As buyer of a super yacht you easily have to pay tens of millions of euro’s for the purchase of your big toy. Add to that a couple of millions per year for maintenance, running costs and the crew for any given super yacht is at least run by seven crew members and often many more; among which the captain, engineer, first mate, deckhands, stewardesses and cook. Antigua is a base for these luxury sail and motor yachts in the European winter and is flocked by many young people who work there on them. With the owners being rich and used to always getting what they want, interesting things happen. This week Joshua gives a bit of an insight in the world of super yachts.
Hiding for the boss
Although the crew is the beating heart of any yacht not every owner is happy with them as such. I spoke to a crew member of a big motor yacht who told me they had to hide in special coves whenever the big boss walked around. This way he didn’t have to lay eyes on them when he was in his yacht. In order to ensure they where notified in time, the owner was tracked electronically so the crew could hide.
Sleeping with the boss
On the other side of the spectrum there are owners who cannot keep their hands off the staff and approach them improperly. You can only work on a super yacht if you are somewhat beautiful so there are plenty of pretty girls and woman around. Sexism is still a major factor in the business to the dismay of the woman I spoke to, among which knocking on the door at night, sexual insinuations and a pinch in the bum. And if some male super bosses cannot sleep with the crew, they will resort to other measures. On a motor yacht two Filllipinian prostitutes where flown in regularly half over the globe to please the pensioned owner.
To keep the penis extension machines nice and shiny they are washed daily, polished and cleaned. Cleaning and keeping the boats shining is one of the basic activities of the crew. And with all the yachts together they use up hundreds if not thousands of tons of water per week here in Antigua. On a small island like Antigua this takes up a big part of the general water supply to the point that during the whole season big parts of the islands have to manage without running water because… the super yachts used up the water.
Nothing to complain
Some bosses have an anti foot fetish and oblige the crew to wear shoes all the time. When the boss finally leaves the pale white feet are the remembrance of his visit. Another perhaps stranger story is of the boss who let a stewardess wait in the cold for three hours next to his kayak just in case he would decide to go out kayaking. A bit unusual are these stories undoubtedly, a bit embarrassing perhaps as well. But all in all, with a starting salary of 3000 US dollar a month in your early twenties you don’t hear a lot of complaints.