Peter Insull’s Crew Consultants have created this site in order to help you with FAQ and guide you through some of the essentials in the yachting industry. If there is something missing or perhaps something you would like to see mentioned in this site then please contact michelle@insullcrew.com. Wishing you all the greatest success […]

CV – What is missing?

You’ve probably spent hours modelling, rewriting and studying your CV, so much so that perhaps you’ve left out the basics.  Below you’ll find some information people very often forget to put on their CV’s – don’t let this be you! As you know Captains/Hiring managers only have a limited window to find their crew, you may look great on paper, but vital information is missing and they don’t have the time to chase you, they will move onto the next candidate who does have all of the information.


Make sure the following information is on your CV:


  • Your name (many people leave this in the Header section, which is often omitted on many computer systems)
  • Do you have a valid and clean driving license?
  • Nationality + Visa if applicable
  • Photo – your profile picture – make sure it is professional and NOT a selfie!
  • Dates of all positions on your CV.
  • Size of the yacht and a description of your duties on board.
  • Valid email address, phone number(s) and skype address.
  • Location and availability
  • Birthday



The Reference section is an essential to have on your CV, if you don’t have it on there, whether intentional or not then people begin to wonder why. Often Captains, owners or managers are hesitant to employ a candidate without checking their references, no matter how well you presented at interview.

I cannot stress how important it is that the dates on your CV corresponds with the written reference given to you by the Captain or Chief Stewardess etc. Even if you don’t have a written reference, please do not exaggerate your dates on board, you will be found out. Be aware that crew agents will check your references before submitting your CV to the yacht for review, the yacht in turn may also decide to do their own background checks on you. Make sure your referees are clearly noted on your CV and that the contact information is as up to date as possible. We understand that people change email address and phone numbers a lot so it isn’t always possible to keep in touch with your referees. This is acceptable for one referee listed on your list certainly not for all your referees.

Questions we are often asked by candidates:

Why are references so important if I performed well during my interview?

No matter how well you performed during your interview it is standard procedure to check your references from previous employers. If the interview went well the employer will normally check your references if he hasn’t already got them. The most frustrating thing is emails which are no longer valid or numbers which don’t work so make sure you are in a very advantageous position by keeping your referee details as up to date as possible. If it is part of their policy that all references must be checked and verified before joining then you could lose your potential job to someone more organised.

I’m looking confidentially so I cannot provide references – how should I go about this?

If you cannot provide references for confidentiality reasons then speak to your crew agent about this, explain in the greatest possible detail so that they can pass this onto the yacht. Most employers will sympathise with this and will not reach out to your references until a mutual agreement has been reached.

My captain doesn’t have time to provide me with a written reference, will I automatically be rejected from future jobs?

Of course not, written references are great, however with modern technology there are always forged/fake references out there so keep in mind that they will be double checked either via email or phone. As long as you have at least one or preferably two methods of contact for your referees then that is fine.

The captain who was on board during my employment has left the yacht now and I have lost contact. What should I do?

This happens frequently, that is why it is so important to keep in touch with your referees not only for that but also for future jobs with them or their friends and it is always great to network! If you have completely lost contact with your referee then speak to your crew agent and explain this.

Please note: If for whatever reason you have left your previous yacht on bad terms, it is imperative you explain the situation to your crew agent or employer as it will be found out. Unfortunately things happen on board which we didn’t expect or contracts don’t outline what you were promised during your interview. Just explain to your crew agent, don’t hide it.


Getting Your First Job – Anna Lawlor

This morning I was fortunate enough to stumble onto Anna Lawlor’s very well written article about getting your first job in the yachting sector. Not only is it very well written, she covers absolutely all bases and in excellent detail. I will be recommending this articile to all future and current crew looking for work.

I’m sure you’re all fed up reading articles from us crew agents (no comments please haha) so take this time to read a great article by an ex crew member- who has been in your shoes and lived the experience you’re about to embark on.





Drug and Alcohol Testing

More and more yachts are implementing these measures on board as common practice, and every few months you will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing. In certain cases, before you join the yacht you will be asked to sign a document (this could be a part of your contract) saying you are happy to undergo these tests.
Whilst on board, if you see any member of the crew partaking in drugs or alcohol on board, do NOT confront them or discuss with fellow crew members – Go Directly to your captain without delay. If you don’t you are compromising not only your own safety but also the safety of all on board. 

Are you willing to take a Drug or Alcohol test? More importantly, will you pass it? 

Although a glamorous lifestyle on the outside, you are still very much at sea and the dangers are real, this is why you are asked to take so many courses in preparation for any dangers you may face. So it is essential you are and those around you are 100 percent sober.

Above all it is illegal! Stay safe and stay clean!