Earlier this month, the luxury motor yacht, Bellissima, ran aground in Pender Harbour, British Columbia. By all accounts the accident occurred due to “human error.” The duty officer apparently misjudged the entrance to the harbor.
The hull was compromised below the water line and the motor yacht took on water and began to list. As the aft of the engine compartment continued to flood, the captain put out a mayday call. The local Coast Guard response was swift. They rendered assistance with pumping out the water, and were able to refloat the yacht.
The hole was patched and the yacht seemed to be floating normally as she anchored near the shore waiting further inspection.
Fortunately, no one on board the yacht was injured in the grounding, and local officials said there was no fuel spilled or other environmental damage to the surrounding area.
These kinds of incidents are rare, but they do occur. The fact that the passengers and crew of the Bellissima were unharmed, and that the yacht was relatively unscathed, and there was no damage to the area, speaks volumes to the competency of her captain, crew, and their preparedness to deal with emergencies.
It is very easy to take your captain and crew for granted. Most luxury yacht owners think their main goal is to get you from point A to point B, and see that your guests have a good time. But, in reality, their main goal is to make sure that you all get to and from port safely!
That is why deciding on your crew, is probably one of the most important decisions you can make regarding the operation of your yacht!
Finding the Right Captain and Yacht Crew
Now that you understand how vital your captain and crew can be, not only for your pleasure, but your safety when you are using your yacht, you may be wondering, “how do I find the right crew?”
Your yacht broker is usually a good place to start. He or she will likely be able to refer you to a good captain, and many captains in turn will vet their own crews. However, there is no guarantee that anyone your broker recommends will be available.
Did you know that our On Demand Yachting solution has been designed to remove all of the hassles of yacht ownership, including finding and hiring the right crew for your needs and the particular needs of your yacht and guests?
We will help you to define your needs, and then do all of the work for you, matching you with a captain and crew personnel that are the best fit. And, if you do not want or need a full-time crew, with our stress-free crew management solution, you only pay for crew when you need it.
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.