yacht season

Working on a yacht in the States

Working on a Super Yacht in the United States

A trip to United States of America is somewhere crew enjoy going and can provide a nice contrast from the Caribbean season. As very general rule yachts tend to head to Florida, which offers a great life style for crews on board. Good restaurants, big shopping malls and entertainment parks a car ride away. Time can also offer opportunities to explore the states more during time off as well as great port stops if you are lucky to places like New York, passing the Empire State on a super yacht was something I never did experience, but I hear it is a great way to view it.

Below are a few key highlights of such a season:
-     Some yachts may head directly to the States instead of the Caribbean from October onwards, while some will head to the States during the Caribbean season. 
-    The Fort Lauderdale International Yacht Show runs at the end of October to early November which draws some yachts.   
-    Generally yachts head to the East Coast to places like Florida or even New York. 
-    Some yachts will venture to the West Coast or even venture up to Alaska
-    Fort Lauderale in Florida offers a great place for crew down time with easy access to large amusement parks in Florida as well as great shopping malls for those so inclined. Cruising into New York and passing the Statue of Liberty on a super yacht is also a fantastic thing to experience. Venturing further afield offers some incredible scenary and wildlife to match.
-    America run very strict Visa requirements for people working in America, all yachts heading to these destinations will ensure each crew member has suitable visa in their passports (B1/B2 Visa). For those seeking work out here without a visa be warned that people have been deported for working without a visa, check the US Embassy website for the latest news.

More information on visa available from www.Dockwalk.com CLICK HERE  

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Written by Ben Proctor

For more information read Work on a Super Yacht: The Beginners Guide by Ben Proctor 

Working on a yacht in the Caribbean

Working on a Super Yacht in the Caribbean 
The Caribbean is all you could image; beautiful sandy beaches, glorious clear blue warm seas and lovely weather and along with this the great cocktails and the sound of Bob Marley filling the air. There is some lovely cruising to be had in the Caribbean and due to the size of the islands there is always a nice secluded bay you can anchor.

This season certainly has a more laid back atmosphere when compared to the Mediterranean season. Generally yachts are less manic during this time, although tend to be busy for Christmas and New Year times. St Bart’s remains a very popular location for super yachts to visit for New Year, drawing the rich and famous to this relatively small island. 
Days off for crew offer a great opportunities to explore the islands, find a secluded beach, sample the numerous delicious cocktails and the fun night life, participate with some great diving, game fishing or wonder the streets to enjoy some local delights. This season can be a really welcomed contrast to the Mediterranean season, however often crew find that by the end of the Caribbean season they are ready to leave, crews often missing the culture of Mediterranean, the variety it offers and the easier access for travel from Europe to the rest of Europe and around the world. It is without doubt a very exciting season to be a part of and I hold a lot of happy times from my times in the Caribbean. Some of my personal highlights included swimming with turtles, watching a mother dolphin and baby dolphin playing at the stern of the yacht, visiting Richard Branson’s small island just of Necker Island where there is a small sand island with a palm tree on it (unfortunately it is a fake palm tree, but looks very real when cruising by, see above picture), trips to lovely beach clubs with the crew, watching some incredible sun sets and enjoying many a good expresso martinis, strawberry daiquiri’s and rum punch’s which frequently lead to an array of what I felt were great dance moves, but my crew would most likely disagree with this… I hope in your time in yachting you get to experience this season and beautiful part of the world.
Below is a typical summary of the Caribbean season on a yacht.

-    Yachts head for the Caribbean from October onwards
-    The main docks for super yachts are Antigua and St Maarten where yachts will generally pick up guests and owners from. Sailing yacht crews may have a more diverse itinerary, exploring more of the Caribbean Islands and also participating in the many regattas around the islands. Common itinaries for all yachts include Antigua, St Maarten, St Barts, the British and US Virgin Isles, St Kitts and some venture off to the Bahamas.
-    The Antigua Yacht Show runs at the beginning of December and draws a large concentration of super yachts. There is a very good atmosphere in Antigua as it is the start of the season and yacht crews have generally had a good couple of weeks detox during the crossing, so spirits are high as people return to land based fun again and socialising. 
-    This season ends in April then most yachts head back to the Mediterranean. Yachts will often stopping in ship yards before the start of the start of the Mediterranean season. 
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Written by Ben Proctor

For more information read Work on a Super Yacht: The Beginners Guide by Ben Proctor 

Working on a yacht in the Mediterranean?

Working on a Super Yacht in the Mediterranean

Personally this was my favourite season! Europe offers such a diverse cultural experience and incredible places to see. The cruising in the Mediterranean is beautiful with some incredible ports from the small picturesque ports in Italy to some of the larger ports such as Monaco.

Portofino was one of my favourite stops in the Mediterranean but there are numerous others that hold a special magic to them.

I have outline a brief summary of a typical yacht season in the Mediterranean

Mediterranean Season
-    Runs from April to October
-    Main places for work Antibes, Palma, Majorca and also other ports along the south coast including Monaco and Cannes. 
-    Crew start looking for work March/April time. By April Antibes will be busy with new crew looking for work
-    The Monaco Yacht Show runs at the end of September and is a good time to secure day work. At this time of year you may also secure a position for a Trans-Atlantic crossing. 
-    The great this about this season is the variety of places you can get to visit and the incredible culture the Mediterranean offers. The Mediterranean is generally more expensive than the Caribbean so nights out meals out can cost more, but being that all your food is provided on-board this is not a significant negative. 
-    Often the Mediterranean season is the busiest of all the seasons with owners and charter guests alike. 
-    If based here for a winter ship yard period crews often head to the Alpes for ski-ing at the weekends. 
-    For those not from the EU you will need to source a Schengen Visa

In my next blog I will cover the Caribbean season, another great season that offers a more laid back atmosphere with a great cocktails and nightlife and some stunning beaches.

Written by Ben Proctor

For more information read Work on a Super Yacht: The Beginners Guide by Ben Proctor