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Sucked in for Another Season

Sucked in for Another Season

Andrea, Chief Stewardess, 38 I promised myself I wouldn’t do another season in yachting, but somehow summer’s practically here and I’ve made no move whatsoever to leave the yacht I’m on. I know yachting doesn’t make me happy anymore—it’s been mostly great but I’m in...
How to Neutralise a “Toxic” Crew Member

How to Neutralise a “Toxic” Crew Member

Anonymous, Captain, 39. I’ve got a crew member on board who’s causing real trouble with their negativity and putting others down. Their moodiness about every little thing also seems to be rubbing off the other crew members, as a result, I am finding them to be...
When your values are being compromised

When your values are being compromised

Q: When your Values are at Risk of Being Compromised Anonymous, Captain, 42I’ve recently resigned from a Captain’s position as I couldn’t accept a recent change of policies. I was asked to fire my really great crew, who were to be replaced by crew from the commercial...
When Heads of Departments Cross the Line

When Heads of Departments Cross the Line

What to do when your Engineer is Ruling the RoostQ: Jeff, Captain, 39:My Engineer is walking all over me, and I can’t seem to do anything about it. He pre-dates me onboard, he’s older than me, the boss likes him, the boat is old and full of problems…but irritatingly,...
Q: Girls on Deck: How to get Hired?!

Q: Girls on Deck: How to get Hired?!

Q: Girls on Deck: how to get hired?! (Amanda, 25, Aspiring Deckhand) “I’m trying to get a deck job, but the fact I’m female seems to be a massive problem! No-one takes me seriously and people keep telling me ‘go the stewardessing route and try again later”. I’ve...