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Yacht Position : Bosun

A Yacht Bosun Salary with 1 to 3 years of experience is between $3,500 and $5,000 per month

About the Bosun

The bosun onboard a yacht demonstrates a good understanding of exterior maintenance and repair, strong worth ethic, great attitude and sets a good example for the junior deck crew. Product knowledge for exterior maintenance and repair is crucial and it is possible the bosun will possess at least one specialized skill such as rigging or varnishing above deckhand level skills. The successful candidate will also likely have extensive water sports and guest tender driving experience. Two to three years of experience as a deckhand with the appropriate license needed for the specific vessel and program is usually necessary.

Job Responsibilities

  • Cleanliness and maintenance of yacht
  • Acquiring knowledge of all equipment and maintenance products on board
  • Develop, execute and assist in planned maintenance and repair projects; varnishing, painting, caulking, fiberglass repair
  • Guest liaison for water sports
  • Continued education and licensing

Required Skills

  • Experienced deckhand
  • Maintenance skills; painting, varnishing, caulking, filling, basic outboard, some product knowledge
  • Basic engineering knowledge
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Good tender driving
  • Knowledge of water sports
  • Good work ethic
  • Positive attitude
  • Teamwork

Salary Modifiers

  • Engineering experience or certificate
  • Sports certification (i.e. dive certificate, kite surfing instructor)

  • Lack of shipyard experience
Bosun refinishing capping rail
Yachting Black Line
Bosun with Yacht  fender
Bosun securing the line on the cleat
Bosun / Deckhand Polishing
deckhand preparing scuba diving gear
scaffolding for painting the yacht
Happy Bosun Polishing Railing

Position Statistics

Our data is calculated from


relevant work experience records out of


experiences in the Deck department

394 Days



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Career Path

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