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Have you ever worked on a new build?

With all the press over new yachts lately, we were curious to learn if yacht crew at the show had ever worked on a yacht as it was being built.

Some of the crew we talked to had joined a yacht fresh off its launch but only one had actually worked on the build. I think that’s because most of the crew we talked to were the ones on the dock, often more junior crew.

For the most part, they hadn’t worked on a build, but nearly everyone said they would like to have that experience at some point in their yachting career.


Chief Stew Iwona Kraskowska

M/Y Impulsive

126-foot Norship

No, but I’ve been on a new boat. It’s a great experience in a shipyard because you can learn and organize it all from the beginning, and everything is fresh and new. On a build, you can help choose things with the owner.


Dive Instructor David Alvarez

M/Y Blind Date

161-foot Trinity

No, but it would be awesome. I like that part of boats. I’d rather be in the water, but it would be interesting for sure.


Deckhand Marten Van Suylekom

M/Y Paraffin

198-foot Feadship

No, but I’d like to. It would be a new experience and I’m a keen learner so it’s always good to do new things.


Capt. Christian Gain

M/Y Siete

115-foot Benetti

Yes. It was fantastic. I want to do it again. It’s exciting, like being there when the baby is born.


Chief Stew Jennifer Utyro

M/Y D’Natalin

151-foot Delta

No, but I would absolutely love to be a part of that kind of project, to be part of it from the beginning. To get behind the scenes instead of always serving guests, to do something a little different.


2d Stew Sian Cameron

M/Y Checkmate

145-foot Benetti

No, but I joined it right after. It’s beautiful but there’s a bit of pressure to keep it beautiful.


Deckhand Sean Crutchley

M/Y Deja Vu

165-foot Feadship

No, but I would. I’m in this industry to learn.


Stew Celine Colella

New 40m Westport

No, but I would, absolutely. I love shipyards. The work starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. After work, you can go to the gym or do what you like.


Deckhand Calvin Barnard

M/Y Katya

151-foot Delta

Never. It would be fun, I reckon. Something different. Depends on the boat and what’s being done. Am I going to learn a new skill? I’ve painted enough engines.


2d Stew Sarah Matthews

M/Y D’Natalin

151-foot Delta

No, but I would like to be in on the creative side of it, to go in when it’s all new and fresh.


Mate Kaz Ziajka

M/Y Marjorie Morningstar

170-foot Amels

Depends on where it is. It’s usually cold in a shipyard.


2d Eng. Colby Martino

M/Y Ohana

154-foot Admiral Marine

No, but I absolutely would. It’s rewarding to check out something new and see how it’s put together.


2d Stew Tracey Van Der Westhuizen

M/Y Encore

150-foot Trinity

No, but I wouldn’t mind. You’d learn a lot.

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