Yacht Crew

Yacht Crew

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Yacht and sail boat crews are teams of highly trained and experienced professionals providing an on board care and hospitality service.  They are expected to work together towards a common goal of providing the best bespoke service for their client, their client’s family, guests and associates.

Every crew member plays a key role in providing a premium on board service. Generally, a strict hierarchy ensures that each individual is able to perform his or her tasks to the necessary level of excellence, to meet or even exceed their client’s high expectations.

On board crews are divided into two teams: one team dedicated to cabin service, and the second team focused on vessel maintenance and navigation. Mega-yachts and super-yachts may necessitate larger crews of up to 20 people.

  • The Yacht or Sail Boat Captain

The captain is responsible for operating the vessel and maintaining security. This includes managing the crew, equipment and materials, relations with the employer, their family and guests. This role is at the top of the hierarchy with every crew member ultimately answerable to the captain.

  • The Yacht or Sail Boat Engineer
The engineer is responsible for technical maintenance and operations of the vessel. He or she reports directly to the captain and manages the engineering team (electricians, IT specialists, technical assistants etc.).
  • The Yacht or Sail Boat First Officer / Chief Mate
Mega-yachts, super-yachts and larger sail boats may necessitate a second in command to the captain, or even a third (a second officer).  These act as direct subordinates, many of the captain’s responsibilities may be delegated to them and they are responsible for ensuring that his or her orders are carried out.
  • The Yacht or Sail Boat Head Steward / Stewardess
The head steward(ess) is responsible for managing and overseeing cabin crew operations on board, inclusive of stewards, cleaning and kitchen staff. They are expected to handle all client requests relating to care and hospitality services, to organise calendars, meetings and cabin crew recruitment.
  • The Yacht or Sail Boat Chef
Every private yacht or sail boat owner and its cabin crew take great pride in the available on board cuisine.  The chef is a crucial member of the cabin crew and contributes to creating a luxurious, five-star service and relaxing atmosphere.  They are responsible for sourcing supplies and regulating stocks, ensuring that only the freshest, best quality produce is used and is available at all times. On board chefs are also generally required to cook for the engineering and cabin crew.
  • The Yacht or Sail Boat Sous-Chef
On larger vessels, a sous-chef is often employed to works alongside the head chef, who is often Michelin-starred. They are required to assist with cooking and cleaning duties within the kitchen.
  • The Yacht or Sail Boat Skipper / Sailor
The skipper or sailor is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the exterior of the yacht and assist the captain in its operation. During dockings, the skipper helps guide the captain, secures the vessel and ensures it is sufficiently protected from potential damages. Larger vessels may require up to eight skippers.

Skillset required will vary depending on the role. Some examples are below:

Yacht Captains are very specific roles intended to manage and sail large vessels, generally motor yachts, between seaport destinations. Captains are experienced in all aspects of sailing and chartering boats specific to size and are often responsible for managing a yacht crew to help maintain the inner and outer areas of the boat. Skillset Required

  • Extensive knowledge of all operations related to sailing various vessels, direct experience with larger vessels
  • Ability to manage multiple team members in high-stress situations
  • Seamless navigation of various types of water and waterways, ensuring all guests enjoy seamless experience on and offshore


First Mates are the right-hand to a yacht’s Captain. This role must be experienced in all areas of operation for both large vessels and small crafts. The First Mate generally manages maintenance and upkeep of all supplemental watercraft such as jet skis, dingeys, kayaks, paddle boards, tubes, etc. The first mate must also be vigilant in maintaining guest safety at all times, assisting with onboard service, and navigating local waterways with ease. Skillset Required:

  • Knowledge of all operations related to sailing various vessels
  • Ability to escort guests during off-boat excursions and water sports
  • Team-centric mindset, willing and able to work long periods of time with crew and guests while at sea


Yacht Stewards are responsible for all service onboard during a guest’s stay. Stewards generally manage all internal amenities inclusive of meal service, housekeeping, and entertaining. This role often works as part of a team to attend to the needs of all guests while onboard. Skillset Required:

  • No task too big or too small mentality
  • Polished, poised, and presentable at all times
  • Quick thinker and ability to solve problems creatively, especially while at sea
  • Adept in all areas of housekeeping and serving
  • When at sea, accommodation must be provided aboard the vessel. 
  • On land, the crew is generally expected to arrange private accommodation.
  • Crew members may sometimes be requested to stay on board in the absence of the employer to ensure the vessel is secure and well maintained.
  • Yacht Crew salaries depends on the role, candidate’s credentials, experience, and duties.
  • Room & board to be provided.
  • Salary guide for Yacht Chefs depending on experience vary from £2500 to £5000 plus net per month

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