A Deckhand is responsible for the exterior of the yacht in terms of the cleaning, maintenance and often water sports. The role can vary between boats, the smaller boats tend to have a variety of duties in the role including service of meals and drinks, some housekeeping, keeping lookout, steering as well as maintaining the exterior.
When working on larger yachts Deckhands will have less involvement in service and more cleaning duties outside and more involvement managing the water sport activities of the yacht. A candidate with less service and housekeeping experience often find the role of Deckhand easier to secure when entering the industry for the first time.
Deckhands are able to work their way up into Lead Deckhand and Bosun positions.