When to dockwalk
The best way for new crew to find work is to dockwalk (going to the ports to give out CVs directly to the yachts) to find daywork, which will help you to gain yachting experience and help you to make contacts which may lead to a permanent position.
When should I start dockwalking
We are busiest with new jobs before the Med Summer season starts, from Mid April - end of May, and then again from Mid September & October as yachts re-crew for the Winter season (usually chartering in the US & Caribbean or remaining in port for the winter in the Med).
Securing your first job
The yachting industry is a very competitive industry, and therefore to get your first job on a yacht will require time and effort. There are lots of new crew each season looking for work, but there are lots of jobs available too so don’t be discouraged.
Keep learning and adding to your CV
Consider some introductory courses to boost your CV and skills, no pre-requisites needed.
Deck - Power Boat Level II
, Entry Level Deck Week
Engineering - Approved Engine Course
Interior - The Entry Programme
Galley - Food Hygiene
(HABC Level 2)
Dock-walking in the South of France
As well as Antibes, visit Nice, Cannes, Golfe Juan, Monaco, Marina Baie des Anges and even head off to Italy to San Remo, Viareggio and Imperia. Not forgetting La Ciotat in the autumn when a lot of boats are based there for shipyard work and may need some extra hands.
Dock-walking in Palma
There are three main areas for dock walking in Mallorca – the marinas in the bay of Palma, Puerto Portals and Port Adriano. The marinas and shipyards in the bay of Palma are all gated so it’s important to dock walk discreetly, always in neat uniform and go about it alone. Crew dock walking in groups are likely to be asked to leave by security.
Dock-walking in South Florida
Only American citizens, green card holders, and work authorization visa holders are legal to walk the docks and look for work in the USA. Fort Lauderdale is an excellent choice as there are many marinas and boatyards with large yachts. We believe Bahia Mar, Hall of Fame, Pier 66, and the Marriot Hotel and Marina are the best places to start. There are several marinas from Miami all the way up to West Palm Beach which are gated or only allow guests by appointment only, we do encourage you to visit each place to see for yourself, meet the person at the gate/frontdesk, and leave a resume or business cards, if they will allow it.
The weeks leading up to a boat show is an excellent time to go dock walking as well, South Florida has 3 major shows Miami Yacht Show, Palm Beach Boat Show and Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. For a full list of marinas and boatyards please email the Fort Lauderdale office.