Find Deckhand Opportunities All Over the World
By Dan Sevets
Deckhands on luxury yachts get to travel all over the world. Moreover, when not working, they get to enjoy the pleasures of exciting and often exotic ports of call. But if you're just starting out looking for deckhand job opportunities, where do you go?
The easy answer is: Anywhere the big yachts go. You may find mega- and superyachts almost anywhere there is coastline and good port facilities. If you're in the United States, for example, you may well encounter some billionaire's luxury vessel at the moorings in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, New York or Miami, just to name a few.
To stand the best chance of finding deckhand opportunities, you must go to where the big yachts congregate in large numbers. That means, first of all, the ports of the Mediterranean, and secondarily, the ports of the Caribbean. These are also the ports that will have active hiring agencies that are dedicated to filling crew jobs on those big boats.
The great thing about the yacht ports of the Mediterranean is that many of them are close to one another. Even if you're traveling on a shoestring budget and a tight schedule, you won't find it difficult to check out several of them within a short time period. My favorite place to start: St. Tropez in France. This is practically the world headquarters for the superyacht set. Other great yacht ports include Nice, Cannes, Barcelona and Ibiza, just to scratch the surface in the western Mediterranean. The eastern Mediterranean has its share of fabulous yacht ports, too.
The Caribbean will be more accessible to North Americans. Traveling from port to port will be slightly more difficult here than in the Mediterranean -- you can't take a train or a bus from one island to the next -- but that just means you'll be spending more time aboard one boat or another, which is one of your objectives anyway (the other being to land a job on a boat).
If you can't get to the Mediterranean or Caribbean, though, do not despair. If you live anywhere near any ocean coast, you can find a deckhand opportunity. It won't necessarily be on a superyacht, but the variety of boats that need crew members is huge. Getting your feet wet aboard a boat (so to speak), whatever the vessel type, can serve as the gateway to an eventual job aboard the yacht of your dreams.
Deckhands, stewards, chefs and other superyacht crew members truly do live a dream. This dream is open to you regardless of your background, age, or experience. Find Deckhand Jobs is a page of free information on the best regions in the world for finding deckhand employment.
With a superyacht crew job, you will rub shoulders with multimillionaires and celebrities while visiting beautiful ports of call. You will have free food and lodging while afloat and earn a great salary to boot. (You can even find romance -- it happens all the time!)
Sure, there's competition for these dream jobs. But there are ways to ensure that a boat's captain or the yacht crew hiring agency chooses you, even if you have less experience than the next person. A book that blows the lid off the insider methods for gaining a plum position as a superyacht crew member is The Dynamic Deckhand [http://www.deckhands.info].
Dan Sevets has seen the world aboard boats of all kinds. He invites you to join him in the best job of all.