Sail For A Living: Find a Job, Start a Business, Change Your Life & Live Your Dream

Sail For A Living: Find a Job, Start a Business, Change Your Life & Live Your Dream

by Sue Pelling
     
 

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There’s a job in or around the water for everyone, and this book tells you how to turn a passion for sailing into a whole new lifestyle.


Discover the realities of a wide range of marine careers, including the perks and the pitfalls. Benefit from insiders’ experiences and advice. Learn industry secrets and salary

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Overview

There’s a job in or around the water for everyone, and this book tells you how to turn a passion for sailing into a whole new lifestyle.


Discover the realities of a wide range of marine careers, including the perks and the pitfalls. Benefit from insiders’ experiences and advice. Learn industry secrets and salary details.


There’s information on how to get a foot on the ladder as well as how to set up your own charter business or sailing school. Discover jobs you never knew existed and learn the quickest career paths.


Sail for a Living gives you the information and inspiration to change your job – and quite possibly your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781119952541
Publisher:
Fernhurst Books Limited
Publication date:
08/26/2011
Series:
Traveller's Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
File size:
5 MB

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Working in the Yacht Industry

What It’s All About

Working as professional crew on yachts used for sailing charter or flotilla holidays is relatively accessible and a great way to enjoy your passion for the water. Yacht charter is the practice of renting a vessel for travelling to coastal, inland or island destinations, and is a popular holiday choice for those wishing to explore the world and learn how to sail at the same time. Yacht charter destinations from the River Thames or Norfolk Broads to more far flung dream destinations such as the Caribbean, Far East or Australia, are hugely popular which means there are always plenty of exciting job options available.

Yacht charter is one of the most popular holiday pursuits because it gives the client the freedom to choose from a wide variety of activities ranging from bareboat charter (sole responsibility and use of boat), skippered charter (boat with a professional skipper), or flotilla (cruise in company with instruction).

You’ll also find that most of the larger sailing holiday companies such as Sunsail, The Moorings and Neilson offer a mixture of shorebased watersports holidays, including windsurfing, dinghy sailing, and flotilla sailing, which means there’s always huge demand for positions in the charter industry on and off the water.

Skippers, mates, sailing instructors, hostesses, engineers, sailing base managers and childcare experts are the sort of positions you are likely to find in this field (see page 14–16 for more about job opportunities). The beach teams are an integral part of the set up at most holiday centres so, even if you are not a sailing expert, but have managerial qualities for example, it could be a route worth pursuing. Shorebased beach holidays, however, are instructor- led so you’ll need teaching qualifications if you decide that is the route you’d like to take (see page 64–76 for teaching qualifications and job opportunity ideas).

The choice and size of charter yachts at these sailing bases will vary according to the type of work they are engaged in, but generally the maximum size of a charter yacht – known as a Small Vessel – is 24 m (78 ft). Small Norfolk Broad/ river- type charter boats are likely to start at around 7–9 m (20–27 ft). Because these sorts of boats are working on the relatively flat waters of inland rivers/waterways and therefore based in more confined areas you’ll find they will have relatively low/shallow freeboard (depth of hull) compared with more ocean- going vessels that have to contend with the rigours of large waves crashing over the deck.

Flotilla yachts are those working as a fleet for some of the larger sailing holiday companies such as Sunsail, The Moorings, Nautilus and Neilson. A flotilla holiday is a popular way of cruising in company for those with little or no experience of sailing. Flotillas are often arranged to accommodate singles, couples and small groups who wish to sail together within a fleet of up to 14 yachts.

Some companies cater for special interest groups such as archaeology and culinary and, for those who like to bare all, naturist charter holidays are a popular option, as are companies such as GaySail.com specialising in gay flotilla and charter.

Because flotillas are generally run under the guidance of qualified staff from the charter company, clients have virtually all the advantages of independent sailing, travelling from destination to destination knowing they have the support of safety back- up should anything untoward occur. The size and type of yachts depend on the location and can range between 13–20 m (40–60 ft), but generally on a Mediterranean islands flotilla-style holiday, yachts average out at 42 ft and are generally recognised designs such as Jeanneau or Beneteau.

Another sector in the charter industry is corporate yacht charter, which is a popular choice for the non- marine industry using sailing as a means of rewarding staff or entertaining important clients. Company teambuilding events aboard charter yachts is equally popular with many companies finding the environment of being on the water, away from the office, the ideal place to develop strategy and ideas.

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Meet the Author

Sue Pelling is a highly experienced sailor and freelance journalist, specialising in yacht racing, marine, lifestyle and travel, producing features for numerous titles including Yachting World, Yachting Monthly, Practical Boat Owner, Classic Boat, Motorboats and Yachting, Motorboats Monthly and SuperYacht World. She is also the Vice Chairman of the Yachting Journalists’ Association.
She started her career as a horse riding instructor but switched careers and used her other passionate hobby of dinghy racing as the basis of her new career.
During an eight-year stint at Yachting World she covered most of the world’s major regattas such as the Olympic Games, Vendée Globe, Volvo Ocean Race, Mini Transat and America’s Cup.
Sue is also a keen racing sailor with a particular passion for National 12 racing and classic yachts. Her spirited nature has also led her to the extreme side of the sport, including competing the Mini Transat 200-mile, double handed Demi-Clé race, the Fastnet Race, and crewing an Extreme 40 around the Isle of Wight.

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