It's essential that you have enough experience to feel competent at the helm, to know the sailing vessel's nomenclature, to tie knots quickly and perfectly, and to be fully aware of the rules of safety afloat.
You'll need cutoffs and a few cool tops for those warm, sunny sailing days, and perhaps some letter paper and several good books that you've "always wanted to read but never had the time to" for the quiet moments on board.
Want to see the world? The quickest and most reliable method of gettin' afloat is to go directly to a harbor and canvass for yacht crew openings.
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Most important of all is a sense of responsibility: At times you'll be expected to stand round-the-clock steering watches ... and—if you have some special skills—you may wind up tutoring the ship's children as well.
Special skills could help you get a position. For instance, tutoring the ship's children.