up rather than step away people notice and reputations are made or destroyed. 


Experience, qualifications and resumes amount to zero when people fail to perform. At the end of the day people are only as good as their last decision and action. Overly cocky, negative and  needy crew that fail to perform in season rarely last, not because of their mistakes but because their attitudes devalue their worth and destroy crew synergy. 


Sometimes the best crew member is they guy or gal that nobody notices because they go about the day without drawing attention to themselves and freely admit they need advice, help or made a mistake. You can always teach crew a new skill but you can't coach careless crew to give a hoot. 


Cranky chiefs, boozy chefs, flirty stews, friendly first officers and hands off captains are more common than people think and the principal reasons why yachting is so unprofessional.


Like it or not yachting exists because of owners, and it's the crew which understand this that keep owners in the business. 


What kind of crew member are you? 


A) Career minded

B) Just passing through

C) Trying to decide if yachting is a viable career option











Been around about 40 years. Stayed with smaller boats and don't have to mess with other crew. I've worked my tail off ,saved a bundle. You have to stick with the job until the bottom falls out of the boat. Longevity is the name of the game.

1. Shut mouth
2. Drive boat
3. Get check
Posted by: Somethings Fishy at 17/04/2015 20:55

Talk about a negative approach! What's so unprofessional about a hands off Captain that allows the senior crew to manage their departments the way want them run? There is nothing worse than Captains who micro manage everybody. There are no rough patches and tough times if the Captain knows what he is doing, if you have experienced situations like this you are in a different section of the industry to most people and are clearly coming from that area.

Somethings fishy has got the right idea, keep quiet, keep you opinions to yourself onboard, get on with it and don't keep worrying about everyone elses character, performance and input. Stop judging everyone around you before you judge yourself.
Posted by: UKEngineer at 17/04/2015 21:48

All crew work towards an objective. These problems arise when the crew stop working collectively towards an objective. This happens when senior people are seen to to be only working for their own good!
Jumping ship is sometimes the only answer when your professional and moral integrity is in doubt.
This job we do exists because of rich people! So enjoy it.
Take the pay your skills wouldn't earn you elsewhere, eat the food you could never afford working as a bank clerk and go wake boarding with the bosses tender!
If you don't like it there's the door! Make sure you wipe your finger marks off on the way out as the chief stew will kick your arse!
Posted by: Louis at 18/04/2015 07:11

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