Welcome to a new series of blogs created in partnership with SYR and Superyacht Content. As leaders in the recruitment of shore-based positions across the yacht industry, SYR Shoreside Superyacht Recruitment works with crew coming ashore on a daily basis.

On the other side, Superyacht Content and sister brand CrewFO offer a wide range of services to crew both at sea and looking to come ashore. Working in partnership made complete sense, given that the two organisations complement each other perfectly and can offer crew ready to take that next step all the support they need.

Over the next 6 months, SYR will examine a specific role on board, the kinds of roles you could be suitable for and what you could expect to earn. Our suggestions are by no means exhaustive, but give you an idea of what you could move into doing when coming ashore…

What to consider when coming ashore?

If you’ve spent a career at sea, coming ashore is likely going to be one of the biggest steps that you make in your working life. Having travelled the world, working with countless owners and crews, suddenly your feet are on dry land and you’re putting down roots. It’s a big challenge and we want you to be prepared.

There are several things to consider before going land-based. These include defining what kind of job you want to have, gaining financial advice with a company such as CrewFO, reconnecting with interests and hobbies, taking time to practice self-care and allowing plenty of time to readjust to life on land.

For more advice on moving shoreside, read SYC’s recent article here: How to Smoothly Transition Out Of Yachting, 4 Major Tips.

Shorebased roles for a captain

The role of Captain is achieved usually as a result of years of service, climbing the ranks through other onboard disciplines before being trusted by an owner to take control of their vessel. Rarely do with see a Captain coming ashore with less than around 15 years of experience under their belt.

Captains offer a host of skills that would fit a broad range of roles at the most senior levels.

Captains usually exhibit excellent organisational skills, the highest levels of customer service and a hugely broad understanding of how a vessel operates such as crew management, project management, financial management and more. They are also heavily exposed to owners and the UHNW community, building strong networks within the top 1% and being an asset to employers across the yachting sector

Roles To Consider

As a Captain, it’s likely you’ve one of the largest pools of potential roles available to you when coming ashore. Here are a few roles that you could consider:

Yacht Manager (€6,000-€8,000/month)
Operationally managing a number of yachts across crew, finance, ISM, refit and more

DPA (€7,000-€9,000/month)
Supporting a fleet from ashore, being the round-the-clock contact for concerns, issues and challenges with your fleet

Yacht Broker (€100,000+/year)
Your experienced client side could make you a great broker, given the network you’ll have developed and the relationship-building experience you’ve gained through your career, not to mention your technical knowledge of yachts

Sales Manager (Up to €100,000/year)
As mentioned above, relationship-building experience is key to sales success and you’ll have this in abundance

Fleet Manager (€7,000-€9,000/month)
A step up from the role of Yacht Manager, at the Fleet Manager level you’ll be overseeing the goings-on of the fleet, working with them to ensure operational stability and continuity

Marina Manager (€6,000-€9,000/month)
Marina management requires discipline, leadership, management and operations. All skills that a captain will have in abundance. A great role as you’ll still engage with yachts and other captains daily

Managing Director (€100,000/year or more)
If you can lead a yacht, chances are you can also lead a business. We see Captains go on to top-level leadership roles very regularly. Whilst not always your first role when coming ashore, this is a role you could quickly move into.

To learn more about SYR and their vacant positions, visit their website.

To learn more about CrewFO’s services, click here.

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