“The crew are so personable and lovely that it’s so hard not to interact with them,” he adds, explaining that personality plays a big part in what they look for in crew for the boat. “The first thing we look at is qualifications but longevity is also very important because we want someone to come and stay.”
This mantra is definitely working because, in a difficult economic climate where the charter market is suffering, Vertigo has proved to be incredibly popular. “The boat was very busy in the Med last season and we were doing quick turnarounds,” Captain Quinlan explains. “I think another part of that is the fact that the yacht is very realistically priced. You could charge a lot more but by setting yourself towards the lower end of the spectrum for a boat like this, you can charge a bit less and be completely busy throughout the season. So you are better off being a bit more affordable and as a result a bit more attractive."
“So everything is getting bigger but the good thing is that legislation has come in. When I first started, guys were running around driving 50m boats with just their Yachtmaster tickets. They might have had the experience but they didn’t have the necessary qualifications and they hadn’t been formally trained. I think formal training is definitely the only way to go.”