We live part time on a private sail yacht. It’s a good idea to know who you are and what you like and dislike before entering into the world of yachting.
Here are the 5 main reasons living on a yacht may not be for you:
1. Not everyone is good with authority, taking orders or being a slave.
You will be taking orders from the captain all day long: Do that. After, do this. Have you done that?
2. Not everyone is okay with manual, mindless, physical work.
Your job on-board, depending on your position, may be to keep the interior and clean, exterior clean. This is not work that will stimulate your brain and generally speaking, it is not a job for intellectuals. If you consider yourself somewhat of an intellectual and enjoy holding a job that challenges your mind, then perhaps sanding, scrubbing, polishing, wiping, ironing, packing and unpacking dishwashers is not for you.
3. Some people need more sleep than others.
As a crew member part of your job is to be awake before your friends get up and go to bed once they’ve decided to call it a night.
4. Living on a boat is not the same as living on land.
A lot of things must be taken into consideration when you live on a yacht. Do you like long, relaxed showers? Well there’s not always an infinite amount of water for you to use, or time for that matter. There’s a limit to how far you can walk, so if you like long walks on the beach—or anywhere for that matter—a boat is really going to frustrate you.
5. Some people don’t play well with others.
One of the realities of living on board as part of a crew is that you will be constantly surrounded by your friends. Once you are on-board your crew are your teammates, family and if you’re lucky, friends forever .