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10 Essential skills for any Deckhand whilst working on a Superyacht.

A deckhand is an essential part of any Yacht crew team. Their primary goal is to make sure a yacht runs smoothly. Being a deckhand requires more than just being able to tie knots and look good in shorts. As a deckhand, you'll have the opportunity to work on some of the most glamorous yachts in the world while traveling to destinations that most people only dream of. But what does a deckhand actually do? From cleaning and waxing to engineering and mechanics, there’s an impressive range of skills required for this job. Let’s take a closer look at what it takes to be a successful deckhand. 

You can also have a read of our previous blog ‘The Key Qualities of an Exceptional Yacht Crew Member

  1. Cleaning / Washing

Keeping the decks spotless will always be one of the primary duties of any deckhand. This includes washing down surfaces, scrubbing decks, and ensuring that all areas are kept clean and tidy at all times. Having a clean deck is essential for various reasons. Firstly, it helps with safety on board. A dirty deck can increase the risk of slips and falls, which can lead to injuries. Additionally, dirt can get into machinery and equipment, causing serious maintenance issues in the long run. Furthermore, a spotless deck will make a yacht look more inviting, which is crucial if you want to impress guests on board. It also means being proactive in your approach to maintenance so that you can catch potential issues early before they become bigger problems down the line. 

  1. Waxing / Polishing

Waxing and polishing are other important tasks that need to be completed on a regular basis in order to keep the yacht looking its best at all times. This is often done by hand but can also involve using tools such as buffers or polishers depending on the job at hand.  

  1. Navigation

Along with boat driving comes navigation skills which require knowledge of maps, charts, compasses, GPS systems, and other navigational aids in order to safely move from one point to another without getting lost or going off course.   

  1. Line Handling

Knowing how to handle lines properly is key when mooring or docking a yacht as well as when launching tenders or water toys from the mothership. It’s important that deckhands understand how to secure lines correctly without damaging them or risking them becoming loose while underway.

  1. Tying Knots

While tying knots may seem like a basic concept, it’s actually quite complex when dealing with ropes and lines aboard a yacht due to their different sizes and uses as well as their various strengths and weaknesses under pressure or strain from wind or weather conditions etc… Knowing how to properly tie knots is vital for any deckhand who wants be successful.

  1. Securing / Stowing / Covering Furniture

As part of the regular maintenance procedures onboard any vessel it’s important for deckhands to safely secure furniture properly before getting underway so nothing shifts around during transit which could cause damage or injury should someone not be paying attention while walking around on board during passage time.. In addition they should know how to cover furniture outdoors when necessary such as during rain showers etc..   

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  1. Detailing

Detailing involves more than simply cleaning surfaces; it requires deep cleans using special products designed specifically for boats as well as buffing out scratches and dents with specialized tools such as buffers or polishers etc…Moreover, detailing can involve fixing and replacing any broken or worn-out parts of the yacht. A thorough detailing process can identify any issues with the yacht's components, including lights, fittings, and hulls. With early detection and repair, deckhands can extend the yacht's overall lifespan while ensuring the vessel is safe and running correctly.

  1. Woodwork / Varnishing

Wooden surfaces need regular care if they are going to maintain their original beauty over time; this usually includes sanding surfaces down before applying varnish so that it adheres better which then helps protect against moisture build-up over time etc… 

  1. Watersports/Fishing

Being knowledgeable about watersports activities such as jet skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, kayaking etc is quite important for guest experience. Many clients enjoy participating in these activities while vacationing onboard luxury vessels.

  1. Physical Strength/Stamina

Last but certainly not least physical strength/stamina plays a big role in success onboard yachts as part of the Deck crew. Many tasks and responsibilities involved can require quite a bit of manual labour. So having a strong body alongside good stamina will help greatly in keeping operations running smoothly.  

Perhaps you’re a DJ, videographer, hairdresser? Or perhaps you think you suit being both a Deckhand and a Stew? At Yotspot we are seeing increasing numbers of ‘multi-role’ positions. As an example a  deckhand/dj position is perfect for someone who loves music and has a passion for working in a team. This position combines two fun and exciting roles. As a deckhand, you will be responsible for the yacht's general maintenance, cleaning, and guest services. As a DJ, you will use your creative skills to create the perfect vibe onboard. You will be in charge of setting up the sound system, creating playlists, and selecting the right music for different occasions such as parties, dinners, and sunsets. 

Working in a multi-role position has its benefits. It can help you broaden your skills and gain new experiences. You will have the chance to learn new things and be faced with different challenges, making your job more interesting and diverse. It can also boost your chances of career advancement in the yachting industry. Employers appreciate individuals who can take on different tasks and responsibilities, and this can make you more valuable to the team.

Working aboard yachts isn't just about sunbathing on the bow; it's hard work! There's no doubt about it, being a successful deckhand requires an impressive range of skills including everything from cleaning decks and waxing polishing surfaces right through to water sports and mechanical engineering. To make sure your efforts pay off you must have mental agility coupled with physical strength/stamina and always be ready to learn new skills! With a dedicated attitude these skills will ensure you run the show like a pro!

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