What’s it like to live and work on a boat?

Ever wondered what it would be like to work fulltime on a boat?

We spoke with 20 year-old Erin Harris about what it’s like to live and work on a luxury charter yacht in Northern Western Australia.  (Thanks for sharing Erin!)

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Trident Marine: When did you get into boating and fishing?

Erin Harris: From a very young age I lived close to the beach and my father always took my brother and I fishing. I love the fresh air, the colours of the water and sky. I like that fishing is an excuse to do nothing and feel like you’re doing something. You can sit there in peace and put your feet up but still feel productive.

TM: Can you tell us about the boat you work on?

EH: I work on a 50-metre luxury charter boat. It’s classy but made for exploring.

TM: What kind of things do you do?

EH: I am a stewardess so I do all things hospitality, including food and wine service, cleaning, and also taking the guests on activities such as hiking, fishing, oystering and sightseeing.

TM: What’s it like?

EH: It’s exhausting because the days are long, but there is so much beauty to see in one day that it’s also overwhelming.  You go from running around frantically cleaning cabins so you can get time off to go on walks, such as to the top of the King George falls.

TM: What’s your favourite thing about the job?

EH: My crew! What amazing people this industry attracts. All likeminded, hard workers who like to have fun.

TM: What’s the most challenging?

EH: The long hours, and not being able to escape! You can’t go for a walk anywhere to chill out. You’re on a boat!

TM: Anything else you’d like to share?

EH: The crazy thing about working on a boat is it becomes your home. Work becomes home, and your work mates become your family.

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* Names have been changed but the stories are real! We hope you enjoyed it.

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