7 Ways To Nail Your First 7 Days As A Yacht Stew.
Hear about the real yacht life, info on how to kickstart your superyacht career and tips on becoming a super stew.
A Chief Stew with 6+ years experience in the superyacht industry. I help aspiring crew confidently land their first job and teach the skills needed to be a stand out YACHT STEW.
Wondering what one wears when planning to dock walk? Where to walk the docks and how to approach a yacht? Listen on The Seaworthy Podcast or read ‘The Stew Diary’ to find out more about your presentation whilst dockwalking, locations to dockwalk, how to approach a yacht and why you need a game plan for the day…as timing is everything!
So What exactly does dockwalking entail I hear you ask?
Dock walking is when you walk along the dock where all Superyachts are tied alongside, approaching each yacht and speaking to crew onboard to see if they need any help on the boat.
Why yachts need day workers? Quick turnarounds between charters, pre-season preparation or getting ready for a boat show can be an ideal time to look for day work. The deck departments need day workers to assist with daily tasks like wash downs, varnishing, and polishing so they can get the jobs done faster. The interior department may need a day worker to help detail guest cabins, helping out with crew mess duties or maybe the engineering team need someone to help tidy up the engine room or clean up the bilges.
So Why dockwalk? It’s a Way of getting valuable industry experience, your aim should be to get your CV through the door! Think of it as if it’s a personal delivery of your CV to the boat.
*This is an activity (Dock walking) where you will need to ditch your Crew House roomie for (sorry not sorry). Yachts will be more likely to hire a sole person rather than a group! You got this…
Now I am yet to meet someone who says they enjoy dockwalking but I will honestly say it was an eye opening experience to these boats and made me step outside my comfort zone… and that’s always a good thing right? So let’s get into more about dock walking…
#1: Presentation- Why it’s important.
#2: Locations to Dock Walk
Ports with heightened security (tough to dockwalk in):
Places to give a try:
Tip: Websites such as marinetraffic.com offer live satellite tracking and show you how many yachts are in port and where; allowing you to best plan your day the night before. It’s also important to look beyond the large ports to smaller marinas that may receive less dockwalking traffic. For instance, if you are in Monaco, it’s a short walk across to the ports of Fontvieille and Cap d’Ail.
Don’t be afraid to look a little further than these main hubs, in europe you can catch a train to Laciotat (shipard), Nice 25 mins from antibes, Genoa in Italy.
Another tip when planning to catch these trains in France is to know thee trains often run late and have a lot of strikes so check online as to whether or not they are running. You can also pre-purchase your tickets online which saves you from trying your best at french trying to speak to the train ticket staff.
#3: How to approach a yacht when Dockwalking
First come first served, plan to arrive early and avoid crew break times, which are usually 9:30-10:30 (morning tea), 12-1pm (lunch) and after 5pm (end of day). the best time to dockwalk is when the yachts are preparing for the start of the season and looking to fill those seasonal vacancies or when a boat show is coming up.
When NOT to dockwalk:
#5: Extra TIPS
Lastly I would like to leave you on this note… You have brains in your head and have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Best of luck to you Dock Walkers! You never know what job opportunities are around the corner.
I’m a chief stewardess with over 6 years experience working in the superyacht industry on boats up to 88m. I help aspiring yacht crew by propelling them with the know-how and tools to confidently break into the superyacht industry.