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In overall command of the yacht, the Captain has full responsibility for the crew, passengers and safety.
Captains have extensive maritime qualifications and experience, excellent seafaring knowledge, a good grasp of accounting and administration and must deal with authorities on health and safety, security and environmental awareness matters.
The Captain is highly skilled at dealing with people, both crew and the owner/guests. The Captain acts as the owner’s representative and is on a different contract to the rest of the crew.
Second in command, the First Mate is directly responsible for all deck operations including storage and handling, deck maintenance and deck supplies.
In charge of the Second and Third Officers and deckhands, the First Mate undertakes bridge watches and is responsible for the security of the yacht and environmental awareness.
Take specific responsibility for navigation, the upkeep of charts and software. Oversee navigation and radio equipment and undertake bridge watches at sea. May also be the yacht’s designated security, safety or medical officer.
Sometimes known as the senior deckhand, the bosun is responsible for the maintenance and exterior cleanliness of the yacht.
The bosun oversees the embarking and disembarking of guests and manages all deck operations, including the use of tenders and watersports equipment.
An entry level job for newcomers who have basic seafaring knowledge and are willing to learn on the job.
This is a hands-on role which includes yacht maintenance, assisting guests with watersports equipment, helping cabin staff and general cleaning duties.
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