Being a yacht deckhand is a tough, but rewarding job. It teaches you patience, attention to detail, and the importance of hard work. For any exterior yacht greenie, deckhand is the starting position. Here are 5 “be’s” that every deckhand should keep in mind, no matter how experienced:

1. Be Respectful

This is not only for guests, but for fellow crew members–exterior AND interior. Part of being a team is being conscious of how you treat one another. If the crew dynamic is off, the guests will know. Especially when you live in a tight space, there is no room for conflict. However, if conflict arises, keep your cool, and remember to respect your fellow crew.

2. Be Positive

Yes, you will be doing a lot of hard work. Wash downs, maintenance, deep cleaning. Yes, sometimes it will seem like there’s no end in sight. However, you cannot do your job effectively if you do not have a positive attitude. If you remain positive in even the toughest situations, your captain will notice. This will lead to good references later–and trust us, those references matter.

3. Be Knowledgeable

Know your deckhand tools. Know your boat products. In order to become more knowledgeable, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You will learn by observing as well as doing. Try to accumulate as much knowledge as you can before you move on to another job. This could be knowing how to use deck tools, how to complete washdowns, and maintenance–or skills in handling guests and working as a team. Either way, skills can continue to apply, no matter what job you take.

4. Be Professional

Yachting is all about professionalism. You must be professional in your appearance, your attitude, and your work ethic. Although you will learn industry-specific professionalism as you go, common sense cannot be taught. You were hired to do your job with excellence. You were hired because the captain saw promise in you. Continue your professionalism throughout your whole day, even when guests aren’t around (although, it’s okay to have a little fun with the crew).

5. Be Patient

Have patience when taking care of the exterior. If you work too quickly, your job can turn out poorly, and reflect badly on the entire crew. Also, you will have to make your way up the ranks through hard work and intense patience. You will not get your dream job right away. That takes years of hard work, experience, and patience. But, keep going–opportunity is out there.

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