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Yacht Position : First Officer / Chief Mate

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A Yacht First Officer / Chief Mate Salary with 5 to 10 years of experience is between $7,000 and $9,000 per month | 10+ years is between $8,000 and $9,500 per month

About the First Officer / Chief Mate

The first officer onboard a yacht is required to have in depth knowledge of all bridge, navigation and deck procedures as well as the ability to teach the deck crew new repair and maintenance skills. This person will also have a thorough understanding of safety procedures as well as managerial skills, strong leadership of and communication with the crew. The first officer is able to support the captain in every aspect of yacht management. This role necessitates at least five years of experience including positions as the first officer or the captain of a smaller vessel and a minimum license of OOW unlimited.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assisting captain with administrative and safety duties
  • Management of deck crew and maintaining crew discipline
  • Arrange regular safety drills
  • Setting watch schedules
  • Maintenance and deck inventory and deck equipment
  • Stowage of yacht for sea
  • Navigation
  • Adhering to deck budget
  • Continued education and licensing test

Required Skills

  • Ability to stand in for captain in his absence
  • Ability to delegate, effective communicator, organized, diplomatic and versatile
  • Boat handling, watch keeping and navigational skills
  • Excellent ISM and ISPS knowledge and practices
  • Extensive maintenance knowledge and skills; cleaning, rust/corrosion, painting, varnishing, rope splicing, fiberglass, carpentry, outboard motors and maintenance product knowledge
  • Basic engineering knowledge
  • Advanced knowledge of all water sports
  • Computer skills

Salary Modifiers

  • Engineering experience or certificate
  • Advanced medical training/certificate

  • • Limited experience in intended cruising area
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Position Statistics

Our data is calculated from

10,839

relevant work experience records out of

79,587

experiences in the Deck department
AVERAGE LONGEVITY IN THIS POSITION

441 Days

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE (First Officer / Chief Mate)

329

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