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Boat Handlers Abroad


In the words of John F Kennedy, “It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came. “

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. The ocean makes you feel really small and it makes you put your whole life into perspective, it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. You feel born again when you get out of the ocean.

Getting perfection in boating may take years, it is difficult to manage the boats, yacht all alone, with HOVOS volunteers you can get the help that you want. It doesn’t matter how confident you are in your own ability to handle a boat, there is always a point where you find yourself struggling to pull off some manoeuvre or other. The volunteers will not only help you but also teach you the techniques to make boating easier and simpler.



In modern use of the term, yachts differ from working ships mainly by their leisure purpose. There are two different classes of yachts:

  • sailing and
  • Power boats.
boat handler jobs abroad

boat handler jobs abroad

With the rise of the steamboat and other types of powerboat, sailing vessels in general came to be perceived as luxury, or recreational vessels. Later the term came to encompass large motor boats for primarily private pleasure purposes as well.

Whether it is day sailing, weekender or cruise yacht, the volunteers at Hovos are well qualified and equipped to help you make your yachting experience memorable!

Day sailing yachts

Sometimes called sailing dinghies, they often have a retractable keel, centerboard, or dagger board. Most day sailing yachts do not have a cabin, as they are designed for hourly or daily use and not for overnight journeys.

Weekender yachts

Weekender yachts are slightly larger in length. They may have twin keels or lifting keels such as in trailer sailors. This allows them to operate in shallow waters, and if needed “dry out”—become beached as the tide falls.

Cruising yachts

Cruising yachts are by far the most common yacht in private use. These vessels can be quite complex in design, as they need a balance between docile handling qualities, interior space, good light-wind performance and on-board comfort. These are the most difficult to handle if you are a beginner.



“The mark of a great ship handler is never getting into situations that require great ship handling”, Ernest King.

Ship handling is both a science and an art. Science because it requires knowledge of various forces acting on the ship.Art because it requires the skills of an experienced navigator to use these forces in his favor. We may learn the science part from the various ship handling courses. But the art can only be learned from experience. Art of ship handling also has many forms. Each navigator handles the ship in his own way and so far it does not go against the general good practices, each one of it is correct.

So how can someone become a good ship handler? It can only be achieved by knowledge. It can only be achieved by learning both, the science and art of ship handling.

Some of the important boat handling skills include:

  • Slip and slide
  • Parallel parking
  • Spin cycle
  • Tying and knots
  • Setting two anchors
  • Crabbing
  • Smart control in the event of an emergency (‘man overboard’ situations)
  • Docking


Hovos boating volunteers are well versed in these techniques. Some might not have certificates of formal learning but they have gained it all through experience while others are formally well trained. From them as a host you will gain a lot of perspective, you will know about his experiences, his culture and his country! All this at what cost? Just free meals and accommodation to the volunteer.


There are very few jobs that allow you to travel the world in style and get paid for it. One of them is working aboard a private luxury yacht. If you are skilled in boat handling, there are ample opportunities waiting for you to showcase your talents and travel abroad! The good news is, just about anyone, as long as there’re not prone to seasickness, can do it. You don’t have to be a sailor. There are plenty of positions that do not require boat experience like working in cabin crew, bar handling, etc.

If you do manage to find work as crew aboard a luxury boat, you will be living the high life. Yes it is hard work, but the chance to travel aboard a yacht, get paid handsomely, and live, eat and drink for free definitely make up for it.

It is possible to find work aboard yachts all around the world, although boats tend to migrate with the warm weather and sunshine! You will also be more likely to find available jobs in the yachting “hub locations”, which serve as base cities for many yachts, marinas and shipyards.

Summer Season

From April-September, it is more common to find work in:

  • The Northeast (Newport, NYC, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Maine)
  • Pacific Northwest (Portland/Seattle, British Columbia, Alaska)
  • Mediterranean (South of France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Turkey)

Hub Locations: Antibes, France – Palma, Spain – Newport, Rhode Island

Winter Season

From October-April, it is more common to find work in:

  • Florida/the Bahamas
  • The Caribbean
  • The West Coast of Mexico

Hub Locations: Fort Lauderdale, (to a lesser extent) St. Martin/St. Mt. Maarten

If ocean is your eternal love and travelling is your prospected life then there is nothing better than this volunteering opportunity!



  • marineclarity

    Hello thanks for your nice post this post is very helpful. hope that you will continue your writing .thanks


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