It’s no secret that the enduring volatility of market conditions in the superyacht industry accentuates the ‘need for data’. Catering for this indispensible necessity, The Crew Report’s Superyacht Golden Ticket crew survey, which lasted seven months and received responses from more than 1,000 crewmembers to 126 questions that covered 12 major topics, has now been dissected for the use of the industry.

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This is the first in a number of online drip-feeds that and Superyacht Intelligence will bring readers in the run-up to the announcement of the yacht, which will win the 60,000 euros of prizes, in September (watch this space and check your inbox – this will be no mundane announcement).

In this first snapshot of the results, we look at the longevity of crew. The depth of analysis covers 37 different on-board positions, ranging from captains and deckhands, to the less common positions such as carpenters and nannies.

If we look deeper into the longevity of captains, as an example, data shows that 24.1 per cent of captains have been in their current jobs for less than a year; this is low compared to the 69.3 per cent for deckhands. Of these deckhands who have been in their jobs less than a year, 65.4 per cent joined the industry prior to 2014, suggesting quite a lot of jumping ship is still happening for junior roles.

13.5 per cent of captains have been in their current jobs for more than 10 years, which is more than any other position. Of these, 34.2 per cent have all crew training covered by the yacht. Of that number, 23.1 per cent must take annual leave in order to undertake training.

Of the captains who have been in their jobs for less than five years, 16.4 per cent have all their crewmembers’ training covered by the yacht; all of whom must take annual leave to undertake training.

On what size range, then, are you as a crewmember most likely to have your training paid for? Bigger yachts would have to fork out more money due to larger crew numbers, but these yachts also have bigger budgets. Smaller yachts have fewer crew to train but smaller budgets. The survey reveals that you are statistically most likely to have all your crew training covered if you work on an 80-90m yacht, and least likely to have it paid for on a 30-40m yacht.

The survey also reveals that if the yacht’s owner is on board for longer than one month out of the year, the crew is 86.1 per cent more likely to have all training paid for. Furthermore, you are most likely to have all crew training paid for if your owner is on board between two to three months per year.

What does the future hold? Well, 90.7% of the respondent deckhands said they would like to move up the career ladder in the long-term – a comforting statistic given the industry-wide fear of the one-season backpacker culture. And, 92.6 per cent of first officers want to take that final step to captain, hopefully filling the gap left from those 57.4 per cent of captains who said they planned on moving onwards and upwards.

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The winning yacht will be announced in September. We’re planning something pretty special for the announcement, so watch this space… #SuperyachtGoldenTicket

We would like to thank all partners of the Superyacht Golden Ticket crew survey for donating the wonderful prizes.