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Triton networks with Crew Unlimited

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Date(s) - Oct 7, 2015
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

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Oct. 7 The Triton’s monthly networking event (the first Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m.) with Crew Unlimited, Ft. Lauderdale. Join us for casual networking, no RSVP required.

Network Oct. 7 with Crew Unlimited

Network Oct. 7 with Crew Unlimited

Join The 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 the casual event on Oct. 7 from 6-8 p.m. Until then, learn more about Crew Unlimited from Ami Ira, owner and manager of charter and business development.

  • What is your favorite thing about Crew Unlimited?

My favorite thing about Crew Unlimited, aside from the autonomy that having your own business offers, is that we are doing something to help people lead a more interesting and exciting career, allowing them to travel and experience different cultures, while working hard and earning good money.

It’s a niche industry that I love, and feel very fortunate to have come across way back in 1991 while working at Bimini Boatyard. I wish I had kept the card of the broker who recommended I register with Crew Unlimited then. I would love to say thank you to him, whoever he was.

  • What would you do today if you were just starting in yachting?

If I were brand new to the industry, I would read up on the industry constantly. I’m a sponge for knowledge and I know it has helped me in my career. Be willing to listen and learn from other people who know more than you.

  • What would you like crew to better understand about looking for work?

I would like crew to realize that their performance reflects on us, both in the interview and in the job that they do once employed. If they make us look good, we will bend over backward to help them. And if they make us look bad, we prefer to give someone else a first chance, rather than give someone undeserving a second chance.

  • What should captains understand about choosing new crew?

First of all, stop going with your gut. No one likes the responsibility (and risk) involved with hiring new crew, and most people just want the search to be over, so their gut says, “She’ll be fine, let’s get this over with.”

Unfortunately, too many crew get hired on personality or because they’re a friend of someone else on board. When they don’t cut it, it makes replacing them far more complicated because now they’re friends with all the crew, you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, or because the owner will wonder why you made a mistake in hiring them to begin with.

It’s better all around to: 1. define the job with a proper job description (we have samples on our web site); 2. define the offering, (we have sample contracts, as well); 3. define your top 10 scorecard of must-have traits; then 4. interview everyone against those criteria.

Don’t waste time interviewing anyone who doesn’t meet at least seven of your top 10, or you’re setting yourself up for a below average (70 percent) candidate. (This works for marriage, too.)

Also, when it’s time to let someone go, just do it. Many people are “too quick to hire, and too slow to fire.” Don’t be the guy who settles for mediocrity. This is an industry catering to the highest achievers and they deserve the top caliber service. And by that measure, if you’re their captain, you deserve top crew.

And if we ask you for a reference, don’t candy coat it. That’s not helping anyone.

You know owners use placement agencies in their businesses to find top talent, and they spend 25-35 percent of the annual salary, so they understand that you must pay to find top talent. We charge only 8 percent, and we register more than 6,000 candidates a year, so there is no shortage. Let us find you the breath of fresh air that you and your owner deserve.

  • There are several crew agencies. Why should crew choose you?

Crew should choose us because we provide more and better service to them, and to our clients. We have a 30-plus-year history, so we know which boats “churn and burn” and we won’t work with them. We also check references, verify licenses and, coming up in our new web site (in time for Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November) will have many opportunities for crew to better market themselves.

And, thanks to our “No Bad Apple” guarantee, our clients know that we are never going to submit a candidate who isn’t worthy of working in our fine industry. Crew can be assured that by registering with us, they are aligning themselves with a professional and reputable company that takes their role and responsibility seriously, and in turn, takes them seriously.

Crew Unlimited has offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Antibes, France, and all of our placement coordinators have a minimum of five years serving as yacht crew. We get it, and we place crew who also get it.

Networking is Oct. 7 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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