About Super Yachts
Have you ever considered a career in the superyacht industry?
The superyacht industry offers many career opportunities for young people ranging from a deckhand to a steward or even an engineer. You don’t even need to have any sailing experience; you can learn to sail as part of your training. The UK Sailing Association (UKSA) is a non-profit organisation based in the Isle of Wight which runs training courses to help you get started in your superyachting career. UKSA has a very good reputation in the industry and many superyachtsman recognise it to be at the forefront of superyacht training.
A Superyacht (sometimes called a megayacht or a luxury yacht) is a very expensive luxury boat over 24 metres long. They are owned by some of the richest people from all across the world. Some are owned by billionaire businessman, footballers or even Royalty. The boats contain everything you can imagine for an exclusive lifestyle. Some of the boats boast heli-pads, spas and their own beaches whilst others have submarines, discotheques and cinemas.
Superyachts require professionally trained crew members to operate. Some of the boats have up to 100 crew members who all work for the Captain or ‘Skipper’. The number of crew needed depends on the size of the boat and other specific staff the owner wants. Superyacht crews can therefore have a wide variety of roles. Some boats even employ their own specialist beauticians, IT Technicians and florists.
Superyachts do not have to be sailing yachts. The majority of the superyachts you see in marinas around the world are motor yachts and some can travel at top speeds of 40 knots- that’s a whopping 46 mph! If you want to crew on a sailing superyacht you will need to have a lot of sailing experience- ideally since you were a child and have a lot of experience in the maintenance of the yachts. Some sailing superyachts enter into superyacht cups and races around the world. The permanent crew will accommodate for the professional race crew and will also get to take part in the race regatta. You could also crew on a classic superyacht built between 1898 -1960 and spend the season cruising the classic race circuit.
Superyachts are all privately owned but some are available for charter. This means that when the owner is not using the boat it can be rented at a set cost per week by anyone who can afford it. For example a businessmen and his family may charter the boat during the school holidays to sail along the French Riviera. As a crew member this means that your clients can change on a weekly basis or if it is a private yacht, you may just work with one client the whole year around Superyacht charter does not come cheap- you could pay £540,000 per week for a megayacht in the Western Mediterranean in the Summer!