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jacobf95
Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7:34 PM
Joined: 20/02/2018
Posts: 1


New to yachting here...had a few dayworking jobs but looking for my first full time deckhand job. I have an eyebrow piercing...will this hurt my chances of getting a job? I know it’s recommended to cover up tattoos, is a piercing  just as bad? Can’t really cover my face, although it would be somewhat hidden under sunglasses
Captain Bill
Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:39 PM
Joined: 02/12/2015
Posts: 1


Sorry not on our Yacht. we run our boat on the golden rule. “them that have the golden rule”!
Supermale stew
Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:47 PM
Joined: 19/11/2013
Posts: 10


Not at all!Tattos,piercings,smoking has absolutely no place in a premier service environment!
GinaG
Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 10:13 PM
Joined: 24/10/2014
Posts: 1


Absolute nay!!!
-chase-
Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 10:31 PM
Joined: 29/12/2015
Posts: 13


Supermale stew wrote:
Not at all!Tattos,piercings,smoking has absolutely no place in a premier service environment!
Lol... Haven't worked long in yachting have you?
The snob attitude has no place in a premier yachting service.
Piercings are on a vessel by vessel basis dependent on the yacht, the Captain, owners etc.
Some may have you remove it while guests are on board... Of course just like any interview, you may want to remove it, or not, but don't hide the fact you have one. And ask what that yachts policy is on wearing it.
Smoking... Ask what area of the vessel smoking is permitted and when. Generally it's on the swim platform. Guests not present.
Tattoos... Due to the popularity of tattoos over the years they're much more accepted.
I know several first class chefs that work "premier" yachts if that's what you want to call them that have full sleeve tattoos and various other tattoos.. one is a girl.
So so much for the snob bull you'll hear from some. Usually you'll find those premier vessels are so full of kiddie snob drama you wouldn't want to work on them in the first place.
Yachting is nothing more than hotel work on a ship. Maintainance crew, car wash, hotel maids, waitress, and a chef on a moving hotel.
Some might think it's more than that.. but the reality is, it's not.
And the norm is is it's more lax than not. No one wants to stay aboard a ship full of stressed out snobs creating unwarranted drama about someone's tattoo or minor piercing.
Not saying they'll employ the Lizard man... 
If you carry yourself well, get along with crew and guest, dress well..  take a shower, comb your hair... Look professional and act as such. That's what counts. That's what makes for premier service. Not the tattoo or piercing. Or whether you smoke or not.

Bob P
Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 10:55 PM
Joined: 28/05/2013
Posts: 3


"Haven't worked long in yachting have you?" Chase, you seem to forget one thing that Captain Bill said so eloquently... “them that have the golden rule”! And on charter vessels, NO owner or Captain is going to risk offending that unknown passenger who WILL be offended by body piercings or excessive tattoos. But I AM bothered by your repeated use of the word "snob" to describe crew and passengers who follow established guidelines. BTW, I'm an owner... it's not a mega yacht, it's not (by my definition) a super yacht, and some people would barely call it a yacht. But it's mine and as long as I pay the bills, I make the rules. You would be wise to remember that.

Bob P 


Anonymous
Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:24 AM
Your trying to join the wrong industry if you think it is full of snobs? Face piercings and arm/leg tattoos that are in bad taste don't have a place on high end yachts. You may find a job on a fishing charter 30m or dive boat if that has been your choice in life. For those crew that found out about the industy through the Below Deck then you may have a rude awakening when or if you make it through a back to back med season.
Anonymous
Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:51 AM
My 3 female crew all got VCH piercings!!  Don't see a problem at all!
Jsittisorn
Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:04 AM
Joined: 29/08/2017
Posts: 1


Absolutely agreed as long as you appear and perform your asign duty as peofessional and above guest expectation.
Anonymous
Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:06 AM
I fear by virtue of the fact that you even needed to ask this question, you are very much in the wrong place.
Anonymous
Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:07 AM
And you would know this how ?
Captain Bob Terrell
Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:20 AM
Joined: 26/08/2013
Posts: 8


Absolutely not. The larger the yacht the more professional it gets...There is nothing professional about piercings.

Try commercial vessels, Offshore Oil field vessels, tow boats, commercial fishing boats. Might have a shot at a sportfish yacht...


Manfred matthies
Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:13 AM
Joined: 14/07/2016
Posts: 6


Don't do it !

Anonymous
Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:28 PM
Anonymous wrote:
And you would know this how ?

Well we all got to see of course!

But after that they put on the uniforms and stripes, they all looked like professionals.
 
 

Biscayforce12
Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:13 AM
Joined: 18/03/2016
Posts: 4


No way. I find face piercings, visible tattoos and smoking all show a lack of professionalism that does not go with the expected standards of this industry. It shows a lack of regard for owners and guests alike. You are not there to show off your individuality. Your there to blend with the background and just make everything "happen" smoothly with no fuss. And your paid a hansom wage to blend in too. It is all part of the job.
-chase-
Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2018 4:15 AM
Joined: 29/12/2015
Posts: 13


Bob P wrote:

"Haven't worked long in yachting have you?" Chase, you seem to forget one thing that Captain Bill said so eloquently... “them that have the golden rule”! And on charter vessels, NO owner or Captain is going to risk offending that unknown passenger who WILL be offended by body piercings or excessive tattoos. But I AM bothered by your repeated use of the word "snob" to describe crew and passengers who follow established guidelines. BTW, I'm an owner... it's not a mega yacht, it's not (by my definition) a super yacht, and some people would barely call it a yacht. But it's mine and as long as I pay the bills, I make the rules. You would be wise to remember that. 

Bob P  

Lol...
Bob P - read the post fully then comment. As owner or crew you're digging your own hole with your statements.
By all means carry on. You sound more and more like a greenhorn. And... A snob.
But I will repeat.
Some of the finest charter and private vessels have crew with piercings and especially with tattoos.
And most all vessels permit smoking in designated areas for crew.
My original post was the best advice for the OP. 
Bob only owns one vessel if he owns any. 
Just look for the vessels with the happy faces... The one without... It's probably Bob's.


Massimo_M
Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 8:12 AM
Joined: 11/01/2012
Posts: 6


Capt. Bob Terrell, have you ever been working on a "commercial vessel" ?

I understand from your post that you mean cargo/cruise ships.

Why do you think that "commercial vessels" are the dump site of unwanted yachties where they can join unprofessional seamen ?

I did work for many years on board of cargo ships and believe me that in that environment nowadays there are much less crewmembers addicted to alcohol and substances, piercing and tatoos than in the yachting industry.

 


Captain Bob Terrell
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 1:27 AM
Joined: 26/08/2013
Posts: 8


Actually Massimo I did in fact spend 12 years as a commercial Captain, operating offshore Oil field Crew and Supply vessels, Seismograph and Utility type vessels. Prior to my 30+ years as a private and charter yacht Captain. Tattoos and piercings were common place on those vessels and in "that" environment. 

I did also operate a First Class, 90 meter Casino Ship, which was very restrictive about the subject. Crew wore full formal uniforms while on duty. No visible piercings or tattoos were allowed.


Anonymous
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 1:08 AM

The family owned company with whom I'm a captain, has 8 owned vessels and 4 operated on contract for the city does not hire anyone with visible tattoos. We're a ferry company with maybe 200 sea going staff.

I'm not sure on the piercings policy.

In s previous life I had an excellent stewardess with visible tattoos- we operated in the commercial sector. She moved on and I got asked for a reference, no issues in providing an excellent one for her; she and now her husband have worked on the same super yacht for around 6 years now.