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* Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mega-Yachts (and Their Owners)
* How to Work on a Yacht and Travel the World
by Di Michelle | Oct 3, 2017
* Superyachts protected from dangers on the high seas thanks to advanced technology
* The Best/Worst Job You Didn't Know Existed: Sailing the World as a Private Yacht Stewardess [and other crew jobs]
by MOLLY FERGUS
On a private yacht, the owner might only have time to use it three or four times a year, so when the owner's not on board, the crew is just working 9 to 5. They still live on the boat, they just do maintenance—there's always work to do on the boat. The crew gets to enjoy the destination more. And if you're in St. Barth's, you're not really bitter about staying put.
* What's it like to be a crew member on a very expensive private yacht?
I have appreciation for the opportunity of being so well paid. I am a journalist and a writer, and what lead me to pursue yachting was a relationship with a captain (that ended partly due to our circumstances), and then the fact that on yachts I make 3 times more money than doing what I love. It is difficult and lead me to change my mind a bunch of times, take a permanent job on a yacht that I ended up not keeping, refusing good offers because I wasn't sure, and so on.
* How to travel the world by crewing on yachts
The key to landing a successful delivery position is to make yourself a desirable crew member.
Don’t know how to sail? Yacht clubs around the world offer introductory classes and are often thrilled to have new members join their weekend races.
There’s no quicker way to learn sailing than having a captain screaming at you from the cockpit while you slip about on the bow. A couple months of racing will have you jibing the spinnaker pole like an old salt.
At the very least, learn the basics of boating online or at the library, including how to tie real knots.
Yep, your life will occasionally depend on the quality of your knots. Learn‘em.
Alternatively, offer your new crew a unique skill. Mechanics, chefs, electricians, dive instructors, masseuses, carpenters, heck, even hairdressers, will always find themselves welcome on board.
As delivery crew you’ll almost certainly be expected to knock up some meals in the galley too, so learn a few specialties.
On board, crew can expect to help out with day-to-day sailing tasks such as maintenance, navigation, cleaning, cooking and sooner or later, unblocking toilets
* Around the World by Sailboat
How to Find Life-Changing Work and Travel
Article and photos by Andy Schell
Many captains, including myself, require at least one if not two professional or very seasoned sailors to join them on a major ocean crossing. However, like me, many are more than willing to take a few extra inexperienced sailors or intrepid adventurers along for the ride and are often willing to instruct them along the way.
The key to finding a boat to sail on is to present yourself as a trustworthy person eager to join the trip. Ulterior motives are often very apparent, and no captain is willing to take along someone just looking for a free ride.
Working Aboard the Sailing Boat
The work aboard an ocean sailing boat is difficult, tiring, and unending. A passage of even 10 days sounds short, yet when you’re on a watch schedule of four hours on, eight hours off, one day seems like two and you must adapt to an utterly different lifestyle than the one you are accustomed to ashore. Everyone shares in all the duties involved in running the boat, from standing watch in the rain at 2 a.m. to cooking breakfast and making coffee. Then you must clean up upon arrival when the boat is in shambles and you have not had a freshwater shower in two weeks.
Life at sea is incredibly raw and incredibly basic. Your world shrinks to the three miles or so you can see in every direction before the horizon curves out of view. A passing freighter is often the most exciting thing to happen on a given day. The intense discomfort of being salty and sticky for two weeks is offset by the rewards of a cloudless night watch under a new moon. The sky is so dark you can scarcely see your hand in front of your face, yet the stars fill the night sky all the way to the horizon, like an enormous diamond exploding in the center of the universe, sending fragments to every corner of space. You will see more shooting stars on one night watch then you would in a lifetime ashore; at sea, the lights of civilization do not pollute the sky.
* Yacht Crewing 101 - Getting Started!
Have you ever looked longingly at those huge luxury yachts in ports like Miami and Ft. Lauderdale in Florida and wished you could sail away to anywhere on the next one that pulls up anchor? If the answer to that question is yes, then you are already half-way to becoming a yacht crew member. Most crew members say that the Number 1 quality yacht owners and operators look for in their onboard staff members is a love for yachts and the ocean. But there's more to working on a yacht than you might think.
Here's the basic information you need to help you make a decision about whether yacht crewing is right for you.
*READER STORY: HOW ARIELLE FOUND A JOB WORKING ON A YACHT
* 5 Skills Needed to Survive a Yacht Crew Job
Do you have what it takes to work on-board a yacht?
When I first started working in the yachting industry, I would hear from people here and there that it isn’t for everybody. But I didn’t give it much thought. “That won’t be me,” I figured.
* Top 15 elite superyacht marinas worldwide
Written by Nathan Bees
Last updated: 03/04/2018
There are thousands of ports and marinas around the world, and most of them are very charming, worthwhile places to visit. However, there are a few in particular that are simply irresistible to the superyacht set, boasting iconic facilities that see the world’s glitterati return time and time again to revel in their splendour.
We feel these elite marinas deserve to be recognised, so we have compiled a list of our 15 favourite marinas in the world. During your time at sea, endeavour to tick off as many of these as you can. We promise you won’t be disappointed!
Marinas with Italian luxury
1. Marina Grande, Capri
Marina Grande Capri in Italy
We start with Marina Grande on the island of Capri, which is reportedly the most expensive marina in the world. With a real feel of exclusivity, berthing will need to be arranged many months in advance, especially during peak season. There are over 300 berths in total and the facility can accommodate superyachts of up to 60 metres or 197 foot.
The marina is nestled among striking cliffs and colourful, quaint buildings, offering a truly unforgettable experience. Sitting below the town, the marina is surrounded by a selection of luxury hotels and restaurants that offer some of the most spectacular views in the world, and numerous medieval villages.
Unsurprisingly, the island has a special allure for the rich and famous, with some of the world’s most extravagant yachts often found congregated here.
2. Marina di Porto Cervo, Sardinia
Marina Porto Cervo in Sardinia, Italy
Listed as the world’s second-most expensive marina, Marina di Porto Cervo is located on the northern tip of Sardinia on the famous Costa Smerelda. Here daily berthing fees can exceed 2,500 euros during the high season, which gives an insight into just how desirable the marina is. Among the most expensive periods for berthing are the Deluxe Fair in June and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Regatta in September.
The facility has up to 60 superyacht berths for yachts up to 100-metres (328-feet) long, During the summer, this is where the Italian jet-set takes their holidays, sailing and enjoying the beautiful landscape and coves. The list of celebrities spotted in Porto Cervo is endless, with model Kate Moss and pop superstar Rihanna known to have visited in the past. Famous for its lavish parties and nightlife, there’s even a “Billionaire Nightclub” for the select few that can afford it.
The surrounding area features a mix of unspoiled natural beauty and modern luxurious facilities, such as high-end boutiques and clubs.
3. Marina di Portofino, Genova
Marina di Portofino in Genova, Italy
With only 14 berths for superyachts, and an average daily berthing price of well over 2,000 euros, Marina di Portofino is one of the most exclusive ports in the world. Again, due to a lack of berths, reservations will need to be made many months in advance, especially during peak season.
Originally a small fishing village set in a protected bay of green waters, Portofino has become an ultimate playground for the super-rich and famous, including the likes of Steven Spielberg, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and Rihanna (who must be working through our list).
Accessible by a single road—which is usually kept closed to keep the area secluded—the preferred mode of transport to Portofino tends to be boat giving Marina di Portofino a quiet and private feel.
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