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Triton networks with Crew Unlimited July 2

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Date(s) - Jul 2, 2014
07:12 pm


Matching crew with jobs onboard is a vital part of the yachting industry. Come learn more at Triton networking with crew placement agency Crew Unlimited on the first Wednesday of the month in Ft. Lauderdale. Yacht crew and industry professionals are invited to make and renew connections in the industry. Until then, learn more about Crew Unlimited from Ami Ira, owner and manager of charter and business development.


Q. Tell us about Crew Unlimited.

We are international crew placement with offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Antibes and have more than 50,000 registered crew. In 2006, C U Yacht Charters was launched to provide charter marketing and brokerage services and since 2008 we have been host of the Fort Yachtie Da International Film Festival.


Q. What is happening with crew positions?

There are new specializations like electronics and technology positions and more demand for electrical technical officers (ETO). A new position is the deckineer (deck/engineer). There are more stew-plus positions such as nurse, hairdresser, beauty therapy, sports massage and personal trainer.

Plus, this has become a very certified industry, placement is more specialized and customized.


Q. How has technology affected how crew find work?

We were the first crew agency to create cell phone compatibility for the online job list. Crew can be notified via text if there are new positions available and reply instantly. Crew can do the research about jobs and the clients can do the same about the crew. People can Skype interview versus being face-to-face to save money and time.


Q. What do you see for the future in crew placement?

There are a lot of startup agencies, many crew member who gets off yachts want to do crew placement out of their house. It is not an easy job, especially to do well, which means checking references and verifying licenses. Most of the web based startups will not make it because they can’t afford to offer the level of service required.

As the industry evolves and becomes more regulated, crew placement agencies are likely to assume more responsibility for employment legalities. They will be expected to have a contract with each yacht they refer crew to, that assures the candidates that the yacht owner will provide insurance, vacation, pay, repatriation, and other concerns that the MLC has recently placed on ship manning agencies.


Q. What do you see in the future for crew?

I see longevity in the future. I think crew have realized it’s not always greener on the other side and they are starting to appreciate the job they have and how well they can do with it. Seriously committed crew will stay and make this a career, the rest will leave. I see a lot of female deck crew and engineers in the future.

Also, as the industry continues to attract younger and more people who want to be crew, competition for the entry level positions will become more fierce, and will result in the lower level jobs turning over. This is because the captains know that they can find a replacement and because the newer crew haven’t learned the work ethic.

Supply and demand should lower the entry level wage base. Likewise, as competition grows for these entry level jobs, crew will have to work harder to get their first break, by investing in their education like the GUEST program, STCW, Powerboat Level 1, SCUBA, bartending certificate, sommelier certificates, and any other marketable skills they can learn to use to put themselves in a better position to serve in the position they desire.


Q. What is the most surprising thing crew do?

The biggest mistake I see is when a crew member quits a good job without trying to fix the one they have by communicating what is lacking to the captain or the owner. If you have outgrown the position you’re in, then you owe it to yourself to further your career. But, if there’s a chance your own grass could be greener just by watering it (communicating) then try that before you jump ship into the ‘stress trifecta’ of new job, new home, new “family.”


Q. What would you like crew to better understand about the industry?

Working on board yachts is a privilege. There is opportunity to see the world and correspond with the most successful business owners in the world. And there is no other industry in the world that pays as well or allows you to save as high a percentage of your salary. But, it doesn’t last forever, and you can ruin it for yourself. One misstep can cause you to lose your job, your references and all future jobs. This industry is extremely tight knit and insular when it comes to your reputation, so you must guard it and protect it like your livelihood depends on it, because it most certainly does.


Networking is July 2 at Crew Unlimited’s office at 1069 SE 17th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316. For details contact +1 954-462-4624; and

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