FAQs asked when applying for Superyacht jobs

Superyacht jobs have major appeal to “yachties”, but often there are many questions applicants have before applying for these roles. We have summarised some of the most popular questions asked along with the answers!

We’ve put together this handy FAQ guide for superyacht job seekers

What hours are typically worked on a superyacht?

Well, it’s not 9 to 5 everyday, that’s for sure. There are no standard working hours, as this will vary according to the activity of the superyacht on a given day. Hours worked will vary depending on the season, the number of guests onboard the amount of maintenance being taken as well as potentially many other factors.

There will be times where superyacht staff need to work very long periods, without a single day off. At other times, work levels will be lower and there will be days, evenings and weekends without work. Whenever starting a new superyacht role it’s important to sign a formal contract, which outlines expected working hours, as well as annual holidays, etc.

What is the minimum age to work on a superyacht?

The MLC 2006, section 1.1 states:

1. No person below the minimum age shall be employed or engaged or work on a ship.

2. The minimum age at the time of the initial entry into force of this Convention is 16 years.

In addition, the following restriction applies to under 18-year olds working at night:

“Night work of seafarers under the age of 18 shall be prohibited. For the purposes of this Standard, night shall be defined in accordance with national law and practice. It shall cover a period of at least nine hours starting no later than midnight and ending no earlier than 5 a.m.

Therefore, many recruitment specialists have a general recruitment of only recruiting superyacht staff who are aged 18 and above.

Do I need to speak multiple languages to work on a superyacht?

Being able to speak multiple languages is undoubtedly a benefit, but not strictly essential. English is the much-preferred language across most yachts and is eagerly sought by yacht recruiters. English is generally the language of choice, but other languages e.g. French, German, Spanish, Arabic, etc. will all be valuable, these will depend on the individual requirements of each superyacht.

Any more questions? Then contact J4Crew

Above are just a few FAQs we are asked by superyacht crew seeking employment. This is not a complete list, so we may add more FAQs in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact Joe or Chad today with any additional questions? We are here to help.

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