A large yacht is generally considered to be a vessel that has a waterline length (between perpendiculars) of over 24 metres and is operated either as a private or commercial (charter) vessel. However, in today’s market, such a vessel would be considered to be of modest size. There appears to be an ever-increasing trend in yacht size with numerous now in excess of 100 metres with two over 160 metres.
The demand for such yachts and the personnel to operate them requires officers and crew that work to the highest levels of professionalism within an often-demanding environment.
Presently there are a significant number of yachts either existing or in build over 3000gt, which, whether private or charter, require full commercial merchant navy certification for all deck and engineering officers.
The reality of working on such large yachts requires:
- The highest standards of ability and professionalism
- The utmost discretion
- Thought and consideration in a close knit environment
- A flexible attitude to work
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Energy and enthusiasm
The working arrangements vary between yachts, i.e. charter yachts tend to be busier than private yachts. However, almost without exception, they provide for excellent salaries, ever-improving leave and conditions of service incorporating many ‘fringe’ benefits.
Depending upon your nationality and location, salaries are usually tax exempt, travel and wages during periods of agreed leave are paid, and food and accommodation is, of course, provided. All of this alongside a potentially challenging but often fun, work–hard / play-hard regime, in a lifestyle that is truly and dramatically different from the routine of the commercial world.