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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Depends on where it is. It’s usually cold in a shipyard.
2d Eng. Colby Martino
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
No, but I wouldn’t mind. You’d learn a lot.