It can be what tops off a day after an evening ashore, or a long trip by air to meet your yacht. The familiar offers a unique opportunity to relax and feel at ease in the comforts of your own home. Certainly this has to be one of the top benefits of superyacht ownership, a home away from home, anywhere your heart desires (at least as long as there is water there).
So why do owners deal with frequent crew changes. Why go through re familiarization of personnel so often, disrupting privacy, adding expense of retraining, and having to deal with the crew learning curve as they become familiar with your preferences and habits all over again.
Many owners may only spend 6 or 12 weeks onboard a year, so dealing with changes in personnel comes at a premium price as superyacht ownership is in essence meant to offer the very top in luxury lifestyle.
Has crew turnover become something that owners just assume they have to deal with, has it become like an uncomfortable anchorage where you love the view, but deal with the rolling because you have yet to hear about zero speed stabilizers?
You have to believe that becoming familiar with frequent crew changes does not add to a perfect feeling of ownership. Rather it takes away one of the true treasures of superyacht ownership. The comfort of familiarity, and knowledge that your wants, needs and likes are very well-known to your crew, and your privacy is secure.
Keeping a crew that you have worked hard to find does take work, but no harder than having stabilizers fitted, and it costs a whole lot less.
While many captains are well qualified technically, they have not all had the time, or experience needed to develop the leadership and people skills required to deal with the innumerable and complex interpersonal issues that come with commanding a yacht with 12 to 30 or more crew.
Enter the catch 22. Captains that want help can feel trapped about asking for it. If they ask for more training or development tools they feel it can be seen as sign of weakness. It may even send the wrong message to the owner. So they continue to struggle in hopes the boat does not rock from the many interpersonal issues that can surface.
But owners miss out here. For it is from long-standing crew relationships that real rapport is built and offers owners that special comfort. In this private world of superyacht ownership, part of the comfort is knowing just who you have aboard. Familiar faces, familiar top quality service, and that familiar feeling one gets when at home, relaxed, and stress free. What superyacht ownership is about.
Today there is no need to settle for the unfamiliar when there are solutions such as MBTI and DISC. When administered and facilitated correctly these tools offer incredible value. Start today by talking to your captain, set your solutions in motion and give up good for great.
Unlock the potential you have aboard. Let familiar offer you what you deserve.