They live in an extraordinary world filled with exotic places, glamorous people and an everlasting ocean breeze while meeting the rich and famous needs – but there’s also a dark side to life as a crew member on a luxury superyacht. While recruiting people are keen to promote the ability of young Australians to collect tax-free income, travel the world and “fall in love”, crew members have also shared their experiences of misogyny, prostitution, and drugs aboard on millions of dollars mega yachts.
‘If you are not a size between 0-4, do not apply’. Former superyacht deckhand and flight attendant Isabelle asked us not to publish his last name, saying that the crew could be exposed to sexist swallows, fired over an unpleasant smile, the pressure to recolor their hair, limited to small spaces, deprived of sleep and imposed “unimaginable” tasks.
The 23-year-old, who worked on board a 50-meter boat for about four months, recently abandoned the industry because of the sexism she sustained. “Women on tires and women working in the interior can be exposed to unwanted progress and unpleasant comments from senior crew members, owners, and guests who put them in compromising positions,” she said. Isabelle said crew members can be fired if they refuse to color their hair a certain color that the yacht owner finds comfortable or if the owner simply “does not like their smile”.