Flotilla Engineer/Mechanic

Location: Greece

“Live onboard a yacht for the summer and enjoy sailing from port to port with friends and guests. You will have a passion for sailing and have the ability to live and work in a small team. You will be responsible for a small fleet of yachts, ensuring all standards are maintained to the highest level. Your main day to day tasks will include a combination of maintenance checks and hosting tasks.

Job Summary

BeyondBeach are looking for an individual who wants to live onboard a yacht for the summer and enjoy sailing from port to port with friends and guests. You will have a passion for sailing and have the ability to live and work in a small team. You will be self-motivated and able to work without supervision. You will be required to be creative, supportive, hardworking and confident in your own work methods. Working under the Flotilla Skipper in this hands-on role, you will be responsible for the day to day running of a fleet of yachts, ensuring all standards are maintained to the highest level. Your main day to day tasks will include a combination of maintenance checks and hosting tasks. Such as H&S audits, rigging checks, engine checks, maintenance lists, guest briefings, passage planning, obtaining weather forecasts, petty cash accounting, cleaning duties, safety assistance, sailing support, evening social activities. Each flotilla can host up to 50 guests across a maximum of 6 boats.

With the support and guidance of your Skipper you will be responsible for ensuring all sailing activities are delivered in accordance with BeyondBeach guidelines. During your first week of work you will have the opportunity to shadow more experienced staff until you are confident working on your own. Excellent customer service skills and a friendly approachable style are essential in ensuring we provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all our guests. 

You work as part of a two person team. All customer service and guest hosting tasks are shared between the Flotilla Skipper and the Flotilla Engineer. With just a small fleet of 5 or 6 boats, keeping the boats maintained to a very high level is very achievable.  Which makes for a really rewarding job, including plenty of opportunity to get to know all of the guests.

Never been a yacht engineer before? No problem – if you’re an experienced flotilla skipper or flotilla mate with a strong interest in maintenance, that’s great. If you have mechanical know-how, and like to sail, but you’ve never actually worked on a yacht before, that’s no problem either. Your mechanical skills can be transferred to the world of yachts and we are happy to help you do that!

You’ll need to be confident with diesel engines, 12-volt electrics and basic plumbing, for example someone with an agricultural or  car mechanic background will find the transition to yachting fairly swift after some core training from our team. You do need to have an interest in sailing and ideally be a confident helm. 

You will need to be someone that takes pride in their work and understands the basic brief that all of our boats are yours to look after and keep in optimum condition throughout the summer. Our boats are your boats, take pride in that and enjoy working hard to make them the best they have ever been.

In addition to the Yacht Skipper you will also be supported by the shorebased Yacht Manager and the shorebased Area Manager. The Engineer and the Skipper are the only 2 crew living and working onboard the lead boat. All other in-resort staff and management support are shorebased and ready to assist as and when required. 

Flotilla working hours vary from day to day, based on weather forecasts, guest needs, boat issues and journey plans. A typical day will include the Engineer and Skipper having a planning chat at 09:00, followed by a Guest Briefing at 10:00. Finish times will vary. Typically on days with no evening activities you may finish around 19:30, but please note you do not finish work until the last guest boat has moored for the evening. Approximately 3 evenings a week you will be expected to socialise with guests for a meal or drinks.  Work is carried out 6 days a week. Working hours are flexible to the needs of the company. The 7th day of the week is a shorter day of work but still requires some work to be done. This is typically a mid-week day whereby the Skipper and Engineer take it in turns to either brief and launch all boats, or to moor each boat at the end of the day, enjoying the bulk of the day to yourself, albeit on board moving with the fleet. 

It is really important that all our staff recognise the need to be flexible in their approach to work. The very nature of our jobs means that no two days are the same. Your daily plans will need to be flexible to the needs of your guests and the weather conditions. At times, you may be required to take on extra duties. At times, you may be required to work in a different role. 

The role of Flotilla Engineer is a very enjoyable and rewarding role, but it does carry a reasonable level of responsibility with it. You are looking after the safety and wellbeing of guests and boats, away from the immediate hands-on support of the Yacht Manager. It is therefore only suitable for  a mature, level headed and conscientious individual who is committed to delivering the product to the highest standard. 

We pride ourselves on offering our staff a different experience. We do all we can to ensure that your time with us is rewarding and enjoyable. We aim for all of our staff to finish their time with us having gained new qualifications and/or experiences to help further their career. We value all of our hard working staff and love seeing teams building new friendships and enjoying their work year after year. If you want to learn new skills, make lifelong friends, experience a different way of life and immerse yourself in a small Greek community, this is the job for you.

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3x Studio Room 1x with sea view, 2x non sea view: £6,260 for 5x guests or 6x guests
A girl in a blue t shirt and shorts stands smiling at the camera whilst steering a yacht

Does this sound like you? 

Further Job Details

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Work closely with the Skipper to plan routes and establish daily routines.  
  • Diagnose and repair the large majority of typical engine failures.
  • Diagnose mechanical and electrical faults onboard.
  • Complete daily boat checks. 
  • Complete weekly boat checks. 
  • Pre-empt parts orders and change fittings and fixtures as needed. 
  • Understand that all repairs – large or small, including simple cleaning tasks are part of the engineer’s job role with regard to keeping all boats in optimum condition. 
  • Understand the Operating Procedures and ensure they are adhered to at all times.
  • Understand Emergency Action plans and know how to contact key support resources i.e. Port Police, Fire, Ambulance, Management.
  • Oversee the ‘front of house’ side of the flotilla. For example informing guests of social events, useful local knowledge and key amenities. 
  • Along with the Skipper, you will give daily briefings regarding the route and daily itinerary.
  • Assist guests with departing and berthing in ports and lunch time anchorages (if required).
  • Create working practices that ensure optimum welfare of guests and boats.
  • Deal with guest enquiries promptly and conscientiously.
  • Provide informal tuition to guests who lack experience and confidence. Often as part of a 2 day “brush up” course at the start of their holiday.
  • Organise, oversee and assist with changover days: yacht cleaning, laundry, welcome packs and preparation for arrival of clients.  
  • Ensure client transfers to/from airports/bases run smoothly. 
  • Welcome guests on to their yachts and provide boat and safety briefings upon arrival.
  • Help with any ongoing maintenance of all flotilla yachts whilst away from base, including: marine systems, engines, electrics, plumbing, sails and rigging.
  • Working closely with local suppliers for the provision of services.
  • Be available 24/7 for emergency support and assistance for guests and boats. 
  • Dealing with first aid needs.
  • Skipper the lead boat or guests boats if circumstances require it.
  • Actively ensure you are aware of passage plans and guest locations, in the event that you have to take on the role of Flotilla Skipper, whilst waiting for further assistance to arrive.
  • Support the skipper on changeover day to ensure all boats are ready for guests before their arrival time. 
  • Keep comprehensive maintenance records and service histories for boats and engines. 
  • Upsell local revenue sources, as and when applicable.
  • Lead boat housekeeping duties (shared with the Skipper).
  • Socialising with guests, particularly in the evenings

Job Requirements

  • RYA Day Skipper (desirable)
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 (desirable)
  • RYA Powerboat ICC (desirable) 
  • VHF License (desirable)
  • Yacht teaching experience (desirable)
  • Yacht maintenance experience (desirable)
  • Experience living and working on yachts (desirable)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Engineering experience – mechanical, electrical or both. 
  • NVQ Level 3 motor vehicle or equivalent relevant qualification
  • Confident with diesel engines, 12-volt electrics and basic plumbing
  • Confident problem solver, capable of applying logic and initiative to decision making
  • Able to work under pressure and communicate effectively in challenging situations
  • Experience of living with non-family members and maintaining amicable relationships
  • Excellent customer service experience
  • Competent Swimmer
  • Clean DBS check
  • Over 20 years of age
  • Non Smoker
  • Driving Licence
  • Clean and tidy appearance

Personal Qualities

The team is everything. 

Whilst enjoying your work and the lifestyle that comes from living in Greece, you must always be respectful of those around you. This includes your teammates, our guests, our hotel staff, our competitors, your local neighbours and the local community as a whole. We are very fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world. We are very lucky to be welcomed into the local community. As such we only employ staff that we feel are mature enough to embrace the seasonal lifestyle without causing upset or offence to our local friends and neighbours. If you are a mature, hard working, enthusiastic and fun instructor, with a passion for watersports then we’d love to hear from you.

What We Offer

  • Competitive Salary: Feel free to email us to discuss salaries in line with your experience.
  • Flights: To and From Greece.
  • Accommodation: Onboard the lead boat. 
  • Insurance: Whilst working you are covered under our Public Liability and Professional Indemnity policies.
  • Uniform: Company tops are provided. 
  • Time Off: This is a 7 day week role with part time days during the week. 
  • Holiday Allowance: In addition to the equivalent of 1 day off each week, you will receive a set number of holiday days, depending on the length of your contract. 
  • Watersports Equipment: All staff have free access to all watersports equipment, in line with the Company safety policies and procedures.  
  • Yacht Use: All staff have free access to yachts, when booking availability allows and in line with the Company safety policies and procedures.
  • Hotel Facilities: All staff have free access to our beach club facilities such as the swimming pools. 
  • Staff Discount: All staff receive a discount on food and drink at our Beach Clubs.
  • Friends and Family Discount. F&F discounts are available on holidays, for use outside of peak season.
  • Training: All staff receive a comprehensive induction on arrival to ensure you are confident and happy in your job role. All staff are eligible for £100 training bursary and are eligible to apply for funding for other courses.

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Aerial view of yachts moored in a harbour
A man in a blue t shirt and white hat stands on a quayside in Ag. Efimia, Kefalonia. There is a white sailing yacht to his left. He is watching another yacht reverse into a space