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First Officer / Chief Mate

Yacht Chief Mate Staffing

You’ll gain access to a talent pool of Chief Mates who have worked for families and individuals, including royalty, executives, politicians, celebrities and other high-profile people. No matter where you are in the world, with Quintessentially People, you’ll get the personal attention and outstanding candidates you deserve.

Contact Us

Quintessentially People are headquartered in London and maintain offices in New York, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Cannes and Palma. Get in touch with us to discuss your expectations and to learn how we can satisfy your yacht staffing goals.

Contact the office closest to you for more information. 

Benefits of Hiring a Chief Mate with Quintessentially People

  • Arranges regular safety drills
  • Trains and supervises deck crew
  • Sets watch schedules and staff rotations
  • Maintains deck inventory and equipment
  • We can recruit for you no matter where you live

Contact your regional office to find the perfect Yacht Chief Mate.

Hire A Chief Mate

The role of the First Officer will be to assist the Captain with all administrative and safety duties, as well as managing deck crew and maintaining crew discipline and personnel procedures. Duties can include, but are not limited to:

• Overseeing and arranging regular safety drills/procedures

• Deck crew training and supervision

• Setting watch schedules and staff rotations

• Maintenance and deck inventory and deck equipment

• Navigation and operation of bridge electronics

• Stowage of yacht for sea

• Navigation

• Managing and adhering to deck budgets

• Continued education and licensing

The First Officer will deputize and delegate for the Captain in his absence. The First Officer will also demonstrate an effective and diplomatic management stance, and excellent communication and organization skills. Expert boat handling, watch keeping and navigational skills as well as excellent ISM and ISPS knowledge and practice are musts. Extensive maintenance knowledge and skills are also required, including rust/corrosion repair, painting, varnishing, rope splicing, fiberglass, carpentry, outboard motors and maintenance product knowledge. Basic engineering knowledge, with the expectation of improvement over time, along with advanced knowledge of all water sports and proficiency with computer skills, are also essential.


Why Quintessentially People

Quintessentially People’s yacht staffing division, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, is one of the world’s leading yacht recruitment agencies because we source the best candidates in the industry for placement on the largest vessels in the world. Contact us to explain your requirements, and we will recruit only the candidates who meet your specific requirements. Regardless of your needs, the talent pool of professionals we will present will demonstrate the required experience, professionalism and discretion. Quintessentially People’s yacht staffing office also recruits Captains, Engineers, Pursers, Deckhands, Stewards/Stewardesses and Chefs. Contact us to discuss your complete yacht staffing needs.

If your new First Officer does not meet with your approval within our guarantee period, Quintessentially People will replace your hire at no charge to you.

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