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Superyacht Crew Eligible for Seafarers' Earnings Deduction

Calling all UK residents.  Did you know that even though you might be working overseas, if you're a registered UK resident you're still required to file a self-assessment tax return? As a UK resident you'll need to make sure you register for Self Assessment and complete a tax return giving income details for the tax year you're claiming any deductions for.  You can either register as: Self-employed Not self-employed Registering a partner or partnership But if you're employed by a yacht and working at sea - outside the UK - you might be eligible for the Seafarers' Earnings Deduction (SED) - a type of tax relief - which could reduce your tax bill.  Whether you're a captain, engineer, stewardess or deckhand on a supery...

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Is the yachting industry diverse and inclusive?

In conjunction with International Women's Day this month She of the Sea's co-founders Jenny Matthews and Natasha Ambrose published their annual report findings into diversity and inclusion data across the yachting industry. The big question.  Is the yachting industry diverse and inclusive? With only 33% of She of the Sea Pledge Signatories currently collecting D&I data, She of the Sea have made it their mandate to champion diversity and to use up to the minute data to affect change – if and where it's needed. In an industry committed to high performance and innovative thinking, the real value for all stakeholders is to be irrefutably diverse and inclusive.  But to find out what the landscape really looks like, Jenny and Natasha needed to collect ...

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How do you get a job as deckhand on a yacht?

What's a deckhand? Deckhand is your typical entry-level job for almost any professional crew position on a superyacht. Responsible for conducting a whole range of duties, the deckhand is mainly in charge of maintaining the yacht's exterior, keeping the surfaces shining, the teak immaculate and everything looking pristine at all times. When you go for a deckhand interview, find out how big the yacht is and how many other deckhands on board?  Depending on the size, you could either be the only one or part of a team.   What does a deckhand do? So, you'll have a whole list of duties to perform each day, some requiring more experience and skill than others – but each one gives you a great opportunity to learn all about the general operations of a super...

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How many hours does a deckhand work?

The realities of deckhand working hours vary hugely, depending on the owner, yacht size, Captain and crew - oh and whether it's chartered or privately owned!   We talked to a few deckhands and here are a few real answers: KS – "off charter, I work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and some Fridays I might get a half day. On charter I have been known to work up to 15 hours a day. So it can vary massively." PB – "could be 8 or 18, basically as long as it takes to get the job done. It's the same whether there are guests onboard or charter." CS – "we could work up to 16-18 hours on average, but there should be down-time or a break built-in too if possible. Legally we're obliged to have 77 hours rest in any one 7-day period, but the daily time sc...

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The future of sustainable yacht clothing is here....

Billions of items of clothing are produced and sold every year. Once finished with, most are thrown away. A truck load of clothing goes to landfill every second of the day. Within the superacht industry we have all witnessed the dumping of wasted, used and even new yacht clothing. To make a difference, Alex left his position as a Chief Officer and created Circular Custom Clothing, a clothing company dedicated to true sustainability. He spent countless hours working on solutions to avoid waste within the industry, knowing all along that the solutions could not be achieved by one human alone. But he had to start somewhere. The most used item of clothing in the superyacht industry is the t-shirt. It nearly always carries the business or yacht logo on both front and back. Every yacht A...

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Can I still get work on a Superyacht with a tattoo?

  As an online superyacht crew recruitment platform, we often get asked if tattoos are a barrier to getting work onboard a luxury vessel?  Like most walks of life, superyacht owners come from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life themselves. So I strongly believe there will always be a yacht for every type of yachtie. Owners who like tattoos, owners who don't and those who are completely indifferent either way! What I would say though, is that visible tattoos can reduce the number of roles you might be successful in applying for, due to the fact that some boats have a no visible tattoo policy. The superyacht industry is renowned for being particular, to say the least.  It's a popular career choice, so there's lots of competition for...

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What's the impact of Brexit on UK Superyacht crew?

Ok, so we're the other side of Brexit. UK is no longer part of the EU. And UK crew working on superyachts and shoreside around the world have questions.  We hope the following helps answer a few of them: An overview from 1st Jan 2021: Unless you hold a VISA or residency for a specific EU country, UK citizens can only stay in the EU for tourist purposes or work for 90 days in a 180-day period. UK citizens must (from the 1st January 2021) have their passport stamped in and out of each EU country, when visiting member EU countries. UK citizens must hold a passport valid for up to 10 years, with at least 6 months before it expires. If I entered the EU before 31st December, I didn't get stamped in. How do I stamp out? As a UK national, from outside the EU, you can ...

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Is buying a yacht a good investment?

Owning a luxury yacht is a lifestyle choice. Spending time with family and friends on board your yacht, enjoying the scenery, basking in the sunshine, a glass of Krug in hand is precious time you've earned. But how can you be sure owning a luxury yacht a sound financial investment? Did you know that the ongoing upkeep and maintenance costs of your yacht will probably equate to about 10% of the price you paid for it? The good news is that you shouldn't be subjected to the same level of depreciation you'd expect from buying cars and more traditional boats.  Luxury yachts, if well maintained, do tend to hold their value.  But well maintained is the key phrase here!  As with anything, certain models, yacht designers, marine architects, boat builders and manufac...

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How to get a job on a superyacht without any experience?

Check out Yotspot's 5 Step Plan. We've all got to start somewhere. Superyachts do take on people with no prior experience, you've just got to be willing to work hard, work long hours, keep smiling, be polite and agree to take on an entry-level job, so you can learn on the job.   Positions like; stewardess, steward, cook or junior deckhand.  All jobs currently listed on our Yotspot jobs board today. It's an incredibly popular industry to work in, especially for ambitious individuals; flexible enough to travel, keen to gain experience and eager to see the world. So, let's get started… Hop on the Yotspot jobs page, walk the docks or visit local agents Polish and perfect your CV/resume (the Yotspot team are on hand to  help if y...

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What to expect from life at sea?

Welcome to the world of superyachts If you're looking for work on a superyacht then this is the place to start.  Your online jobs board where recruitment agencies, yacht captains and owners advertise jobs and meet thousands of potential superyacht crew.  Together, we've walked the docks, earned our sea hours and asked the experts, "what do you wish you'd known before you got your first superyacht job?"   YOTSPOT Yotspot's online jobs board has been developed to make it as simple as possible to create your very own online profile, find out about training and latest courses as well as apply for hundreds of jobs advertised at any one time.   And because we've made it super easy for crew Captains and Owners/employers to...

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