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86 JOBS FOUND

  • Relief captain 25th June - 30th Sept
  • Qualifications: STCW, ENG1, Master 500gt
  • Experience: Similar experience
  • Salary: 7000 euros/month

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  • Qualifications: Y4/Y3
  • Experience: 3 years+
  • Salary: €7000
  • Qualifications: STCW, ENG1
  • Experience: Sailing experience
  • Salary: DOE
  • Qualifications: Yachmaster Offshore or Deck Rating
  • Experience: 1 Year +
  • Salary: 3000EUR
  • Qualifications: STCW, ENG1, Food & Hygiene Level 2
  • Experience: 2 Years +
  • Salary: 5000EUR
  • Qualifications: STCW, ENG1, Food & Hygiene Level 2, Yacht Rating Certificate (Bonus)
  • Salary: 4000 to 4500EUR (DOE)
  • Qualifications: STCW, ENG1, PWC, AEC 1 & 2, Deck Rating or Similar
  • Experience: 1 to 2 Years +
  • Salary: 3000 to 4500EUR (DOE)
  • Experience: 2 to 5 Years +
  • Experience: 5 Years +
  • Salary: 7000EUR
  • Qualifications: STCW, ENG1, PBL2
  • Experience: 1 to 2 Seasons

Junior Financial Manager (Commutable to London)

We are seeking a dedicated individual for a Junior Financial Manager position to join a financial team of a UHNW asset portfolio management office in Mayfair. The first six months will involve in-office training in London, after which remote work is an option.

Key Details:

  • Location: Must be within commutable distance to London
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Training: First 6 months in-office, then remote work

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a Purser is highly beneficial

More details will be provided upon inquiry.

United States

Currently seeking a Stewardess/Hairdresser to join a 50m Private MY.

Candidates will hold around 6 months of industry experience. The role will entail housekeeping, service and laundry. Candidates must be confident in cutting, blow drying and colouring womens hair.

B1B2 Visa in hand.

Start: June Salary: 3500 USD DOE 5:1 rotation.

We are looking for a Temporary deckhand for this 60m private explorer MY ASAP!

An ideal candidate would have at least 1 - 2 seasons worth of experience, have a proficient understanding of deck duties and roles and be confident with tender driving.

This yacht has a heavy water sports itinerary so any extra skills would be very beneficial, such as water sports, diving or instructor tickets.

Start date: ASAP - Temporary position (Immediate start date until end of July)

Itinerary: boss trip in Iceland, Greenland and further Northern Cruising.

Salary: €3000

Package: Standard MLC Leave

Due to cabin arrangements this position is only open to male candidates.

Currently seeking a Chief Stewardess to join this private/charter 50m MY. The ideal candidate will have been a chief stew on a similar size for around 2+ years. Candidates must be confident leading a team of 2 other stewardesses. Charter experience is also required. B1B2 in hand due to vessels current location.

Start: June Salary: DOE in USD 60 days of leave.

We're looking for a 2nd Officer for a 75m Private / Charter MY!

An ideal candidate would have their Chief Mate 3000gt, COC (as a minimum) and previous experience as a 2nd officer. Male due to cabin arrangements.

Any extra skills or qualifications would be very beneficial and a bonus!

Start Date: 29 May 2024 Leave: Rotational (3:1) Salary: 6000

We are now recruiting for a permanent Sous Chef to join this unique 58m Private Expedition yacht

We are looking for a Sous Chef who has experience on similar sized vessels, experience in cooking for a large crew & a variety of healthy/creative meals. Must be culinary trained. Must be hard working, organised and a team player

Strong references.

Would consider candidates with great land based experience.

Salary: USD DOE 5:1 Rotation (60 days)

Female only due to cabin arrangements

We are looking for an experienced & talented Head Chef on this unique 55m+ expedition yacht, who will be responsible for the overall management of the galley department, including the Sous Chef.

The successful candidate must have 2-3 years proven longevity on previous vessel, along with excellent references, experience in provisioning in various regions of the world and a good understanding of maintaining a budget effectively.

The ideal candidate must be a qualified head chef with excellent land & yachting experience working for prestigious clients..

Rotation: 2:2 Salary: DOE Start date: Mid July

Required Documents/Certificates: Ships cook certificate, ENG 1, STCW, ENG 1

Male candidates only due to cabin arrangements

NURSE/STEW required for a 91m Private/Charter boat.

We are seeking a qualified Nurse/Stew with strong land based & yachting references/experience.

Candidates must be holding Schengen Visa.

Salary:  DOE

Start date: ASAP

Currently seeking a stewardess with 6 months - 1 year of experience to join this dual season, private and charter 90m MY.

Candidates will ideally hold laundry, housekeeping and service experience on a 70m + Start: ASAP Salary: DOE in USD 65 days of leave B1B2 visa in hand required due to vessels current location.

Currently seeking an experienced housekeeping stewardess for this private, world cruising 100m+ MY.

Candidates must hold around 2 years of experience on a 60m + with solid longevity of 1 year or more on a previous vessel.

Start: ASAP Salary: USD 3500-3700 DOE 3:1 Rotation

Côte d'Azur

Head Housekeeper for Private Estate

Locations: Kuwait and Côte d'Azur

Type: Full-Time, 5 months on/1 month off

Benefits: Healthcare insurance, accommodation, 2 daily meals

Overview: Experienced Head Housekeeper from the yacht industry is sought for a prestigious land-based role within a high-profile family estate. This position involves managing housekeeping operations in Kuwait and the Côte d'Azur, requiring high standards of professionalism and discretion.

Responsibilities:

Manage daily housekeeping tasks ensuring high standards. Schedule and oversee the housekeeping team. Train staff and manage inventory and supplies. Uphold hygiene standards and handle delicate materials with care.

Competitive salary and comprehensive healthcare. Accommodation and two meals per day. Work 5 months, followed by 1 month off.

This role offers an opportunity for yacht industry professionals to apply their skills in a dynamic, rewarding environment.

We are looking for a Seasonal Sole Engineer for a Private 45m+ Sailing Yacht.

The ideal candidate would have been the sole engineer on a similar-sized sailing yacht and carry their Y4 certificate.

Location: USA Start Date: ASAP Salary: DOE

We are looking for a Captain for a classic 45m+ Sailing Yacht.

This is a seasonal position from May to October, and it will be cruising the US and Caribbean.

The vessel runs with nine crew members.

Mediterranean

Are you looking to step up to chief stew in the next 6 months?

Currently seeking an experienced 2nd stew to join this private/light charter 75m MY. You will be learning from an experienced chief stew this summer, then the position will turn into a rotational chief stew role. Candidates must have strong previous longevity and at least 2 years as 2nd stew on a similar size. Interior team of 7.

Start: ASAP 90 days leave Salary: 5000 USD

Currently seeking a Chef with around 1 - 2 years of experience on a similar size to join this lovely 45m MY.

Owners love deserts, occasional gluten free cooking, fresh bread and Med style cuisine. Dual season vessel. Amazing longevity amongst crew.

Start: May/Early June Salary: DOE 7000 USD 42 days of leave.

Currently seeking an experienced service stew to join this busy dual season 100m+ Private MY.

Candidates must hold around 2 years of experience with proven longevity. Barista and cocktail making experience would be ideal.

Start: June 20th Salary: 3500-4000 EUR DOE 4:2 Rotation

Currently seeking a Head Of Service to join this dual season private/Charter 100+ MY

Candidates must hold charter expereince as HOS on a similar size or as chief stew on 70m + Very busy season of charters ahead.

Start: ASAP Salary: 5000 euros 2:2 rotation

Caribbean / Bahamas

We're looking for an experience Captain and Stew / Cook / Deck couple to join this 30m Private / Light Charter MY in Late May / Early June 2024.

An ideal candidate would have a YachtMaster Offshore / Ocean (as a minimum), but ideally a MCA Master 200gt or anything larger. A strong level of previous Captain experience on yachts of a similar size is required with previous charter experience (ideally).

We are looking for a professional team who have proven experience working together previously. An ideal interior candidate would have experience in both Interior and galley duties in either a private / charter capacity.

Any extra skills, experience or certificates would be very beneficial. 

This yacht will be Caribbean / Bahamas based so previous experience / knowledge of local areas / waters would be a large Bonus.

Previous engineering experience and engineering certificates (AEC 1 minimum) would also be very beneficial.

Start Date: ASAP Salary: DOE Leave: Standard MLC (DOE)

We are looking for a confident stewardess to join this beautiful 90m+ Private/Charter MY.

Candidates must have a minimum of 1 years experience on vessels of a similar size and be confident in Housekeeping & Service.

Start date: ASAP Salary: DOE 3:1 Rotation

Seeking an experienced service stew to join this private, world cruising 100m MY.

Candidates must hold around 2 years of experience, with longevity of one year on a 50m + B1B2 in hand would be desirable. WSET Level 2 would be beneficial.

Start: ASAP Salary: DOE in USD 3:1 Rotation

Currently seeking an experienced Sole Chef to join this Private/Charter 50m MY.

Candidates must hold around 1-2 years of industry experience on a similar size. Charter experience would be ideal.

Vessel cruises between America and the Bahamas. 12 crew. No dietary requirements. B1B2 Visa in hand required.

Start: ASAP Salary: 12,000 USD 60 days of leave.

We are looking for a rotational Sole Engineer for a Private/ Charter 40m SY

The ideal candidate would have already been an Engineer on a similar-sized vessel or a strong second looking to step up.

Start Date: Mid- June Salary 5000 Euros 2:2 Rotation

We're looking for a Bosun to join this Private / Charter 40m+ MY.

This position is open to both experienced Bosuns and experienced Lead deckhands looking for a step up in responsibility. A Yacht master Offshore is needed as a minimum with previous watchkeeping / charter experience being preferable.

Any extra skills would be very beneficial such as maintenance skills, water sports qualifications or large tender driving experience.

Start Date: ASAP Salary: 5000 - 5500usd+ DOE Leave: Standard MLC

This position is only open to male candidates due to cabin arrangements.

Stew/ Masseuse required for a New Private 75m Motor Yacht.

The ideal candidate would have 1-2 seasons of experience and a versatile range of massage techniques they have been practicing over many years, either shoreside or on cruise ships.

This could be an exciting opportunity to join a new build MY with a worldwide cruising itinerary!

Start Date: June Salary: DOE 5:1 rotation - or 60 days leave

Currently seeking a stewardess with 1 year of experience to join this private/charter 85m MY.

Candidates will ideally have rotated in laundry, housekeeping and service. B1B2 Visa in hand.

Start: ASAP Salary: 2800-3000 EUR 65 days of leave - 2 return flights

Currently seeking a stewardess who can offer basic manicures/pedicures for this private, world cruising 60m MY.

Candidate will ideally hold yachting experience already but land based hospitality experience will also be considered as the chief stew and 2nd stew are willing to teach and train. Exciting itinerary ahead after a having finished a ship yard period.

Blow drying experience would be a huge bonus!

Start: May Salary: DOE Standard Leave

Currently seeking a stewardess with additional personal training, yoga or Pilates teaching experience for this private, world cruising 60m.

Lovely owners and crew on board, exciting diving orientated itinerary for the upcoming season.

If candidates hold any additional mani/pedi or blow drying experience, this would be a huge plus!

Experience: 6 months ++/- Salary: To reflect experience Start: May Standard leave

Start: ASAP Salary: 3500-3700+ USD DOE 3:1 Rotation

Currently seeking a housekeeping stewardess for this private 80m MY.

The ideal candidate will hold around 6 months to 1 year of experience.

Start: June/July Salary: DOE in euros Standard leave

Currently seeking a service stewardess to join this exciting 75m private New Build.

Candidates must hold around 1 year of experience on a 45m +.

Start: June/July Leave: to be discussed in the interview Salary: DOE in Euros

We have an exciting opportunity for a Temp Experienced Stew/Masseuse to join a 60m Private World-Cruising Expedition MY.

Giving the remote cruising locations, sports massage/physio expereince is required. The ideal candidate will have 1-2 seasons worth of experience as a minimum.

The upcoming itinerary will consist of Northern Europe and more exotic destinations. This position could turn permanent for the right candidate!

Salary: DOE Leave: 38 days Start Date: Beginning of May

Executive Assistant (EA) - UHNW Individual

Location: UK (with flexibility for extensive travel)

Salary: £70,000 - £100,000 DOE/Market

Our client, a prominent UHNW individual, is seeking an experienced and high-profile Executive Assistant to join their team. This is a unique opportunity for a dedicated professional to work closely with the principal across their operations in the UK, US, EU, and potentially other locations.

Key Responsibilities: General administration tasks and basic accounting support Efficiently manage emails and communication channels Ensure technology is up-to-date and troubleshoot issues Produce and proofread correspondence and documents Maintain a well-organised filing system Liaise confidently with family members, staff, and external contacts Liaise with asset representatives on Yacht and Estate Management Adherence to the highest levels of confidentiality

Candidate Requirements: Excellent IT skills, proficiency with Mac systems Self-motivated, proactive, and resourceful Strong communication and people skills Organised with a keen attention to detail Clean driving licence Previous purser experience is preferable

Currently seeking a seasonal experienced sailing yacht chef for this 40m private vessel. The vessel will be cruising the Med this summer and will potentially be heading to the Caribbean next winter.

Lovely European owners, fun, active crew on board! 5 crew, 7 guests maximum. Family style lunch service, plated dinners. The owners like simple cooking: pastas, grilled fish, salads, fresh vegetables - (Mediterranean cooking)

Start: April/May - The position could turn permanent for the right candidate. Salary: 5000 EUR + DOE Industry standard leave.

We're looking for a Deckhand / Physio to join this private 70m+ MY.

An ideal candidate would have their YM Offshore with at least 1 year previous experience on vessels of a similar size. Previous land based or maritime physio experience would be very beneficial as well as any extra skills, such as diving, big tender driving or personal training.

The itinerary will be world cruising, dual season.

Start date: June 2024 Salary: DOE Leave: 60 days (5:1)

This position is open to both male and female candidates.

New York, US

Housekeeper needed for a warm and welcoming UHNW Private Household in NYC. The Job role: - 5 days a week including 1 weekend day a week. - Daily refresh of rooms, turndowns, deep cleaning, organizing, etc. - May include casual light meal service. - Happy to work with a team of Housekeepers. - Ideal candidates would have an energetic, helpful yet discrete demeanor with great social skills. The Package: - May include 1-2 weeks in Southampton during the Summer (housing/transportation provided) - $35/hr – low $40s/hr, annual bonus, and medical/dental/vision benefits fully paid for by the company

We are looking for a reliable  Maintenance Manager  to oversee all installation, repair and upkeep operations of the Clients residence.

Applicants need previous experience as a maintenance manager and will need to have a solid understanding of plumbing and electrical systems as well as carpentry and other crafts. They will be well-versed in all maintenance process and health and safety regulations. The ideal candidate will also have an aptitude in undertaking administrative tasks such as reporting, budgeting etc.

Responsibilities

  • Develop maintenance procedures and ensure implementation.
  • Carry out inspections of the facilities to identify and resolve issues.
  • Check the electrical and plumbing systems of buildings to ensure functionality.
  • Plan and oversee all repair and installation activities.
  • Allocate workload and supervise upkeep staff.
  • Monitor equipment inventory and place orders when necessary.
  • Monitor expenses and control the budget for maintenance.
  • Manage relationships with contractors and service providers.
  • Keep maintenance logs and report on daily activities.
  • Ensure health and safety policies are complied with.

Requirements and skills

  • Proven experience as a maintenance manager or another managerial role
  • Experience in planning maintenance operations
  • Solid understanding of technical aspects of plumbing, carpentry, electrical systems etc.
  • Ability to keep track of and activity report.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding organizational and leadership abilities
  • A recognised degree in business administration or facility management will be an advantage
  • A valid Certified Maintenance Manager (CMM) will be a plus.

Job Title: Head Gardener

Location: Ascot, UK

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Company Overview: We are seeking an experienced and knowledgeable Head Gardener for a prestigious private estate in Ascot. The estate spans 36 acres and requires someone with a strong background in sustainable gardening practices. The ideal candidate should have a solid educational background in landscaping/horticulture and experience in managing landscapes for UHNW (Ultra High Net Worth) estates or comparable properties.

Oversee and actively participate in sustainable gardening practices, ensuring no use of pesticides or herbicides.

  • Manage the estate's 36 acres, implementing innovative and environmentally friendly landscaping techniques.
  • Supervise and lead a team, addressing any challenges related to the existing staff while fostering a positive work environment.
  • Balance responsibilities between hands-on gardening (50%) and administrative duties (50%).
  • Collaborate with other estate staff to ensure cohesive and integrated property management.
  • Implement and maintain a comprehensive plant inventory, seasonal planting plans, and sustainable landscape practices.
  • Plan for succession and take on additional responsibilities with potential growth opportunities as the Head of Landscaping in the US retires in a couple of years.

Requirements:

  • Educational background in landscaping/horticulture.
  • Proven experience in sustainable gardening practices, with a focus on UHNW estates or comparable properties.
  • Middle-career professional with the potential for growth within the organization.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills, with the ability to address and resolve personnel issues.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational abilities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other estate staff and departments.
  • Flexibility to balance hands-on gardening and administrative duties effectively.
  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Opportunity for career growth and advancement.
  • Work on a stunning and expansive private estate in Ascot.
  • Contribute to the estate's commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices.

Tennessee, USA

We are seeking a meticulous and dedicated Housekeeper to maintain the pristine condition of a private estate in the picturesque setting of  Tennessee.

About the Estate:

The residence is one of many within the family's portfolio, spanning 18,000 sq ft, with a stunning 5,000 sq ft show home featuring expansive living spaces and facilities, nestled against the backdrop of the breathtaking Smoky Lake Mountains.

The Role:  We are looking for a Housekeeper with exceptionally high standards in cleanliness and presentation. The successful candidate will:

  • Have a personable yet discreet personality.
  • Work five days a week, Monday to Friday, within social hours.
  • Receive compensatory days/overtime for national holidays worked
  • Be responsible for general housekeeping duties, maintaining high household standards and occasional errands.
  • Assist with events
  • Work alongside the House manager to ensure the smooth running of the Estate at all times
  • Service and hospitality experience would be beneficial.
  • Competitive salary: $75,000-80,000 per annum DOE
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare.
  • Standard leave package with flexibility
  • A great opportunity for role expansion and longevity within the property portfolio. 

This is a unique opportunity to be part of an exceptional team and enjoy the beauty of East Tennessee with occasional travel to beautiful locations. If you have a keen eye for detail, and high standards of cleanliness, and are seeking a fulfilling role with generous benefits, we invite you to apply.

To apply, please send your resume to [email protected]

We're looking for an experienced Deck / Personal Trainer to join this Private 75m+ New Build Yacht.

An ideal candidate would have extensive previous personal training experience alongside a strong level of deck experience. Personal Training Certificates and experience will be required with the necessary deck certificates. This is a hybrid role so confidence and experience with deck roles / responsibilities would be very beneficial. Yacht master Offshore would be very beneficial, as well as tender driving experience and any extra skills.

Start Date: June 2024 Salary: 4000eur+ DOE Leave: 60 days (5:1)

Qualifications: PT Certificates, YM Offshore, STCW10, ENG1

e're looking for an experienced Deck / Dive Instructor or Dive Master to join this Private 80m M/Y in June 2024.

An ideal candidate would have at least 1 year + exterior yachting experience and preferably a Yacht Master offshore ticket in hand. This position will be a hybrid role of exterior duties and responsibilities with dive centre responsibilities when guest on. A Dive master ticket is needed as a minimum with a Dive instructor ticket being a great bonus. Previous Dive experience with guests and in the yachting industry would be very beneficial.

Any extra skills such as water sport, maintenance or fitness skills / certificates would be a great bonus for the role!

This yacht will provide a world cruising Itinerary with significant diving opportunities.

Start Date: June 2024 Salary: Competitive salary DOE Leave: 60 days (5:1)

Qualifications: Dive Instructor/ Master certification, YM Offshore, STCW10, ENG1

"Bespoke crew have helped me throughout my yachting career, and on both successful occasions, I have felt like they truly believe in me when putting me forward for the desired roles. Claire most recently helped me secure a role that I love. There was constant communication, and I felt very supported throughout and after the recruitment process. I highly recommend Bespoke Crew to any candidate looking for their next adventure.”

Harriet pugson - head of service, as always, the bespoke team was an absolute pleasure to work with. only sending forward candidates that match your criteria makes the hiring process fast and smooth. thank you again for finding us a great candidate who is the ideal fit for our team and owner. bespoke is, for sure, the only agent i would use for any future hiring., emma cottrell – chief stewardess., when you work with bespoke crew, you get the same high standards associated with yachting. their industry knowledge, attention to detail for each of their candidate profiles, and their drive to find the best is what yachts need in a recruitment agency., nick calligeros - chief officer, i have worked with bespoke crew for a few years now, from her helping me find positions to helping me fill them. the agents take time to really understand our needs and only send the best candidates forward. they send detailed profiles from their conversations with the crew, which really helps us to get an understanding of the candidate beforehand. they are not a typical agency who puts crew forward and forgets, they still keep in contact and follow up to check both parties are happy with the overall performance and if we have any concerns. fantastic service all around; i would highly recommend using the bespoke crew. thank you for everything, danielle hemming - chief stewardess, bespoke crew's team exhibited an impressive understanding of the yachting industry and a genuine dedication to finding the perfect match for candidates and employers. their attention to detail, personalized approach, and unwavering support throughout the recruitment process were nothing short of outstanding. bespoke crew yachting recruitment is for anyone seeking a professional, reliable, and personalized recruitment experience within the yachting industry., benjamin le marechal - head chef, the team at bespoke has always gone above and beyond to ensure each candidate presented to us not only fills the position but also aligns with our yacht's specific culture and ethos. they constantly demonstrate their passion for the industry and extensive knowledge of their own experiences, and i am always impressed with their unique, professional, yet personalized approach., georgia barber - chief stewardess, i first spoke to jacob from bespoke crew in my first few weeks of dock walking near antibes. the first call was extremely helpful; and he took an interest in my own background, qualifications, and experience. we then discussed the position i applied for in great detail. i am now secure in that role we discussed and after five months in i couldn't be happier with the yacht i am on, and the crew i am with., james lashmar - pt/ deckhand, it has been a great experience dealing with bespoke. excellent communication and a fast turnaround from the initial discussion to being placed on the yacht i am on now., euan ratley - deckhand, it was great dealing with jacob, one of the better agencies out there, tom riley - avit, claire provided such amazing support when looking for a new role. she really took the time to listen to both my previous experience and what i was looking for in the future to find the ideal position. claire’s help enabled me to make the transition from lead service to chief stewardess. i’d absolutely recommend bespoke crew to anyone in the industry., bonnie mitchell – chief stewardess, after working closely with bespoke crew over the past 3 seasons for permanent and temporary crew placement, they have become our go-to agent for crew. we have been highly satisfied with bespoke’s high caliber of service, which has been very professional yet personable. we have found they genuinely listen to and understand the requirements expressed for the crew sought and deliver only highly suitable candidates that meet the specific experience level, necessary skillset, and personal demeanor desired., brianna stenhouse - chief stewardess, i had a fantastic experience working with frankie. she found my cv, reached out to me, and i was successful in landing the first role she presented me with, which she ensured met my needs. she is communicative, friendly, and professional; most importantly, in a recruiter-candidate relationship, she comes across as very honest. when i am ready for my next opportunity, and if i take on any recruitment on board, i know who to call. i look forward to working with frankie again., helena sanguinetti - purser, i had a great experience with claire from bespoke crew she’s super helpful, always checks-in, and answers all of my questions. she helped me land my new role on an amazing yacht with great opportunities. i’m so happy for all of the support, i would love to work together with her again in the future would really recommend bespoke crew., linn sundqvist - stewardess, i had the luck to have claire contact me from bespoke crew recruitment. as a greenie, i heard it would be hard starting in the industry, and only on my second day of searching for a job, claire told me about me three amazing options. one of the yachts got in contact with me, and the next day and everything fell into place. she takes time to get to know you and find the job that would make you happy on all terms. thank you, claire, for sticking by me the trust i have in you is immense., zoé meeuwens - stewardess, this is the first crew agent where we feel listened to and not just sent 10+ candidates that vaguely fit our requirements and with the candidates that we hire through bespoke crew we always get great longevity. we have complete faith and trust in the bespoke crew team, so much so that they are the only crew agent we work with., ruben mejier - chief officer, i have been using bespoke crew for the past few years. they have done a wonderful job and have presented me with first class crew to choose from and have not inundated me with an inbox full of candidates. the backup and follow up also has been exceptional. i highly recommend bespoke and their staff as an excellent choice for crew placement., scott miller - captain, it was such a pleasure working with bespoke crew thank you, claire, for your swift responses and for providing us with good quality crew that fits our specific requirements in a short time frame i look forward to working with them in the future., tina floegal - chief stewardess, i wouldn’t work with any other crew agent. the team at bespoke crew listens to exactly what we require in a candidate and delivers solid, carefully selected, and well-vetted crew. the team has placed multiple candidates across the interior, deck, engineering, and galley. their excellent communication and high level of professionalism, it makes them a joy to work with., savannah squire - chief stewardess, i was first introduced to bespoke crew when i was personally called for a reference check. as we know, the industry is small, and we are all somehow connected by social interaction. checking references, especially verbal references, is of utmost importance when trying to find that “perfect fit” for your yacht. i immediately knew that the friendly, trusted voice on the end was doing their job diligently, trying to find that ‘perfect fit’ for another captain, and i respected that. we have worked closely with bespoke crew for nearly three years and have only positive feedback to contribute to their professional service. most, if not all, the crew has served on a longevity basis, all of whom fit in very well with our crew dynamic. i can highly recommend bespoke crew for your crew placement needs., aldon beukman - captain, bespoke has hands down become my number 1 crew agency. the agents i have worked with have all been extremely responsive and friendly and have made a real effort to build a relationship with you. they truly understand what you are looking for and never try to 'throw anything out there.' with my crazy schedule, they are good about chasing me up when need be and never letting anything fall by the wayside. there is always open, honest transparency, and i appreciate that so much. it is a big relief that there is such a consistent, all-star crew agency out there, brielle crumpler - chief stewardess, it’s been a pleasure dealing with the bespoke crew team ….thank you for discovering the right individuals for our program. we greatly appreciate the care is taken when introducing quality candidates to us and the effort to ensure a good long-term fit., len beck - captain, bespoke crew and their team have been a great help in finding the right people for our island. even though land-based and a very remote location, frankie was able to forward excellent candidates competent for the roles. bespoke crew is very responsive, responsible, and highly reliable. they stand behind their candidates 100%. excellent background checks and written and verbal references were provided. a great database of staff. highly recommended, ana white - general manager - private island in the caribbean, we are the managers in charge of a 25m sailing yacht and used bespoke crew to employ a new captain. frankie at bespoke crew was excellent. she acted quickly, provided regular updates, and produced an excellent list of highly qualified candidates. we placed the captain and would highly recommend her and bespoke crew., tom benson - director - seymour yachts, i am very impressed with how quickly i was put in touch with a highly suitable candidate through bespoke crew. the whole process was professional, extremely quick and efficient. i look forward to using bespoke crew in the future., doug pender - captain, the best crew agency i’ve been in contact with. i can’t thank frankie enough for landing me such an unreal job, james gordon - deckhand, professional and timely crew services delivered with a smile. thank you bespoke crew for helping me find the right job., heinz schneider-waterberg - bosun, claire from bespoke crew was amazing every step of the way when placing me on my next yacht. attentive, empathetic, and supportive, i couldn't have asked for anyone better. she went the extra mile in calling me out of her work hours to check-in too i can't recommend her enough. thank you so much claire, harriet simmonds - 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Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess Working on Superyachts

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This working on superyachts guide is a authored by Carryn.

Working on superyachts seems glamorous, right? Your office overlooks crystal clear waters and your job involves stepping into the life of the rich and famous.

Not to mention, you get paid a fortune whilst doing so! But, as with most things in life, there’s more to the yachting industry than what meets the eye.

This guide details all the steps to getting a job working on a super yacht and what life is really like as a yacht stewardess — the good, the bad and the ugly!

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Before I Became a Yacht Stewardess

After 6 months working on a superyacht, is it easy to get a job working on superyachts, connections within the yachting industry, other qualities needed to become a yacht stewardess, the salary for a yacht stewardness, 1. do you want to become a yacht stewardess or a deckhand, role of a yacht stewardess working on a super yacht, role of a deckhand, other positions available for working on superyachts, 2. requirements for working on superyachts, 3. where to get a job: the mediterranean or the caribbean, 4. visa requirements for working on superyachts, 5. working on a private yacht vs a chartered yacht, 6. how to land that job as a yacht stewardess, register with yacht crew agencies, networking with other crew and yacht stewardesses, how much does it cost to work on a super yacht, what is life really like working on superyachts, how i got my job working on a superyacht, 1. how much time do you have to get a job, 2. do you believe in yourself, 3. are you ready to work your ass off every single day, how to become a ski instructor almost anywhere in the world, how to be a travel nanny and work as you travel, how to be an au pair in spain + tips for getting a job, how to work abroad & travel the world, how you can work abroad without experience so you can travel longer.

After graduating from college in South Africa, I jumped straight into the working world and started “adulting”.

After 3 months of long, hard work, with very little pay, I decided that I was tired of being broke and living in debt.

In an attempt to see just how versatile my skills were, I quit my job in search of greener pastures on the other side of the world, France. Here, I began what I thought would be a lifelong career as a yacht stewardess. I was intrigued by the idea of working on superyachts, how glamorous it all was and of course the MONEY.

Working as a yacht stewardess changed my life for the better. When I left for France I was a young, naive college graduate who struggled to find a balance between traveling and being financially independent.

6 months later, which is a lot earlier than I’d expected, I decided to throw in the towel. The money I’d made was amazing yet never gave me the job satisfaction I was actually looking for. I returned home with a new-found love for my country, my family and the smaller things in life.

Working on superyachts put my life into perspective.

It was an extremely personal time filled with self-reflection and allowed me to appreciate and value my own personal skills and work ethic.

How to work on a yacht and travel the World.

Working on Superyachts: The Basics

A superyacht is a large luxury boat that’s longer than 24 meters. These yachts are owned by the rich and famous and often make their way between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean waters.

These superyachts need crew to provide them with that 1st class service. And this is where the thousands of yachties come into play.

People often confuse working on superyachts with that of working on cruise ships. No, they are not the same! Working on a superyacht is a far more intimate job. There can be two to twelve guests on board and you’re at their beck and call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It’s a grueling job that will have you working long hours in confined spaces, but the rewards are far greater than those of the cruise ships.

Yes and no.

The yachting industry is a difficult one to get into, but once you have your foot in the door, you’re guaranteed future work and better positions. However, getting that first job working on a superyacht is the hardest part.

You will struggle to secure a job in advance as most captains and crew agencies want to meet you in person before they hire you. As a result, you need to go to the yachting hubs where you will spend your time job hunting.

Securing a job takes time. For some, it’s a matter of days, but for most, it takes weeks or even months.

How to get a job as a yacht stewardess on a Superyacht.

The saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” never rang so true as it does in the yachting world. If you have connections in the industry, you shouldn’t have a problem getting a job as a yacht stewardess.

The yachting industry is a small one and referrals are the easiest way to land your first job.

Owners want young, good-looking crew running around after them. As a yacht stewardess, your uniform consists of short skirts and tight shirts and you need to look presentable and professional at all times. If you fit this profile of a yacht stewardess, finding a job working on a superyacht will be a lot easier for you.

Your personality and drive also play a huge factor. Captains and owners want outgoing, energetic and friendly crew who will get on well with the rest of the team.

You have very little personal space and whilst conflicts are bound to happen, you will have to master the art of the “smile and walk away” and avoid confrontations with other crew and guests.

So yes, getting a job working on superyachts isn’t easy, but if you have the above points covered, I bet you could get a job!

The starting salary for a yacht stewardess or deckhand is roughly 2,500€ per month. This is with no experience and excludes 10% tips  — which you receive on chartered trips. These tips could quite easily match your base salary. And it’s all tax-free!

You have no rent to pay as you live on board the boat. Your meals are prepared for you by the qualified chef, and you don’t need to purchase any groceries or toiletries.

EVERYTHING is covered. What I saved in 5 months whilst working on superyachts has taken me a full year to make as an English Teacher in Korea !

Working on a yacht as a stewardess is a powerful experience.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

How to Work on a Superyacht: 6 Steps

Each of these superyachts needs 6-10 crew who all work together to ensure the smooth running of the luxury vessel. There are many positions available ranging from engineers to chefs but most crew start off as either a yacht stewardess or a deckhand.

As a yacht stewardess or stew, as it’s more commonly referred to, your main tasks are housekeeping and ensuring that the interior of the yacht is properly maintained. You need to provide the highest standards of hospitality and ensure that the guests are taken care of. To put it bluntly, you’re a glorified maid wearing a cute outfit!

Daily Tasks of a Yacht Stewardess

As a yacht stewardess, your daily tasks whilst working on a private yacht include meticulous cleaning of the interior of the boat such as the cabins, toilets and living areas. You’re responsible for all the laundry, ironing as well as flower arranging, and table setting for all meals.

You need to provide a silver service dining experience and make world-class cocktails whenever the guests request. If there are children on board your yacht, you may also be asked to keep them entertained whilst ensuring all your other tasks are completed.

Working Hours

Your days start when the first guest awakes and end when the last guest goes to bed! If they’re out clubbing until 4 am, you’ll have to stay up to welcome them back on board and perhaps serve them drinks upon their return.

There are no free weekends if you’re on charter and you rotate shifts with the other crew, who also work just as hard. Because of this, the hours are long and tiring and if you have demanding guests, you could feel completely broken by the end of it.

The workload and the sort of work changes depending on the season, whether you have guests on board and any maintenance issues.

The deckhand’s position is more geared for men and includes maintaining the exterior of the yacht as well as all the deck equipment. You scrub the boat, top to bottom and it’s a physically demanding role. Tasks include cleaning the engine, painting, and varnishing the deck. You’re in charge of the fenders and ropes as well as the tenders and jet skis.

Perhaps you’re a qualified chef, engineer or beautician. These jobs are also available but with no prior yachting experience, you will struggle to find positions available.

You may want to apply as either a yacht stewardess or deckhand first, and highlight these additional skills in your CV. This is because there are more opportunities for stews and deckhands. Captains will also be reluctant to hire a chef or engineer who’s doesn’t have experience working on superyachts as the demands are different from those of the normal day job.

People happily working on a private yacht.

To find a job working on superyachts, there are a few basic requirements that you need to meet.

STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. There are 5 modules that need to be completed within this required course. These include:

  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (PSSR)
  • Fire Fighting
  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)

Eng 1 (Seafarer Medical Certificate)

This is an exam to ensure you don’t suffer from any existing medical condition that may deter you from performing your job. You’ll be required to take a urine sample and a doctor will perform a physical exam to ensure you have no issues with your sight or hearing.

Additional Courses to Work on a Superyacht

Once you’ve secured your position, your chief stewardess or captain will conduct proper in-house training to ensure you know how to work on a yacht and complete the tasks to their standards.

The below courses will prepare you for your new job and will add value to your yachting CV, but they are costly and are not a requirement.

  • Stewardess courses where they cover interior care skills, silver service, table setting, cocktail service as well as flower arranging.
  • Food Safety Certificate Level 2 . This certification applies to crew working on MLC compliant yachts. Service personnel such as chefs and yacht stewardesses working out of the galley will need this food hygiene certification.
  • Powerboat Level 2 allows you to ride the tender and is beneficial for deckhands.

There are 2 yachting seasons: The Mediterranean and the Caribbean Season.

Each of these areas has yachting hubs where crew base themselves when looking for work. These towns are filled with aspiring yachties all gunning for the same position. Once the season is complete, your yacht may move to warmer waters or dock in the harbor until the winter season has passed.

The Mediterranean Yachting Season

The yachting season in the Mediterranean starts as early as April where these superyachts start crewing up and the season continues until August. The main hubs to look for work in the Mediterranean include Antibes in France and Palma de Mallorca in Spain.

The Caribbean Yachting Season

The Caribbean season is active all year round with September to March being the busiest months. Ft. Lauderdale in Florida is the main hub which attracts hundreds of crew every year. From here the boats move toward Antigua and St. Maarten in the Caribbean and as well as the Bahamas where guests enjoy the crystal-clear waters and tropical islands.

  • Caribbean: If you’re heading to the United States of America, you’ll need a B1/B2 Visa.
  • Mediterranean: A Schengen visa is required if you are going to France or Spain.
  • Seaman’s Book: Once you find a job working on a super yacht, you need to arrange a seaman’s book. This is recognized as proof that you are working on a yacht and is also a compulsory document when applying for a transit visa.

Superyacht docks

There are two kinds of superyachts: Private yachts and chartered yachts.

Private Yachts

Private yachts are used exclusively by the owner.

In some cases, the owner may use the yacht a few times a season and so the crew will have a more relaxed schedule. But don’t take this for granted. I spent 5 months working on a private yacht and had guests on board every day!

Chartered Yachts

Chartered yachts are hired by groups of people for a shorter duration.

You usually have a day or two to get the yacht ready for each charter. This means that the guests are always changing, and the routes are very busy. However, it’s standard for the crew to receive 10-20% tips from the guests. Not too bad if you ask me!

So you’ve completed your yachting courses and you’ve decided whether you’re going to the Mediterranean or the Caribbean. Flights are booked, and visas have been organized. Now, you need to get a job working on a superyacht.

Find a Crew House for the First Week After Your Arrival

These crew houses are like hostels catering for new yachties. They are slightly more expensive than other accommodation you can find. However, it’s worth staying in a crew house for the first week while you try to find your way around your new surroundings.

If you’re heading to the South of France, I highly recommend “The Crew Grapevine” which is where I started off.

The crew houses are generally a stone’s throw away from the harbor and the staff working there understand the yachting world and will help you find your feet.

The owners of these crew houses are also highly respected in the industry and if you make a good impression, they may put in a good word for you with a captain they know. The crew houses also include free printing which is great when you have to print out hundreds of CVs.

The docks

Reserving Your Spot at a Crew House

These crew houses are extremely popular and because of the uncertainty of the yachting industry, you cannot book your spot in advance. Some people land a job working on a private yacht after 2 days and so they leave the crew house immediately, others only leave after 2 months!

The best way to get into a crew house is to keep in contact with them when you start organizing your trip.

Introduce yourself and let them know your plans. Then, a week before your arrival, mail them each day to see if they have openings available. I received an email confirming my booking the day I landed in France. Talk about cutting it fine!

After your first week, you would know your way around and would have met other yachties. Together you can rent an apartment for the rest of your stay as this is a far more affordable option.

Finding Daywork on a Yacht

Daywork is temporary work on board a superyacht where you help the other crew complete their duties, but you don’t stay on board the boat.

Daywork on a yacht is a great way of earning money and building up your CV whilst looking for a permanent job as a yacht stewardess.

You get paid $100 – $150 for the days’ work and this should be enough to keep you going for a few extra days.

Dock Walking

As the name suggests, dock walking involves walking through the marinas in search of work on a yacht. With a big, friendly smile on your face, you approach the many superyachts and hand your CV over to the crew.

You’ll most likely face rejection as the boats will have crew but hold your head up high and keep going! For tips on how to create the perfect CV, check this post out.

Security at some of these docks has become extremely tight and dock walking is not allowed in some marinas. This is especially true in the US so perhaps you need to look at some of the below options when looking for work on a yacht.

Yachts are interesting locations to work; you’re often plunged into very formal environments, so professionalism is key.

Yacht crew agencies are often the first port of call for captains looking for a yacht stewardess or deckhand. Registering with these crew agencies can be done through an online application where you include your work experience, qualifications, current location and contact details. This is followed by an interview which needs to be done in person.

This is the easiest way to get a job working on superyachts but if you don’t make an impression, they won’t remember you.

Making connections within the industry is of utmost importance when looking for a job as a yacht stewardess. Put yourself out there and find a common interest with other crew you meet. If they like you, they’ll pass your details onto their captains.

But of course, be aware that every new yachtie is looking to make these connections. You need to stand out from the rest and avoid hanging out in spots that only attract new crew.

Sailing in Greece on a group trip

Getting a job as a yacht stewardess can take days, weeks and even months. However, I firmly believe that this is dependent on the individual. I’ve met people who’ve invested all the time and money into working on superyachts and after a few months, they’ve had to return home as they were unsuccessful in finding a job and so their funds ran dry.

The competition is strong and when you’re at these yachting hubs, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of newbies in the industry. But, your luck can change in an instant.

Getting into the yachting industry is not cheap as your initial expenses are NOT covered. You need to support yourself financially until you get a job working on a superyacht. It’s a big investment, but one that you can pay back within your first month of work.

Cost for these courses vary between countries and all amounts below are estimates.

These expenses include the following:

  • STCW: $600-$1,200 for the 5 courses ($900 average)
  • ENG1 Medical: $80
  • Flights to the yachting hubs in the Mediterranean or Caribbean: $1,000
  • Visa: $60-$120
  • Accommodation for your first week: $275
  • Meals for your first week: $200
  • Additional expenses: $100
  • Total expense = $2,645

Bearing in mind that it can take weeks, if not months to find a job, your cost for food and accommodation could be considerably higher.

Your first season working on a superyacht will always be tough. Because you have no experience, you’ll most likely take the first job you can find as beggars can’t be choosers. You won’t really know what you’ve signed up for until you start working.

You’re the junior stewardess and everyone else has put in the hours and earned their stripes, now it’s your turn!

You may work a bit longer than the rest, you’ll be put in the laundry room and spend the entire day ironing and you’ll be the one waking up early. You’ll travel to exotic locations with the most stunning scenery. But you’ll only enjoy these views from the portholes of the cabins as there’s cleaning to be done.

But after you have one season under your belt, you’ll have more connections and can pick and choose what sort of yacht you want to work on. You will be able to find out which boats have easier guests and schedules and you won’t need to jump at the first job offer you get.

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I started my yachting career in Antibes, France. After 3 days of dock walking, I was feeling extremely unmotivated by the sheer amount of crew looking for work.

I had invested so much time and money into getting to France, and financially I only had 2 weeks to find work before I was broke!

It was a beautiful sunny day and a lot of people were going to the beach to relax after a busy week of dock walking. I was torn between taking the morning off or continuing my search for work as a yacht stewardess. Reluctantly, I decided to first go to a few crew agencies and see if I could chat with one of their staff.

I must have made a good impression because two hours later I received a phone call for an interview with a captain. After a successful chat, I accepted the position and a few hours later I was on a train to Italy to start my career as a yacht stewardess working on a private yacht.

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Commit to Working on Superyachts

It’s important to put pressure on yourself and set deadlines. Financially I only had two weeks to support myself. This was cutting it fine, but I feel that this pressure is what lead to me finding a job after only 4 days.

You’ll face rejection but will need to keep pushing through in order to secure a job. You’ll also have to justify the initial investment and if you don’t believe that you can cut it in the yachting industry, then perhaps you need to look for something less risky

Some days I worked for up to 18 hours and had very little sleep. My nails and fingers were scarred with blisters and cuts from washing so many crystal glasses. My skin went bad from not seeing the sun, and my legs were developing varicose veins from standing up all day.

But my crew were amazing. We all worked equally hard and supported each other on the difficult days. You might be lucky and find a sweet job with an easy schedule, however, prepare for the worst but this will only make you stronger.

In the end, my experience and the money I made was totally worth it. Think long and hard if you think you’re up for this kind of lifestyle. There are some that stick around and end up with great jobs who get extra tips and even flights to whatever country they want. It’s a fabulous job if you think you’re game for the challenges that come with it.

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Hi Nina, thank you so much for the information. I’m looking at doing my course (again) in November. Unfortunately I didn’t pursue the yachting industry the first time I did my course as I started working on the ships. But your insight has really motivated me to try again, so thank you.

Thank you Nina for sharing your info and guiding us, i do have a question though, i am a type one diabetic, and really want to work on a yacht, i am already currently in the Hospitality industry. Do you know whether type one diabetics are allowed to work on yachts?

Great info ! Thank you so much for sharing your experience, I’m looking forward to become a stewardess, I have a question: for working in the Mediterranean Sea it doesn’t matter which Schengen visa? I might have the chance chance to do a German visa, would that work? Thank you again J+

Thank you, Nina! I am heading to Antibes on May 1st to find my first yacht job and I am super excited! I’m always reading online and checking out any information I can in order to prepare, so this blog was a prize to find as it is loaded with fantastic info!

Hope you’re having a fantastic day, wish me luck!

Yes! The best of luck 🙂

Hi nina i have already documents f Seaman book and passport Eng1, food safety and level hygiene level 2

Stcw Sdsd My probllem is only the visa i want to earn already

Can you tell me whats lacking ,

How is the procedure in landing yachts ?

I think sometimes that when i travel my own expense in goin ‘

Like france

I think its too expensive

Or i think in mind that when i applied in us embassy here in philjppines for b1b2 visa

W/out a company yet is hard for me

Coz.i didnt travel yet in any location overseas I have first in mind that i justonly denied for that

Pls can you help me my dear ffriend Can you pls.humbly assist me in my dream career I am a greenie and recently took my iyt yacht card here in manila philippines

Its been an honor to have an indtrument /way like you

On helping othera like me

I want t hear your quick Humbly help my friend

Thank you so much Nina for all of this information! You’ve made me more excited to start my yachting career. I am heading to Phuket next month to take my STCW + Stewardess course, then am hoping to head over to Antibes after to start looking for work by March 🙂

That sounds SO exciting! Have fun 🙂

Living on a Boat in the Mediterranean: The Complete Guide

After traveling by van for years, and in the wake of the world re-opening post-COVID, Kelli and I embarked on one of the biggest adventures on our bucket list. Buying and living on a boat in the Mediterranean.

Neither of us had much experience with large, live-aboard boats, although I sailed small dinghies growing up. But both of us, even before meeting one another, had long dreamt about learning how to sail and living aboard a boat.

Having seen so many of our other plans go out the window as we were confined to Australia during the COVID pandemic, this was the one thing we most wanted to get done. In fact, we told ourselves it would be our last hurrah. One more trip, one season sailing the med, before we moved somewhere permanently to settle down.

Now, moored in a marina in Montenegro , about to put the boat up following our second season, we are not sure when this adventure will end. We have fallen in love with sailing, particularly in the beautiful Mediterranean.

This is the guide we wished we’d had starting out. Everything we have learned living on a boat in the Mediterranean.

Can You Live on a Boat in the Mediterranean?

Since antiquity, the Mediterranean has been the backdrop for mythological sailing adventures. While the allure of sailing the beautiful coastline and stunning archipelagos of this fabled sea hasn’t changed, many things have changed and sailing and living on a boat in the Mediterranean is now far less treacherous than it was in the past. Many sailors live here on a permanent or seasonal basis.

The Med is one of the most recognizable and popular sailing grounds in the world, and for good reason. Naturally beautiful, culturally rich, and with excellent sailing conditions, the Mediterranean attracts sailors from all over the world. As such, the strong sailing and boating culture means that the infrastructure, services, and legal framework for living aboard in the Mediterranean are readily available, accessible, and affordable.

Why Sail the Mediterranean?

For us, the Mediterranean was a great choice because of its great sailing, relative affordability, high level of boating infrastructure and services, and because it is a relatively calm and predictable region to learn to sail in. However, there are many reasons that make this one of the great sailing destinations.

The Mediterranean has been recognized the world over as a premiere sailing destination, offering a great sailing experience backdropped by naturally stunning scenery and the rich cultural tapestry of Southern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

It is home to a huge number of popular coastal destinations, from the glamorous French Riviera to the tranquil Greek Islands. Whether your vibe is bars and nightlife of Hvar, Ibiza, and Mykonos, the serene natural anchorages of the outer Croatian Archipelagos, or the high level of service and friendly communities found in the marinas and yacht clubs of the Med, there’s something for everyone here.

Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, including crystal-clear waters, dramatic coastlines, and idyllic islands, the Mediterranean is one of the most beautiful regions in the world to explore by boat. The scenery varies spectacularly from one area to another, offering an endlessly diverse range of environments to explore.

Given the region’s historical and geographical importance at the confluence of Asia, Europe, and Africa, it should come as no surprise that sailing in the Med allows you to explore a wide assortment of cultures and ancient histories, including ruins, historic cities, and picturesque villages.

The Mediterranean has some of the world’s most renowned cuisine. It includes celebrated Italian, Greek, Spanish, Turkish, and French as well as lesser-known fare such as Albanian, Tunisian, and more.

The climate is also very attractive, characterized by warm summers and mild winters. This makes it possible to sail year-round, a big plus for many full-time sailors and liveaboards. The calm and consistent winds are another big advantage of the Mediterranean, especially during the summer months. The prevailing winds, such as the Meltemi in the Aegean or the Mistral of southern France, make for reliable sailing conditions.

The compact, enclosed layout of the Mediterranean and its countries is a big plus allowing sailors to explore multiple destinations without undertaking long, open-water voyages, making it accessible for sailors of varying skill levels. Similarly, the Mediterranean offers excellent opportunities for island-hopping. Many islands are in close proximity to one another, again, making it easy to travel slowly and safely without having to make long, treacherous voyages.

The region also has a well-developed sailing infrastructure, including numerous marinas, anchorages, and services for boaters. This makes it convenient for provisioning, repairs, and mooring. This high level of infrastructure and resources also means that the Mediterranean is generally considered a safe sailing destination with well-maintained navigational aids and rescue services. Additionally, the strong sailing culture here lends itself to the hosting of various sailing events and regattas throughout the year, providing opportunities for both competitive and leisurely sailing experiences.

While the Mediterranean offers numerous advantages for sailors, it’s definitely not without its problems. The big one is the huge number of sailors who descend on the most popular sailing regions in summer. Additionally, some areas may have specific challenges to consider in terms of weather, regulations, navigation, or a lack of access to services.

Ultimately, whether the Mediterranean is right for you depends on your personal preferences, interests, and the type of sailing experience you are looking for.

Sailing Conditions and Weather in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean has distinct sailing seasons, with summer being the most popular due to warm weather and consistent winds. However, some areas may be crowded during this time, so you might prefer to learn during the shoulder seasons (as we did) for a quieter experience.

The Mediterranean refers to a large area, so knowledge of the specific region you are sailing in at any given time is essential, as is ongoing monitoring of the weather. However, we can provide a general overview of the weather conditions sailors might encounter:

Seasonal Weather in the Mediterranean

Summer (June to August):

  • High Temperatures: Summers in the Mediterranean are typically hot and dry with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F) or even higher. In some areas, such as the southern Mediterranean and the eastern part of the sea, temperatures can reach well above 35°C (95°F). This year (2023), we experienced two heatwaves in Greece just weeks apart that saw sustained periods with temperatures hovering around 38°C.
  • Calm Seas: The summer months are generally characterized by calm seas and light winds. This is a popular time for leisure boating and sailing, as the weather is mostly stable.

Autumn (September to November):

  • Mild Temperatures: As autumn progresses, temperatures start to cool down, but they remain pleasant for sailing, ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F).
  • Increasing Rainfall: Rainfall begins to increase during the fall, and occasional storms can occur, particularly in the western Mediterranean.

Winter (December to February):

  • Cool and Wet: Winters in the Mediterranean are cool and wet with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F) on average. In some northern areas, temperatures can drop even lower.
  • Storms: The Mediterranean can experience strong storms during the winter which can bring high winds, heavy rain, and rough seas. These conditions can be challenging for sailors, and it’s essential to monitor weather forecasts and exercise caution.

Spring (March to May):

  • Gradual Warming: Spring is a transitional season with temperatures gradually warming up. It’s a pleasant time for sailing with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F).
  • Variable Conditions: Spring weather can be unpredictable with occasional rain and variable winds. However, the seas are generally calmer than in the winter.

Winds of the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean is known for its prevailing winds, such as the Mistral in the western Mediterranean and the Meltemi in the Aegean Sea. These winds can provide good sailing conditions but can also be strong and challenging. Sailors should familiarise themselves with the prevailing winds in the specific area of the Med they are navigating.

The most prevalent winds through the Mediterranean include:

  • Mistral: The Mistral is a strong, cold, northwesterly wind that blows from southern France into the Mediterranean Sea. It is most common during the winter and spring months and can cause sudden drops in temperature and clear skies.
  • Meltemi: The Meltemi is a popular northwest wind that blows regularly in the summer through the Aegean and Ioanian Seas. The Meltemi usually begins in the afternoons and drops off by nightfall.
  • Tramontane: Similar to the Mistral, the Tramontane is a strong and dry wind that blows from the north or northwest down the Rhône Valley in France. It can be especially intense in the Gulf of Lion.
  • Marin:  Marin is a warm and moist wind that blows from the southeast onto the coast of Languedoc and Roussillon in France. It brings rain and coastal fog. It blows year-round but is mild in summer increasing in intensity over winter.
  • Bora: The Bora is a cold and dry northeasterly wind that affects the Adriatic coast , especially in the winter. It can be extremely strong and is known for its ability to cause rapid temperature drops and rough seas.
  • Sirocco: Sirocco is a hot, humid, and often dusty wind that blows from the southeast across the Mediterranean Sea. It originates in the Sahara Desert and can bring high temperatures and sometimes heavy rain, especially in the southern Mediterranean.
  • Levant: The Levant is an easterly wind that blows from the eastern Mediterranean, particularly in the region around Greece and Turkey. It can bring moist air and sometimes stormy weather.
  • Poniente : Wind specific to the western Mediterranean, affecting the southern coast of Spain. Poniente is a westerly wind.
  • Libeccio: Libeccio is a southwestern wind that affects the western coast of Italy and the northern coast of Corsica. It can bring wet and stormy weather to these areas.

Local and Regional Weather Patterns

Sailors should also be aware of local weather phenomena, such as coastal breezes, katabatic winds, and the influence of nearby landmasses on wind patterns.

When living on a boat in the Mediterranean, you should always check weather forecasts and be prepared to quickly adapt to changing conditions.

There have been numerous occasions when the weatherman didn’t quite nail the forecast, such as our overnight stay in Kakome Beach, Albania .

Navigating in the Mediterranean

Here are some general tips to help you sail and navigate safely in the Mediterranean.

Navigation Hazards

The Mediterranean has few reefs or shallow sand bars to worry about, however, shoals and rocks, especially near the coasts, can pose a threat to vessels. Pay attention to your depth sounder and charts.

Currents and Tides

Both are generally absent in the Mediterranean. Being an almost closed sea, there is almost no tidal effect. The effects of currents throughout the Mediterranean are also negligible. Some specific regions may experience strong currents, such as the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Med meets the Atlantic.

What Qualifications Do I Need to Sail the Mediterranean?

The qualifications you need to sail in the Mediterranean Sea can vary based on the specific country you are sailing from and the type of vessel you are operating. However, there are some general qualifications and considerations that you should keep in mind:

International Sailing License/Certification

The requirements for certification vary between countries in the Mediterenean. Sailors are often asked to provide licenses or certifications when checking into a country with their boat or when renting a boat.

  • All Mediterranean countries require some type of sailing license or certification to operate a boat. The type of license required can vary. For example, the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is widely accepted in many European countries.
  • The certification required also depends on the size and type of the boat you are operating. For smaller vessels, a basic sailing license might be sufficient, while larger vessels may require more advanced certifications.

Radio License

  • In some Mediterranean countries, you might need a VHF radio license to operate a marine radio. This license allows you to use VHF radios legally and responsibly, which is essential for communication and safety at sea.

Equivalent Licenses

An equivalent certification issued by your own country may be accepted in lieu of an international license. In Croatia, I was able to use my basic state-issued (Queensland, Australia) marine license in conjunction with a VHF radio qualification to satisfy local requirements. (I had to look up the relevant information and provide it to the harbor master who was not aware of this particular equivalent license).

Crew Requirements

Some countries require a certain number of qualified crew members aboard the vessel, especially for larger boats. Make sure your crew members also have the necessary qualifications if required by local laws.

What Informal Qualifications and Skills Should I Have to Sail the Mediterranean?

  • Experience: Besides formal qualifications, practical experience is crucial. Having logged hours on the water, especially in varying conditions, will enhance your confidence and ability to handle different situations.
  • Navigation Skills: Proficiency in navigation, including the use of charts, GPS, and other navigational tools, is essential for safe sailing. Consider taking navigation courses if you’re not already experienced.
  • First Aid Certification: While not always a legal requirement, having a basic first aid certification can be valuable in case of emergencies.
  • Mechanical Skills: Both sailboats and motorboats need to be able to rely on their engine in emergency situations. Knowing how to diagnose and troubleshoot or repair the engine can be a crucial skill.
  • Electrical and Plumbing Skills: While you don’t need to be an expert in these areas having a thorough understanding of the systems on your own boat will be invaluable when issues arise.
  • Language Skills: While not essential, having basic language skills in the local language of the countries you plan to visit can be incredibly helpful, especially for communication in marinas and emergency situations.

Resources and Apps For Sailing the Mediterranean

This is a list of resources and apps that we use while sailing and living on a boat in the Mediterranean. If we’ve missed a good one, please comment at the bottom of this post!

  • Pilot books and guides for the region you are sailing such as The Adriatic Pilot .
  • Windy App this weather forecasting app draws data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Meteoblue, and the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service.
  • Navionics provides electronic navigation charts with detailed cartography and modern navigational tools and features.
  • Navily , a comprehensive community-driven cruising guide, has over 30,000 marinas and anchorages listed as well as 165,000 photos and comments from the community. It has also integrated booking for over 700 marinas across Europe.
  • NoForeignLand is a not-for-profit community-driven project where sailors can share information on anchorages, marinas, services, and much much more.
  • WikiVoyage is a free web-based travel guide for travel destinations and travel topics written by volunteer authors. It has loads of helpful travel information beyond the scope of sailing apps and websites.
  • Hard Copy Charts of the regions you intend to sail should be kept at hand even if you primarily use electronic charts.
  • Facebook Groups e.g. Med Sailing , sailing-related subreddits like r/sailing , dedicated forums like Cruiser Forum , and other sailing social media groups and forums offer a wealth of knowledge and a place to ask the community questions. They are particularly helpful when seeking answers about DIY projects and repairs for boats.

Learning to Sail in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea is an excellent place to learn how to sail.

The Mediterranean is a safe region to learn to sail thanks to its warm waters, lack of reefs, well-documented navigational charts, and well-documented sailing information.

Another benefit of learning to sail here is that the wind and weather in the Mediterranean are quite predictable, especially in the summer months. This makes it easier to plan suitable times and areas to learn to sail.

While winds are relatively predictable (compared to some other sailing regions) the Mediterranean still offers a range of sailing conditions and regional variety. This variability can be a valuable learning experience, exposing you to different scenarios and helping you become a more versatile sailor. What’s more the Mediterranean presents navigational challenges, including busy shipping lanes, and varying maritime regulations in different countries. These challenges allow learner sailors to gain experience as they sail the region.

Because the Mediterranean is so popular for sailing, many regions have well-established sailing schools and yacht clubs with experienced instructors who can provide sailing lessons and certifications. These instructors can help beginners build their skills in a safe environment. Throughout the Mediterranean, there are plenty of accredited sailing courses tailored to different skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and offer formal qualifications. For the same reason, there is good and affordable access to well-maintained boats and facilities for learners. Particularly if you’re enrolling in a sailing school.

Our personal experience learning to sail in Croatia was overwhelmingly positive and affordable. We paid a local family-run sailing school to teach us how to sail aboard our own boat. They focused heavily on docking and anchoring skills, making sure we could safely enter and exit ports and anchorages. We spent 10 days learning how to sail and operate our boat and then we were on our own. In the following season, we slowly developed most of the skills needed to feel confident sailing and living on a boat in the Mediterranean.

Is the Mediterranean Good for Novice Sailors?

The Mediterranean Sea, at least in some areas, has several qualities that can make it a good choice for beginner sailors who have finished learning the basics and are ready to start sailing on their own.

Firstly, the predictable weather patterns already described can help create a stable and controlled environment for beginners to hone their skills. The warm and pleasant climate makes for comfortable conditions for novice sailors to practice and learn without the discomfort of extreme weather.

Some regions of the Mediterranean are particularly advantageous for novice sailors. Regions like the Dalmatian Coast, the Ionian Sea, and the Gulf of Fethiye offer calm predictable weather and ample anchorages and protection. As sailors grow in confidence they can develop their skills in more challenging sailing regions like the Cyclades and Dodecanese islands in Greece, the southern coast of Turkey, the Ligurian Sea in Italy, and the north coast of Corsica in France.

As we’ve mentioned, the Mediterranean has a well-developed infrastructure for sailing, including numerous marinas, sailing schools, and yacht clubs. These resources can be invaluable for beginner sailors in terms of education, support, and access to facilities. During our first season sailing, we had a hard and fast rule to go into the marina, quay, or mooring in winds above 20 knots, it was easy to stick to this rule in many parts of the Mediterranean where so many facilities exist ( Albania being an exception ).

The Mediterranean is also a wonderful place to spend the summer, surrounded by a diverse range of coastal destinations, each with its own unique charm and attractions. This allows beginner sailors to combine their learning experience with exploration and enjoyment of different cultures and landscapes.

In addition, coastal navigation in the Mediterranean is often straightforward, with easily identifiable landmarks and relatively short distances between ports. This simplicity can be reassuring for novice sailors who are just starting to learn navigation techniques.

The Mediterranean generally maintains high safety standards for boating and sailing. Marinas and charter companies often prioritize safety, and there are regulations in place to ensure safe practices. This can offer great peace of mind to the novice sailor.

And finally, the Mediterranean has a thriving sailing community, including both local and international sailors. This community can provide advice, camaraderie, and assistance when needed, making it easier for novice sailors to connect and seek guidance.

Buying a Boat in the Mediterranean

We bought our boat in Croatia at the beginning of 2022.

If you are planning to live on a boat in the Mediterranean, then buying a boat here can make sense. It is a reasonably straightforward process even if you are not a resident of a Mediterranean country.

With so many boats sailing the Med, it is little wonder that there is a busy marketplace for boats. The high transaction volume means that buyers should be able to find something perfect for their needs and budget. However, a large market can veil some bad actors and care should be taken to make sure you don’t end up with a lemon.

The accompanying costs of boat ownership are cheaper in the Mediterranean than in other places which helps to further offset the cost of buying a boat here.

Here are the steps to help you purchase a boat in the Mediterranean:

  • Before you start looking at boats, establish a budget that includes not only the purchase price but also ongoing costs like maintenance, insurance, and mooring fees.
  • Decide what type of boat you want. Are you looking for a sailboat or a motorboat? A catamaran or monohull? Consider your intended use (cruising, racing, fishing, etc.) and the size and features you need and desire.
  • The Mediterranean is vast, so determine which part of the Mediterranean you’d like to explore and where you plan to keep the boat. The Greek Islands and Croatia are some of the most popular areas and both have busy marketplaces.
  • Online boat marketplaces and classified websites like yachtworld.com .
  • Listings from local yacht brokers and dealers operating in the region you’ve chosen.
  • Boat shows and exhibitions held in the Mediterranean region.
  • Facebook Groups .
  • We recommend buying through a reputable broker for added peace of mind.
  • When you find a boat that interests you, schedule a visit to inspect it if possible. If it is not possible, ask the seller or broker to set up a video call to inspect the boat remotely. Pay attention to the boat’s condition, and ask questions about maintenance history, and any necessary repairs or upgrades.
  • Unless you are an expert, it’s important to hire a marine surveyor to conduct a thorough inspection of the boat. This ensures that you’re aware of any potential issues or necessary repairs before finalizing the purchase.
  • Once you’re satisfied with the boat’s condition, negotiate the purchase price with the seller. Be prepared for a back-and-forth negotiation process (people are very invested, financially and emotionally in their boats). Be prepared to walk away if you can’t agree on a reasonable price based on the current market.
  • If you are buying through a broker (recommended), they will handle this step. If not, work with a legal professional or use a standard boat purchase agreement template to create a contract that outlines all terms and conditions of the sale. Ensure that all important details, such as payment terms and the timeline for the transaction, are included.
  • Once both parties agree on the terms, finalize the sale. This involves the exchange of funds and necessary paperwork to transfer ownership. If you are buying through a broker, they will handle this step, if not seek legal advice on the best and most secure way to facilitate this step.
  • Depending on the country where the boat is registered, you may need to transfer ownership through a local maritime authority. Ensure that all registration and documentation requirements are met. In general, the process is that the seller cancels their registration and provides the buyer with the cancellation documents, allowing the buyer to re-register the boat. We chose to register our boat in Poland as we were able to complete registration online and without a marine survey.
  • Purchase insurance coverage for your boat to protect your investment and comply with local regulations.
  • Check-in with the Coast Guard: You will need to present yourself and your boat documents for registration with the Coast Guard now that the boat has changed hands.

The boat buying process can vary depending on the country and specific regulations in the Mediterranean region where you’re making the purchase. It’s a good idea to consult with local professionals, including maritime lawyers and brokers, to ensure a smooth and compliant transaction.

Marinas and Anchorages in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean has an abundance of safe anchorages and well-serviced marinas. It is possible to sail many parts of the Mediterranean without ever having to go into a marina, as long as you can produce sufficient water and electricity, and can handle the weather. On the other hand, you are never far from a marina, if you prefer comfort, amenity, and safety.

Additionally, in some regions, quays or moorings are made available to sailors by the government or local businesses either for a small fee or in return for supporting local businesses.

Marinas in the Mediterranean

Marinas are specially designed and equipped facilities that provide berthing and services for boats and yachts. Marinas typically offer amenities such as docks or moorings for boats to tie up, fuel stations, electricity, fresh water, and waste disposal, and often include toilets and showers, restaurants, shops, and other recreational facilities for boaters. They serve as safe harbors, offering boaters a place to dock, refuel, and access services while also providing a sense of community for boat owners and enthusiasts.

There are many marinas throughout the Mediterranean generally offering high levels of service and facilities. Prices range depending on the size of the boat, the quality of the marina, the region, and the time of year but prices in the Mediterranean generally range from €30 – €150 per night, with deep discounts for long-term, semi-permanent or permanent arrangements.

Additionally, some regions of the Med have quays, pontoons, or mooring buoys where boats can tie up for free or for a small fee (€10 – €20). Often services like water and electricity may be available for a nominal cost. In some instances, these services will be provided by the municipality, in others local businesses might provide these services free in return for patronage.

Shipyards and dry docks are also widely available as options to cheaply store your boat out of the water if you are sailing seasonally.

Some liveaboards choose to stay on their boat for the winter, but keep their boat in a marina. Many marinas in the Med cater to live-aboard communities that hunker down over the colder months.

What is Med Mooring

Many regions of the Mediterranean are so popular that sailors must be particularly conscious of space on docks, pontoons and town quays, especially during the busy summer months. Due to the limited space as well as the layout of ports in the Med, stern-to-mooring is preferred.

Often, especially in private marinas, “lazy lines” are provided to make this process simpler.

Lazy lines, also known as lazy jacks or slime lines for the growth they invariably have, simplify the process of mooring a boat, especially in Mediterranean-style mooring. These lines run from a fixed point on the seabed and can be attached to the boat’s bow to secure the boat. When mooring, the boat backs into the dock space, a crew member grabs and secures the lazy line to the bow, and the stern lines are tied to the dock.

In situations where “lazy lines” are not available, sailors are required to utilize their anchor to complete a “Mediterranean mooring”.

When approaching the quay or dock, the boat moves slowly, stern-first, toward the desired spot along the quay. As the boat approaches the quay, the anchor is dropped from the bow (front) of the boat at a suitable distance from the quay usually around three times the length of the vessel. As the boat then backs up toward the quay the anchor chain is paid out. Once the boat’s stern is close to the quay, crew members on board or on the quay secure lines from the boat to bollards or cleats on the quay to hold the boat in place. Adjustments may be made to the lines, anchor, and fenders to keep the boat securely positioned against the quay and to prevent it from swinging or rubbing against other vessels.

Med mooring requires careful coordination and skill, as it involves maneuvering a boat in reverse and coordinating the timing of dropping anchor, backing in, and securing lines. It’s essential to be aware of wind and current conditions, as they can affect the maneuver. While the Med moor can be intimidating to begin with, if you are sailing in the Mediterranean for any length of time, you will quickly become proficient.

Anchoring in the Mediterranean

For those who prefer to anchor each night away from busy marinas and town quays, the Mediterranean offers no shortage of beautiful and protected anchorages.

In some areas, of the Mediterranean coast, especially in archipelagos of Greece and Croatia, it is possible to find protected anchorage in any weather. In other areas, anchorages may be open to weather and swell in some conditions making anchoring a riskier prospect. No matter where you sail in the Mediterranean, the potential to anchor each night is restricted only by your own level of self-sufficiency and appetite for risk and discomfort when the weather gets rough.

In most parts of the Mediterranean, the sea floor is suitable for anchoring although there are some areas where steep drop-offs or rocky or weedy bottoms may make anchoring more difficult. Having the proper navigational charts and depth-sounding instrumentation is essential for safe anchoring.

Is it Free to Anchor in the Mediterranean?

Yes, it is free to anchor throughout the Mediterranean.

Aside from fees and taxes paid upon entry to the waters of a Mediterranean country when you first enter, you should not have to pay fees to anchor.

In the isolated cases where enterprising locals demand payment they are likely not authorized to do so, and finding the next beautiful free anchorage is never an issue.

Anchoring Line Ashore

In busy Mediterranean anchorages, boats often anchor in a bay and use a line ashore to prevent swinging and conserve space. This method involves dropping an anchor off the stern at a sufficient distance from the shore, then reversing towards the shore while paying out the anchor line. Once close enough, crew members secure lines from the bow to fixed points on the shore, such as bollards or rocks. This setup stabilizes the boat, minimizing movement and maximizing the number of boats that can be safely moored in the bay. Regular adjustments and inspections ensure the lines remain secure, providing a stable and efficient mooring solution.

Tips for Anchoring in the Mediterranean

Many anchorages in the Mediterranean become very busy in the summer months it is very important to be aware of other boats.

  • Position yourself far enough away that you will not swing into another boat with a change in the wind.
  • Anchor salad is the term for the tangle of anchors that sometimes occurs in busy anchorages in the Mediterranean. Be careful not to drop your anchor over another boat’s anchor. Simply communicating with other sailors and asking where their anchor lies is an easy way to avoid this. Some people use floats to mark where their anchor is set.
  • Set your anchor correctly to reduce the risk of dragging in strong wind. If you don’t feel confident in your ability to properly set your anchor, learn this skill before sailing in the busy Mediterranean.
  • There is no need to be a hero and set or pick up your anchor under sail in a busy anchorage.
  • Use a line ashore to conserve space in busy anchorages.

How Much Does Living on a Boat in the Mediterranean Cost?

We spend approximately $450 USD (€430) per week living on a boat in the Mediterranean.

These are our week-to-week living costs, exclusive of recurring annual costs like boat maintenance and storage, flights, insurance etc.

Here is how our weekly budget breaks down.

The cost of living on a boat in the Mediterranean will vary widely depending on several factors, including the type and size of the boat, your lifestyle choices, and the locations you visit. Here are some of the key expenses to consider when estimating the cost of living on a boat in the Mediterranean:

Boat Purchase

If you buy a boat, you’ll have initial upfront purchase costs or financing payments.

If you charter a boat, the cost will depend on the type, size, and location of the boat, as well as the duration of the charter but may cost between €500 – €1000 per day.

If you plan to live on a boat for any length of time, then purchasing a secondhand boat and selling it when (/if) you finish with it is usually the economical option.

We paid €23,500 for a 1986 Beneteau First 29. It was well-equipped for sailing the Mediterranean and required minimal work.

The cost of a seaworthy and properly equipped second-hand sailing boat starts around €20,000 and runs up into the hundreds of thousands of euros for larger (50-foot) monohulls and catamarans. New boats cost considerably more starting around €100,000 and running into the millions.

Other costs associated with purchasing a sailing vessel include:

  • Pre-purchase survey reports – $10 – $25 per foot
  • Insurance – between $500 and $1,500 annually. Boat insurance is generally cheaper than home or vehicle insurance.
  • Registration costs – variable but likely several hundred dollars for a liveaboard-sized boat.

Maintenance Costs

You can count on maintenance costs appearing from the first time you inspect a secondhand boat, and not long after you sail away on a new one.

The rule of thumb is that maintenance costs for a boat will be around 10% of the purchase cost. Perhaps more for older boats that have not been well maintained, or less for newer boats. Read our article The Cost of Living on a Sailboat Full-Time to learn how you can more accurately estimate maintenance costs.

Mooring and Marina Fees

Mooring fees at marinas and anchorages can be a significant expense. Prices will vary based on how often you stay in marinas and which part of the Mediterranean you plan to sail. It goes without saying that you’ll find higher costs in popular tourist destinations.

Fees can range from €20 to €150 or more per night, depending on location, boat size, and time of year.

Fuel costs depend on your boat’s fuel efficiency, the speed at which you plan to travel, and how often you use the engine.

By way of example, we travel less than 50 nautical miles a week. Say we sail half of that time, that’s 25 nautical miles a week to motor (basically nothing). Our boat tops out at a little over 5 kn. This means we might motor for about 5 hours at top speed we are burning about 2 liters of diesel an hour. Our fuel consumption is a paltry 10 per week! In 2022 marine diesel costs $2 a liter which puts our fuel costs at $20 a week.

Boat insurance is essential to protect your investment and is also a requirement for sailing in the Mediterranean. The cost of insurance depends on factors like the boat’s value and the level of coverage you choose. Insurance is a recurring cost so make sure you factor this annual expense into your budget.

We pay $375 USD per year for insurance and this would probably represent close to the minimum.

Budget for groceries, food, beverages, and other supplies. Your expenses will vary based on your dietary preferences and how often you dine out versus preparing meals onboard. In many parts of the Mediterranean provisions are cheap.

If you want to keep costs down, make a point to stock up at supermarkets that the local people use and not the supermarkets in nearby marinas which are often much more expensive.

Customs and Port Fees

When traveling between Mediterranean countries, you will encounter customs and port entry fees. The fees and the fee structure change from country to country and are usually a function of the length of stay and size of the vessel. Research the regulations and fees for each country you plan to visit.

We pay on average around $30 USD per month in customs in port fees. Larger vessels or sailors changing countries more frequently might expect to pay more.

Navigation and Safety Equipment

Ensure you have the necessary navigation and safety equipment on board, including charts, GPS, life jackets, flares, and communication devices.

The required safety gear will be dependent on how you use your boat. For example, if you plan to get more than 12 miles offshore extra safety equipment such as a life raft is mandatory.

This equipment can be expensive so budget carefully.

Entertainment and Activities

Factor in expenses for entertainment and activities such as dining out, visiting attractions, and participating in water sports or tours.

Our activities budget mostly gets spent at the pub or restaurants on weekends, we also spend a few euros at the gym, paying for our sins during the week.

Utilities and Services

Consider costs for utilities such as water and electricity when docked at a marina. If you’re at anchor, you may rely on alternative power sources like solar panels or wind generators.

Budget for communication expenses including mobile data, internet access, and satellite communication if needed.

We rely on local data sim cards which cost us around €10 – €15 euro per week depending on our data needs and where in the Mediterranean we are.

Healthcare Insurance and Travel Insurance

Ensure you have adequate health and travel insurance coverage for your needs. Consider the cost of medical care and prescription medications when planning your budget.

SafetyWing Insurance is a great solution for liveaboards. They offer comprehensive travel and health insurance solutions tailored to long-term or indefinite travelers and nomads. Perfect for sailors spending a season or more exploring the Mediterranean.

We have needed to use travel insurance once while sailing in the Mediteranean and were so grateful to have the right insurance when we needed it.

Some of the benefits of using a nomad insurer like SafetyWing rather than a traditional travel insurer are;

  • They offer global coverage, barring North Korea, Cuba and Iran
  • It’s often cheaper than traditional insurance
  • You can start, or pause plans after your traveling has already commenced, a feature not always offered by traditional insurers
  • They cover you to travel home for 30 days (15 in the US) so you don’t have to take out insurance to visit home

Reserve Fund

It’s wise to set aside a reserve fund for unexpected expenses or emergencies.

The cost of living on a boat in the Mediterranean can vary greatly from one person or family to another. It’s essential to create a detailed budget that reflects your specific circumstances and preferences. Keep in mind that the Mediterranean offers a range of destinations from more affordable options to high-end, luxury experiences, so your costs can be tailored to your desired lifestyle.

Can I Sail the Mediterranean Cheaply, on a Budget, or for Free?

It is totally possible to sail the Mediterranean extremely cheaply. While it may not be possible to do it for free, as there are administration costs that are impossible to eliminate, if you have the right equipment and can be completely self-sufficient then you can anchor freely throughout the Med, keeping costs low.

Alternatively, there are opportunities to sail for free or even be paid if you are prepared to work as a skipper or crew in the Mediterranean.

Best Sailing Destinations in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean is renowned for its stunning sailing destinations, each offering its unique charm and appeal. The best sailing destination for you will depend on your preferences, interests, and experience level. Here are some of the top sailing destinations in the Mediterranean:

  • Greek Islands : Greece boasts a multitude of beautiful islands, each with its own character. The Cyclades, Ionian Islands, and Dodecanese are popular choices. You can explore ancient ruins, enjoy picturesque villages, and experience vibrant nightlife. Despite its popularity, many parts of Greece remain affordable for sailing and there are many cheap town quays available throughout the islands.
  • Turkey : The Turkish coast along the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas is dotted with historic sites, charming villages, and beautiful bays. Places like Bodrum and Göcek offer excellent sailing opportunities.
  • Italian Riviera : Italy’s Ligurian and Tyrrhenian coasts offer a mix of natural beauty and cultural richness. Explore the picturesque Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast, and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.
  • Balearic Islands, Spain : The Balearics, including Mallorca, Ibiza, and Menorca, offer a mix of lively nightlife and serene anchorages. You can enjoy a vibrant atmosphere or find secluded coves for relaxation.
  • French Riviera : The Côte d’Azur in France is synonymous with luxury and glamour. Sail along the French Riviera to visit cities like Nice, Cannes, and Saint-Tropez.
  • Malta : Located in the central Mediterranean, Malta offers a rich history, beautiful landscapes, and clear waters for sailing. The islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino are popular stops.
  • Corsica, France : Corsica, known for its rugged coastline and natural beauty, offers excellent sailing conditions. Explore remote beaches, hiking trails, and charming villages.
  • Sicily, Italy : The largest Mediterranean island, Sicily, is a melting pot of cultures and offers diverse landscapes, historic sites, and excellent cuisine.
  • Sporades Islands, Greece : This group of islands in the northern Aegean Sea is known for its lush greenery, clear waters, and charming villages. Skiathos and Skopelos are among the highlights.
  • Southern Spain : The Costa del Sol in southern Spain offers a mix of culture, history, and beautiful beaches. Visit cities like Malaga and Marbella.
  • Tunisia : Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast is often overlooked and far less crowded than the European Mediterranean. It offers a unique blend of ancient ruins and North African culture.
  • Croatia : Croatia’s Adriatic coastline is known for its crystal-clear waters and historic towns. Sailing along the Dalmatian Coast allows you to visit places like Dubrovnik, Split, and the stunning islands of Hvar and Korčula. As Croatia’s popularity continues to surge so too do the prices here and the number of sailors on the water.
  • Montenegro : Often underrated Montenegro’s short stretch of coast between Croatia and Albania has some of the most beautiful coastline in the Adriatic, world-class marine facilities, and the breathtaking Bay of Kotor. It is not yet as popular for sailing as neighbouring Croatia which means far fewer boats to share it with.

When deciding on an area, or areas to sail, consider your sailing experience, the level of difficulty, the level of services available, and the weather.

Best Areas for Novice Sailors in the Mediterranean

The Mediterranean offers a variety of excellent sailing destinations for beginners, with calm waters, favorable weather conditions, and well-established sailing infrastructure. Here are some of the best places for novice sailors in the Mediterranean:

  • The Ionian Sea, located off the western coast of Greece, is known for its gentle winds and sheltered anchorages, making it an ideal destination for beginners.
  • Islands like Corfu, Kefalonia, and Lefkada offer beautiful scenery, calm seas, and plenty of places to explore, both on land and by sea.
  • The region has numerous sailing schools and charter companies catering to beginners.
  • Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, along the eastern Adriatic Sea, is famous for its stunning coastline, clear waters, and countless islands and coves to discover.
  • The winds are generally mild, and navigation is relatively straightforward, making it suitable for beginners.
  • Charter companies are prevalent in cities like Split and Dubrovnik, offering a range of sailing options.
  • Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera are part of the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean. These islands offer a mix of sheltered bays and open-water sailing.
  • The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with generally favorable weather conditions for sailing.
  • The well-developed tourism infrastructure in the Balearics caters to sailors of all experience levels.
  • The southwestern coast of Turkey, along the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, offers calm waters, beautiful anchorages, and a mix of historic and scenic destinations.
  • The Meltemi wind can be a factor in the Aegean, but it’s generally milder in this region compared to further east.
  • Several Turkish marinas and sailing schools provide services for beginners.
  • These two Italian islands in the central Mediterranean offer diverse sailing opportunities for beginners.
  • Coastal towns like Palermo (Sicily) and Cagliari (Sardinia) are excellent starting points for exploring the islands and nearby coastlines.
  • The summer months provide stable weather and moderate winds.

Best Areas for Advanced Sailors in the Mediterranean

If you are looking for more challenging sailing conditions, the Mediterranean has those too.

These are regions where skippers with a bit more experience might enjoy:

  • The Cyclades, including islands like Mykonos, Santorini, and Naxos, are known for their strong and variable winds, especially the Meltemi in the summer.
  • Experienced sailors can navigate challenging open-water passages and explore remote anchorages.
  • Located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, the Dodecanese islands offer a mix of sheltered bays and open-sea sailing.
  • The region experiences the Meltemi wind, providing opportunities for advanced sailors to test their skills.
  • The southern Turkish coast, particularly areas like Bodrum and Marmaris, can provide challenging sailing conditions with strong winds and open seas.
  • Experienced sailors can explore the Turkish Riviera and nearby Greek islands.
  • The Ligurian Sea, along the northwest coast of Italy, offers advanced sailors opportunities to navigate busy shipping lanes, strong Mistral winds, and complex currents.
  • The area includes the beautiful Italian Riviera and the island of Corsica.
  • These gulfs near Athens offer varied sailing conditions, including calm waters in sheltered areas and stronger winds in open sections.
  • Advanced sailors can explore historical sites and navigate challenging channels and straits.
  • The northern coast of Corsica features rugged terrain, strong winds, and challenging passages between islands and rocky shores.
  • Sailors can experience more demanding conditions while enjoying the beauty of the Corsican landscape.
  • Sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar, which connects the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean, can be challenging due to strong tidal currents and variable weather.
  • Advanced sailors can test their navigation skills and experience the transition between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
  • The channel between Majorca and Ibiza in the Balearic Islands can have strong winds and challenging seas, providing opportunities for experienced sailors to hone their skills.
  • The open-water passage between Malta and Sicily can be subject to strong winds and currents, making it a challenging route for advanced sailors

Popular Mediterranean Sailing Routes

Sailing in the Mediterranean offers a wealth of popular routes that cater to different preferences, sailing durations, and interests. Here are some well-loved routes for sailing the Mediterranean.

  • The Greek Islands Route : This is one of the most popular routes, offering numerous options for island-hopping. You can start in Athens and explore islands like Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, and Naxos. This route is known for its beautiful beaches, charming villages, and rich history.
  • The Amalfi Coast Route : Begin in Naples or Salerno and sail along the stunning Amalfi Coast in Italy. Explore picturesque towns like Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. This route is famous for its dramatic cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and Mediterranean cuisine.
  • The Croatian Island-Hopping Route : Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is ideal for island-hopping. Begin in Split or Dubrovnik and visit islands like Hvar, Korčula, and Vis. You’ll find historic towns, vibrant nightlife, and secluded anchorages. Continue to explore underrated Adriatic Gems Montenegro and Albania, before reaching Greece’s Ionian Sea.
  • The French Riviera Route : Start in Nice or Marseille and sail along the glamorous French Riviera. Visit iconic destinations like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco. This route offers luxury marinas, upscale dining, and beautiful coastal scenery.
  • The Turkey-Greece Route : Explore both Turkey and Greece on this route, starting in places like Bodrum or Marmaris in Turkey and sailing to Greek islands such as Rhodes, Symi, and Kos. You’ll experience a blend of Turkish and Greek cultures.
  • The Balearic Islands Route : Begin in Palma de Mallorca and explore the Balearic Islands, including Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera. This route offers a mix of vibrant nightlife, pristine beaches, and tranquil anchorages.
  • The Sicilian Coast Route : Sail along the coast of Sicily, starting in Palermo or Catania. Explore the historic cities, picturesque fishing villages, and the beautiful Aeolian Islands.
  • The Malta-Sardinia-Corsica Route : Begin in Malta and sail to Sardinia and Corsica. This route offers a combination of rich history, diverse landscapes, and clear waters.
  • The Turkish Riviera Route : Start in Gocek or Fethiye in Turkey and sail along the Turkish Riviera, visiting places like Kas, Kalkan, and Antalya. This route offers a mix of historical sites, natural beauty, and secluded anchorages.
  • The Southern Spain and Morocco Route : Explore southern Spain’s Costa del Sol and sail to Morocco’s Mediterranean coast. This route offers a blend of Spanish culture, Moorish architecture, and North African cuisine.

Again, when planning a Mediterranean sailing route, consider factors like the duration of your journey, your sailing experience, and your interests. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Provisioning a Boat in the Mediterranean

Because the Mediterranean is so populated around the coastline it is easy to take on provisions as you go.

However, different countries throughout the Med have different access to different ingredients and different qualities of ingredients. Forward planning will ensure you have the right provisions on board for a reasonable price.

Tips for Provisioning a Boat in the Mediterranean

  • Create a detailed provisioning list that includes all the items you’ll need for your trip, such as food, water, cleaning supplies, safety equipment, and any specialty items.
  • Familiarize yourself with the availability of markets, grocery stores, and supermarkets in the ports and anchorages you plan to visit. Some destinations, like smaller ports or islands, may have limited provisioning options, so plan accordingly.
  • While in port, visit local markets and supermarkets to purchase fresh produce, meat, dairy, and other perishable items.
  • If you are on a budget, avoid using supermarkets or mini-markets within marinas as these, while convenient, tend to be more expensive.
  • Non-perishable items like canned goods, pasta, rice, and dry snacks can be bought in larger quantities to ensure you have an ample supply for your trip.
  • Some areas, especially remote areas, may not have considered this in advance.
  • Water is a critical provision. Ensure you have MORE than enough drinking water each time you set sail.
  • Always carry and store spare emergency drinking water separate from your main water supply.
  • Consider a water maker to maximize self-sufficiency and minimize the need to come into port.
  • If you plan to celebrate special occasions or host guests during your trip, purchase items like wine, champagne, or special treats in advance.
  • Organize your provisions efficiently to make the most of your boat’s storage space. Use containers, bins, and storage solutions to keep items secure and prevent spoilage.
  • Be mindful of your boat’s storage capacity. Avoid overloading it, as excessive weight can affect the boat’s performance and safety.
  • If you’ll be on an extended voyage or in remote areas, consider stocking extra provisions to account for unforeseen delays or limited access to supplies.
  • Ensure that all provisions have clear expiration dates, and use the “first in, first out” principle to rotate your stock to prevent items from going bad.
  • Maintain a provisioning log to track inventory and monitor consumption during the trip. This helps you stay organized and avoid running out of essential items.
  • Include safety provisions such as first aid supplies, emergency rations, and a well-stocked medical kit.
  • Be environmentally conscious by minimizing single-use plastic packaging and opting for reusable containers and bags.
  • Don’t forget to sample and enjoy local specialty items and cuisine unique to the specific region during your provisioning stops.

Provisioning is an essential but often overlooked aspect of trip planning and sailing. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be a drag in fact planning our meal is a great way to pass the time on long passages, and restocking the provisions makes for a nice outing off the boat (but that just might be us).

Being Part of a Community Living on a Boat in the Mediterranean

Joining local boating communities and connecting with other liveaboard boaters can be helpful for information, and support, as well as having a social outlet. There are lots of opportunities to network and build connections with other sailors when sailing the Mediterranean.

Your Local Marina

If you plan to use a marina as a ‘home base’ while living on a boat in the Mediterranean, you can start by connecting with other live-aboards at the marina. They can offer a wealth of experience and advice about sailing in the area.

Online Groups and Forums

There are lots of online forums and groups where you can connect with other sailors in the Mediterranean. Examples include the popular Facebook group Med Sailing and the Young Cruisers Association .

Sailors in the Mediterranean are, for the most part, a friendly group and very willing to strike up a conversation at anchor or in the marina.

Winter Sailing in the Mediterranean

Winter sailing in the Mediterranean can be a beautiful and peaceful experience, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. It is important to plan and prepare for winter sailing in the Mediterranean.

The Mediterranean has milder winters compared to many other sailing destinations, but the weather can still be unpredictable. You may encounter occasional storms and strong winds, so it’s crucial to monitor weather forecasts regularly.

Winter in the Mediterranean typically brings cooler temperatures, especially in northern areas. The southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean tend to be milder.

Tips for Living on a Boat in the Mediterranean Over Winter

  • Stay warm: Ensure you have appropriate clothing for cold weather, including insulated and waterproof gear. Layering is essential to stay warm. You will likely also need a heating system for your boat to ward off chilly evenings and stay comfortable through the winter months.
  • Plan for short days: In the winter, daylight hours are shorter, so plan your sailing schedule accordingly. Make sure you have proper navigation lights and consider limiting long passages during the darkest hours. Also, take into consideration the effect on solar power production if you are using solar panels.
  • Check the availability of services on your route: Many marinas in the Mediterranean have reduced services or may even close during the winter months. Check ahead of time to ensure you have access to the facilities, water, and fuel along your route.
  • Understand the tourist season: Much of the Mediterranean runs on summer tourism and many businesses including restaurants and grocery stores close over the winter. Stock up on provisions before heading out, as some coastal towns and anchorages may have limited services.
  • Be aware of potential navigation hazards: Winter can mean increased debris in the water and reduced visibility due to fog. Keep a sharp lookout, and use radar and AIS if available.
  • Prioritize safety: Winter conditions can be challenging. Ensure your crew is well-trained and familiar with cold-weather procedures. Carry emergency equipment like a liferaft, EPIRB, and sufficient flares.
  • Use local knowledge: Seek local advice and knowledge about winter sailing in the specific region you plan to explore. Locals can provide valuable insights into weather patterns and recommended anchorages.
  • Consider staying in a marina over the winter: Many liveaboards remain on their boats over winter, but not necessarily sailing. Some marinas have liveaboard communities that return each year to batten down over winter and enjoy the social camaraderie that comes with being part of the liveaboard community.

Winter sailing in the Mediterranean offers a quieter atmosphere compared to the busy summer months. However, it’s crucial to be well-prepared, vigilant about weather conditions, and focused on safety to ensure a successful and enjoyable winter sailing adventure.

Organizing Services When Sailing in the Mediterranean

One of the most perplexing, challenging, and frustrating experiences of sailing the Mediterranean has to be organizing services in the Med.

Sailing and boating mean you will almost certainly need to get professional repairs or maintenance from time to time.

The good news is that marine services are widely available throughout the Mediterranean where you will find

  • Marine Electricians
  • Sail Makers
  • Yachting Agents

And all manner of businesses servicing the busy yacht industry.

However, a combination of an overwhelming high season, lack of specialists, and the absence of a ‘service mentality’ in many of the Mediterranean countries can lead to a frustrating experience when you most need assistance.

If you come from a country outside the Med, the nature and culture of organizing such services may surprise you. The approach of professionals can be difficult to come to grips with. Expecting the same sort of sympathy, enthusiasm, or adherence to any timeline you might be used to will leave you frustrated.

Make sure you plan ahead to organize any work or marine services. If possible have these activities done during the winter or shoulder seasons. In many parts of the Med, especially those where there are charter boats, demand is sky-high for marine services over the busy summer months.

Leave yourself plenty of time to allow for delays, and line up several options for technicians, in case your preferred operator doesn’t come through.

Rules and Regulations for Sailing in the Mediterranean

Different countries in the Mediterranean have varying regulations regarding, sailing, boat ownership, visas and residency, and taxes.

Region-Specific Regulations for Boats, Safety, and Navigation

Maritime laws will vary from country to country so it’s very important to understand the rules in each country. While forums, groups, and websites can be helpful to get ideas, always confirm shared information as there is a lot of misinformation out there (trust no one not even this blog). In general, the maritime authority for each country should provide the rules and regulations online.

For example here are the regulations for Croatia .

Maritime laws govern issues including but in no way limited to:

  • How close vessels can go to shore
  • Skippers license requirement
  • Safety equipment requirements
  • Submission of crew lists
  • Discharging of black water tanks
  • Holding Tank requirements
  • Swimming areas
  • Rights to inspect
  • VHF operation

Safety First

Throughout the Mediterranean stringent safety regulations are enforced for sailors. These rules while subject to variation generally include:

  • Life Jackets: Throughout the Med (and the world) you need to ensure everyone on board has a properly fitting life jacket. If the life jackets are not being worn they should be close to hand, and everyone onboard should know where they are, and how to use them.
  • Safety Equipment: Have necessary safety equipment on board, including a first aid kit, fire extinguishers, and communication devices. Be aware of the mandatory safety equipment for your class of boat in the region you are sailing in. Requirements are more stringent for off-shore sailing.
  • Seaworthiness:  Skippers are responsible for making sure their vessel is seaworthy to avoid putting themselves and others at risk. In some areas, the maritime authority may have the right to inspect your vessel.

Communication

Throughout the Mediterranean, the use of VHF communication is strictly regulated and enforced.

  • VHF Radio: Generally, larger vessels should have VHF radio on board for communication with other vessels and harbormasters.
  • Licenses and Qualification: In some areas, the use of VHF is subject to licensing, qualification, and or registration.

Environmental Responsibility

Sailors have a moral and legal responsibility to protect the environment they are sailing in. Environmental rules vary considerably from country to country but it is important to be a good guest and avoid damaging local environments.

  • Waste Disposal: Dispose of your waste responsibly. Use designated facilities for garbage and sewage disposal. Some jurisdictions have requirements for boats to be fitted with holding tanks, and all have requirements for discharging tanks and toilets.
  • Marine Life: Respect marine life and delicate seabeds. Do not disturb or damage them. Be aware of fishing rules and regulations.

Emergency Preparedness

Throughout the Med, it is a requirement to be properly prepared for emergencies

  • Emergency Contacts: Have a list of emergency contacts for each country you plan to visit.
  • Emergency Procedures: Have clear emergency procedures in place, and ensure everyone on board knows what to do in case of an emergency.

Boat Registration

Your boat must be registered to sail in the Mediterranean. You may choose to register it in your home country or in a foreign country. The process and price for registration vary dramatically from country to country so investigate to find out which conditions suit you best.

We chose to register our boat in Poland because the fees were low and we could register the boat remotely without the need for a marine survey.

Boat Insurance

Another requirement for sailing in the Mediterranean is insurance. There are many insurers but finding the right insurer for your combination of boat, residency, and country of boat registration can be a bit of a headache. It might be worthwhile asking the sailing community what insurers people in a similar situation to you use.

We had trouble finding an insurer that wanted to work with our specific combination of an old boat, registered in Poland with American and Australian owners. Finally, we found SeaHelp Yacht Insurance who were able to insure us.

Visa and Residency:

Depending on your nationality and how long you plan to stay, you may need a visa or residence permit to live on a boat in the Mediterranean. These requirements can differ from one country to another.

Understanding the Schengen Area

Many of the most popular sailing destinations in the Mediterranean are part of the Schengen Agreement . Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, and Malta all fall under this agreement.

If you are from a country not part of the Schengen agreement you are likely restricted from spending more than a combined 90 days in a given 180-day period in these countries on an ordinary tourist visa.

There are a variety of solutions if you plan to stay longer. They involve alternative long-term visas (such as Digital Nomad Visas), registering as working crew, or the most popular, doing the Schengen Shuffle.

Plan Your Itinerary and the Schengen Shuffle

The Schengen shuffle is the fine art of spending the right amount of time outside the Schengen area while sailing the Med. After spending your allotted, 90 days in the Schengen area, you can spend time exploring countries like Montenegro , Albania , Cyprus, Turkey, Tunisia, and more while you wait for your Schengen clock to reset.

Unfortunately, Croatia’s recent addition to the Schengen area has removed a wonderfully well-provisioned sailing region from the options of countries to run down the clock. Nevertheless, it is still possible to enjoy year-round sailing in the Mediterranean by carefully planning your itinerary.

Border Crossing When Sailing the Mediterranean

With 22 countries sharing access to the Mediterranean, any long-term sailing in the region will likely include border crossing.

Crossing borders in the Mediterranean while sailing involves navigating the customs and immigration procedures of the countries you intend to visit. The process is usually a bit different (and more involved) than crossing borders overland or by air.

The process is different for each country but the are some general steps and considerations for crossing borders in the Mediterranean.

Make sure you are familiar with the navigation rules in the region of the Mediterranean you plan to sail. In particular, pay attention to any requirements for flying the correct flags. Hoist a courtesy flag, which is the national flag of the country you are sailing in on the starboard side. Don’t anchor or disembark, before you check-in to a new country properly and follow local navigation rules and regulations. Also, be aware of the requirements for safety gear and equipment. Failing to follow the local rules can result in fines and put your permission to enter the country at risk.

  • Ensure that you and your crew have the necessary visas to enter the countries you plan to visit. Visa requirements can vary depending on your nationality and the country you’re entering.
  • Have all relevant documentation in order, including passports, visas, boat registration, boat insurance papers (and sometimes personal health insurance), and boat licenses). Make copies of these documents and keep them in a secure place.
  • When entering a new country, you’ll typically need to check in with local authorities at a designated port of entry. If you’re passing between countries without borderless travel, this may involve filling out customs and immigration forms. Most countries require sailors to present their boat’s documentation and provide information about their crew and passengers.
  • Be prepared to undergo customs and immigration inspections upon arrival. This may include verifying your boat’s inventory, checking for restricted items, and confirming the identities of your crew and passengers. So far, our boat has only been boarded and searched once.
  • Declare any goods or items that are subject to customs duties or restrictions. Each country has its own regulations regarding what can and cannot be brought into the country.
  • Countries generally charge entry and clearance fees. Be prepared to pay these fees as required.
  • Depending on the country and the health situation, you may need to comply with health and quarantine regulations. This could include health screenings, vaccinations, or quarantine periods.
  • Familiarize yourself with the local laws and regulations of each country you visit, particularly navigation rules, safety requirements, and anchoring restrictions.
  • Stay in communication with local authorities and follow their instructions. It’s important to be polite, cooperative, and patient during the customs and immigration process.
  • Maintain records of all interactions with customs and immigration officials, including dates, names, and any documents provided.
  • When leaving a country, follow the exit procedures, which may involve checking out of a port of exit, presenting your boat’s documentation, and settling any outstanding fees or taxes.
  • In addition to national customs and immigration authorities, consult local sailing resources, guidebooks, and cruising associations for up-to-date information on entry and exit procedures in specific Mediterranean countries.
  • Be aware of any changes in regulations or entry requirements, especially in light of global events or health crises that may impact border crossings.

Crossing borders in the Mediterranean requires careful planning, compliance with local regulations, and a willingness to adapt to different customs and procedures in each country. Make sure you research ahead of time. Apps like Navily, Navionics, and No Foreign Land may have notes from other sailors providing up-to-date information on ports. Facebook groups like Med Sailing can also be a great source of information.

Sending and Receiving Packages and Mail in the Mediterranean

Something you might not have considered when thinking about living on a boat in the Mediterranean is exactly how you are going to send and receive mail.

We are sorry to report that our experiences with postal services throughout the Med have been less than stellar, with the exception of Croatia.

However, it’s still possible with some planning and the use of various methods and services. Here are several ways to send and receive packages when sailing in the Mediterranean:

  • Marina Services: Many marinas in the Mediterranean provide mail and package reception services for visiting boaters. You can have packages sent to the marina’s address, and they will hold them for you to pick up when you arrive. Be sure to contact the marina in advance to confirm their policy and inquire about any fees.
  • Local Post Offices: In some coastal towns and cities, the local post office offers general delivery services. Contact the post office in advance to confirm its procedures and hours of operation.
  • Courier Companies: International courier services like DHL, FedEx, and UPS operate in many Mediterranean countries. You can use these services to send and receive packages. Ensure you have a reliable address for delivery, which could be a marina, a local business, or your next port of call.
  • Local Businesses and Restaurants: Some local businesses and restaurants may be willing to accept packages on your behalf. Establish a friendly relationship with the proprietors and discuss the arrangement in advance.
  • Forwarding Services: Consider using a mail forwarding service that specializes in handling mail and packages for travelers. These services provide you with a dedicated mailing address, and they can forward your mail and packages to various destinations as needed.
  • Yacht Agents: Yacht agents, often used for clearing customs or facilitating other logistical tasks, may assist with receiving and forwarding packages on your behalf. Check with a local yacht agent for their services and fees.
  • Local Contacts, Friends, and the Wider Sailing Community: If you have friends or contacts in the Mediterranean, you can use their address for package delivery and arrange to pick up the packages when you reach their location. You can also reach out to members of the sailing community who may be able to help with the transport of packages.

When using any of these methods, it’s crucial to communicate with the sender and the recipient to ensure that the package arrives safely and to arrange for its collection. Keep in mind that package delivery times and reliability can vary from one region to another which can be a little bit of a logistical nightmare when sailing around the Mediterranean. Careful planning and patience are key, as is having a backup plan if you can’t connect with your mail.

Customs Duties and Import Taxes on Packages and Mail

Be aware of customs regulations and import duties that may apply when sending or receiving packages across international borders in the Mediterranean.

To avoid any issues with package deliveries, it’s essential to research and comply with the customs requirements of each country you visit.

We were forced to pay hundreds of dollars in import taxes to receive our own drone, which had been sent out of the country for repair, because we hadn’t filed the correct import paperwork when sending it.

It can be really hard to find the right information on which form or payment is required. One good way to begin is to ask others who have been in the same boat using some of the forums and communities we’ve mentioned, such as Facbook, Reddit, or Cruiser Forum .

Wintering and Storing a Boat in the Mediterranean

Preparing a boat for winter storage in the Mediterranean is much the same as in other places, although in general, you won’t have to worry about the effects of cold winter temperatures.

For the full step-by-step check out our full article on Preparing a boat for winter storage in the Mediterranean .

Here is a quick guide:

  • Clean the Boat Thoroughly
  • Take Down the Sails
  • Prevent Fuel Spoilage
  • Pack Up the Tender
  • Give the Engine Some Love
  • Don’t Forget the Outboard
  • Thoroughly Clean the Bilge Until Spotless
  • Flush Toilet System
  • Treat Water Supply
  • Remove the Anchor from the Anchor Well
  • Protect Your Boat From Pests
  • Protect Your Boat From Mold
  • Turn Off All Sea Cocks
  • Maintain Batteries
  • Cover Boat for Winter

Hopefully, you have found this information about living on a boat in the Mediterranean useful. If you have a question or a comment, please let us know below!

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Yachts normally operate seasonally. During these times, there is plenty of opportunity to find a position aboard a luxury or superyacht, no matter your level of experience. There are several different yachting hubs from where you can launch your career – usually the most beautiful places in the world! To ensure that you secure your spot on deck, it’s important to know where to be and when. 

Can you get a job from home?

The short answer is, no. Crew members are often picked up with very short notice, sometimes even on the same day of applying! The captain of the vessel usually conducts the interview and will want to meet with you in person, so you have to make yourself physically available in these main hiring ports. Book short-term accommodation, as you hopefully won’t be at this location very long before getting a job on a luxury yacht! The process could take a week, if you’re very lucky, but sometimes up to two months – be sure to budget accordingly! Perhaps consider doing other jobs like waitressing on land while you wait for a yacht job.

Top yacht crew hiring ports 

Best for newbies.

The six locations below are the hiring hotspots and will offer far greater access to quality job opportunities for those individuals freshly entering the industry:

  • Sails Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Rybovich, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • IYCA Port Vauban, Antibes, France
  • Port de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain
  • Newport, Rhode Island

Second-Tier Yacht Crew Hiring Ports / Locations

The following is a list of what we’ll term “secondary” options for worthwhile hiring ports. Mega-yachts pass through these destinations, but not in vast numbers or as frequently as with the list above. These places, however, have STCW-recognised training schools, or at least some crew-recruitment agencies in the area, so you can get take your STCW certification and register with a placement service before heading to where more boats are located (if you have not already qualified in South Africa):

  • St. Martin/St. Maarten in the Caribbean
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Antigua in the Caribbean
  • San Diego, California
  • Viareggio, Italy

Third-Tier Yacht Crew Hiring Ports / Locations

While these may not be the key spots for easily finding a position, the destinations below can be considered a third tier. Experienced crew tend to do okay basing themselves here, but we do not recommend them for entry-level job hunters. For some individuals, however, these spots may be the only option due to proximity and the inability to travel far:

  • U.K.— London, Southampton, and Dover
  • The Netherlands
  • The Bahamas
  • South Africa

Other ports to consider:

  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Galle Harbour, Sri Lanka
  • English Harbour, Antigua

The Mediterranean 

Ports: Spain, Italy, France.

The best time to be in the Mediterranean is March/April/May/June. Plenty of ports are extremely accessible during this period as trains constantly run the entire length of the French and Italian Riviera. This means that you could simply go from port to port to meet captains and crew. September, which nears the end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, is also a good time to find employment as an entry-level crew member. We recommend heading to Antibes in the South of France.

Some yachts will be looking for crew to complete the Atlantic crossing from the Mediterranean to the USA or the Caribbean. Yachts are often registered offshore, therefore, working on board a Cayman Islands registered yacht in the USA, is not considered illegal by Maritime Law. You cannot, however, work on US flagged vessels without a legal US Passport, US Working Visa, or Green Card. Chat to us for advice regarding the visa requirements for working on board any of these luxury yachts.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a popular port to find work. Visas for entering the USA have become more challenging to attain, however, so this option isn’t the simplest. Most yachts will go into a Shipyard period once or twice a year for maintenance, which is a great time to look for daywork. This varies, but many yachts will complete their maintenance periods from February – April in the USA.

The Caribbean and Bahama Islands

This is one of the most beautiful routes in the world – understandably making it one of the most popular . Super yachts sail to the Caribbean and Bahamas from December to May, the Northern Hemisphere winter months. Most vessels are based in South Florida, making Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach the places where most people find crew work. We recommend finding ways of boosting your skill set before applying for any positions, as it will help you stand out from the many people keen to land a job on vessels sailing this route. Consider getting a scuba diving licence or growing your knowledge of the local marine life. 

Getting Placed From South African Ports

Getting placed directly from South Africa is a little harder for newbies, as most vessels hire only more experienced crew. Locations of travel from South African ports include: Indian Ocean (Mauritius, Maldives / Seychelles) and South Atlantic (Brazil, Caribbean). Best time for work is December through March and May through July.

Necessary Qualifications

To qualify for work on board a yacht, you will need to complete:

  • The STCW Basic Safety Training course, and
  • An ENG1 or seafarer medical certificate

To work on a boat cruising the Caribbean it is advisable to have both a Schengen and B1B2 visa as some of the Islands still fall under European and US dependency. It is also highly advisable to have many spare pages in your passport for a Caribbean season as there is immigration control and an entry and exit stamp on your passport for every Island.

Speak to us if you’d like to discuss possible courses that could benefit you ; our academy is internationally accredited. If you’d just like to get an idea whether a yacht job is really for you, consider downloading our ultimate yacht crew handbook that will give you the ins and outs of yacht crew life, with additional tips to help you get that job on a private yacht.

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Deckhand – 100m+ Private – Dual Season

Deck / Permanent

Posted By Bekah Edenbrow

Posted Date Thu 23 May 2024

Closing Date Thu 06 Jun 2024

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Description

  • Experienced Female Deckhand required for a Private Dual Season/World Cruising 100m+ New Build
  • The vessel will primarily be dual season, spending time between the Mediterranean and Caribbean, however it will also go further afield. The owner has previously gone to French Polynesia and Central America. 
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to join a prestigious vessel with fantastic HOD's and a great owner who is friendly and likes to interact with the crew. 
  • The ideal candidate will have 18 months+ worth of Deckhand experience on a vessel over 60m, an additional skill such as fishing, watersports or large tender driving would hugely support your application.
  • To be successful for this role you must have your YMO in hand, also having your B1B2 would be hugely advantageous. 
  • There is an excellent crew culture onboard, made up of an active crew who all love to do crew activities! Therefore, they would like someone positive, energetic and hard-working. who can fit seamlessly into the team.
  • The role is open to female candidates only due to cabin arrangements. 
  • On offer is a salary of $3,500 USD on a 3:1 rotation. 

Senior Deckhand – 55m Private – Single Season

  • Senior deckhand required for a 55m private single season MY, with an ASAP start date. 
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to join a busy vessel with steady summer of owner usage throughout the Mediterranean. In the winter the boat is based in Europe, and the crew live aboard with a good work/ life balance of Monday – Friday working hours. 
  • The programme is very family orientated with a lovely owner and an excellent crew culture led by the captain and HOD’s.
  • The ideal candidate will need to have at least a years’ experience in the industry and their YR in hand, having your YMO would hugely support your application. 
  • Male only due to cabin arrangements. 
  • On offer is a salary of €3,500 -4,000 EUR DoE, with 45 days of leave.

Interior / Permanent

Posted By Sophie Wells

Closing Date Mon 27 May 2024

  • Our client is looking for an experienced Chief Stew for this 55m, private, single-season MY currently in Europe.
  • The ideal candidate will have previous chief stew experience or 2nd Stew experience on a large, well-established MY.
  • Candidates must have leadership experience, be confident in running a team and handle all admin duties such as accounts, budgets, provisioning, stock rotation, scheduling and creating work-lists.
  • This is a lovely vessel, with great owners who use the boat frequently throughout the summer months. In the winter the boat is based in Europe, and the crew live aboard with a good work/ life balance of Monday – Friday working hours. 
  • This would suit a candidate looking for stability, and longevity and to lead a fresh young team.
  • Lovely owners who typically use the yacht from May to September, cruising the western and central Med.
  • The yacht is professionally managed and maintained to a very high standard.
  • Salary: 7000 euro
  • Leave: 90 days
  • Start date: ASAP

Sole Engineer – 40m – Rotational

Engineer / Permanent

Posted By Alice Hay

We're working with a lovely new 40m MY, that was only delivered this year so is in top condition, they're looking for a rotational engineer to join their crew. 

  • Fantastic owners who have a crew focused mindset.
  • Private, cruising in the Med for summer and then warranty period for winter, following this a worldwide itinerary is being planned. 
  • Y3 or equivalent ticket is required. 
  • They need an engineer who has experience with AVIT systems on yachts. You must have prior yacht experience to be considered for this position. 
  • Looking for a friendly, easy going team player who understands teamwork is a core part of running a smaller yacht. 
  • Rotation is 10 weeks on / off. 
  • Salary is €9000 per month + an incredible bonus scheme (above industry standard). 
  • Start date is 4th July. 

Deckhand – 70m Private/Charter – Dual Season

Posted Date Wed 22 May 2024

Closing Date Wed 05 Jun 2024

  • Deckhand required for a 70m+ Dual Season Private M/Y with an ASAP start date. 
  • The vessel is currently heading into a busy Med season with an exciting cruising itinerary planned before crossing over to the Caribbean later in the year.
  • This a great opportunity to build up sea miles and learn from a supportive HOD team. The programme is active with watersports and you will be involved in the daily operations when on boss trips and charters. 
  • You will need to have 1 year+ of experience in the industry, any additional experience with watersports and/or videography would be greatly advantageous. Having your YMO in hand would also be hugely appealing.
  • This position is open to male candidates only due to cabin arrangements.
  • On offer is a salary of €3,200 euro along with 60 days leave. 
  • There is a discretionary bonus scheme in place, alongside training budgets available for those offering longevity. 

Sous Chef – 60m Private / Charter – Great Learning Opportunity

Galley / Permanent

Posted By Jasmin Gosling

Sous Chef required for a 60m private / charter motor yacht.

-We are looking for a motivated and proactive Sous Chef to join this well run private/charter yacht in the Mediterranean. You will ideally have experience on yachts as well as a restaurant / private household background – this said, the Head Chef is happy to take someone on who is newer to the industry and will assist with training. 

-The vessel is increasingly moving into the charter market so there is a busy summer planned ahead. With this in mind, candidates should be able to think on their feet and be enthusiastic to get involved – attitude is everything. 

-The galley runs with 2 Chefs, a Head Chef and Sous Chef, so you will be getting involved with both guest and crew food. 

-High hygiene standards and organisation is important, you must have a minimum of your Food Safety and Hygiene Level 2 in hand, Level 3 or an NVQ equivalent would be advantageous. 

-Candidates will be good all rounders, happy to dive into all aspects of the galley as well as being able to adapt to charter needs. You will work closely with the Head Chef who has a wealth of experience and is keen to give a Sous Chef the opportunity to grow and learn. 

-Start will be soon, most likely between the start and middle of June.

-Salary 4,000 – 4,500 Euros depending on experience.  

-60 days leave.  

Chief Mate – 55m Sail Yacht – Private/Charter

Posted By Tom Rose

Closing Date Sun 07 Jul 2024

  • 55m Private/Charter Dual season Sailing yacht are looking for a Chief mate to join them within the next few weeks. Ideally as soon as possible and there is also the potential for a temporary delivery contract for a crossing to Europe
  • This is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain experience onboard a well run busy yacht with fantastic owners and charters booked for the Summer season
  • Ideally you will have a sailing background however this is not essential, they will welcome someone from a motor yacht background who is keen to learn! They are primarily a motor sailing yacht with a small amount of time spent sailing and they team are willing to teach the sailing side of the role to someone who willing to learn
  • The yacht is currently in the US and will be cruising to Bermuda shortly before embarking on a crossing back to Europe for the Med season
  • The boat is available for charter and currently has 2 booked with the potential for 2 more to land shortly, it’s looking to be a busy season. 20 year survey period during this Winter based out of Rybo, FLL
  • The crew and Captains are excellent and all longstanding, they run with a lovely American family who look after the crew extremely well and like to interact with the crew
  • They are looking for someone with a solid deck maintenance knowledge, able to run a team and also strong with navigation and seamanship skills. A knowledge of ISM/LSA/FFE is essential. You need to be hands on and outgoing to ensure the charters run smoothly
  • On offer is a flexible package including a salary of 7500 USD, 90days leave, 13 th month bonus, discretionary training package along with a yearly flight allowance

Housekeeping Stew

  • Our client is looking for an experienced housekeeping stew to join this 100m, new build, dual-season, private MY.
  • This is an exciting, high-profile yacht with American owners and a fantastic crew onboard! 
  • The perfect candidate will have big boat experience within the housekeeping department or experience on a smaller boat rotating in all areas, but must truly be happy and passionate to be in the housekeeping team! 
  • This candidate will form part of the crew responsible for back-of-house service of all guest and crew areas, maintaining the interior to the highest level.
  • This position also involves facilitating shipyard contractors and maintenance work, in guest areas throughout refits and yard.
  • Candidates must have unwavering attention to detail, reflecting the professional standards of the vessel in every aspect, both on and off the yacht.
  • They are looking for someone positive, energetic, hard-working and flexible to fill this role who will add value to the crew and be a true team player.
  • The crew onboard all get along well, they love to do crew activities like dock BBQs, ice skating, and wine tours. They have a budget for this and crew members get to take turns at planning activities!
  • Start date: 7th July
  • Leave: 3:1 rotation
  • Salary: 3800 USD
  • B1B2 essential

Posted By Caroline Clarke

Stew required for 70m MY

  • We are looking for a Stew with 6 months experience to join this yacht ASAP in the US  
  • We are looking for a candidate with an upbeat personality, hard working and a positive energy!
  • This is a fantastic yacht – support to a 100+m MY
  • This is a lovely opportunity to work with a great team and learn a lot from the rest of the interior team
  • B1 required
  • Salary DOE – paid in USD – above industry standard  

Interior / Contract

  • Our client is looking for an experienced nanny Stew to join them for a month in June Temporarily
  • This is a lovely, busy vessel, private and charter.
  • Your duties will include looking after, playing and creating activities for children aged 3 – 13
  • You must have previous childcare experience and good references from here
  • Yachting experience would also be beneficial
  • Start date: June
  • Salary: 3000 euro (pro rata)

Service Stew

  • Our client is looking for a Service Stew to join this 80, dual season, private vessel
  • The boat has new owners who are excited to use their vessel, they will be cruising the Med for the upcoming season, and then further afield in the winter!
  • The ideal candidate will have at least a season of experience on a large MYs, or land-based experience in high-end hospitality
  • Candidates must be happy and enthusiastic about being part of the service team, they have high standards onboard so you must be ready to hit the ground running
  • The crew onboard are a mix of nationalities, who all get along very well and enjoy crew bonding activities 
  • The captain onboard is big into crew training and is very encouraging of crew gaining experience and upskilling
  • It would be beneficial if candidates could speak Polish
  • Start date:ASAP
  • Salary: 3500 euro

Temporary Masseuse for Charter

  • Our client is looking for a temporary, qualified masseuse to join them for a 7 day guest trip in France
  • The right candidate must be a fully qualified masseuse, competent in many different types of massage and happy and willing to perform multiple treatments per day
  • This is a 1-week guest trip, with 12 guests onboard, the schedule will be busy! Candidates will also be part of the wider interior team, willing to help out wherever needed.
  • Some yachting experience would be beneficial 
  • Start date: 16th June – 23d June
  • Salary: 250 euro 
  • Our client is looking for an excellent, experienced Service Stew for this amazing 110m private & charter MY, this is a 3:1 rotation, competitive salary plus tips split evenly. 
  • This is a very busy vessel, with back-to-back charters and trips already booked for the upcoming Mediterranean season.
  • They are a dual-season vessel with lovely, generous US owners who also use the boat in between charters
  • The right candidate will have extensive experience on a service team and a background in high-end hospitality. Candidates must be well versed in different types of service, able to adapt at short notice and confident at mixology, barista and table decor and creating bespoke theme nights for guests. 
  • The crew all get along very well, they have an excellent crew culture onboard where everyone is one big family who supports one another and works hard for the same outcome. 
  • They have incredible crew facilities, a spacious and new crew gum with full equipment and a very large crew mess and lounge.
  • Salary: 3500 euro
  • Start date: ASAP – please only apply if you are able to start within a week

Deckhand – 80m Private/Charter – Dual Season

  • An 80m+ Dual Season M/Y is looking for an experienced Deckhand to join them within the next week.
  • This a great opportunity to join a vessel with a busy programme, led by experienced HOD’s who create a fantastic crew culture and training environment onboard.
  • The ideal candidate will have at least 1 years’ experience, ideally on vessels 50m+. Having your YMO in hand would hugely support your application, along with any additional skills such as Carpentry, Videography or Watersports Instructor.
  • Due to the vessel’s location, a B1/B2 visa is essential to be considered.
  • Male only due to cabin arrangements.
  • On offer is a salary of $3,500 USD, with 90 days leave along with a generous training budget.

HOH – Private – 90 days

Closing Date Sat 29 Jun 2024

HOH required for 80m MY

  • We are looking for an experienced HOH to join this world cruising private MY as HOH 
  • Candidates will have strong experience and be passionate about the HK department 
  • You will work with the Interior Manager running the interior and be responsible for your admin 
  • Start in the Med in the coming week or so. The yacht has an exciting future with world cruising 
  • You will be responsible for 3 HK and the Laundry Master
  • Lovely crew on board 
  • 4500 EURO – 90 days leave to be taken when the Boss is not on board 

Chief Engineer – 85m+ – New build (early stages)

Posted Date Tue 21 May 2024

Closing Date Tue 04 Jun 2024

We're working with an 85m+, Northern European new build project, that is still in its early stages with delivery due in 2026. They are looking to hire a build chief engineer onto the project. 

  • It is absolutely essential  that you have prior yacht new build experience to be considered for this role – from early stages of a build. Refit only or end of build experience is not being considered at this stage. 
  • You must hold a chief engineer unlimited ticket, or equivalent. 
  • During the build, you will receive standard MLC leave, however, there is plenty of flexibility to work from home for any periods of time where you aren't required to be at the shipyard. You must be prepared to spend more time at the shipyard as the build progresses. Rotation upon delivery. 
  • Construction has only recently begun, so there is plenty of time to put your stamp on the yacht and get creative – fantastic owners who offer a healthy budget for the build. 
  • They are looking for a friendly team player, who prides themselves on great organisation and communication, plus respects the process of a build.
  • The build salary is circa €15,000 depending on experience. To be discussed during interviews. 
  • You will be provided with accommodation, transport and daily expenses covered. 
  • Start date is late August. 

Rotational AVIT Officer – 90m+ – Private & Charter

Posted Date Mon 20 May 2024

Closing Date Mon 03 Jun 2024

We're working with a 90m+ Northern European build who are looking for a rotational AVIT Officer to join their crew. 

  • Dual season, used for both private and charter, charters booked for summer. 
  • You must have 2-3 years+ prior AVIT experience on 70m+ yachts to be considered. 
  • Rotational, 2:2. 
  • Salary is $7,500 – $8,500 depending on experience. 
  • Start date is ASAP, ideally in two weeks time.
  • Our client, a 50m private motoryacht, is looking for a 2nd Stewardess to complete their interior team
  • This is a busy vessel, with new owners who are excited to use their new boat
  • The ideal candidate will have a couple of years yachting experience and a real 'get up and go' attitude and is ready to hit the ground running and take on a position of responsibility
  • You will be rotating in all areas of the interior, they take turns in every department but as the 2nd stew, you will predominately be in service and guest-facing. However, you must be happy to be hands-on with all other duties – they operate as one interior team and split jobs evenly.
  • The vessel is currently in the yard after a refit period, but plan to cruise Italy and the rest of the Med for the summer
  • This is a single-season vessel, a permanent position
  • Leave: 60 days
  • Salary: 4500 euro
  • Start date: ASAP 
  • Our client is looking for an experienced housekeeping stew who is also a qualified Yoga or Pilates instructor, for this busy dual-season private & charter MY
  • This is a fantastic vessel with an excellent reputation, fantastic owners and longstanding crew
  • The boat has a lovely crew culture onboard, they often host crew events and activities, they're passionate about crew well-being and mental-health and strive to harbour a good working environment 
  • The ideal candidate will have previous big boat experience and be truly passionate about housekeeping 
  • This is a very busy vessel, so it's important candidates are able and willing to hit the ground running with a positive, upbeat attitude
  • Start date: 10th June

Deckhand / Dive Instructor – Private – World Cruising

• A 90m Private M/Y is looking for an experienced Deck / Dive instructor to join them ASAP.

• This is an incredible opportunity for a career orientated Dive Instructor with a strong technical dive background to join a Dual Season programme with a World-Cruising off-the-beaten- track itinerary.

• Having a yachting background would be hugely beneficial, along with having your YMO in hand and experience driving large tenders, however this is not essential. You must have experience working in PADI Dive Centres to be considered, this is a dive heavy programme, and you will be responsible for organising and co-ordinating dives in remote locations around the world.

• The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, have a genuine sense of adventure and be able to fit seamlessly into the programme. The vessel has an excellent crew culture made up of like-minded individuals who have a work hard, play hard mentality and like to make use out of the vessels wake-boat amongst other deck toys.

• Male only due to cabin arrangements and you must be fully vaccinated to be considered.

• Package on offer is $5,000 USD along with an attractive bonus scheme and comprehensive training package.

  • An 80m Private/Charter Dual Season Motor Yacht is looking for an Experienced Deckhand to join them as soon as possible.
  • This is an excellent opportunity for a career focused Deckhand to join an incredible programme, with a fantastic crew culture led by outstanding HOD’s.
  • The vessel has a Med/Caribbean Itinerary with a busy Med Season ahead.
  • You will need to have a minimum of 1 years’ experience onboard a vessel over 50m and ideally have your YMO or YR is hand.
  • The ideal candidate will be keen and enthusiastic with a positive attitude. Additional skills with either Fishing, Videography, Watersports or Personal Training would be hugely appealing.
  • There is an excellent crew onboard with proven longevity throughout all departments.
  • On offer is a fantastic package that includes a salary of €3000+ DOE along with a 5:1 rotation.
  •  There is also a discretionary 13th month bonus, full medical and a very generous training allowance, along with additional charter tips.
  • A 70m Dual Season Private/Charter MY is looking for a Deckhand to join them ASAP.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to join a prestigious yacht with a friendly and experienced owner, along with excellent HODs and an excellent crew dynamic. 
  • There is a longstanding HOD team in place that runs a smooth and well-oiled dual season programme between the Caribbean/US and Mediterranean. 
  • The vessel has a busy yet steady itinerary with a consistent amount of charters and boss trips throughout both summer and winter seasons. 
  • The Captain and HOD team are focussed on crew wellbeing and implement practises that are in place to ensure a healthy and happy crew. 
  • Having a B1/B2 visa is essential for you to be considered for the position.
  • You will ideally have 1yr of experience within the industry, with solid tender driving ability. Any additional skills such as watersports or sailing would be highly advantageous. 
  • On offer is a salary of $3,000-3,500 DOE with an industry standard leave package of 38 days. Generous bonuses and historically fantastic tips also on offer. 

Captain – 50m+ Private/Charter – Rotation

Posted By Simon Ladbrooke

Posted Date Fri 17 May 2024

Closing Date Fri 31 May 2024

  • We are looking for an experienced Captain to join a 50m+ motor yacht. 
  • Fantastic opportunity to join a well-maintained motor yacht with experienced owners who value the crew.
  • You must hold a Master 3000 licence and have 2- 3 years Captains experience on a similar size yacht.
  • Great health and fitness culture onboard with all crew on some form of rotation.
  • The yacht is primarily based in the Caribbean and US East Coast so you must have good cruising knowledge of those areas as Captain.
  • Rotation is typically 2:2, with some flexibility depending on the schedule.
  • A good remuneration package is offered with additional benefits.
  • Start Date – August 2024.
  • Please ONLY apply via the Quay Crew website, shortlisted candidate will be contacted.

Deck / Medic – 70m Private – World Cruising

  • A 70m Private M/Y is looking for a Qualified Deck / Medic to join them by the end of June – to be successful you must have a Paramedic Qualification or similar – this is non-negotiable.
  • This is an exciting opportunity to join an incredible world-cruising programme with a dual season itinerary. Previous yachting experience is also essential and having your YMO in hand would be appealing.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience working in Hospitals or the Ambulance service, or on the front line as a First Responder or Paramedic. You must have experience dealing with trauma as well as distributing and controlling medicines and supplies. 
  • This role will be a Dual Role; Deck / Medic. Your duties will include being responsible for all medical areas and supplies onboard, working closely with Medaire, medically training the crew and running drills as well as working with the rest of the deck team out on deck. Experience driving large tenders and being familiar with daily deck operations would be hugely favoured.
  • The ideal candidate will be switched-on, mature, and able to work well under pressure. They would like to find someone who likes to keep themselves fit and active, someone with an interest in surfing or any other watersport, that could fit seamlessly into the current crew dynamic.
  • On offer is a package of $5,000 USD along with a 2:2 rotation.

Posted Date Wed 15 May 2024

Closing Date Wed 29 May 2024

  • Our client is looking for a housekeeping stew to join this 80, dual season, private vessel
  • The ideal candidate will have at least a season of experience on a large MYs, or land-based experience in high-end hotels as a housekeeper
  • Candidates must be happy and enthusiastic about being part of the housekeeping team, they have high standards onboard so you must be ready to hit the ground running
  • The captain onboard is big into crew training, and is very encouraging of crew gaining experience and upskilling
  • Salary: 3000 euro
  • our client is looking for a stewardess to join this lovely 80m new build vessel currently in the yard but due to launch in the summer
  • The first boss trip will commence in July, so to start you will have 6 weeks to get used to the boat and learn the basics before having guests on. This is an excellent time to join and familiarise yourself with the crew and boat.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity for someone wanting to learn and get stuck into an established team of experienced peers
  • Candidates must have at least a season of experience and have a good understanding of all areas within the interior.
  • The team is a lovely mix of personalities and nationalities so they would like someone who can fit in with them – they are not big partiers but do enjoy bonding all together. 
  • Start date: 1st June

Posted Date Tue 14 May 2024

Closing Date Tue 28 May 2024

  • Our client is looking for a qualified Nurse/ Paramedic Stew to join this brilliant 90m, private MY, world cruising, time-for-time rotation after trial.
  • This is an incredible vessel, with excellent crew longevity, established HOD's and a lovely family-feel crew
  • The correct candidate will be a qualified and registered nurse or paramedic who has dealt with trauma, emergency & accident situations and has worked in their land-based field for some time before entering yachting!
  • Ideally, candidates will have some yachting experience too
  • This is a dual role, split between medical duties and being part of the wider interior team helping out in housekeeping or wherever needed
  • This is a busy private vessel, with lovely owners who take good care of their crew
  • They have a very interesting literary, travelling the east coast of America right now!
  • Someone confident, bubbly and outgoing would suit the rew best
  • Salary: 5500 USD
  • Start date: 15th June
  • Leave: 2:2 rotation 

Rotational 2nd Engineer – 80m – Charter

Posted Date Mon 13 May 2024

A fantastic opportunity has become available for a 2nd engineer to join an 80m Northern European build, on a rotational basis. 

  • You  must  hold a 2nd engineer unlimited ticket or equivalent to be considered for this role. 
  • The yacht is dual season, private and charter – heavily used with regular charters booked, great tip earning potential. 
  • You must be a team player, sociable, proactive and positive. 
  • The rotation is 10 weeks on / off.
  • Salary is €6500 – €8500 depending on experience. For clarity, the higher end is for someone who has proven longevity on a similar size yacht and has held their 2nds ticket for a number of years. 
  • Start date is 21st July. 

Chief Officer – 50m

Posted Date Thu 02 May 2024

Closing Date Sun 09 Jun 2024

• 50m Private/Charter Dual season Motor yacht are looking for a Chief Officer to join them 10th September.

• They are looking for an experienced 2nd officer holding CM3000 that has the experience and motivation to step up into their first Chief Officer position

• This is a great opportunity for a proven 2nd to make the leap to Chief officer which in the current market proves a challenging transition!

• They will also consider an experienced Chief coming from similar size yacht that is willing to commit for the long term

• The yacht runs a dual season itinerary with Med & Bahamas cruising

• Lovely owner, long standing crew and a well-oiled deck team! The yacht has medium owner usage with more time spent onboard during Winter months in the Bahamas

• The role is busy and they need someone who can lead from the front, be present on deck when needed as well as having a diligent and organised approach to the bridge duties

• The yacht is not heavily water sports orientated but they do run basic toys and with some diving operations

• The yacht is commercially registered and does the ad hoc charter when the right charter presents itself

• On offer is a starting salary of 7500 Euros, 5:1 rotation, discretionary bonus and training budgets

Chief Officer – Private/Charter

Posted Date Wed 01 May 2024

Closing Date Sat 08 Jun 2024

• 70m Private/Charter Dual season Motor yacht are looking for a Chief Officer to join them within the next week • CM3000 min required – working towards or holding Master 3000 would be advantageous

• Busy Summer inbound with several Charters booked • Must be able to hit the ground running, have prior Chief officer experience on similar size yacht and ideally a charter background

• Drive time and additional responsibility will be given!

• B1/B2 required

• Package will be discussed during initial interviews. Excellent above industry standard salary, 90 days leave, even split of tips.

Senior Stew

Posted Date Tue 30 Apr 2024

Senior Stew required for 100m MY 

  • We are looking for a Senor Stew to work alongside the HOH stews.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to continue growing as a well round Stew getting training and managing a team as well as having supportive HOD 
  • The role will see you being hands on, guest facing as well as some admin duties. You will have good computer skills and preferably some experience with IDEA
  • Dual season yacht, gearing up for the Monaco GP
  • Exceptional standards on board, fast paced yacht! 
  • Private with occasional charter
  • Salary DOE 
  • Start mid May 
  • 12 weeks on: 6 weeks off rotation 

Chase Boat Captain – Semi Land Based position – Incredible opportunity!

Posted Date Mon 29 Apr 2024

  • Incredible opportunity for a Chase Boat Captain looking for a stable work/life balance based in the Bahamas for 6+ months of the year
  • This is unique position working for a lovely, water sports mad owner who spends 6 months of the year in the Bahamas with his family
  • They are looking for a driven, organised and motivated Chase boat Captain to oversee a fleet of 2 boats including a 40ft triple outboard chase boat and a Wake surf boat
  • Accommodation provided in the Bahamas along with use of a company truck
  • The owner does have a 35m yacht which also spends half of the year in the Bahamas and the other half in the Med. There is the potential for a new yacht to be purchased in the near future which will be based all year round in the Bahamas. Career progression will be potential for the right candidate.
  • Flexibility to be able to travel with the owner for tender driving and water sports purposes in both the Med and USA
  • A good basic understanding and hands on skillset with engineering would be advantageous and a proven background in driving large tenders is essential!
  • You need to be self motivated as you will be expected to manage your own work load. What is essential is that the tenders are in top condition and ready to go for the owner at a drop of a hat!
  • Hands on skills with towing/reversing trailers would be advantageous but support can be provided
  • Water sports experience specifically wake surfing would be a bonus – the wake surf boat is quite high tech but pretty easy to use in terms of setting up for wake surfing
  • On offer is a negotiable package with a starting salary of 5500+ USD. Salary and leave are both negotiable and will be discussed during interview stages
  • Visas/residency for the Bahamas can be arranged for tax purposes

Chief Stew – 70m – 2:2

Posted Date Thu 18 Apr 2024

Chief Stew required for 70m Support vessel 

  • We are looking for an established Senior Stew to join this yacht as the rotational Chief Stew, working opposite a wonderful Chief! 
  • Candidates in an ideal world will have experience on a support vessel or be very open to it and not be phased by it not being a whirlwind of guests! 
  • You will have a warm, nurturing personality and embrace the yacht and the crew 
  • We would love someone that is hands on with training but also happy to share the responsibilities to maintain the team are motivated etc 
  • World cruising yacht 
  • At the moment it is super busy with lots of admin and behind the scenes work so you must be happy to be a bit of both, both guest facing and hands on and also be good with a computer! 
  • Salary DOE – paid in USD 

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European / Mediterranean Superyacht Season

Europe and more specifically, the Mediterranean is the most populated sea in the yachting world and is busiest during the summer months (April – September). The Mediterranean Sea is the body of water that separates Europe, Africa and Asia and is connected to the Atlantic Ocean by a narrow passage called the Straits of Gibraltar. The Med has amazing infrastructure, shipyards, marinas and yachting services and is therefore also a very popular place for yachts and crew to remain during winter months.

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Finding a Superyacht Job in Europe / The Med:

The best time of the year to find a job is either side of the season, directly before or immediately after. Boats generally tend to crew up for the Mediterranean season in April and May and they may then hire crew again before crossing to their next seasonal destination, the most popular of which, is the Caribbean and usually occurs in September-November. Many vessels will base themselves in the south of France, Italy and Spain. Antibes and Palma de Mallorca are therefore the most common places for crew to base themselves and find jobs.

Cruising in the Med:

The Med is mostly surrounded by land which is one of the many factors that make it an ideal cruising area for yachts. It is generally well-protected, is non-tidal and boasts crystal clear water and some of the best beaches in the world. Additionally, Europe is rich in culture and a Mediterranean season will involve stopping off at some of the greatest cities in the world. As a crew member, time off will be limited in the summer months, however, you are likely to be fortunate enough to briefly experience a few of the amazing cities and attractions that Europe has to offer. Whether its partying in Ibiza, exploring the French Riviera, enjoying a beach bar in Greece or wandering the streets of Turkey and Croatia, you are sure to have an amazing time with any downtime you may get in Europe.

As a crew member, the job varies slightly in the Med compared to other seasonal destinations. In the summer months Europe experiences long hours of daylight and the sun can set as late as 21h30. Guests therefore (generally) tend to be slower in the morning and to go to bed later. It is also common to spend many nights in port as guests want to experience the vibrant cultures, cities and ports and often eat ashore. The type of guests you have onboard in Europe may also vary, unlike areas such as the Caribbean, South Pacific, etc. where guests are most likely on board to get away from other yachts and enjoy nature and activities like diving, snorkelling and fishing. The Mediterranean lacks marine life and is densely populated with yachts. The guests tend to prefer a higher level of service here and the deck crew can expect countless tender runs to and from shore.

Winter Months:

The med season begins to slow down in September. Many yacht crew members are hired on a seasonal basis and their employment contracts will come to an end. Others will prepare to take the vessel to their next seasonal destination and some may remain on board the yacht for a winter yard (maintenance) period. There is a lot of crew turnover during this stage of the year and is a good time to find employment.

If you are employed on a yacht that remains in Europe for the winter, your work will vary greatly from the summer months. There is a good chance the boat will be hauled out the water onto the dry dock at some stage as well (possibly for the whole period, depending on the scope of work to be done). It is highly unlikely you will have guests on board and everything will be covered and stowed away for the winter months. The yacht will undergo maintenance and alterations during this period. It is a very busy time for engineers who will focus on scheduled maintenance, repairing breakages and faults that may have occurred during the season, and making improvements to onboard machinery and systems. The deck department will focus on maintenance (varnishing, polishing, painting) as well as inventory and season orders. The interior will focus on inventories, stain treatments, ordering, polishing and deep cleaning.

The off-season is also a good time to train and rest crew. It is likely that hours will be 08:00 – 17:00 and that you will have weekends off, provided you are not on watch. The winter months can be an amazing experience for crew members if you enjoy the colder, wetter weather. There tends to be a more relaxed atmosphere on board with ‘normal’ work hours in place and more downtime. Having weekends off allows you to explore the area you are in, or even possibly take a few days off for a skiing trip. It will also provide deck and engine room crew members with invaluable yard experience, which will stand them in good stead for their careers.

Visas and Legal Requirements:

Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality and role on board. Schengen visas are necessary for all non-European and non-British crew. It can be obtained from the embassy of your first point of entry into Europe and allows you to move freely between all the European countries that form part of the Schengen area. However, the amount of days you are allowed in the Schengen area varies depending on your nationality, contract, yacht policies etc.

It is common for Schengen visa holders to be stamped onto the vessel and out of the Schengen zone to freeze their allocation of days in Europe. In this instance crew will not be allowed to leave the area in which the yacht is located. It is therefore essential to ensure that you consult with your captain/yacht agent or visa specialists to ensure you have the correct visas, are working legally and know your restrictions.

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What Visas Do I Need To Work On A Yacht?

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Depending on where you plan to look for your first job in yachting and your nationality, you may need to look into what travel visas are required for you to legally enter countries and work onboard. The Seaworthy Stew talks us through all of the current visa requirements…

"What Visas Do I Need To Work On A Yacht?" - The golden question.

B1/B2 Visa – Caribbean and US Season

This is a multi-entry travel visa for yacht crew to work onboard superyachts cruising the US. For the Caribbean yachting season, most yachts cruise in US waters so if you’re not a US Citizen you’ll most likely need a B1/B2 visa. This visa is notoriously hard for greener crew to obtain without boat papers, for more information on how to obtain this visa check out my blog article The B1/B2 Visa To Work on Boats In The US & Caribbean , or for more information check the  US Embassy website .

Schengen Visa – Mediterranean Season

Schengen refers to the EU passport-free zone that covers most European countries. According to Schengen Visa Info, the Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to freely travel to any country in the  Schengen Area , stays can be up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. 

There are three classifications for crew using the Schengen visa;

As a green crew member, you will usually enter on this visa for travel purposes allowing you 90 days within the EU. Some advice here: do not mention anything about work to the embassy, I would also recommend having proof of funds to support your stay and a flight or train out of the EU region, or at least a ‘plan’ to leave the EU after 90 days, this is in case of the embassy questioning you upon entry. 

For specific information on your nationality, I recommend having a look at the Schengen Info Website. Here are some links for  US Citizens ,  South Africans ,  British  and the new rules for  Australians  and  New Zealand  citizens  starting January 1, 2023, where they can apply for a visa waiver prior to their travel to Europe.

According to  The European Commission  website,  from November 2023 , visitors that do  not need a visa to enter Europe  will be able to register with  European Travel Information and Authorisation System  (ETIAS). ETIAS will become a mandatory entry requirement.

Once the EU ETIAS travel authorization becomes operational, all citizens from the  current visa-free countries  will be required to submit an application before their trip. However, for the time being, they can continue to travel to Europe using the Schengen system without applying online for travel authorization. As always please do some research into this on an official government website as information can change according to different nationalities.

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Australian superyacht crew visa.

According to the  Australian Government , to be eligible for a Superyacht Crew visa, you must have one of several things. This can be a contract to work, a letter from the owner of the superyacht confirming employment, or a supporter or a sponsor, depending on your circumstances. You can gain a 3, 6 or 12-month visa for crew and you must meet certain requirements, for more details on this check out this Superyacht Australia article and current pricing for the visa on the Australian Government  website .

Seaman’s Discharge Book

Once you are employed on a yacht you may apply for a Seaman’s Discharge Book from the flag state of the vessel. This may be useful for tax purposes and in certain circumstances, it may even act as a passport if you do not have the necessary visa for a certain area. Usually, the boat will be able to help you with your application and will sign off on the documentation.

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Places That Do Not Require Travel Visas To Work On Yachts

The UAE, Maldives, Seychelles,  and most of the  South Pacific are destinations that DO NOT require yacht crew to have specific types of travel visas to join. So there is the potential to land a job at the end of the Med season on a yacht that is destined for these places in the winter period. I recommend getting to a med yachting destination by September if you’re planning to jump on the tail end of the Med season to snap up one of these job opportunities.

By the end of October, Antibes can be a ghost town with few yachts in sight – not so good for job-hunting prospects.

Now is also a good time to upskill and perfect that yachting CV because (let’s be real) it’s fierce out there! 

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The Mediterranean Yachting Season: A Comprehensive Guide

Whether you are a Yacht crew member, sailor or yacht owner, the Mediterranean Yachting Season is an alluring destination.

Idyllic coastlines flanked with picture-perfect beaches, delicious food, wine, and a host of cultural experiences make the Mediterranean a hotspot for the Yachting elite.

Unlike in the Caribbean and USA, yachting in the Mediterranean has a very specific time frame in which it operates, May to October. In order to increase your chances of finding a job, it is important to know where to be and when.

Here we will explore everything you need to know about the Mediterranean Yacht Season. From crew agents, marinas, accommodation, timing, transport, and key events to look out for.

female sitting on a hill overlooking Monaco and 2 marinas during the busy Mediterranean yachting season

When is the Mediterranean Yachting Season?

The Mediterranean Yachting Season runs from May to October. This is known as the Summer season (in the Northern Hemisphere), and these are the best months for cruising around the Mediterranean.

The Best Locations for you to Join the Mediterranean Yachting Season

There are a few locations where you can choose to position yourself if you are trying to find a job on a yacht.

Antibes (France) – The Best Location for Green Crew Entering the Yachting Industry

Antibes is one of the main yachting hubs in the Mediterranean.

Here you will find an abundance of crew housing options and an amazing network of crew agents located in the famous Port Vauban.

You also have access to the train which will take you down to Cannes or up as far as Genoa. So if any job opportunities or interviews come up, you can be there easily within hours. This is one of the main attractions of Antibes for job seekers.

It is a great idea to head out to some of the smaller marinas in Antibes as well as along the French Riviera while seeking work. Some of these marinas don’t have as strict security as you will find in Antibes.

map of the french riviera with red pushpin located on cannes

Marinas in the French Riviera to Visit while Seeking Work for the Mediterranean Yachting Season

  • Port Vauban: the main marina right off the Old Town of Antibes
  • Antibes Marina
  • Port Gallice (Juan-Les-Pins): walking distance from the Old Town
  • Port Pierre Canto: home to the Cannes Film Festival
  • Port de Cannes Marina (Cannes)
  • Port Hercule (Monaco): one of the most famous marinas in the world
  • Fontveille Marina (Monaco)
  • Port de Cap d’Ail (Cap d’Ail): Located between Monaco and Nice, this is a popular Super Yacht location
  • Marina La Ciotat (Port Vieux)
  • Port de Beaulieu-sur-Mer (Beaulieu-sur-Mer)

Antibes itself is in fact a small town, however the Yachts pack up in the marinas at the start of the season so there will be a lot of other crew seeking work.

If you choose to head to Antibes before the season starts, you will need to book your accommodation far in advance!

If you are new to dock walking and feeling uncertain, check out my post on Dock Walking – 9 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Job .

aerial view of a marina in Antibes filled with boats during the mediterranean yachting season

Antibes Crew Houses

Crew houses are a fantastic way for Crew to network with other Crew members, as well as a cheaper option for accommodation while seeking work.

A few of your best Antibes Crew houses are:

  • The Crew Grapevine
  • Debbie’s Crew House
  • The Crew House
  • The Glamorgan
  • Amma’s Crew House

For more detailed information on each of these crew houses with rates and booking information, check out my post on the 7 Best Antibes Crew Houses: Where to stay for first-timers.

Antibes Crew Agents

One of your best entries into the Mediterranean Yachting Season is through Yacht Crew Agents. These recruitment agencies are dedicated to placing crew on Yachts.

Once you have gone through the process of signing up online, it is a great idea to arrange an interview so they can meet you face-to-face.

A few of my favorite Yacht Crew Agencies in Antibes are:

  • Luxury Yacht Group
  • Hill Robinson Crew
  • The Crew Network
  • Northrop and Johnson
  • Blue Water Crew

Getting around Antibes

If you are located in Old Town Antibes, you can easily walk around the port. However, you may want to get yourself a bike or e-scooter to save your energy while walking between all the marinas.

Uber is an easy way to get around however it is not cheap if you are on a budget.

If you are looking to travel around the French Riviera, the train is a fantastic and easy option.

The Gare d’Antibes Train station is only a 15-minute walk from the old town. The most common train service on this route is operated by TER (Transport Express Régional) and connects Antibes to Monaco. The journey involves one transfer at Nice so be sure to check your destination.

Prices vary but you can expect to spend €6-€20 for a ticket depending on your destination.

Gare d’Antibes can be found at: 11 Avenue Robert Soleau, 06600 Antibes, France

Events to look out for near Antibes

If a Yacht is involved in a big event, the crew will always need extra assistance. So be sure to head over to these Marinas before these events and hand out your CV!

  • Cannes Film Festival: End of May
  • Monaco Grand Prix: End of May
  • Cannes Yacht Festival: Early September
  • Monaco Yacht Show: End of September

sailing boats and motor yachts docked in a marina during the Mediterranean yachting season in Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca (Spain) – Home to the Start of the Mediterranean Yachting Season

Palma is a Spanish island in the Balearics and a very popular destination for Yachts and crew alike. In fact, it is so popular that many yacht crew choose to call it home when they leave the yachting industry.

Palma is known to have a wide range of Yachts including both motor and sailing vessels.

Marinas in Palma de Mallorca

The best locations for dock walking in Palma are the various marinas in the Bay of Palma, Puerto Portals and Port Adriano.

Marinas in the bay of Palma to name a few include:

  • Club de Mar
  • Marina Moll Vell – Home to the International Yacht show
  • La Lonja Marina Charter
  • Marina Port de Mallorca
  • Puerto Palma

I must point out however that it is not easy to dock walk in Palma. The marinas are gated and security is tight. If you walk over with confidence and look the part, you may just get in.

Ideally, you want to know a Yacht or crew member in the marina. Network, network, network!

Crew Houses in Palma

If you are going to seek work in Palma, then your ideal locations to stay are Santa Catalina, La Lonja, or the Old town.

As with any popular Yachting destination, you will need to book your accommodation well in advance.

Some popular crew housing options in Palma are:

  • Crew Guest House Palma
  • The Boathouse Palma
  • Caimari Crew Accommodation
  • Hostal Apuntadores (A hostel option if the crew houses are booked)
  • Monzly Rentals (A great option for short to medium-term rentals)

Palma Crew Agents

Given that dock walking in Palma can be a little tricky, you want to emphasise getting signed up to the crew agencies. Take your time and try to get a face-to-face interview if possible.

Some of you may have already signed up with these agencies. Remember to log in regularly, and change your location if you moved since your last login!

  • Sovren Crew
  • Van Allen Crew Agency
  • Global Crew Services
  • Hill Robinson
  • A-Z Yachting

female sitting on the bow of a yacht in the ocean with a view of the French Riviera in the background

Getting Around Palma de Mallorca

Getting around Palma couldn’t be easier. The good old Bus. It is easy, cheap, and efficient.

You will want to use the EMT bus as there are an abundance of bus stops and they travel all through the city.

The fare for the EMT bus is €2, and they take CASH ONLY.

Please note that in the summer months, these buses get very busy, and sometimes they will pass bus stops if they are too full. If you have an interview or job lined up, be sure to head out early to allow for delays.

Palmas Big Events during the Mediterranean Yachting Season

The Palma International Boat Show is known to inaugurate the Mediterranean Yachting Season. This 4-day event hosts spectacular yachts both for sale and for charter.

The Yacht show usually happens at the end of April and marks the start of the Mediterranean Season.

You can expect to see over 250 boats on display during the show so the month leading up to this time would be an excellent opportunity for day work.

Timing for the Mediterranean

If you are looking for work in the Mediterranean, you can head over as early as February/March! There will be 2 categories of vessels to look out for:

The Yachts that Spent the Winter Season in the Yard

When the Winter season hits in the Mediterranean, it becomes bitterly cold and rainy. Some owners choose to leave their vessels in the Yard during the winter months.

Most yacht crew choose to leave these programs in the winter and these boats will run on skeleton crew.

Therefore, in February/March, these boats will start hiring crew again in order to start getting the boat operating and ready for the upcoming season.

Yachts that Head Over from the Caribbean

These vessels went to the Caribbean for the Winter and now they are crossing the Atlantic and making their way back to the Mediterranean to start a new season.

As these vessels arrive in March/April, they will need a lot of extra help getting cleaned and organized after the big ocean crossing they just did.

These vessels may also see crew changes as they head into a new season.

My advice here is to get onto Marine Traffic . Depending on where you have located yourself, you will be able to see as vessels are entering the harbor. You should make a point of being available to offer help as they arrive.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Caribbean, check out my post on The Caribbean Yachting Season: Ultimate Guide.

Visas and Passports Required for the Mediterranean Yachting Season

If you are not a European citizen, it is important to understand how you can get into Europe and how much time you can stay there. Your visa requirements will depend on your personal home country and passport.

For more detailed information on your personal requirements, go to the Schengen Visa Website.

A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any member of the Schengen Area, per stay for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes (Usually 90 days within 180 days).

Schengen refers to the EU passport-free zone that covers most of the European countries.

Currently, there are three types of Schengen visas that apply to non-EU seafarers:

  • Transit (Type B) Schengen visa
  • Short-stay (Type C) Schengen visa
  • Long-stay (Type D) Schengen visa

Seafarers are likely to be issued with the Short-stay visa. This allows you 90 days within the Schengen area, at which point you would need to leave for 90 days.

Additionally, you also need to try to get yourself a multi-entry visa . This allows you to travel between the different European countries.

DO NOT OVERSTAY YOUR VISA! Keep a close eye on your days. If you overstay, you could be banned from coming back for 3 years or more.

female holding a very large lemon standing next to a lemon stand at a market

My Favourite Hangouts during the Mediterranean Yachting Season

Over the course of my 10 years in the industry, there are a few spots in the Mediterranean that have really stood out for me. The options are endless but below is a list of a few of my favorite places to check out:

  • Drive the winding roads of Sa Colabra
  • Take a dip at Illetes Beach
  • Take the old train to Soller
  • Eat delicious local tapas at Ca n Toni in the Old Town

This hilltop village offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and boasts beautiful gardens like the Jardin Exotique d’Eze.

Villefranche-sur-Mer

This town on the coast is truly charming, with a beautiful harbor and an Old Town rich in history.

The Amalfi Coast

Rent a Scooter and drive along the coastline anywhere from Naples through Positano and into Amalfi. Stroll through the bougainvillea-lined streets and have lunch down near the port.

people walking down a narrow street in Amalfi, lined with greenery and bougainvilleas

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I am looking for a Deckhand to join a 40m+ Private Sailing Yacht in the Mediterranean.

This will be a busy role where you will need to be able to work independently, have a great eye for detail and be able to create jobs through being proactive.

Requirements:

  • Sailed as Deckhand on yachts
  • Yachtmaster offshore license
  • Powerboat Level 2
  • Fully vaccinated for Covid
  • Able to provide written references

Other details:

  • Permanent position with 45 days holiday
  • Great incentives for crew to do courses to improve themselves further
  • Summer season will be Med based and winter will be Caribbean based
  • Competitive salary offered depending on experience.
  • Applicants must be currently based in Europe for ease of travel to the vessel and be available to start immediately.

Apply today if you have the experience and are available to start shortly.

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Living on a Boat in the Mediterranean – Best Liveaboard Marinas, Costs and Tips

Living on a Boat in the Mediterranean – Best Liveaboard Marinas, Costs and Tips

Throughout the year, the Mediterranean has a lot to offer sailors. Fascinating cultural attractions, crystal pure seas, and delectable food are just a few of the highlights. There are always new and intriguing sites to explore when living aboard in the Mediterranean. And, liveaboards are always looking for fresh and inexpensive spots to moor during the winter months. Naturally, you look for sites that are both appealing and intriguing, as well as a vibrant liveaboard community with which to share the experience. So, in this article, I’m going to give you information about living aboard in the Med as well as the costs and the marinas. Keep reading!

General Information about the Med’s Liveaboards

Some people spend the winter on land and only use their boats in the Mediterranean for vacations or during the summer. In other words, they might work during the winter months in order to save money so they can sail during the summer. There are also many retired couples that spend the entire summer island hopping. They do this before returning to land during the cooler months. During the winter season, these seasonal sailors tend to have their boat lifted out of the water and stored on the hard.

Keep in mind that the majority of the liveaboards in the Med have no permanent residence in their home country. They’ve made a full-time commitment to the sea and live a somewhat nomadic life, traveling slowly or quickly from one location to the next. Some go far, even around the world, while others have spent 15 years sailing in the same location. Most liveaboards in the Mediterranean find their ‘home’ marina to call home during the winter months. With severe gusts, torrential rain, freezing temperatures, and choppy waves, the weather makes many liveaboards hesitate. In addition, many areas that appeal to sailors close for the winter.

Because of their remoteness and seclusion, it’s difficult to establish the actual number of current liveaboard families. But, it’s expected that there were 20–30 in the Mediterranean at the start of 2020. As a result of the pandemic’s aftermath, many people have lost their jobs and are unable to support themselves. If traveling is truly what you want to do, then staying afloat requires careful planning… and pandemics aren’t exactly helpful.

Keep in mind that many liveaboards, save money by avoiding marinas during peak season. They do this by generating electricity and water with solar energy, and performing their own maintenance. And, note that maintenance costs are often overlooked. They clean their dishes in the sea and only go ashore to recycle, buy necessities, or go on inland tours and treks.

Winter in the Mediterranean

Storms are common in the Mediterranean winters (one to three per month on average), and the weather varies greatly between countries. The Ionian Islands of Greece, for example, are damp and cold, but mainland Spain is temperate and sunny. The low season usually lasts from October through April. In the winter, full-time liveaboards have three options: get a six-month marina contract, tow the boat out, or remain cruising. Most cruisers travel home for the winter, leaving their boat in a protected berth or on the hard. As a result, you must reserve winter spots well in advance. Generally, yard spaces are available until the end of September.

Cruisers who want to sail all year should organize their voyages. Like this, they can take shelter in marinas during the worst storms. In the off-season, this is a good deal, although locals and those who have booked a winter deal usually get the best slips. Because not all harbors are protected from all directions, do some research before booking your marina spot. Winter sailors often move east to Crete, Turkey, Cyprus, and Israel in search of dry, pleasant weather. Alternatively, going south of the Med to southern Portugal offers pleasant weather and safe anchorages.

Some cruisers spend the off-season aboard in marinas, flying home on occasion. This is a fun and economical way to get through the winter. Water and electricity are frequently included in a winter marina package. In most marinas, during the winter, the liveaboard life is vibrant. Barbecues, yoga workshops, and other social events and activities are organized by the liveaboard communities.

Liveaboards prepare their boat for the winter within the first few weeks after landing at their chosen marina. Instead of winterizing or closing down the boat entirely, they shut down sections of it and do a range of duties to ensure a comfortable winter. Most boats, for example, remove their sails, halyards, and sheets (all the ropes). By reducing your sails, you lessen the amount of wind resistance you get, allowing the boat to move less. You also shield the sails from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Furthermore, the ropes all require thorough cleaning with fresh water before storing them for the following season. The ropes that run up the mast and through all the fittings are replaced with little ropes called mousing lines. Simply tie the halyard or sheet (ropes) to the mousing lines and bring them back into place when the new season begins. In terms of winterizing, it’s advisable to winterize your water maker because in case you won’t be using it for the next six months. You can fill up your tanks with a hose anytime you need it, if there’s a steady supply of water from the pier.

Living on a Sailboat in the Mediterranean

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Liveaboard Life Year-Round in the Med

The strongest winds blow across the Mediterranean during the shoulder seasons. The weather is frequently unpredictable, with high gusts interspersed with gentle breezes and choppy waters. In April and May, 40-60 knot storms might occur in the Balearic Islands, Sardinia, and Sicily. Note that several large storms slammed the Balearics between August and November 2019, causing flooding and extensive damage. When the weather is inclement, though, you can still sail securely in the spring and autumn by sticking within close proximity of marinas. This approach requires a lot of patience because you’ll be waiting out storms and weather windows are not enough.

However, if you want to continue sailing and explore the shoreline you will find quiet anchorages, calm villages, and low mooring rates. As you may know, the Mediterranean becomes increasingly congested as summer approaches. There are many local motorboats, charter fleets, and cruising yachts taking advantage of the warm, calm weather. Because marina costs are rising and spaces are hard to come by, it’s advisable to stick to the many free anchorages available. July and August are the busiest months. Popular harbors are so full of people that skippers frequently argue with their neighbors about being too near.

If you want to avoid the worst of the crowds, there are a few things you can do. For instance, by the end of June, you should be in less-traveled areas. Avoid anchoring near charter bases and popular tourist destinations such as Shipwreck Beach on Zakynthos and Port de Soller on Mallorca. Mainland Spain and France , south Sardinia, Tunisia, the northern Aegean, the Peloponnese, and Turkey are some of the more tranquil locations.

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Popular Liveaboard Sailing Destinations in the Med

Licata and Marina di Ragusa are popular destinations for liveaboards in Sicily. The airport in Catania is two hours away. You can sail to Greece and Turkey in the spring, or Sardinia and the Balearic Islands in the summer. Malta is located 50 miles south of Sicily. If you’re looking for peace and quiet there’s a small liveaboard community in Valletta. The berth costs are expensive, but the old city is beautiful and the airport is close by.

Note that liveaboards are quite common throughout the Mediterranean. Valencia and Barcelona in mainland Spain are two of the most popular Mediterranean wintering destinations, with many airports nearby. Cartagena is also a lovely city with a vibrant winter community. You may go to the Balearic Islands, France, and Corsica from there.

Lefkas, Preveza, and Crete are all nice possibilities in Greece. But, flights are not so many during the low season. In the spring, you can cruise to Croatia, visit the Greek Islands, or travel to Turkey. Finike, Marmaris, and Bodrum are prominent destinations for liveaboards in Turkey. After the winter, you have the option of continuing your cruise into Turkey or heading west. Most of the marinas mentioned, as well as their related yards, offer boat repairs and maintenance. Italy and Malta are, on average, more expensive in terms of yard fees and labor. You can find affordable yard deals in Crotone (Italy), Kilada (Peloponnese), and Preveza.

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Costs of Living Aboard in the Mediterranean

It’s acceptable to take the boat out for a sail every now and then, but most liveaboards in the Mediterranean dock for the winter. From October through April, several marinas offer a special rate. So far, Greece and Turkey appear to be the cheapest at around €2,500 per person, Sicily at €3,200 per person, Spain at around €5,000 per person, and Malta at €9,000 per person. These fees are for a 56 ft boat and include the entire six months, but no water or power. Because the price is depending on the length of the boat, smaller vessels pay a lot less. There are also a lot of Americans who spend the winter in Algeria or Tunisia, for example, because the EU wouldn’t let them stay in Europe for more than 3 – 6 months at a time.

Mainland Spain and France, south Sardinia, Tunisia, the northern Aegean, the Peloponnese, and Turkey are some of the less touristic locations. The prices of marinas in these areas are also generally lower. Avoid northern Sardinia, the Amalfi Coast, Liguria, Malta, and Palma de Mallorca if you don’t want to pay high marina fees. Sign up for Ports IB, the local, state-run marina network, for inexpensive berths in the Balearics. While there is a cruising fee (€33 per month up to 40ft) in Greece, local quays are inexpensive or free.

Best Liveaboard Marinas in the Mediterranean

  • Kemer Marina, Antalya, Turkey: Kemer Marina, also known as Port of Kemer, is located on the Turkish coast in the city of Kemer, which is located at the foot of the Taurus Mountains in a beautiful environment. Because it is part of the Antalya region, it receives a considerable number of tourists each year. The Blue Coast, on Turkey’s south coast, is breathtaking. Along the Lycian Way, there are several scenic mountains and pine-clad coves, as well as little rural settlements and stunning treks. The weather in Kemer Marina, in the Bay of Antalya, is pleasant in both the winter and summer. The marina is also well protected. The best news for a budget liveaboard in Turkey is that marina fees were only two-thirds of what they are in certain Greek marinas.
  • Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece: Very nice and inviting city, close to Heraklion Airport, well-sheltered, inexpensive, and with a winter temperature of around 20°C. Note that throughout the year, people go swimming. The Marina of Agios Nikolaos is well protected in all weather circumstances. It is also designed to European standards, and can accommodate up to 255 vessels all year. The Marina of Agios Nikolaos is located in the town’s heart, providing easy access to the town’s center, the major ancient monuments, and other points of interest.
  • Lefkas Marina, Ionian Islands, Greece: The marina is located on the east side of Lefkada, within the municipal limits and adjacent to the island’s main port. The marina has a total capacity of 620 boats up to 45 meters long with a maximum draft of 4,5 meters. Wintering facilities for roughly 280 boats are also available. A full range of technical services, including power and water supply, a travel lift, and repair facilities, are available at the marina.
  • Yacht Port, Cartagena, Spain: Cartagena is a three-thousand-year-old city with significant cultural and visual significance. Moorings for nearly any sort of vessel, small or large, are available for purchase or rental, with finger pontoons for added convenience and a safer berth. With safe moorings and shelter, it is undoubtedly the safest port in the Mediterranean Sea, protected by neighboring hills and the La Curra and Navidad breakwaters. Excellent facilities, helpful personnel, and a wonderful community. It is also worthwhile to see the town. Except in severe Southerly seas, it’s a well-protected marina. The costs are really affordable. And, in the marina, there are many liveaboards.
  • Porto delle Grazie, Marina di Roccella: Roccella and its port have long been one of the best Mediterranean destinations. The liveaboard community is small but thriving. The marina lacks winter liveaboards, and the personnel is incredibly nice and helpful.The marina isn’t the most attractive in the area, but it offers excellent value for money. Despite the price increase, it is still the cheapest in Italy. Roccella is an excellent wintering spot. Non-EU travelers needing to exit the EU temporarily will find Albania to be inexpensive, safe, and conveniently located on the way to or from Greece or the Adriatic. The marina in Roccella Ionica is well-protected, with a professional and pleasant staff and excellent winter rates and free bikes to stroll around.
  • Marina di Portofino, Italy: This marina is really popular and is in the midst of a natural promontory nearby the inlet of Portofino Bay. The marina extends to the village’s little square. It’s one of the Mediterranean’s most popular marinas. The marina is surrounded by beautiful mountain views and a natural cove. It’s in the heart of Portofino hamlet, which is regarded as one of Italy’s top dolce vita destinations. The marina offers 14 mooring spots for sailboats and megayachts, as well as water, fuel, and electricity.
  • Marina di San Lorenzo, Imperia, Italy: San Lorenzo al Mare Marina is located southwest of Genoa, on the Ligurian coast. It’s a quiet, beautiful community for individuals wishing to unwind and avoid congested areas. The marina includes spaces for yachts up to 40 meters long and provides 24-hour mooring assistance. Furthermore, all basic services and conveniences are available, as well as pleasant staff that will greet you upon arrival. This resort on the Italian Riviera is recommended for retirees seeking a beautiful location and a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Marina Kornati, Biograd na Moru, Croatia: Marina Kornati is located near the cities of Zadar and Sibenik and is ideal for nature lovers. This is due to your proximity to the Krka and Kornati National Parks, as well as the Vransko Lake and the Telascica Nature Park. The Kornati marina is one of North Dalmatia’s largest yacht clubs. Finally, the marina boasts 750 berths, top-notch services, and is certified as an environmentally friendly marina. It is also a great place to liveaboard but you should book your spot well in advance.
  • D-Marin Dalmacija, Sukosan, Croatia: The marina is located in the heart of Sukosan and provides access to the Sibenik archipelago as well as the city of Zadar. Sukosan is isolated from the Zadar Strait by the islands of Ugljan and Pasman. While sailing through the Zadar Strait, keep in mind that you may face strong sea currents and jugo. The marina offers 1200 wet berths and 300 dry berths for boats up to 40 meters long, including superyachts up to 80 meters long. The depth at the entrance runs from 5 to 8 meters, while it varies from 3 to 8 meters in the central section of the bay.
  • Lagos Marina, Portugal: The Lagos Marina has also won numerous honors for its great facilities and high-quality services. It is located on the banks of the Bensafrim River in Lagos. Don’t forget to take a trip through the city’s old center, view the attractions, and sample some traditional Portuguese cuisine. The marina offers 462 mooring spots, is well-protected, and can give medical aid if necessary. The city of Lagos is well worth a visit because you can find anything you need. This is the place to go if you want to relax, view nature or go sightseeing, go on city excursions, or even go mountaineering! Keep in mind that you should contact the marina before going there as the spots are limited.

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Also Read: >> Best Marinas in Spain >> Best Marinas in Europe >> Best Marinas in Greece >> Best Marinas in the World

Top Tips for Living Aboard in the Med

  • Always check the weather forecast, have a seaworthy vessel, and be equipped with cold and hot weather gear. Keep in mind that marinas offer winter discounts that typically last six to eight months. So, choosing the proper marina is critical if you expect to live aboard full-time.
  • Check the weather records to see which direction the winter storms normally come from. And check if the marina has adequate protection from that direction.
  • Always check what kind of services every marina has to offer and their related yard by doing some research.
  • Can you stay in a specific country for more than three months without a visa? Is it possible to apply for a temporary residency permit? If you remain longer than three months, do you have to pay tax on your boat?
  • It’s important to check the area around the marina of your choice. Do you prefer a quiet area or a big city? What amenities you prefer to have nearby? And, if you need to fly home frequently, choose a marina that is close to a major airport and has adequate transportation connections.
  • Do you want to spend a lot of time with other liveaboards and participate in social events? Would you rather spend your days relaxing in a quiet marina with a few friendly neighbors?
  • Always request and compare deal quotes well in advance. What does the price include? Some packages include free water and electricity. In the spring, marinas with a lot of fouling frequently provide a free lift and pressure cleaning.
  • Liveaboards typically keep their boat in the water during the winter. They only haul it out for the necessary maintenance and repairs out of the sea. The haul needs new antifouling every year and anodes must be replaced. Also, a thorough inspection of the shaft, rudder, and prop is essential. During out-of-water labor, a boater may fly home to meet relatives, locate a motel, or stay on the boat and board using a ladder.

Living on a Boat in the Mediterranean – The Bottom Line

As you might think, choosing to live a full-time liveaboard lifestyle means understanding that expenses must be strictly handled. As a result, you don’t always get to winter where you want to, simply due to the exorbitant berthing rates imposed by several marinas around the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean is a great place to liveaboard . Moreover, there are numerous marinas, amenities, and a great environment to live in. Every day, you fall deeper and deeper in love with the people and the environment around you. Overall, it is fantastic to live on a boat in the Mediterranean!

Peter

Peter is the editor of Better Sailing. He has sailed for countless hours and has maintained his own boats and sailboats for years. After years of trial and error, he decided to start this website to share the knowledge.

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We have a fleet of 11 vessels. Our small ships include the MY Harmony V, the MY Harmony G, the SC Panorama, SC Panorama II, MS Galileo, MY Pegasus, and MY Variety Voyager. Our yachts comprise of the MY Obsession, MY Monte Carlo, MY Absolute King, and the SY Christiana VIII.

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On the small ships you will need to possibly work harder as you have more to attend to and you will not necessarily get to speak to guests, but you can expect more team work.

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  • Nenad Popovic is a butler on a six-star, 200-passenger luxury cruise called the Scenic Eclipse.
  •  The ship travels to far-flung places like the Arctic and Antarctica and has its own submarine. 
  • Popovic works for four months at a time on board the ship and then takes a two-month holiday. 

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I was working as a waiter in a café in my hometown in Serbia when I bumped into one of my school friends who was a stewardess on an ocean liner. 

After listening to her adventures, I was hooked. I began to consider life on the water. Since then, I've traveled to the Arctic and Antarctica, among other destinations, as a cruise butler. 

I started as a steward on fairy-tale river cruises across Europe 

In September 2014, I applied to Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours to be a restaurant steward on its river cruises. I was accepted in October. 

Before I could join the boat the following March, I had to pass the maritime industry's SCTW training course — a five-day intensive in first aid, firefighting, and safety training. The company covered my course fees, and once I'd passed, I was ready to join the ship. 

In March 2015, I started stewarding the river cruises for Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. Each morning at work, I could wake up in a different city or country. 

On the river boats, we could travel all the way from Amsterdam to Budapest for over two weeks. The river-cruise routes passed villages and castles in rural Europe that looked straight out of a fairy tale.

Moving from steward to butler gave me more opportunities 

After two years as a steward, I was promoted to cruise butler. As a steward, I was trained in silver service. But working as a butler, I had to stay one step ahead of the guests' needs and go above and beyond to create a wonderful experience. 

To become a cruise butler, you need experience working for a luxury hotel or boat. I was trained by other butlers on the river cruises and soaked up everything they taught me.

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In May 2021, I swapped the rivers of Europe for the open ocean and became a cruise butler on the Scenic Eclipse. 

Now I work on a six-star luxury Discovery yacht 

The Scenic Eclipse is a six-star Discovery yacht that sails to the Arctic and Antarctica, among other destinations. A single ticket can cost as much as $150,000 for a 30-day Arctic voyage but prices start at around $30,000 per person.

The river boats I'd worked on were luxurious, but I was blown away stepping on board the Scenic Eclipse. 

There are five restaurants on board including a French fine-dining restaurant with a Champagne bar. There are also two helicopter pads, a private submarine, and a helicopter for guests.

Every guest has a butler. There are eight butlers and a head butler on board. I oversee up to 10 suites and look after 20 people per cruise.

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I spend four months on board, then I have a two-month holiday. 

Every guest has a butler assigned to them with 24/7 service

On the Scenic Eclipse, the butler service is 24/7. We work in shifts, so when I finish at 9 p.m., another butler will start the night shift. I work between eight to 10 hours with a break at midday.  

My alarm rings around 5:30 a.m. After a coffee in the crew mess, I deliver room-service breakfast to the suites who've ordered it. 

While my guests leave the ship for excursions, I refill their mini bar and collect their laundry. I organize restaurant bookings for them on board or arrange helicopter or submarine trips. I also ensure their suite is flawless and make sure fresh fruit or a specific cocktail is waiting for them.

In the evening, I offer a turndown service. I turn the lights down, make sure their itinerary for the following day is on the TV screen and leave treats. 

For anniversaries or birthdays, I'll leave flowers. I love overhearing guests' reactions when they discover their gifts.

During my afternoon break, I'll leave the ship with crew friends to enjoy the local food or visit a heritage area. If we're docked overnight, I will go out for dinner or a walk in the evening. At sea, I hang out with colleagues in the crew mess.  

Over the past 2 years, I've traveled from the Mediterranean island of Madeira to the wilds of Antarctica 

My best day on the ship was my first trip to Antarctica. While cruising between the icebergs, two whales breached the side of the boat. It was magical.

I've flown in the Scenic Eclipse's helicopter over Antarctica, which was unforgettable. Looking over the raw landscape was amazing. 

I was also invited to join one of the dives in the Arctic in the ship's submarine. As we submerged beneath the waves, the lights on the submarine's side shone across a shoal of tiny transparent fish, creating a rainbow-like effect. It was surreal. 

The cruise is all-inclusive, so I don't expect any tips, but we do get them. However, my real reward is feedback from guests who say I've helped create a memory of a lifetime — that's my favorite part of the job.

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Kids and adults gather at a Memorial Day parade to honor and celebrate veterans in South Portland. Sofia Aldinio/ Staff Photographer

BATH 10 a.m. Monday. Parade begins at 200 Congress Ave. and concludes at Library Park and will be followed by a wreath-laying service at 11 a.m.

BERWICK 11 a.m. Monday. Parade begins at Berwick Town Hall/Sullivan Square and proceeds to Lord’s Cemetery by way of Wilson and Allen streets. After a ceremony there, the parade will continue down Saw Mill Hill Street with a pause at the Somersworth-Berwick Bridge for a brief memorial service for those lost at sea. The parade ends at Sullivan Square with a memorial service honoring area veterans.

BIDDEFORD-SACO Opening ceremony at 9:55 a.m. Monday at Saco City Hall. Parade starts at 10 a.m. from Saco City Hall and proceeds along Main Street and down York Hill into Biddeford, continues along Main Street, onto Alfred Street and finishes at Veteran’s Memorial Park with a closing ceremony at 10:45 a.m.

BRUNSWICK-TOPSHAM 9 a.m. Monday. Parade proceeds from Topsham Town Hall, pauses for observances while crossing the Brunswick-Topsham bridge, and concludes at the Brunswick Mall.

CAPE ELIZABETH 9 a.m. Monday. Parade begins at the middle school parking lot, turns right on Scott Dyer Road, right onto Route 77 and ends at the village green adjacent to the town hall. A brief ceremony and laying of the wreath will be held at the Village Green after the parade.

CUMBERLAND 8 a.m. Monday. Kids run at Greely High School followed by 5K Run and Remember race at 8:30 a.m. Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Mabel I. Wilson School and ends at the veterans’ monument in Moss Side Cemetery in Cumberland Center, where a ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Advertisement

FALMOUTH 10 a.m. Monday. Parade proceeds from 65 Depot Road (Falmouth American Legion) to Pine Grove Park, where a ceremony will be held.

FREEPORT 9:30 a.m. Monday. Parade proceeds from Holbrook Street, heads north on Main and makes a right onto School Street, then right onto Park Street, ending in Memorial Park. There will be a small ceremony in Memorial Park starting at 10 a.m.

GORHAM 11 a.m. Monday. Parade starts at Village School (12 Robie St.) and ends at Eastern Cemetery on Johnson Road.

GRAY 11:30 a.m. Monday. Parade leaves the Russell School (8 Gray Park), proceeds to Shaker Road and continues to the Soldiers Monument at the intersection of Routes 26 and 3 for a wreath-laying ceremony. Parade continues north to the American Legion Post (15 Lewiston Road) for a closing ceremony.

LYMAN 1 p.m. Monday. Parade starts at Waterhouse Road/Mill Pond in Goodwins Mills and ends at the Lyman Town Hall on South Waterboro Road.

NEW GLOUCESTER 9 a.m. Monday. Parade leaves from Memorial Elementary School (86 Intervale Road) and heads down Intervale Road to Route 100/202 to Veterans Park for a memorial service. The parade will reconvene and go down Peacock Hill Road, then take a left on Gilmore Road. Advertisement

OLD ORCHARD BEACH 1 p.m. Monday. Parade starts at the corner of Ballpark Way and E. Emerson Cumming Boulevard and proceeds down Saco Avenue, Old Orchard Beach Street to First Street and ends at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

PORTLAND 2 p.m. Monday. The procession starts at Longfellow School (432 Stevens Ave.) and ends at Evergreen Cemetery for a commemoration ceremony.

SANFORD 10 a.m. Monday. The parade starts at the Sanford Armory (88 William Oscar Emery Drive), proceeds up Gowen Park Drive and ends at Central Park.

SCARBOROUGH 10 a.m. Monday. Parade starts at Scarborough High School, turns onto Route 114 and then Route 1, past town offices to the Maine Veterans Home and concludes with a ceremony there.

SOUTH PORTLAND 10:30 a.m. Monday. Parade starts at Southern Maine Community College parking lot, proceeds down Broadway to the Veterans Monument for a short Memorial Day recognition service.

WELLS 9 a.m. Monday. Parade starts at Wells High School (200 Sanford Road) and proceeds to Ocean View Cemetery for a ceremony and musical performances. Advertisement

WESTBROOK 10 a.m. Monday. Parade proceeds down Main Street and will be followed by a ceremony in Riverbank Park.

WINDHAM 9 a.m. Monday. Parade starts at Windham Town Hall and proceeds onto Route 202 toward Windham High School. At 10 a.m., there will be a ceremony in front of Windham’s Veterans Memorial Flagpole at Windham High School.

YARMOUTH 10 a.m. Monday. Parade leaves from Yarmouth High School (286 West Elm St.) and proceeds to the Memorial Green at Town Hall for a ceremony.

YORK 10 a.m. Monday. Parade starts near St. Christopher’s Church (4 Barrell Lane) and proceeds down York Street to York Town Hall.

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