I worked on a superyacht

WORKing aboard a superyacht and cruising the world in style sounds like a dream job.

Crew members can even get paid a whopping £2,500 a month for their work.

Working on board a superyacht sounds like a dream job - but the crew have shown that it's not all that it promises


Working on board a superyacht sounds like a dream job – but the crew have shown that it’s not all that it promisesPhoto credit: Getty

But some former crews have revealed the brutal side of working a four-month season for the mega-rich while stranded in the middle of the ocean, miles from home.

Crew revealed three reasons why this “dream job” is actually the worst job ever.

1. Demanding guests

Some superyachts can cost up to $2 million a week to charter, so it’s no surprise that the people who charter them are filthy rich.

Because guests are paying so much for the boat, they expect extremely high levels of service, and it’s the crew’s job to accommodate their every request, no matter how outrageous.

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A former crew member revealed that a guest once asked her for a rare alpaca steak, which was served on a diamond-encrusted plate at 3.25am while the boat was 300 miles offshore, according to the Daily Mail.

Sarah, who has worked on yachts for more than 10 years, said it can be difficult to serve someone you don’t like or respect.

She told the news outlet, “When you study politics, it can be difficult to wait for someone you morally detest.”

She added that it was common for guests to charter a boat and have their wife on board one night and their lover the next – and the crew just had to be polite and discreet and tend to their every need.

2. Brutal hours

Unfortunately, discerning guests don’t become less discerning at night, leaving them pretty much always on the clock.

If a guest wants something at 3am, a willing member of staff has to get it for them even if they are in bed.

Sarah Begbie was working on a multi-million dollar yacht when she was 23, and she said so Workload was “intensive”.

She told Sun Online Travel: “My day-to-day responsibilities included all food and beverage services, all housekeeping including guest room makeready, guest and crew laundry, laundry and turndown service, accounting, the Inventory control and supply.

“Basically imagine a 164 foot yacht containing six crew bedrooms, a crew mess, galley, seven guest bedrooms, eight guest bathrooms, a main saloon, dining room, forward lounge and bridge.

“Myself and two stewardesses are responsible for keeping clean 24 hours a day while we handle all food and beverage service and accommodate up to 11 crew members and 16 guests at times. It was intense.”

The crew are paid for their heavy workloads, with some earning up to £4,450 a month.

Sarah added: “I was probably making just over £2,500 a month. That was tax-free money and of course I had no living expenses.

“Other boats, on the other hand, offer chief stewardesses anywhere from £3,000 to £4,450 a month.”

3. Crew member tension

Everyone has an annoying co-worker, but imagine not only being with them Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, but 24/7 for four months.

Add to the mix that you’re all exhausted, which makes you even more grumpy, and you definitely have the tension of your crewmates.

Worse still, the crew generally has to sleep in bunks, so you can’t even leave them at night.

Tensions with your crew members are an inevitable part of working on board a boat and you all need to come to terms with it and get on with the job.

That said former crew member Melissa McMahon Power & motor yacht: “There may be tension and fighting. When you spend your time eating, working and sleeping in closet-sized rooms on the same deck 24/7, this has to happen.”

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Demanding guests, brutal hours and crew member tension are hard to handle while at sea for four months


Demanding guests, brutal hours and crew member tension are hard to handle while at sea for four monthsPhoto credit: Getty I worked on a superyacht

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