How To Approach Yachts
The first way to connect with captains is by listing your self on one of the many online crew agencies. The most popular being “The Crew Network.”
The second and more effective way is by building relationships in the harbor. The best way to do this is by waking up at 6:00 every morning and walking the docks. Make sure that you are dressed professionally, are clean-shaven, and have tattoos or piercing covered or removed. Most of all be personable, outgoing, well spoken and friendly.
As you walk by, ask crewmembers if they are hiring. If they are, introduce yourself and hand them a copy of your Curriculum Vitae(resume). If not, see if they are in need of a day worker. For example CV’s contact me.
Doing day work such as painting or polishing jobs is one of the best ways to exhibit your work ethic and build relationships. Not to mention, you will generally get paid anywhere between 15 to 25 Euro an hour depending on the type of work. Not only is the work ideal but it is necessary income to keep you afloat as you continue to look for a permanent position.
Another way to meet and network with other yachtsmen is by hitting the local watering hole. In Antibes, the pub of choice is called “The Blue Lady.” All you have to do is buy a round and you shouldn’t have any problems making friends.
The more people you meet and build relations with the more likely either they will hire you or suggest you to someone else to hire. Though it can be exhausting and frustrating, if you maintain your motivation and positivity, you will without doubt land a job as crew.
Click Part 4 for Pros & Cons of the Yacht Industry & Conclusion