Nine crew members from superyachts discuss their experiences working for billionaires.


While the idea of working on a superyacht might sound like a dream, it’s anything but.

Superyacht crew members were surveyed to get a glimpse of life on board. When asked about working for billionaires or millionaires, they agreed on a few aspects, such as working long hours.

Gary Blonder, the superyacht expert, believes that the crew members of superyachts get up before dawn to begin their day. This typically requires a lot of clean-up as well as catering to the needs of the owners or guests.

However, while some owners of superyachts are very demanding, other owners are not. It is all about their personalities. A few crew members claimed that guests and owners are more typical of regular people than you’d think.

This is what life on board is like, as per nine crew members on a superyacht.

A yacht’s work is a lucrative career.

There was a previous report that deckhands make an average of $3,083-$3,574 per month, based on the boat size. However, captains are reportedly paid higher — they make $7,750 to $19,961 per month, on average.

However, it can be tiring and difficult.

A captain on a 120-foot vessel alluded to the exhausting working conditions. The job of a billionaire can be “demanding,” he said, and the hours start at a very early hour — before 6 a.m. -but end at a very late hour.

Crew members on the yacht must be able to meet the highest standards.

One electronic technical engineer who is employed on a yacht that is 223 feet long was adamant about providing top-quality service while being calm.

A yacht’s job requires “very long, extremely tiring days with very little rest and expectation to deliver the highest standards of service without losing your cool when under pressure,” he said.

They must work hard to ensure that yachts are spotless.

Owners and guests can be dirty and messy — and it’s the responsibility of the crew to ensure it doesn’t appear that way. For example, a crew member on a 92-foot boat said that the crew member had to get up before guests or crew members to clean the exterior of the vessel prepared to go out for the day.

“They want it to appear as if no one even touched them,” he said. “So any dew or rain bird droppings, water spots, or salt spray have to be kept clean and wiped, not to mention having to wipe the clean glass and stainless as guests move around the boat. They leave fingerprints and smudges all over the place.

“By then, I begin at the highest point of the boat and work my way around to dry the entire boat before washing the windows and preparing water toys. Then, depending on where guests are, it’s time to tidy the area behind them.”

He explained that he needs to be ready for any situation, whether guests want to use the tender and play in the water, the interior crew requires assistance with service, or any other maintenance issues must be dealt with.

There’s a lot to clean as well as smile and eat.

A chief stewardess has revealed her daily routine that runs from a.m. until 11 p.m. With one hour of rest for an afternoon nap.

It’s a constant process of snacking because she’s never able to eat or sit down. She’s “always contemplating and planning to the next dinner or trip,” like what guests “need to carry with them and what they’ll need on returning,” she said.

“Always looking for ways to make this day memorable and perfect (as you can),” she said.

She said: “Cleaning, Cleaning, Cleaning, and lots of smiles. On the other side, lots of doing things at high speed, putting items into drawers and sorting them out whenever you can. Laughing and keeping the team’s spirits up. Never-ending laundry.”

The work is more straightforward when owners are away. This is typical.

Millionaire owners don’t spend much time on their luxury yachts. They don’t even have guests who charter their boats.

“Owners or guests typically are not present on the boat for long, so typically, the crew is left with the boat completely to themselves.” said an ex-captain of a yacht employed on vessels ranging between 130 and 170 feet.

“Work is quite simple and involves the general maintenance and keeping the boat in excellent condition if the owner needs to arrive. It will be enjoyable if you’re lucky enough to have a competent crew. But, on the other hand, it can be difficult and depressing if you don’t have a good team.”

Everything is dependent on the persona of the owner.

Some crew members are lucky to work for generous owners of yachts, and others are treated as if they were a part of the team.

“It’s difficult to work, and it takes a lot of days aboard,” said the yacht captain with a length of 155 feet. “It is all up to the owner. I have been treated as family, and others have treated me as an employee.”

However, sometimes it’s more than just the person in charge who’s the problem.

A chef working on a motor yacht with a length of 150 feet stated it was possible to work for billionaires. However, it may be unpredictable since every vessel and owner is different.

But it’s not just the owner of the vessel who’s hard to work for.

“Bear in mind that the captain’s the same boss as your owner, but often, the captain is more of a problem than the millionaire’s owner”, she added.

Yacht owners are like ordinary people enjoying a holiday with more cash.

The captain of a yacht measuring 114 feet billionaire owners is as ordinary tourists—a little bit.

“They’re simply vacationers but having more cash and more fun to keep them entertained,” he said.

They may be more grounded than you would expect. However, their spontaneity could be irritating.

“It’s very refreshing to discover how some of the richest people you’ll be working for are more humble and normal as anyone you’ll come across on streets,” a stewardess on the 112-foot sailing vessel stated. “The expression is money shouts and the whisper of wealth.'”

She also said: “A typical day involves turning heads, bed making, and laundry for crew and guests that can be quite a lot when you’re an entire department. Food and drink service is provided every day three times. Many plans and schedules are altered according to the owners ‘ needs and needs and can be frustrating.”