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Triton Survey comments on forms of self expression


Yacht captains offered these additional thoughts when it came to self expression and yachting, and often how they don’t match.

Think before you tattoo and pierce.

I believe yacht crew should look and act professional at all times. As a captain, I would not hire anyone with their body covered with tattoos, even if that crew member is known for being the hardest working crew member in the industry.

Bosses should be able to hire whomever they like. If piercing and tattoos are an issue for them, then you don’t get the job.

I see tats and piercings as a form of self abuse. What about cutting? Is cutting OK? I don’t hire crew with tats or piercings. If they have no respect for themselves, how are they going to have respect for me?

We are in a service industry. In this case, if you do not like it, don’t get into the industry. On the same note, too much perfume is a problem for the interior staff.

A neat, clean appearance is part of yachting. Would you want your dentist or doctor treating you to have numerous visible body piercings or lots of tattoos? Crew typically mirror the look found in the owner’s company(s). I have never seen any Fortune 500 CEOs or their upper level management or guests come on board my boss’s boats with noticeable tattoos or excessive piercings. Crew need to look the part if they want to be a part (of yachting).

As a captain, I will only hire clean-cut crew. That means no tattoos or piercings, and the guys must be clean shaven.

Piercing and tattoos are offensive to some. And God tells us not to defile ourselves as we are already beautiful. If you have a clue and want to be professional, try not to do it. I always try not to hire anyone with offensive stuff on themselves.

Sailors often had/have more freedom of self-expression, and it’s generally more acceptable on that side of the industry.

There is a certain degree of decorum required when representing the boat and its owners. Not hiring a good person for the job because they have a rather innocuous tattoo of some sort makes no sense to me. At the end of the day, though, their boat, their rules. Comes with the job.

About Lucy Chabot Reed

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher and founding editor of The Triton.

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