Captain James Lowe
USCG 200 Ton Licensed Master
(727) 236-1385

Deckhand - Engineer:

This position is highly sought after, as there is constant demand and inquiries from individuals interested in securing this job.
We are NOT hiring at this time!

This position requires experienced mariners with a background in mechanical aptitude. It is not an entry-level position.

The deckhand who also serves as an unlicensed engineer brings valuable skills and expertise to the crew.
The combination of deckhand and engineering skills makes this crew member versatile and capable of handling a wide range of tasks related to the vessel's operation and maintenance.
Their presence contributes to the overall safety, efficiency and functionality of the yacht.

The deckhand's job includes assisting with various tasks related to the operation and maintenance of the vessel. Their responsibilities may include:
  • Safety: Having two crew members instead of one enhances safety onboard the vessel. With an additional crew member, there is increased manpower to handle emergencies, perform necessary tasks, and maintain a vigilant watch for potential hazards.
  • Porter: A maritime porter is a professional who provides assistance with loading, unloading, and handling cargo, baggage and provisions and basically everthing else.
  • Line Handling: Handling and securing lines and fenders during docking and departing dock,locking, windless operation during anchoring, mooring operations.
  • Shore Power: generator control, switching electrical busbar between ship to shore power, connecting, disconnecting, and stowing shore power cables.
  • Deck Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance tasks on the deck, such as window cleaning regular cleaning and trash removal, and perform light maintenance repairs as they arise during the voyage.
  • Watchkeeping: Assisting with keeping a lookout and monitoring the vessel's surroundings for potential hazards or other vessels. Relieving captain at the helm, helping with communications between bridges, locks and other vessels
  • Tender Operations: Launching and retrieving tender or dinghy used for transportation to and from shore.
  • General Assistance: Providing support to the captain and other crew members as needed, which may include assisting with navigation, provisioning, and more.
  • Sail Handling If applicable: Provide assistance with raising and furling sails, ensuring proper sail trim and tension during different sailing conditions.

In addition to their deckhand duties, their responsibilities as an unlicensed engineer may include:
  • Engine Maintenance: Assisting with the maintenance and repair of the vessel's engines, including routine fluid and oil checks, filter replacements, and other mechanical tasks.
  • Systems Monitoring: Monitoring and maintaining various onboard systems, such as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, to ensure proper functionality.
  • Troubleshooting: Assisting with diagnosing and troubleshooting mechanical and electrical issues that may arise during the voyage.
  • Equipment Operation: Operating and maintaining equipment and machinery onboard, such as generators, pumps, and winches.
Regardless of whether it's a training scenario for a new boater or a yacht delivery, having a deckhand engineer is crucial. The deckhand plays a vital role in providing assistance and support throughout the training process. Additionally, the deckhand can also instruct and train the new first mate in proper line handling techniques. This setup allows the trainee to actively participate in hands-on instruction and guidance from Captain James Lowe during important maneuvers such as docking and undocking.