Written by Jade Crowther • Published 19th February 2020 • 3 minute read

One of the greatest challenges of owning a yacht – aside from the eye-watering fuel costs and purchase price that would make Jeff Bezos wince – is finding a crew that you would entrust to look after your pride and joy.

Similarly, the glamour, sun and open seas attract thousands each year to the prospect of working on a yacht. Recruitment agencies come to the rescue offering the perfect platform for owners to be paired with spritely crew workers looking to travel the world, and work on luxury yachts as they do it. Below we explore some of the best crew recruitment agencies around.

19 London

19 London is an international recruitment agency, specialising in the placement of Personal and Executive Assistants, Private Household Staff and International Super Yacht Crew to clients around the world.

Based in London, with satellite locations internationally, their Yacht Crew division provides the highest calibre crew for the industry’s most prestigious super yachts. Their dedicated team of consultants each have a global network of contacts and decades of industry knowledge.

19 London provides fully qualified and vetted crew members for roles ranging from captains, officers and deckhands to chefs, beauty therapists and security. Needless to say, they have everything covered for you.

Quay Crew

Based out of Antibes and Poole, Quay Crew boasts an impressive 28 years of combined experience in the superyacht and recruitment industries. Offering accessible advice to prospective crew members and tailored recruitment for employers, Quay Crew utilise extensive industry knowledge to ensure that the right crew is matched to the right boat.

SuperYacht Crew Agency

SuperYacht Crew Agency helps Captains, Management Companies and Superyacht Owners connect with amazing crew. Their website provides a Yacht section with access to a salary guide and how to find a crew whilst their Crew section hosts a job board advertising the latest superyacht jobs, crew training academies and blogs with helpful advice and tips.

The Professional Yacht Crew Recruitment Agency is currently located in six different countries around the world with their HQ based here, in London.

Wilsonhalligan

A recruitment agency offering the latest jobs across all yacht departments. Whether you are looking for a head chef for your 110m Feadship or aspire to be a masseuse based out of South Africa, Wilsonhalligan offers a unique consultancy experience blending an understanding of the needs of owners and life onboard superyachts.

Camper & Nicholsons

Camper & Nicholsons is one of the global leaders in all luxury yachting activities. Their Placement Division has vast industry contacts as well as a comprehensive database of qualified crew.
Candidates are carefully screened according to the customer’s exact criteria, ensuring that they have the correct tickets, visas, and skills. Whether you are looking for a long-term addition to the team or a relief worker to get you out of a jam, Camper & Nicholsons can help.

By personally interviewing every one of their candidates, checking no less than three references and compiling all certificates, menus, and relevant documents the team always deliver high standards and have a loyalty community that trusts and always returns to the brand.

Bluewater

Whether you are looking for a crew or looking for work, Bluewater have you covered with their “exceptional database of over 100,000+ registered yacht crew”. Situated in the stylish yachting hubs of Antibes, Fort Lauderdale and Palma, Bluewater are not just one of the largest and most successful recruitment agencies in the industry, but they also provide chartering services, training courses and for a cool €17,950,000 will sell you a 46.5m Admiral Yacht named Entourage.

Viking

Dedicated to providing a “partnership” approach, Viking are proud to have been delivering “an exceptional level of experience and expertise” since 1988. Specialising in the recruitment of high-quality crew members, the Viking team’s knowledge and experience has expanded in recent years, allowing them to implement a ‘Full Crew Management Facility’. This service allows yacht overs to hand over the burden of maintaining an offshore payroll, medical policy, employee welfare and administration.

So, whether you are looking to provide silver service on the high seas or equip your new super-yacht with a multi-talented crew, get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help promote your recruitment agency. You never know we may just float your boat.