"We had a crew chef years ago warned to provide better crew meals than he had in resent days. Also new to the industry and he was being given second and third chance. His very next meal was 12 microwaved hot dogs on a plate in the middle of the table..... no salad, nothing else. He was gone by lunchtime the next day. Same guy told the captain he was a non-smoker and when we had a welcome aboard beer an hour after he joined, the guy pulled out a pack of cigarettes and lit one up. Captain asked him what was up with that and he said: Oh, I just started, I didn't smoke when you interviewed me."
"I interviewed a girl for an Atlantic crossing, it was unpaid, but a great boat and a great crew. Basically, it was just another body for watch keeping. Within 2 days after leaving the Caribbean, it was apparent that this girl thought she was to be waited on hand and foot, would not get up for her watches and took offense while the crew was working around her. She sunbathed while we polished and did wash-downs around her. When I pulled her aside to ask what the f;():&..., she informed me that she was under the impression this was a free trip because of who her father was!!! My reply, was: who is your Dada?!?!?! Not trying to be condescending, but the girl was 34 years old and I reminded her of her responsibilities that I stated before she boarded. She had been on boats most of her life and knew her way around. I should have left her on the dock, but she looked like she needed a friend and a break... soooo. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but when you leave for an ocean crossing and everyone is needed.... We chucked her off in the Azores and did the rest of our trip with a young Portuguese guy who couldn't thank us enough!!"
"The problem is that so many and too many crew post pictures on Facebook of themselves in the hot tub, jumping off the boat, on jetskis... etc etc... with the caption: "another day at work"...or "my office" with just a nice sunset and all the works... People only show off the perks of the jobs (when you even get to taste those little luxurious moments) and new crew come to the industry thinking that they will be paid (and well paid) to do that all day every day. So when you burst their bubble and ask them to complete the tasks the job ACTUALLY involves, they feel offended. I've even been asked by the female deckhand where she should leave her panties for us to hand wash!!"
"Do these islands go all the way to the bottom!?!?!!!!!"
"This season was my first season, I had to come home before I got permanent position unfortunately, but my first day work experience involved me getting on a boat with my own packed lunch, change of clothes, no earphones and being surprised that they wanted me to go INSIDE the boat to put my stuff down. Four days after I started and had gotten more used to how the boat worked with serving us lunch, giving me work clothes etc, a new day worker guy was brought on to help out. It also happened that it was his first day work job as well, but in comparison, he couldn't stop asking what time lunch was served, worked incredibly slowly and messily and I would have to clean up after him, or my work would look bad as well, he went to get coffee every 20 minutes and had a smoke with the coffee on the back of the boat."
"The problem is that all flip flop people who once worked in a pizzeria try to get a job on a yacht, but another major problem is that they don't want to learn or listen.
I have a stewardess working with me who worked on a 20+m yacht and she thinks she knows everything. Tried to explain, write the jobs what needs to be done, but she does things as she wants.Ex. asked her to start cleaning windows while charter guest are sleeping, but she starts hoovering, ask her to clean bathrooms, she does bed linen. This makes my job more difficult, because I'm tired to explain things to her, so I have to re-do most of her work. Captain is too busy with other things plus he likes her and it is a seasonal position, so till end of Oct I'm stuck with her. She takes a nap after lunch (off charter) because she is `tired and bored`. So guys trust me, better get rid of this type of Stew before it s too late."
"I had a new stew on board. She was asked go around the boat from the inside and clean all the port holes. She came back 1 hr later and had finished. She then asked me, 'why did you just want me to clean the port holes and not the starboard?' I was in hysterics."