The dark secrets of every Pocket Superyacht captain.

It’s one of the exciting things about yachts; there’s always something new to learn! The current thinking is that it should be a process of trial and error taking years to learn how to run a yacht. However, the current reality is that we are in dire need of young, energetic, personable and… ideally, highly knowledgeable crew to run luxury yachts between 50 and 100ft! Brands like Lagoon are splashing a new luxury catamaran between 50ft and 78ft every 2,5 days(!) and CNB is launching hull number 25 of the 76’ less than 3 years after the first one was christened, Swan is doing as good as ever and Oyster is seemingly back on its feet. The market of Pocket Superyachts is booming and there is not enough time for crew to grow in their role and learn all the different aspects of running a yacht before being expected to be an expert. And it’s not their fault at all!   Every Pocket Superyacht captain carries a set of dark secrets with them… This is a problem that the industry has created for itself. The high demand for new blood sucks people into positions, biting off more than they can […]

3 ways Invisible Crew professionalises operations on Pocket Superyachts.

Know your ship – a Shipload of info – the Ship’s show must go on!   Know your Ship: On Pocket Superyachts there is so much to know. Most crewed luxury yachts under 24 meters are run by single captains or by couples, usually young and energetic people. They are solely responsible for all the different departments on board. That’s a tall order to fill! On a discussion in the Palma Yacht Crew Facebook Group, one Pocket Superyacht captain described the job in the most accurate way I have ever seen:   2% Boat handling / Navigation 25% Corrective Maintenance / Repairs 40% Preventive Maintenance 20% Psychology 10% International relations 3% Improvisation   The first 2% of the job can be learned through the Yachtmaster course. The remaining 95% of required skills we teach with our online course with the aim of bringing improvisation down the inevitable 3%. In our module Mindset and Attitude we even cover how to deal with the stress that comes with improvising.   A Shipload of knowledge is usually what gets lost when one captain hands a yacht over to the next. The quality of the handover depends on   how well the resigning […]