An Exciting Career as a Yacht Deckhand

A deckhand position aboard a yacht requires energetic professionals responsible for all aspects of exterior maintenance of the vessel. Are you ready for the challenge?

As a deckhand you are responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of the exterior of the yacht. The deckhand’s responsibility includes everything outside, on top of, and underneath the vessel. Specifically including painting, stripping, varnishing, waxing, awlgrip, cleaning engines, and maintaining the various water toys aboard, which include jet skis, tenders, sailing dinghies, etc. All deckhands pitch in and assist with interior cleaning and service when guests are aboard.

Qualifications for yacht deckhands include:

Entry Level Deckhand:

  • Service background
  • Some working background, longevity a plus
  • Good attitude
  • Willing to learn from others
  • Stable under pressure
  • A Team player
  • Professional appearance
  • STCW-95 Basic Training Required

Mid-level Deckhand:

  • All of the above
  • STCW 95
  • Basic seamanship
  • Line handling
  • Exterior maintenance knowledge of varnish, paint, products, etc.
  • Basic mechanical skills
  • Tender driving ability - may require a Power Boating Level II license
  • Experience as yacht deckhand
  • New MCA rules coming into effect may require the Yacht Rating Certificate

Lead Deckhand:

  • All of the above
  • More experience as a career deckhand
  • Leadership skills
  • Navigation
  • Watch standing skills

Bosun Job:
The leader of the deck team. This yacht deckhand is a step between the Lead Deckhand and Mate positions.

  • All of the above
  • More experience in performing and supervising deck duties
  • Deck license