If efficiency, organisation and the safe handling of a superyacht are all things that sound appealing to you, then perhaps you should consider a career as a yacht deckhand. An entry-level position on a yacht, this role can be seen as the first step to a long and fulfilling career working onboard yachts. Yacht deckhands are important crew members, as the role covers a broad range of tasks – from cleaning and maintaining the exterior of the yacht, to driving tenders and supervising guests during watersport activities and excursions on land. Depending on the size of a yacht, there are usually between one and ten deckhands, so being an abled team player, sociable and a hard worker are all a must!
Yacht deckhands roles are very rewarding and the perfect stepping-stone for a stable career in yachting. Once you have completed the STCW’95 Basic crew training, you can begin looking for a job as a yacht deckhand. Browse through our full deckhand job offerings for more information.
As a deckhand, a lot of the daily duties and tasks include maintaining and overseeing the yacht’s exterior, washing and polishing it, learning more about yacht maintenance, safety operations and systems-line handling. Deckhands also assist the deck officer with any maintenance projects, such as sanding, caulking and varnishing. It is also up to the deckhands to accompany and supervise guests during watersports and water activities, drive tenders and assist with any additional tasks.
Deckhand salaries can vary slightly, depending on the size and type of yacht. Data shows that deckhands on a motor yacht earn between €2,000 and €3,000 a month, depending on the size and their experience. Deckhands working on sailing yachts may earn a bit less, between €1,800 and €2,900 a month.
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