Deck Position Deckhand

About the Deckhand

A deckhand is an entry level position aboard a mid- to large-sized yacht with primary duties including cleaning and maintenance of the exterior of the vessel. A successful deckhand often has some experience in the superyacht industry, or on board private vessels, and is keen to learn and work hard. It is essential that the deckhand can perform assigned tasks efficiently with a positive attitude in addition to interacting with owners and guests in a professional manner.

Yacht Nautical Flags Antenna Mast
Bosun Deckhand cleaning wooden railing
Yacht stern seating area with US Flag
Image of line tied to a cleat and faked in a figure 8 format
Bosun polishing the yacht
Polished Railing in Sunset
deckhands washing yacht hull from the water
Evening image polished railing
Job Responsibilities
  • Cleanliness of the yacht wash downs, stainless polishing, waxing
  • Assisting bosun and mate in maintenance projects; sanding and taping up for varnishing or painting, caulking, filling
  • Continued learning of yacht maintenance, operations and systems; line handling, tender driving, navigation, safety, water sports
Required Skills
  • Good work ethic
  • Positive attitude
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to learn on the job
  • Ability to take direction
  • Professional appearance
Salary Modifiers
  • Engineering experience or certificate
  • Sports certification (i.e. dive certificate, kite surfing instructor)
  • Extensive fishing knowledge
  • Tender driving license
  • Carpentry skills
  • No tender driving certification
Position Statistics
OUR DATA IS CALCULATED FROM
34,551
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE RECORDS OUT OF
93,221
EXPERIENCES IN THE DECK DEPARTMENT
AVERAGE LONGEVITY IN THIS POSITION
208 Days
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE (DECKHAND)
301