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I often get email asking me questions about how to get a job on a boat. One question that is often asked is how do I get a job on a boat?

If you are located in the USA, there is often a lot of work in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Accommodation at a crew house in Fort Lauderdale costs about $130 per week. Yacht captains will often come to the crew houses searching for workers, offering $10 to $15 per hour for day work. This is a great opportunity to get your first experience working on luxury yachts. The best time to go to Fort Lauderdale is a couple of weeks before the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show because the boats are preparing for the show and there is a lot of work at that time.

A couple of people that emailed me went down to Fort Lauderdale on my recommendation and ended up working on boats. One wrote me back to say that she had found a job on a 100 foot yacht on its way down to the Caribbean. If you have the right attitude, it is possible to get a well-paying job on a yacht even with no previous boating experience.

Feel free to ask any questions here in the forums about working on yachts...

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More crewing advice

There are a few ways to look for boat jobs. First you want to pick a good location. Being in the right place at the right time is essential. Some popular crewing spots are Fort Lauderdale, Antibes, Antigua, and Palma. You can find listings of where to base yourself at different times of the year on this chart or on the The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The (Cruising) Galaxy.

  • Post on online crew lists like this one and other crew lists located around the Web.
  • Walk the docks.
  • Post your advertisements on the bulletin boards at marinas and boat supply stores (e.g., West Marine)
  • Sign up with a crew agency

More detailed information can be found on the work on a yacht page of this web site.