A big thank you to Wilsonhalligan for creating this great blog post. It appears as super yacht size grows captains are looking for a broader diversity of skills from their crew, carpentry being one such area that can really enhance your CV and chances of employment.
Yachts are ever expanding in size and operating styles, which has led to a variety of new crew roles being created. Wilsonhalligan, a specialist large yacht recruitment agency based on the South Coast of the UK sees emerging crew trends and the team has seen an increase in the demand for skilled and qualified carpenters over the last few years. We sat down with Louise Forster, recruitment consultant at Wilsonhalligan, to understand the role of an on-board carpenter and what she looks for in a potential candidate.
Louise explained, "Over recent years, skilled carpenters on board superyachts are becoming an integral part of the crew. The duties of the carpenter can range from being able to ‘fix' anything wooden on board, from removing a bulkhead to access panels for technical works to fixing interior details like curtain tracks, door handles or hinges that often come loose due to vibration. Fabrication, building of shelving and storage and teak maintenance and repairs are also vital skills.”
She added: “Carpenters should be ready to get stuck in and help with the rest of the crew when needed. Typically, they form part of the deck team, so the job role will likely entail general deck duties such as wash downs, tender driving, deck maintenance and water sports activities. Of course, each Yacht, Owner and Captain is different and will require a different assorted skillset so it’s important to get a detailed specification when applying to ensure the role is a good fit for you and your skills.”
“Attention to detail is paramount when preparing, working and clearing up; excellent skills in fabrication are naturally a must - building storage lockers, making steps for the tender and mounting paintings could all be required of you. You’ll need to be able to turn your hand to a wide variety of requests and be resourceful in terms of the materials and tools you use since storage onboard can be limited. One yacht carpenter we know was asked to make a display stand for a particular seashell that the owner loved and brought back to the boat!”
“Finishing skills are important for any crew member, but as a carpenter it is vital that you know, for example, how to repair a scratch in a high gloss varnished surface, understand the process of French Polishing and how to varnish capping rails and repair or replace teak panels. Standards are extremely high onboard a large yacht or superyacht and it is expected that they will be maintained.”
So, what characteristics does Wilsonhalligan look for in a candidate? “Aside from technical skills, being able to work as part of a dynamic team is vital and an ability to thrive in a demanding role where expectations can change at short notice are the most important requirements for working on a superyacht,” said Louise.
If you’re interested in working on a yacht, or want to find out more, Wilsonhalligan are always happy to discuss potential opportunities with interested candidates. Please visit their website on Wilsonhalligan.com or contact Louise Forster, Recruitment Consultant for Wilsonhalligan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.