Owner’s View: Captain wanted, perhaps couple?

Aug 1, 2017 by Peter Herm

Owner’s View: by Peter Herm

No, I am not replacing my captain or crew. They are awesome. But, it is time for a new boat on this side of the pond. I love the one in the Med too much get rid of it. I will shortly qualify for a two-room suite at the asylum by owning two boats of 100-plus feet. Or perhaps I should say one 30-plus meters and one 100-plus feet. In any case, I need a new captain and crew. Therefore, with my vast wisdom and experience, I will try something new — write a job description, publish it here and see what happens. Here you go:

General description of the “program”
Boat based in Fort Lauderdale, cruising Maine to Caribbean with focus on New England summers, Chesapeake spring and fall, and Bahamas winter. Boat used extensively for very casual entertaining of small groups. Boat is low-maintenance fiberglass with no exterior varnish. Huge crew quarters, proper engine room spaces, very long range. Boat will go slow with no more than six guests. No little kids and not over-the-top toy store.

Captain
Dynamic, smiling leader by example. Recruits and leads a team that understands casual service and high levels of boat maintenance. Enthusiasm more important than decades of experience. Possibly a first step into the 100-foot league? A great couple welcomed. Boat skills assumed, management acumen a must. This is not just a captain position, but a critical part of the owner’s business marketing. You will be face-to-face with the owner’s most important business contacts and clients. Compensation and benefits commensurate with attitude. Suggest you read my previous columns and you will better understand what we are looking for in a captain.

The following positions are to be filled by the captain, but some thoughts on crew:

Chef/Stew
Multi-tasking is critical. This is not an over-the-top, gourmet, white-glove program. No temperamental whiners need apply. The big grill is your friend. I don’t know what a “canape” is, so you don’t have to either.

Engineer/Mate
Owner has a critical eye for detailed maintenance and budgets accordingly. But stuff still happens and the right person will be able to MacGyver on the fly. Grease under the fingernails is required — this is not about your cellphone calling in contractors. Whining about the towed tender in the Bahamas is prohibited. Caterpillar and Northern Lights experience is a plus.

Stew/Mate
Empty cocktail glasses are bad. Warm beer is bad. Big smile and positive attitude is the No. 1 requisite for this position. Communication skills with guests are critical.

Note that these descriptions are all specifically written with the “/” mark, meaning this is a multi-tasking team. Everyone does everything. Primadonnas need not apply. This is boating, not yachting. This is fun, not stuffy. A few toys, some diving. No slides or young kids.

This crew is an extension of my businesses, and personable, friendly personalities are required. With two boats in the program, time off is available and understood. But when you are on, you are on. As my current captain put it, “You run this like a charter boat without the tips.”

Yes, but think of all the new people you get to meet, and no BVI on the schedule.

I am open to any creative ways to get the right and amazing crew, so don’t be bashful about pitching me. Salesmen love to be sold.

Reply to: joyfulboating@gmail.com.

Bow west and high tide only.

Peter Herm is the pen name for a veteran yacht owner who is an entrepreneur based on the East Coast of the U.S. Comments are welcome at editor@the-triton.com.

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