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“Ship-Shape Behavior” – Ten Tips on Yacht Protocol
  By Sherri Ferris, President and CEO
  Protocol Professionals, Inc.

PPI consultant, Karen Bryk, MVO aboard luxury yacht California Spirit




Ten Tips on Yacht Protocol

  1. Wear soft-soled shoes. Leather soles can be tricky on a damp surface. The wrong shoes, such as spike heels can ruin a deck, especially beautiful teak. You will score points, if you arrive in deck shoes.

  2. Be mindful of tracking dirt and water.

  3. Be sure you fully understand how the plumbing works.

  4. Red wine and cranberry juice will stain light carpets. It’s best to consume them over washable surfaces.

  5. Understand the roles of each crewmember and call them by their proper title.

  6. Tip the crew generously if the service has been excellent. They work hard to serve their guests. For long-term charters, give cash in plain white envelopes for each crew member. For day or evening charters, it is fine to hand the Captain or Event Manager a cash gratuity asking him to share the amount with the entire crew. If the crew is small, it is a nice gesture to give the gratuity to each crewmember personally as you disembark.

  7. Know proper yachting terms for safety & enjoyment:
    • Galley (kitchen)
    • State room vs. a cabin
    • Bow (fore) and stern (aft)
    • Port (left) and starboard (right) as the ship moves
    • Sheet (line for the sail, not the kind on the bed)
    • Main Salon (living room)

  8. Bring plenty of suntan lotion but don’t get it on the teak or furnishings.

  9. Bring motion sickness pills and take them before boarding. The sea sickness wristbands may also work effectively. If feeling sea sick, get above deck and find a solid horizon line to fix your gaze upon. Experts have suggested that eating ginger or taking ginger capsules can be helpful in preventing sea sickness.

  10. Bring deck shoes and proper all weather attire, including rain gear: chic, casual and comfortable. Limit what you bring on board because laundry is limited. Whites are preferred in summer.


Commonly held and amusing sailing superstitions: Here are some traditional beliefs and folklore held by sailors through the ages:

  • Never launch a new boat on a Friday.
  • Never say the word "drowned" while at sea.
  • Never look back once your ship has left port.
  • Red-heads, priests and flat-footed persons are bad luck.
  • Throwing stones in the sea can cause storms.
  • A Woman on a ship will make the sea angry but a naked woman will calm it.
  • For a memorable and first-class yachting experience, we recommend, Yacht Connections International.

For a memorable and first-class yachting experience, we recommend, Yacht Connections International.

©2010 Sherri Ferris




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