We asked our respondents to share their idyllic image of working on yachts, and their advice on how to get there:
(Click here to read the Triton Survey.)
60m Feadship, 2-on/2-off rotation, summer alternate between Alaska and the Med, winter in the Caribbean, yard periods in Ft. Lauderdale.
I absolutely love my job. I have hand picked my crew, and they perform well. The boat is maintained to an extremely high level and they are the ones responsible. I just point and direct.
I prefer an owner with realistic expectations.
I would love to pick up a new 112-foot Westport and have the shake-down cruise doing the Inside Passage up to Alaska.
With nice people, good team mates, no slackers, and no cell phones.
Sailing in Maine.
Being under way at night with a huge rooster tail wave cascading from the stern, millions of stars, the engines thrumming, being in a new place for the first time, maybe seeing the Southern Cross for the first time off the coast of South America.
An understanding owner with money, not someone who think’s he has money. Rotation. A definitive minimum set salary guideline that is appropriate so people stop taking jobs for less money and bringing the whole industry down in salary.
My original image was to work on a megayacht under the tutelage of more seasoned chef, doing a tag team approach, working round the clock. That way no one would be alone too long “in the weeds”. I’ve relieved solo chefs for short times on these megayachts who were burnt out. There’s never a sous chef to help them. This is why I prefer smaller (but not too small) vessels, a small crew so I can get out of galley, and a small amount of guests so if they are demanding, we can easily manage everything.
Working on a sport fishing boat as a cook/stew for a boat that participates in lots of tournaments.
I love it so much, it does not feel like work. I am in a relationship with the sea, and treasure every moment.
Solid vessel with sound owners. Seeking to do those things you just can’t do at home.
Power reach, full moon, good crew in warm water
The boat before this one was a small, family sailboat that I sailed around the world, with a lot of time in Thailand and Japan. That probably was my shot at the “idyllic” yacht job. I got it with luck, being in the right place at the right time. If a person really puts their heart into their work, good things may very well happen.
Great crew with a nice owner. A good traveling itinerary so you get to see new places, but also be able to run into old friends.
A realistic owner, competent captain, adventurous crew, decent salary and benefits.
Work hard, save hard, idyllic will come.
Is this a joke? I like my job and I’m good at my job, but it’s still a job. If some captains have a passion for yachts and have no life away from work, good for them.
A 120-foot boat, six crew, relax. In the old days, a 100-foot boat went round the world.
Satisfying the owners with my services/management so much that they have kept their yacht and me working for them for 26 years, with flexibility to have a life and even other yachting adventures.
Small boat, one sail, flat water, cold beer, warm gentle breeze, tied up before dark.
The travel, the yacht, set a goal, work to get there and no matter how mean or cruel some crew are, don’t lose sight of your goals. There is a life before yachting and there is a life after, and plan for it. Pay attention to what the crew agencies have to say. Hone your craft to the point that you create a niche in what you do. You will always have a job if you do
I would like to join a charter boat, a 200-foot Lurssen, because the crew accommodations are super comfortable. The crew must be a mix from different nationalities because it’s good to share different points of view and learn from other people. All crew must be friendly and no drama, working hard with time between charters for crew get work done. Captain, chef and chief stew must be down to earth. I would like to travel around the world doing one season in each region with time for even crew to go around and enjoy life.
My one-engined Mainship cruising the Bahamas with my wife.
Maybe a 50-foot catamaran sailboat with two crew and two wonderful owners. Do they really exist?
Close family-like relationship with crew, having fun seeing the world. Don’t get involved in drugs or clans onboard. Both spoil the fun and the first tends to lead to the second.
Rotational, 50 to 65m, balance of owner use and guests, top “team” (max 17), comprehensive long-term employment plan, work hard, play hard.
Decent weather, working machinery, and enjoyable crew/guests.
I would like a job like my last one: Comfortable area with a lot of the same guests. They really only used the boat on weekends so we actually had somewhat of a life. I would also hope for a crew that is understanding, hard working and drama-free. That is hard to find sometimes.
Take everything with a grain of salt.
Learn all you can about the equipment you work with so everyone has a safe, enjoyable trip.
Running a small boat for a young family that has an appetite for adventure, as well as allowing me room to maintain a personal life.
The perfect sunset at anchor in Zihuatanejo on the Mexican Riviera, drinking wine after a full day on the water fishing, playing and exploring.
It is a clean rewarding lifestyle. You get out what you put in.
To have my owners cruise more. We just do a few cruises per year.
Sailing around the world in slow motion to discover new places and visit some known. Surrounded by people who share the passion for the sea and for the adventure.
Good, educated and human owner. That’s what I wish to have.
Retiring to my own yacht. It keeps getting bigger. Will soon need crew myself. All in my dreams.
Less than 100 feet, two-three crew, skylounge, no teak outside, traditional wood inside.
Sitting in a new place drinking wine/beer/Pepsi with the crew and enjoying the whole scene
$1,500 per foot per year.
A clear, flat calm morning approaching an anchorage on the last day of a long charter with the smell of bacon gently emanating from the galley and a cup of tea delivered to the bridge.
Pleasant owners, crew acting as a well-trained team.
Waking each morning with anticipation of the good time to come, and having someone with whom to share it.
A happy, two- to three-week Bahama cruise with the owner and guests, then two-three weeks without anyone aboard so we have time to reposition before the next cruise, clean up the boat, provision, and then some island time, fishing, sailing, etc.
Crew that do not have to be led, but do their jobs intuitively.
Anchored in a small bay. Pine trees to the water line. Classic sailing boat all clean and quiet. How do I get there? Let go of the career-driven choices and go back to my roots.
You only get one chance to see a new place for the first time; enjoy it.
We are privileged to have one of the best jobs in the world that many people only dream of. Wouldn’t have it any other way, way more good than not.