I work in the Superyacht Industry – many think of it as a glamourous industry to work in. All the glitz and the glamour but lets share the realities of life on the water.
Often long relentless hours to work 60 12-18hour days straight is not unheard of. While working 24/7 with people in a confined environment – privacy is a concept not a reality
Its discriminatory in so many ways;
- Pirates are not just in movies or make believe
- AK 47 training and munitions on board – are not unheard of
- Murder does happen – either as targets for muggings or more sinister happenings
- Water accidents that can lead to death
It’s Glamourous – sometimes;
- Karl Lagerfield and his models in St Tropez 2010
- Amazing locations; St Tropez, Amalfi, Capri, Santorini, Bodrum…
- No expense spared; Champagne, Caviar, Truffles, Lobster…
ITS BLOODY HARD WORK!! An artificial environment and one of the most unique occupations in the world is that of a ‘Yachtie’. But I enjoy the freedoms it provides me with in other ways – a flexible and changeable work environment, the opportunity to travel to some of the most picturesque places in the world – even if some of my impressions are just my interactions at the local marketplaces and trying out my bits of different languages I’ve learnt along the way; French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, German, Greek…
I’ve worked for some of the richest most discerning people in the world and more than likely if I were to name names you would not have heard of one of them. I can also tell you that all the wealth in the world will not buy you out of your insecurities or your fears nor will it provide escapism because it traps you into a lifestyle that can lead you incapable of interacting with the ‘real world’. There is only one way to see the world and that is by mixing with the everyday common man and to see the genuine hardships that they deal with in everyday life. That said wealth provides an amazing opportunity to make a difference and there are many out there that do so quietly and without a second thought and to those of you that do I salute you.
For now that’s it from me in the 2ft x 2ft x 6ft space given to me to live and breath in that is truly just for me….. Until next time