Yacht Crew Books

When you want to become a professional crew member on a yacht or superyacht, you need a certain know-how in the department where you want to work in.

There are several good yacht crew books on the market and I will show them here, each one in their own department.

On superyachts we have 3 departments:

  • Deck
  • Interior
  • Engineering

You can easily order them from Amazon. Click on the appropriate flag to choose Amazon USA or Amazon UK.

Let's begin with the first one...


1. Deck department


1. Alison Noice's Yachtmaster for Sail and Power

This book is excellent material when you want to become a skipper, a mate or even a deckhand. It's a solid base for every yacht, from the smallest ones to the biggest superyachts.

It talks about navigation, meteo, safety, communication, anti-collision rules and so on.

I've bought mine in 2006 and I still have it with me on each boat I work on!

Yachtmaster for Sail and Power: The Complete Course for the RYA Coastal and Offshore Yachtmaster Certificate
Yachtmaster for Sail and Power: A Manual for the RYA Yachtmaster® Certificates of Competence


2. The Reeds Superyacht Manual

This is one of the yacht crew books aimed for people who want to push further towards the super- and megayachts.

It covers everything of the Yachtmaster level and up to the MCA Officer of the Watch.

It also covers the STCW Basic Safety Training and has a section on marine law, plus the full text of the anti-collision regulations.

The benefit of this book, is that it's aimed specifically at superyacht crew. Everything is more in depth.

A must-have, if you ask me!

Reeds Superyacht Manual: Published in association with Bluewater Training
Reeds Superyacht Manual: Published in Association with Bluewater Training


3. Bridge Procedures

This book is an adaptation of the bridge procedures, specifically aimed at large yachts, power and sail.

It's well written and guides you through the correct procedures to be followed.

Good to have as a captain, as well as for anybody else who is thinking to become one...

Bridge Procedures: A guide for watch keepers of large yachts under sail and power (Reeds Professional Yacht Handbooks)
Bridge Procedures: A Guide for Watchkeepers of Large Yachts Under Sail and Power (Reed's Professional)


2. Interior department


1. Masterchef Cooking Course

This is one of the yacht crew books that will come in handy for every yacht stewardess who needs to cook too.

This book takes you to a higher level and explains how to prepare really nice food.

It's aimed at beginners as well as people who are used to cook.

Magdalena has this book always in her galley!

Masterchef Cooking Course
MasterChef Cookery Course


2. The Insider's guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess

And if you want to become a yacht stewardess, then this is a good read.

Julie Perry has been in the industry and shares her experience with you.

A must-read if you're thinking to become one!

The Insiders' Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess 2nd Edition: Confessions from My Years Afloat with the Rich and Famous
The Insiders' Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess


3. Engineering department


1. BoatOwner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual

This book is a fantastic source of information. Many skippers have it onboard and I know that a lot of Chief Engineers on board megayachts have it with them too!

All systems onboard are explained, together with many troubleshooting guides.

This book pays itself back, without a doubt!

Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems
Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual: How to Maintain, Repair, and Improve Your Boat's Essential Systems (Boatowners)




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