Article Index


May 6, 2016

Follow These Seven Steps to Buy a Yacht

February 17, 2016

Miami International Boat Show 2016

The 2016 Miami International Boat Show has come to an end. Initial reports indicate the show was a success despite some kinks related to the venue change.

November 5, 2014

Show chaos is over...was it worth while?

The 55th edition of the Fort Lauderdale show has been and gone with its usual hoopla and hype. The weather cooperated and conditions on the docks were the best that we've seen in years with no flooded tents or blown away banners.


January 1, 2016

How to Select the Perfect Charter Yacht

There are few vacation escapes which top chartering a yacht. The experience can be maximized by identifying the characteristics which are important to you and working with the right charter broker.

December 23, 2015

What is an Advanced Provisioning Allowance?

The Advanced Provisioning Allowance is a standard part of any charter contract. The intent of the allowance is for the charter guest to fully enjoy the holiday by transferring all daily issues of expenses to the yacht captain. Reconciliation of the actual expenses is done on the final day of the charter.

December 20, 2015

Charter Tipping

Yacht charters routinely provide an exceptional service experience for guests. The custom of tipping crew can create confusion for both charterers and crew.


March 30, 2016

Republic of the Marshall Islands Yacht Safety Advisory 4-16

March 25, 2016

Charter Operations Brochures Distributed by USCG Sector Miami

March 15, 2016

Marine Safety Circular 1503 Compliance Extension

March 4, 2016

Republic of the Marshall Islands Yacht Safety Advisory (YSA 2-16)

January 26, 2016

The Luxury Job Market

The highest standard of service is rare and attainable for a privileged few. There is international demand for employees with traditional service training.

January 14, 2016

Turkey Alters Passport Rules

December 8, 2015

Cuba Is Not Ready To Welcome Mega Yachts

The United States Embassy in Cuba is now open, but travel to the country is still fraught with restrictions. The infrastructure available to the mega yacht is limited.

December 7, 2015

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Administration Requirement Report/Recommendation

November 11, 2015

The Crew Hiring Process — A Captain’s Advice

Those familiar with the yachting industry understand that crew turnover is a constant. While the selection and hiring process is often seen as a necessary evil, a standardized hiring process can turn a distasteful task into something much simpler. The increased efficiency of a process can translate into identifying the best candidates faster and with less effort.


March 14, 2018

Engineering License Changes

The MCA has restructured the engineering certifications. The MEOL course has been done away with, and the AEC course made mandatory and more thorough. Luxury Yacht Group explains all these changes, what engineers progressing through the ranks can do now, and how Y ticket holders can convert their licenses over to the structure.

January 22, 2018

French Social Security Decree Impacts Yachting Community

Members of the yachting community have gained some clarification on French social security tax responsibilities. Although the decree was suspended, it is possible that crew members may still be liable to pay taxes for now, particularly crew members who reside and work in France. Crew may wish to seek legal advice for their specific scenario.

December 18, 2017

A Day in the Life Series – Chief Stewardess

For a yacht to run smoothly, it requires many working parts, and the interior department is a large component of this. The chief stewardess oversees this department and makes sure all the stewardesses onboard know what their tasks and responsibilities are. The interior department is largely in charge of the guest services whilst they are onboard, and responsible for interior maintenance of the yacht when they are not.

November 29, 2017

A Day in the Life Of Series - Entry Stewardess

Joining the yachting industry is an exciting and daunting undertaking. In this two part interview we speak with Melanie about why she decided to join the superyacht industry, what her hopes and goals are, and what she has learnt so far as an entry level stewardess.

August 11, 2017

The confessions of a recovering yachtie

Making the decision to leave the yachting industry and put down roots ashore is one of the hardest things us crew members face at some stage in our careers. Men and women who share their experiences, strengths and hopes with each other, may solve their common problem and help each other recover from yachting to live a regular life on land. These are my confessions.

August 3, 2017

The truth about crew salary surveys...

In 16 years, Luxury Yacht Group has registered over 100,000 yacht crew, noted their expected starting salaries, their actual end salaries, and have verified over 200,000 references. Many yachting companies, and yachting media companies have been conducting their own annual crew salary surveys, but what has not been challenged is whether their data is accurate since participants can enter any unverified figure. The results of these surveys are critical, and our industry relies heavily upon them as an indicator of fair pay for their crew, or themselves.

August 3, 2017

South African yacht crew could face new tax implications from 2019

The proposed plan to scrap the tax exemption on income earned outside of South Africa could pose a big threat to South African yacht crew who are enjoying the perks of earning a living outside of their home country.

July 6, 2017

Busting the myths of MLC and flag state laws.

The Maritime Labor Convention made a big impact when they came into effect in 2016. Establishing basic rights for seafarers, the MLC has been widely scrutinized by professionals who feel that its drafters did not consider the superyacht industry.

June 20, 2017

Yachting Crew Salary Guidelines and Position Descriptions

The salary guidelines are utilized by an array of industry professionals worldwide as a reliable benchmark for yacht crew salaries. This active data is taken from the thousands of live crew profiles who are placed on yachts by Luxury Yacht Group every year. New members joining the industry turn to the websites ‘Department Descriptions’ to learn the essentials before taking the plunge.

June 3, 2016

MCA Safety Bulletin NO. 7

May 11, 2016

A New Route to Master Unlimited is Available from the Marshall Islands Registry

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator (the “Administrator”) and Maritime Professional Training (MPT), have established the Master of Yachts Unlimited Tonnage – Marshall Islands Capstone Course (the “Capstone Course”). On successful completion of the Capstone Course, the candidate will hold an STCW II/2 Certificate of Competency Master (Yachts) Unlimited license.

May 9, 2016

Counterfeit Chart Safety Alert Issued by UKHO

April 29, 2016

To Work on a Yacht Without Experience – Make a Plan

April 27, 2016

Three Primary Factors Combine to Determine the Salary of a Yacht Stewardess

March 29, 2016

How Much Does a Yacht Captain Make?

Captains of luxury yachts command a base salary well into six figures. Dependent on the length of the vessel, tenure of experience, and level of licensing yacht captain salaries range from $48,000 to over $300,000.

February 23, 2016

A Day in the Life Series - Captain

There are many working parts that contribute to the smooth running of a yacht. Each crew position is integral to the puzzle. In this series, Luxury Yacht Group talks to crew about how they came aboard and what keeps them there.

February 10, 2016

Loss of GPS Signal

A GPS signal can be interrupted by natural causes, through the introduction of malware or by intentional jamming. Whatever the cause, loss of the signal can be catastrophic without immediate implementation of alternate navigation.

February 1, 2016

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Crew Rotation

Proponents of rotational positions cite burn out and the prediction of future crew shortages as rationale for adapting the concept. As in any transition, there are obstacles and drawbacks to altering a standard.

January 25, 2016

U. S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert 1-16

January 22, 2016

The West Coast Difference – San Diego, CA

Mega Yachts are spread across the globe. Each destination for yachts has unique features. Just like the geography varies, the opportunity for crew differs in each area. In this series, Luxury Yacht Group visits each of its divisions around the world to hear from its crew agents.

January 15, 2016

The Charter Captain and the APA

A yacht charter can be the best vacation experience of a lifetime. The manner in which the Captain manages the distribution and reconciliation of the Advanced Provisioning Allowance is critical to the long term satisfaction of the charter client.

January 11, 2016


December 24, 2015

Republic of the Marshall Islands Yacht Safety Advisory (YSA #4-15)

December 23, 2015

MCA MIN 513 (M): Food service and hygiene

December 21, 2015

MCA MIN 498 Withdrawn 29 June 2015

December 18, 2015

IMO Participation in the COP21

December 17, 2015

A Day in the Life Series — Engineer

There are many working parts that contribute to the smooth running of a yacht. Each crew position is integral to the puzzle. In this series, Luxury Yacht Group talks to crew about how they came aboard and what keeps them there.

December 15, 2015

Length Is Only One Measure of Luxury

As the Yachting industry continues to expand the number of vessels in the mega and super yacht length categories, additional measures of dimension are often overlooked.

December 14, 2015

MSN 1861 (M) Revalidating Certificates of Competency: Training and Certification Guidance

December 7, 2015

In Search of a Deckhand Position

Many crew members first step aboard in the position of deckhand. As a deckhand candidate, there are a number of certifications and qualifications that will contribute to the team and differentiate you from other candidates.

December 4, 2015

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety Alert - Nov. 15

December 1, 2015

A Day in the Life Series — Bosun

There are many working parts that contribute to the smooth running of a yacht. Each crew position is integral to the puzzle. In this series, Luxury Yacht Group talks to crew about how they came aboard and what keeps them there.

March 9, 2015

From Basic STCW to Watch Rating

The MCA Watch Rating Certificate is a hidden gem that all new deck or engineering crew should aim to complete. For minimal investment, and a little effort, you will gain a considerable edge over other junior deck or engine room candidates.

February 25, 2015

Basic STCW — Becoming a Professional Seafarer

The Standards of Training, Certification, & Watchkeeping (STCW) Code is the first certification you can obtain to become a professional seafarer.

November 13, 2014

Fall hiring season is here! Stand out from the crowd

Boat show season marks the start of a flood of new jobs through the luxury yachts crew agency (over 300 active jobs as of November 13th)....and more crew looking to fill those jobs (over 3,000 per day check in looking for work).