Job Descriptions

Below is an organisational chart of a typical large yacht. Please read the text on each position and click "read more" to find out more information.


 

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Captain

The Captain of any yacht (large or small) has one primary duty, which is the safe manning and operation of the yacht. This includes taking full responsibility for the crew, the tenders  and toys, and the guests. Every crew member falls under the ultimate command of the Captain...Find out more about being the Captain of a Yacht >>
 

Chief Engineer

The Chief Engineer is in charge of the engineering department and is responsible for its safe and efficient operation. He/she reports directly to the Captain. As well as managing the Engineers, Electricians and ETOs (Electronic Technical Officers), the Chief Engineer has overall responsibility for the engineering department...Find out more about being the Chief Engineer on a Yacht >>
 

First Officer & Second Officer

All superyachts generally have a First Officer on board, but larger yachts would employ a Second Officer as well. The roles are quite similar, but specific duties are likely to vary from one yacht to another...Find out more about being the First Officer or Second Officer on a Yacht >>
 

Chief Steward/Stewardess

A Chief Steward/ess is most likely an experienced Steward/ess who has progressed to this higher-ranking role. They are in charge of the interior of the yacht and have a similar role to a steward/ess, but on a more senior level. The Chief Steward/ess manages and recruits the interior staff (Stewards, Housekeeper, etc) and reports directly to the Captain...Find out more about being a Chief Steward or Chief Stewardess on a Yacht>>
 

Chef

On a superyacht, regardless of the size, the food is one thing that a charter guest or an owner will always remember. The Chef plays an incredibly important role and is one of the key figures on board...Find out more about being a Chef on a Yacht >>
 

Engineer/Assistant Engineer

The main function of the Engineer is to maintain the mechanical and electrical operations of the yacht.  This position will entail very large, complicated jobs, and it can, at the same time, incorporate something as small as fixing a remote control for guests, or fixing a toilet...Find out more about being an Engineer or Assistant Engineer on a Yacht>>
 

Technical Officer/Electrician


Electronic Technical Officers (ETOs) and/or Electricians are generally employed on larger superyachts where the Engineering department comprises around 4 or 5 crew. In some instances one person may fulfil both roles, or there may be different individuals for each. If there is no ETO or Electrician on board, their responsibilities would fall to the Engineer. ETOs and Electricians usually report to the Chief Engineer...Find out more about being the Technical Officer or Electrician on a Yacht >>
 

First Officer/Second Officer

All superyachts generally have a First Officer on board, but larger yachts would employ a Second Officer as well. The roles are quite similar, but specific duties are likely to vary from one yacht to another...Find out more about being the First Officer or Second Officer on a Yacht >>
 

Steward/Stewardess

The most important aspect of the Steward/ess role is his/her attention to detail.  This type of position requires the ability to think ahead, provide a service before the guest makes the request and to anticipate events before they happen. Most importantly, you must exhibit the ability to discreetly serve guests in a luxury 6-star manner...Find out more about being a Steward or Stewardess on a Yacht>>
 

Second Chef/Sous Chef

On larger yachts, you will often find a Second Cook/Sous Chef who works along side a Chef.  This person will normally bear all responsibilities in cooking for the crew, side work for meal preparation, and assisting the Chef in any variety of ways.  A new-to-industry individual who aspires to be a professional yacht chef will greatly benefit from holding an assistant position before jumping straight into a Chef position themselves...Find out more about being a Second Chef or Sous Chef on a Yacht >>
 

Bosun

The Bosun, sometimes known as the Leading Hand or Senior Deckhand, is likely to be an experienced Deckhand who is able to take on extra responsibilities. The Bosun is responsible for maintaining the exterior of the yacht immaculately and is in charge of the Deckhands...Find out more about being a Bosun on a Yacht >>
 

Deckhand

A deckhand is the entry level for almost all professional crew jobs on superyachts. The deckhand position will encompass many responsibilities, but most importantly, he/she will maintain the exterior of the yacht and keep it in pristine condition at all times. You could be the only deckhand on board, but on larger superyachts there may be as many as 5 or more deckhands working...Find out more about being a Deckhand on a Yacht >>