Specifically, the sample was conducted from 402 superyacht crew, responding to the 50-question survey. The findings were:
- 82% had experienced low crew morale ‘sometimes’, ‘often’ or ‘always’;
- 77% of women, and 55% of men, had experienced problems with on-board leadership ‘sometimes’, ‘often’ or ‘always’;
- 67% ‘usually’ or ‘always’ felt rested in port;
- 79% were on permanent contracts;
- 51% were satisfied with their leave entitlement;
- 57% of women and 39% of men suffered from social isolation or loneliness ‘sometimes’, ‘often’ or ‘always’ while working on board.
The recommendations of the report include:
- Improving recruits’ knowledge of what to expect on board before they go to sea;
- Improved support for seafarers who are coming out of the superyacht sector;
- Raising awareness of what support for wellbeing is out there for seafarers, and widening distribution of welfare materials and information to include yacht crew;
- An increase in the availability of rotational posts, which would make a concession to family life;
- Enabling more time for rest and relaxation.
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