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Yacht Position : Deckhand

A Yacht Deckhand Salary with 0 to 1 year of experience is between $2,500 and $2,800 per month | 1 to 3 years of experience should expect to earn between $2,600 and $3,200 per month

About the Deckhand

A deckhand is an entry level position aboard a mid- to large-sized yacht with primary duties including cleaning and maintenance of the exterior of the vessel. A successful deckhand often has some experience in the superyacht industry, or on board private vessels, and is keen to learn and work hard. It is essential that the deckhand can perform assigned tasks efficiently with a positive attitude in addition to interacting with owners and guests in a professional manner.

Job Responsibilities

  • Cleanliness of the yacht wash downs, stainless polishing, waxing
  • Assisting bosun and mate in maintenance projects; sanding and taping up for varnishing or painting, caulking, filling
  • Continued learning of yacht maintenance, operations and systems; line handling, tender driving, navigation, safety, water sports

Required Skills

  • Good work ethic
  • Positive attitude
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to learn on the job
  • Ability to take direction
  • Professional appearance

Salary Modifiers

  • Engineering experience or certificate
  • Sports certification (i.e. dive certificate, kite surfing instructor)
  • Extensive fishing knowledge
  • Tender driving license
  • Carpentry skills

  • No tender driving certification
Bosun / Deckhand cleaning wooden railing
Evening image polished railing
Yacht stern seating area  with US Flag
Image of line tied to a cleatand faked in a figure 8 format
Bosun polishing the yacht
Polished Railing in Sunset
Nautical yacht flags and antenna mast
deckhands washing yacht hull from the water

Position Statistics

Our data is calculated from


relevant work experience records out of


experiences in the Deck department

208 Days



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Career Path

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senior master
Image of the Epaulet of a Yacht Captain
Image of the Epaulet of a Yacht Captain
junior captain
Image of the Epaulet of a Yacht First Officer / Chief Mate
first officer /
chief mate
Image of the Epaulet of a Yacht Officer of the Watch
officer of the watch
Image of the Epaulet of a Yacht Mate
Image of the Epaulet of a Yacht Bosun
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Image of the Epaulet of a Yacht Junior Deckhand
junior deckhand