You’ve decided on yachting, and now you’re deciding on where you want to start when it comes to traveling and working on a yacht. Yachts are constantly traveling and going from one side of the world to another, and it may be hard to get a grasp on working in a new industry, as well as figuring out what its like to be in a new surrounding. Here are some things you can expect when you work on a yacht in the US.
Crewing on U.S. Flagged Vessels
There are several different scenarios to working on a yacht in the US.
You could either be working on a yacht that is traveling there and is registered or flagged to the BVI’s for example, or you could be working on a yacht that is a US flagged vessel. More often than not, yachts are registered else where, and depending on the passport you hold, can be quite flawless in finding work. The reason we mention this is to be able to work on a US flagged vessel, you have to hold a US passport. It is important to realize this when applying for jobs, however most US flagged yachts would mention this in their search for new crewmembers.
Travel Destinations – Crewing and Working on a Yacht in the United States
Part of the benefits to working on a yacht is the means to travel – I mean, you wouldn’t be in this industry if you wanted to stay at home and work a 9-5 day job. Traveling around the coastal cities of the US is truly something that can’t be missed. It can be broken down into a few key spots: East Coast, West Coast and the South Coast (or more commonly known as the Gulf Coast).
East Coast: Prepare yourself for seafood, fashion, small town ports and thriving cities. By traveling through the popular states of Maine, Rhode Island, both North and South Carolina, Georgia and how could you forget the popular New York City!
West Coast: Get ready to emerge yourself in West Coast living when you travel up the California coastline, and if you’re lucky enough, Oregon and Washington. The rugged coasts of these beautiful states are spectacular and you’ll instantly fall in love with the laid back lifestyle of the people that make up the population.
Gulf Coast: Also referred to as the ‘Third Coast’ this encompasses the southern states including Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and of course the hub of yachting itself, Florida. Great food, great people and a great time for those lucky enough to land a yacht that travels there.
The yachting industry is more commonly recognized in the US and therefore makes things a lot easier. If you are new to the industry and are American, this may be a smoother transition for you. Working and traveling around your own country poses less of a risk, and can be just as exciting without the added bonus of a language barrier or currency calculation.
One of the things that makes this industry unique is the culture you take in just from other crewmembers, and this will not be lost if you first start traveling around the US with a mixed bag of crew!
Benefits of Working in the Yachting Industry
There are several benefits to working in the yachting industry as a whole and while these are subject to each yachts own rules, here are a few you learn to ask about for when you get involved, no matter what country you’re in!
• reimbursement for any courses taken,
• end of year, Christmas or end of season bonuses,
• full medical coverage,
• use of a crew car,
• shows, tours and dinners ashore,
• the opportunity to dive, sail, waterski, fish and adventure on a regular basis
• the opportunity to job-share (ie. six months on, six months off)
• a fully-stocked crew bar, and regular cash tips.