Super Yacht Industry Growing with a 16% Increase in Crew Jobs Reported

Delighted to have another feature from YPI crew which is showing a growing demand for crew jobs on super yachts, which is great news for offering more opportunities out there for work, more information see below.

YPI CREW Releases 2018 Yacht Crew Recruitment Data

Author: Marianne Burkhardt


YPI CREW Releases 2018 Yacht Crew Recruitment Data

For immediate release

YPI CREW, the global authority in yacht crew placement, has published its 2018 data, which gives invaluable insight into the yachting industry. The annual statistics are a key resource for all everyone involved in yachting.

Once again, the figures indicate that the industry is expanding. The number of job requests on yachts increased by an impressive 16% compared to 2017.

For the fourth consecutive year, the majority of jobs were on yachts of 71 metres and more in length. These represented 40% of total crew positions and an increase of 18% compared to 2017.

Positions on yachts of between 51 and 70 metres was the second busiest segment, with a 30% share of jobs. This is a slight drop on 2017’s figure of 32.2%.

The share of jobs aboard motor yachts rose once again, representing 94% compared with 90.5% in 2017. Consequently, the percentage of jobs on sailing yachts dropped slightly to 6%. These figures are coherent with the global yacht market.

Jobseekers who are weighing up the benefits of working on a private yacht versus a charter yacht will be interested to learn that 66% of jobs in 2018 were on private yachts. This clearly indicates that crew should interview for private yacht jobs and not wait around for charter positions.

Captain jobs represented only 4% of jobs while the remaining 96% were crew jobs. Officer registration hit a record high in 2018, which raises the question of whether there will be enough captain jobs in the future.

The number of new candidate registration has increased by 8% in the past 12 months and by 23% over 24 months. This again points to the growth and appeal of the yachting industry.

The year 2018 was the busiest ever in terms of steward and stewardess registration.

YPI CREW’s data also reveals that in 16 years, 2018 was the second busiest in terms of engineering registration. As in 2017, most candidates were seeking rotational contracts.

For YPI CREW, 2018 marked a milestone: the leading yacht crew recruitment agency registered the highest number of job orders and placements made in its 16 years of existence.

Laurence Lewis, Managing Director of YPI CREW, comments:

“2018 was a productive year for YPI CREW; all the recruiters were fully engaged. This is the second consecutive year that we have registered record figures for job orders and placements. The yachting industry is flourishing. Finding qualified and experienced crew is hard, so captains and hiring managers are turning towards our crew agency to find solutions.”

For experienced crew members or those who are new to the industry, YPI CREW’s yacht job descriptions are an invaluable resource for finding exciting new challenges.


YPI CREW has been in the yacht crew placement industry for sixteen years now and prides itself on matching the best candidates with the best yacht crew jobs. Based in Antibes in the South of France – a major Mediterranean yachting hub – the company sources and recruits the best crews worldwide, from deckhands to captains, engineers, chefs, and interior crew.

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YPI CREW Reveals Average Yachting Salaries for 2017


YPI CREW, the leading authority worldwide in yacht crew placement, recently published its Crew Salary Report for 2016/2017. The results are compiled from YPI CREW’s free salary-sharing platform,, which collates salary information from thousands of crew and provides transparency to the yachting industry. The report comprehensively outlines the average salary range for each yacht crew position, from deckhands to captains, benchmarking industry standards and providing a point of reference for employers and crew alike.

The Importance of the Crew Salary Report

The Crew Salary Report’s data is important for both employers and employees in the yachting industry. Employers need to know the current market rate so they can continue to attract top talent. Captains working on their annual budget often find it challenging to allocate specific salary rates to individual roles because the pay ranges are so broad.

Similarly, crew can use the salary report to compare salaries with similar roles to make informed decisions about job offers. Above all, the platform makes job hunting easier for crew who were previously frustrated by the lack of information that surrounded pay. It also reveals how many staff are permanent, temporary, or on rotation, which provides insight into existing opportunities within the market.

How is the Data Collected? has collected 2,500 salary entries since its launch in March 2016. The standalone website will continue to produce reports each November to enable crew salary comparisons from one year to the next. The site works on an honesty-based system, whereby candidates answer a few questions and share their salaries anonymously. In return, they can access specific salary data from people with similar profiles. The site is constantly updated as new salary profiles are added by captains and crew every day.

The results are divided into crew categories, types of contract, and by vessel size, which range from small yachts to superyachts that exceed 100m in length. Crew can filter their searches by the type of yacht or the type of contract.

The Crew Salary Report responds to a real need for transparent information within the yachting industry. It was created with the aim of freely sharing information and making the industry a level playing field for all candidates. Unlike most annual surveys, is updated in real time and information can be searched instantly.

Although created by YPI CREW, is an independent entity, meaning there is no incentive for people to enter misleading information. Members of the community can report any inconsistent or inflated salaries as suspicious and they will be removed immediately from the system to maintain the platform’s accuracy and integrity.

The Report’s Results from 2016/2017 are available in full here

The report reveals the salary information for captains, technical crew, deck officers, chefs, pursers and stews. It compares results from crew working on motor yachts versus sailing yachts, permanent roles versus temporary positions, and salaries from the different size categories of yachts.


YPI CREW has been in the yacht crew placement industry for over fifteen years and prides itself on matching the best candidates with the best yacht crew jobs. Based in Antibes in the South of France – a major Mediterranean yachting hub – the company sources and recruits the best crews worldwide, from deckhands to captains, engineers, chefs, and interior crew. YPI CREW launched, a peer-to-peer salary comparison website, in March 2016 to add a greater level of transparency to yachting salaries.


STCW 95 updated to STCW 2010

Previously called STCW 95 this has been updated to the STCW2010: It stands for Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping

This is the most important, and now an essential qualification and a legal requirement on boats over 24 meters. All super yachts now demand this qualification and you will not be considered without it.  The STCW 2010 now includes the Security Awareness Module.

The course costs around £850-£950 and is normally five days covering the following.

-   First Aid

-   Fire Fighting (two to three days).A very thorough course using breathing apparatus, live fire scenarios and the use of hoses and extinguishers.

-   Sea Survival

-   Personal responsibility

-   Sea Security Awareness Module (new addition to the old STCW95)

There are numerous centres around the UK that run this course. Courses also run (in English) in Antibes in France and other locations around the world. An internet search engine will show the most appropriate course.

Second Edition of "Work on a Super Yacht; The Beginners Guide" Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the second edition of "Work on a Super Yacht; The Beginners Guide" is now available online to download or to be delivered to your door in paper back. With over twice the content of the original book, an essential read to anyone thinking of working on a super yacht.


Super Yacht Awards 2015

An annual ceremony organised by Boat International, the World super yacht awards commend the best motor and sailing yachts in the world. Among the industry's most significant honours, prizes are chosen by jurors who visit each vessel and assess yachts in a variety of ways. This gallery shows the 2015 winners, named over the weekend at a gala in Amsterdam.

For pictures of the winners CLICK HERE


‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’ will be the theme for this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week (20-28 June 2015), aiming to not only raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers but also to highlight the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people.


The focus of the campaign will be the promotion of education, training and recruitment services that can lead to employment in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy – including container and cargo ships, fuel tankers, cruise ships, ferries and workboats.


Co-ordinated by Seafarers UK, a major grant-making charity that supports the maritime community, Seafarers Awareness Week will promote the vital role seafarers play in the UK and global economies – an industry employing 1.5 million seafarers worldwide, of which 71,310 are from the UK.


This year’s theme also complements two events announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO); Day of the Seafarer (25 June) and World Maritime Day (24 September), which both focus on maritime education and working at sea. IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu stated recently that maritime education and training were ‘essential for the long-term sustainability of the sector, both at sea and on shore’.


Seafarers Awareness Week will involve maritime industry associations, employers, training providers and recruitment organisations, combining many activities and media opportunities, raising the profile of seafaring and maritime jobs to a wide audience, in particular young people, parents and educators.

Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager at Seafarers UK, said ‘We are delighted to co-ordinate our theme alongside the IMO and look forward to another highly successful Seafarers Awareness Week. With so many opportunities, including in growth areas such as cruise ships, superyachts and renewable energy developments, it is paramount we ensure that the next generation views working at sea as a viable and exciting career option too.’


Seafarers Awareness Week, 20-28 June 2015 - save the date!



An award-winning hull cleaning robot could be snapped up by Spanish marinas and service companies with the backing of a new marketing company, it has been revealed.
Compass Marketing in Barcelona have acquired the Spanish marketing rights for the French-designed and manufactured Hulltimo Remote Controlled Robot Hull Cleaner, and will be setting up 'Service Points' in Spain and the Balearics over the summer.
The hull cleaner, which can cover up to 6m of hull per minute via remote control, is an award winning invention by Eric Tardy and Sebastian Fontaine, who own 65 per cent of the Hulltimo business. The product won its remaining investment from the French government and other equity investors after the robot scooped innovation awards in France in 2011, the same year the first production model came out.
Weighing 23kg, and driven remotely, the Robot works by clinging to the hull whilst its rotating brushes clean the surface. Compass and Hulltimo foresee a “healthy potential market” for use of the robot on superyachts, owing to its suitability for large as well as small yachts.

Below image of hull cleaning robot

Read more CLICK HERE

Cornish Ship Yard Builds its Presence in the Super Yacht World

In the relatively sleepy Cornish coastal town of Falmouth, the Pendennis shipyard is a hive of activity. The 27-year-old business builds bespoke superyachts for private clients from around the globe, and runs a thriving refitting and repairs business.

To date, the shipyard has created 30 custom-built boats and undertaken more than 200 refits. Its client base is a closely guarded secret, but there are a few names in the public domain: Kirsty Bertarelli, a former Miss UK and now Britain’s richest woman as the wife of Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, is frequently spotted aboard her 305ft Pendennis motor yacht, Vava II.

A superyacht is defined by Pendennis as any yacht measuring more than 24  metres (78ft). The company has seven superyacht projects in the works, a mixture of custom builds and refits. A new superyacht can take between two and four years to build, and Pendennis aims to launch at least one new boat each year.

The firm caters to the exacting demands of the super-rich, and no two superyachts are the same. Some of the work has been extremely challenging: during the refit of the world’s largest single-masted sailing yacht, the M5, the owner reconfigured the stern so that he could install his seaplane on the boat. When the sailing yacht Adela, originally built in 1903, was brought back for a refit in 1994, Pendennis cut the vessel in half and then extended her by 15ft.

More information CLICK HERE

From deck hand to captain

Exert from the latest Camper & Nicholson press release provides a great in site. For more information see link below:

" Jason Pliatsikas, Captain of C&NI charter yacht Devotion, tells Camper & Nicholsons more about his background and lifts the lid on what he loves about working in yachting.

Could you tell us a little about your background: what were you doing prior to yachting and how did you end up working in the yachting industry?
Before yachting I was living in Southwest London as a rugby player and personal trainer working with similar clientele to those on yachts. A friend of mine persuaded me to have a look at yachting: he found me a job as a personal trainer on one of the larger yachts and gave me a weeks' notice! After a few minutes of deliberation I accepted and left. Unfortunately the job fell through the morning before I was due to fly to the yacht, but excited and intrigued I took the flight to Nice anyway. With no idea what to expect, I naturally gravitated to Antibes and did some shore based personal training as there wasn't a lot of demand for personal trainers on yachts. On the beach one afternoon someone offered me some "daywork" - and having no idea what that was when I took up the offer. I then had a job for three weeks cleaning a beautiful yacht, and having a great time building a network of friends in this new industry that I previously had no idea existed. I had grown up with boats, mostly sailing as a kid with my grandad (who was a yacht captain), but really hadn't thought about it at all until I came to Antibes. 

When did you first become a Captain and onboard which yacht?
In 2010 I took the chase boat captain role, but my first actual captain position was in 2012 on board a Mangusta 82 with Arneson outdrives.

What do you like most about working in yachting / being a Captain?
It's difficult to say what I like most, I still love to drive the yacht, I enjoy the switch of focus and intensity when navigating through a tricky situation, but also the energy and adrenaline of finishing a successful charter. It's great knowing the team have been successful and I love the pride that comes with seeing everyone happy and content with their work!

What do you think is the secret to a successful charter?
Developing a quick understanding of the client and therefore being able to show them a great time with a personal touch, and always with a smile."


For more information read the full article at Camper & Nicholsons