Crew composition and behaviour on board

Crew composition and behaviour on board

Part of our series on skippered boats. Who can be in the crew, and what should be expected of them?

Don't underestimate the importance of choosing the right crew; it can make or break your holiday. Being on a boat will test interpersonal bonds like no other situation. We’re here to help you assemble the perfect crew.

Who makes up the crew?

The crew includes everyone except the captain. If you join us on a boat, you will be part of the crew. Sailing is an activity for everyone — people of all ages, children, and even some pets. Safety features like rail nets can be added if needed.

There are no limitations regarding mobility or health, as long as the person feels healthy and active enough, or their carers believe they are. Essentially, anyone can be part of the crew. Yachting welcomes everyone, and we can all get along on the boat:

  • Families with children
  • Multiple young couples
  • Groups of friends
  • Working teams for teambuilding events
  • Older couples with a dog
  • Men's or women's trips
  • Bachelor / Bachelorette parties
group of friends

Experience a memorable holiday with a vibrant crew.

How do I choose a crew for my boat?

We recommend choosing people you know, enjoy spending time with, and feel comfortable around. This helps avoid unpleasant encounters with incompatible personalities. Meeting the crew beforehand, perhaps at a restaurant or bar, allows you to discuss expectations, holiday styles, and individual needs, ensuring a smoother sailing experience.

Crew health

There are no health restrictions that would prevent you from joining the boat. However, it's important to inform the captain and crew in advance about any illnesses such as epilepsy, diabetes, or severe allergies. In the event of an emergency, it's helpful for others to know what might be happening and where your medication is located.

Dealing with seasickness

Many newcomers worry about seasickness when thinking about a boat trip. However, we can reassure you that it's not very common, especially in the summer in the Mediterranean. It's still helpful to read up on seasickness to understand it and learn how to avoid it. Check out our article on how to cope with seasickness.

Building the perfect crew

Based on our experience, certain personalities are invaluable on a crewed ship. If you have the opportunity, include these types of people on board:

  • Cook: Someone who enjoys cooking and can prepare meals for everyone.
  • Musician: A guitar player, singer, or someone who can provide entertainment and culture.
  • Tidy Person: Someone who discreetly keeps things organized and clean.
  • Planner: Someone who has researched the destinations and planned the activities ahead of time.
  • Navigator: A person fascinated by maps who can always tell you exactly where you are and what you're looking at.
  • Diver: Someone who can swim to retrieve lost items, such as a paddle or chain.
Dog on the boat

Don't be afraid to bring your children and pets on the boat.

The crew is listening!

It's essential for the crew to follow the captain's orders regarding navigation, safety, and the operation of the ship. The skipper is responsible for the well-being of both the crew and the vessel, so it's important to respect and adhere to their instructions.

Is cabin fever imminent?

You might wonder if being in the confined space of a boat with many people can lead to so-called "cabin fever". While it's possible for someone to get on your nerves during the cruise, careful crew selection can help minimize this. If you do find yourself feeling annoyed, we recommend going ashore for a walk, a swim, or other activities to regain your peace of mind.

Contact details

Choose a date *

Ready to set sail? Get in touch and we will choose the best boat for you.

Denisa Nguyenová

Denisa Nguyenová

Sales Consultant

+420 730 188 100denisa.nguyenova@yachting.com