Yachtie Accommodation Suggestions

If you’re a first-time yachtie looking for accommodation during your job search, or a more experienced yachtie heading shore-side for training or leave, you’re in the right place to find out more about your housing options.

You’ll want to make sure your accommodation has Wi-Fi for online job searching and keeping in touch with friends and families.

When renting private accommodation or moving into a shared house, there are still plenty of important factors to bear in mind:

  • Ensure to personally check the apartment for damage; make sure you sign a contract and fill out an inventory. It sounds simple, but sometimes you might not be offered a contract, but you’ll need to have one to ensure your legal safety. Confirm what is going to happen with the deposit/bond after the rental period, before signing any contract. 
  • When paying, international bank transfers can often take more than three days, while cards work faster (within 24 hours). Always ask for receipt if you are paying in cash.
  • All communication in shared housing is best done through one tenant and one agent. This will avoid confusion, duplicate information and contradictory requests. Make sure all communication is followed up with a letter or email; this simple action can avoid any possible problems in the future. 
  • When you find that something doesn’t work or gets broken, make sure you tell your agent straight away. 
  • If you plan to renew the contract, tell your agent as quickly as possible, or risk losing your apartment.
  • You always have the right to your deposit back. If the agent says that the deposit won’t be returned, it must go with an explanation. This must be based on events with evidence. 

Agents can help with simple matters, such as where to shop and eat, the closest place to leave the rubbish, parking areas, or any important matters that arise. It’s a good idea to stay in contact with your rental agent throughout your stay, as they have a duty to help you and meet your requests.

1. Crew houses

A crew house is a privately owned facility that offers clean, budget accommodation just for yachties. These are typically owned and run by fellow yachties or former crewmembers, and offer reasonably priced accommodation in prime hubs and hiring locations around the world. 

Crew houses work similarly to hostels in that there is no lease to sign; you don’t pay a deposit; and they are equipped for basic living during your stay. You may be put in a room with one or two others. The facilities are generally welcoming, economical and placed close to local ports and marinas. Crew houses are known as so due to their connections to the yachting industry. As such, staying in one often offers ample opportunity for new friends and networking, and residents may be the first to hear about the available yacht jobs and day work. 

Most crew houses charge rates on a weekly basis. Depending on the time of the year and quality of accommodation, you can expect to pay around €20 to €60 per night. Some may also post your CV on their website and/or social media pages.

2. Rental houses and apartments

Another option is to find a private apartment or house share. These can be found online or arranged through local agents. You could also ‘buddy up’ with other crew members that you’ve met along the way, giving that little extra comfort and personal space away from the crew house.

Shared accommodation, depending on the location and quality, can be cheaper than crew houses, yet contracts may be longer and harder to get out of on short notice, should you get a job with an immediate start.

You’ll want to make sure your accommodation has Wi-Fi for online job searching and keeping in touch with friends and families.

When renting private accommodation or moving into a shared house, there are still plenty of important factors to bear in mind:

  • Ensure to personally check the apartment for damage; make sure you sign a contract and fill out an inventory. It sounds simple, but sometimes you might not be offered a contract, but you’ll need to have one to ensure your legal safety. Confirm what is going to happen with the deposit/bond after the rental period, before signing any contract. 
  • When paying, international bank transfers can often take more than three days, while cards work faster (within 24 hours). Always ask for receipt if you are paying in cash.
  • All communication in shared housing is best done through one tenant and one agent. This will avoid confusion, duplicate information and contradictory requests. Make sure all communication is followed up with a letter or email; this simple action can avoid any possible problems in the future. 
  • When you find that something doesn’t work or gets broken, make sure you tell your agent straight away. 
  • If you plan to renew the contract, tell your agent as quickly as possible, or risk losing your apartment.
  • You always have the right to your deposit back. If the agent says that the deposit won’t be returned, it must go with an explanation. This must be based on events with evidence. 

Agents can help with simple matters, such as where to shop and eat, the closest place to leave the rubbish, parking areas, or any important matters that arise. It’s a good idea to stay in contact with your rental agent throughout your stay, as they have a duty to help you and meet your requests.

3. Guest houses, hostels and hotels

Other accommodation options include guest houses, hostels and hotels; especially if you cannot afford crew houses, or they are full. These can offer good short-term housing options, as you can stay for just one or two nights. Hotels can offer convenient, central locations, but can be very expensive. 

The Crew Grapevine

Crew Grapevine provides quality shore side accommodation to superyacht crew, those seeking that end and the occasional curious tourist. We have three large private townhouses in the centre of old Antibes. All properties are within 100m of the port and situated between the crew recruitment agencies and yachting schools. We have designed our accommodation to be completely flexible around Superyacht Industry crew and their specific needs. We provide hotel-like flexibility with home-like amenities, and infrastructure. Perfect for those who need more than just a bed, but don’t know how long they need to stay. We are also open to the general public during July and August, and students in the winter. Our focus is helping our crew, finding their feet, finding their next yacht, finding a quiet place to study, and finding support from like minded people sharing the experience. The owners (us, Capt. Jason and Chef Jennifer) have over 25 years of yacht industry experience combined, and an extensive network of industry contacts .

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