Landing a job to become part of a yacht crew is no easy feat and the process can be daunting. You will compete with other candidates, some of whom may be more experienced than you, potentially more able or more at ease than you.
The Yacht Rating or Deck Rating Certificate, as it is sometimes called, is a newer qualification gained through experience and sea time.
The candidate must have completed the Yacht Rating Training Record Book (Annex B) in at least 6 months seagoing service on vessels of at least 15m in load line length. This seagoing service can be reduced to 2 months when undertaking 'special training', i.e. when following an MNTB course or MCA approved course.
Boaters who intend to sail to Corsica are being warned of a new swinging anchoring tax in public waters
Seafarers' Rights International (SRI) has raised concerns about the implications for masters of the recent reports of the launch of the new EU Frontex operation 'Triton' which will apparently have a reduced budget and focus on border control in place of the Italian 'Mare Nostrum' that is credited with saving more than 150,000 migrants in the Mediterranean.
The Caribbean nation of The Bahamas has announced it will implement a new tax regime starting 1 January 2015. But it as yet unclear whether the tax is applicable on charters for either foreign flagged or Bahamian flagged superyachts.
- Why many experienced captains are never given a chance to get a position on a 30+ m ?
- What is really covering your yacht crew member insurance ?
- During the season, is there enough time for safety drills and training ?
- Can Captains count on duty crew members at dock in case of emergency ?