When you think of a yacht, you might picture a sleek white vessel gliding through the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean with its wealthy owner lounging on deck with a glass of champagne in hand. But while all yachts are certainly luxurious, not all yachts are created equal — some yachts are in fact, superyachts.
If you’re thinking about working as a crew member, you might be wondering what is the difference between a yacht and a superyacht.
What is a yacht?
Simply put, a yacht is a general term for any luxury vessel with onboard sleeping accommodations. This can be anything from a small weekend boat to large motor yachts.
However, within the world of yachting, there is a specific subcategory of vessels known as superyachts. And, while all superyachts are yachts, not all yachts are superyachts.
What Is a Superyacht?
So, what exactly sets a superyacht apart from a regular yacht? A superyacht (sometimes also known as a megayacht) is a term reserved for the crème de la crème of luxury vessels, typically over 24 meters (79 feet) in length and featuring the highest level of craftsmanship, amenities, and service.
Superyachts are built with a higher level of luxury than most yachts, often featuring multiple decks, spacious cabins, and top-of-the-line technology. With many owners also choosing to include features such as private swimming pools, helipads and even mini submarines. Superyachts are also often used for longer voyages and are equipped with the latest navigation and safety technology.
On board superyachts you will find large crew working on a variety of different yacht crew positions. The crew of a superyacht typically consists of a captain, first mate, engineer, stewardess, and deckhand. The crew of a superyacht is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the vessel, as well as the comfort and safety of the guests.
How to find work on a superyacht?
The best way to start is by registering with reputable agencies specialised in superyacht recruitment such as YPI CREW. Yacht crew recruitment agencies have connections with yacht owners and captains and can help match your skills and experience with the right job opportunities.
Become a member of YPI CREW and connect with our recruiters so they can guide you through your job search.
Each of our recruiters is specialised in crew placement for a particular department and they will do their best to get you an interview on board a yacht. They will also advise you on how to best present your experience and skills and prepare for a yacht job interview.
Before you embark on your job search be sure to do your research and find out what certificates you need to work on a superyacht and how to write a memorable yachting CV.