Live and help off-grid on a yacht in Montenegro

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Montenegro

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    Crew needed to live on board (private, single cabin - sorry, no couples), in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, helping to run Montenegro's highest rated boat trip (tourism). Fantastic opportunity to experience the highs and lows of life off-grid and on the water.

    Please note: I receive a lot of applications. If you think you are perfect for the opportunity, feel free to contact me and we can chat and have a video call if all goes well. Please don't contact me until you have made arrangements to visit Montenegro, thanks!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a great opportunity to experience a different way of life and working. You would learn something about the pros and cons of "living the dream" and running a small business.

    If you bring the Competent Crew syllabus, I can work through that with you and stamp it too - so you can learn the basics of sailing and crewing on a boat that will help you on other adventures in the future.

    All your on-board expenses are covered (including drinks in moderation) and I pay up to €100 a week bonus (based on days worked) at the end of the week if you turn up on time and everything goes well. We split the tips too (not a lot!), so with the bonus you will have enough cash to continue your adventure, or go off for the weekend.

    There are other hosts in the area so you could move around as well as travel, and return to the boat for another week later in the summer. Montenegro is full of adventures and it's cheap - average wage for police, teachers, etc. is €20 per day. For example, you would have enough spare time and bonus cash from me to go off white-water rafting, paragliding, hiking, clubbing, etc. for the weekend.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help

    Help

    Crew need to board on a Sunday to allow time to orientate - this is essential and I will pay up to a €100 bonus for arriving on time. There is an airport and bus station within walking distance and I would pick you up. If you are staying for a week, you would need to leave on the following Saturday. If you're staying for longer (maximum two weeks), ideally you would get off the boat on Saturday and explore the amazing area. Theoretically you could go away on the Friday after work and return on the Sunday afternoon. There is a lot to see and do, we are surrounded by mountains, and it's all very cheap.

    In peak periods we work Monday to Friday normally (but not always, you may need to be flexible), with boat prep starting at 0900, guests on board from 1100 to 1600, finish at 1700 with a beer, glass of wine, swim, whatever you like. The work is primarily hosting - helping me with boat cleaning, making a cold picnic for guests during the trip, making some drinks, washing everything up. Plus taking photos, steering the boat when required, and other boaty stuff. MUST have good English and be able to chat to guests when needed, but also know when to give them space too. It's a really nice job and you can take lots of breaks to take the helm and admire the view. It's the best commute in the world.

    In the mornings and evenings, there is time to go swimming, SUPing, snorkelling and so on. Lots of amazing sunsets, moon rises and lying around on teak deck opportunities! On work days you would cook in the evenings so I can do admin, often something light and quick due to the heat if it's high summer. I would wash up. I am not fussy but I am vegetarian so no meat or fish on board please. There are plenty of local restaurants if you need them.

    Must have good English, comprehensive travel insurance (see links on Workaway website), be able to swim confidently, and cope with working in the heat, sometimes up to 37 'C in July and August. You need to be fit and healthy and mobile and not too "big" - it's a confined space and an active environment. There is no danger of sea-sickness, the bay is sheltered. Drinking is fine in moderation (one or two after work) but no hangovers on work days, so no drinking after 2100 as a rough rule if we're working the next day. No smoking on board but you can SUP off and do it! No princesses, grumps or angry conservatives. Moods need to be managed, there's not enough room.

    Same rules for me, I believe in equality!

    Please note: the job suits people travelling on their own (due to space on the boat) and travelling light (no bikes on board or pets, sorry!). The environment and experience is fantastic but the actual work is domestic, so not suitable for people who haven't done that sort of thing before (most men!). I will ask you for previous experience. Guests on the trips are expecting to be dazzled by their experience, so skipper and crew need to sparkle - please think about this before you contact me. We will always have a video call before committing to anything. I will always reply to your message but please don't be disappointed if it doesn't work out, I get many more applicants than I can take on and there are lots of brilliant hosts and experiences near by.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The boat is a beautiful old ketch, grp but a teak deck. Very stable and safe, lots of room on deck, swimming platform and all safety gear. Crew have their own quarters (forecabin) which is not cramped by boat standards and is private. Generally we anchor every night behind a deserted island in the bay so we are sheltered. From there you can swim, watch sunset with a glass of something, do yoga to the sunrise, watch the moon rise, look out for dolphins, etc.

    We have continuous internet, 3G or 4G depending on where we are. This is free but please, no selfie / smartphone zombies, and phones off when guests are on board.

    Workawayers should have several years of positive experience sharing accommodation with others (not family). Co-habiting in harmony is the most important quality when sharing a space, for me and you. Priority therefore will be given to those over 25.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a lovely dog on board too who is part of the crew. She is very friendly and funny and cuddly. If you don't like dogs, then please don't apply. If you're scared of dogs, she is your therapist.

    Finally - me. I am kind, liberal, tolerant, decent, positive, intelligent, active, former teacher, chatty, good sense of humour, respectful of personal space and to women. I don't like bullies or alpha males. I am happy to teach you all about boats, sailing, engineering, off-grid technologies, history, weather, cricket and living in a parallel (but not virtual) universe for the long term!

    Finally, on any boat in the world there is only one skipper. This is universal and for safety reasons - there is much online written by women and for women about this. Personally I believe in equality and consensus and am very good at co-habiting, and you must be too. However, if I ask you to do something on board, please do it without fuss or argument. I am happy to explain why afterwards but not always before. I won't ask you to do anything I haven't done myself a thousand times. Living on the sea is fantastic but can also be dangerous and can never be underestimated. There is always something to learn, and experience is all - so at first you might not understand why you need to do something, you just have to do it and ask later! Again, safety is the most important thing. Feel free to ask me about this!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Good internet connection, space and time to work, do lessons online for example; no technology zombies though!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Up to 6 hours x up to 5 days a week but need to be flexible.

Montenegro's highest rated boat trip this year and every year - Katie has now moved on so I need crew.
The only social media "influencer" who gets a free ride.
On the way home for the day.
Sun sets over bay, Croatia in background, Bosnia to right.
Sun rises over mountains, perfect for yoga and taking in the view.
English sea-dog Louis always enjoyed the view.
Kotor Bay from above, there are mountains to hike all around.
Our first ever guests became friends.
Weather is beautiful.
Guests having fun.
Me.
Home - anchored by a deserted island.
The commute.
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