The Med season is almost upon us, and the marinas will soon start filling up with boats returning from the Caribbean, or further afield. The end of a season for many is a time of upheaval and change – leaving a current yacht to move to another, or ashore. The beginning of the new season is a time when current and new crew are searching for their next position and the next adventure. Consequently, the docks can be flooded with hopeful crew, and you can quickly be lost in a sea of faces all wanting the same thing. So, how can you stand out, and how do you prepare yourself for (potentially) months of dock walking? Here are some very simple guidelines and tips to ensure you make a good name for yourself and create a good impression on all those jaded yacht captains who will be inundated with requests for work…
Going back a few years, the yacht industry used to be a tad more relaxed than it is now, it was also not really known about. Thanks to this, approaching the task of getting a job could also be a pretty informal affair. Not so these days! Competition is fierce and the industry is now a well-oiled, highly professional machine. So, you need to be prepared to spend quite a bit of time in your location of choice to succeed. Primarily, this means you need to ensure you have enough money saved to survive for roughly 3 months, this includes accommodation, food, transport to various marinas and socialising. Accommodation is of course the most important, and if you’re sensible, you’ll book it before you get there. Crew houses will be over-subscribed but are likely to be your first option. If they’re full, you could look at sites like Airbnb and www.couchsurfing.com, or local apartment listings. Ideally, share with a friend or two to lower costs.
You can find further useful and relevant information in some of our previous blog posts, and we are always on-hand to answer questions and help in any way we can. Good luck!
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