Following the launch of the second round of Seahub’s Engineering Grant for 2023, we spoke to 2021 winner Jackson Pinney about the impact that the grant has had on his career. Jackson was awarded $3000 towards engineering training courses at a school of his choice. Here Jackson shares with us how he utilised the funds and the ongoing support that he has had from Seahub founders Sam Wheaton and Matthew Hyde.
How did you first hear about Seahub’s grant program?
“Seahub [changes] the way the boat runs, make our lives easier and makes sure that we don’t miss anything”
What attracted you to the grant?
What did you use the grant for, and how was the overall experience?
“The grant has grown my career in a lot of ways. Not only has it helped me get more certifications and tickets, but it has also allowed me to make very valuable connections with other engineers and captains”
How has the grant impacted your career?
Have you had continued support and contact with Sam and Matt?
What advice would you give to others in the industry that are considering applying for the grant?
Do you have any current career goals?
This Year’s Grant
This year’s recipient of the grant will also receive a $3,000 contribution towards training, as well as access to Seahub’s database of manuals and technical data sheets, and of course ongoing mentorship from Wheaton and Hyde.
So far, this year’s applications have been wide-ranging, from the US, UK, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Holland. There have been a mix of nominations including an owner nominating an engineer he has recently employed, as well as crew members nominating engineers t
hey have worked with in the past. The plans for the financial support for training have been focused on IT/AV courses and MTU courses.
Wheaton stated that: “This year’s candidate will ideally be towards the start of their career and have plans to be involved in the yachting industry long term”.
Seahub’s unique engineering grant is an exciting and invaluable opportunity for promising yacht engineers to excel in their careers, for more information on how to apply, or to nominate a fellow crew member, visit the Seahub website or email: email@example.com