YAY after 2 months of solid guest trips, I have had a day off! And the first thing I did was have a massive, and well deserved 12 hours sleep, it was the BEST! I am feeling well-rested and have spent the past two days reading a book & laying in the sunshine.

Now… back to work!
With many boats still on lockdown, several Chief Stews have been asking me to share a job list to keep the team busy! I understand that so many of you have probably been stuck in a yard for nearly 2 months now. Not being allowed out to socialize or do your hobbies is a challenge. It can easily become monotonous and creativity is sometimes hard to come by when work slows down.

So here is a list of yard jobs I have thought of, to help you out when you are ‘stuck’ for things to do in the interior 


Decoration Cupboard

  • Make a list of anything you want to purchase and bin anything that is looking too old
  • Colour code placemats – This makes things so much easier on charter
  •  Label the decor areas – Don’t even try and tell me you don’t all love label makers!!*If you do throw anything out, add it to an “eliminated items inventory”. I created one and it’s been incredibly useful to keep track of when items left the boat and reason for it – you never know when the Captain or Owner will ask for something specific that they may have told you to throw away months ago!

Laundry room cupboards – Throw away any unnecessary products. You will thank me later!

Interior Storage Areas – We have a bonded store on the tank deck that is at the top of my “to organize” list!

Crew Provisions – make a list of everything you have and a list of what you want to stock up on

Inventory EVERYTHING – This can be anything from crew toiletries to those hidden areas under the guest beds. We use Sortly App onboard & it has totally changed the way I view inventories (in a good way!!)

Practise your safety drills and scenarios – An important one and something that everyone always needs more practice on.


Check expiry dates on all crew food

Re-label crew food and toiletry areas i.e. cereal & snack containers, toothpaste, sanitary products

Detail the crew mess – Everything from the toaster to the microwave, to the table legs

Detail the laundry room – Get in all those hidden spots in the washing machines and air vents (this is safety prevention too)

Do a laundry competition (I have a list for ‘All Things Laundry’ COMING SOON!)

Detail the pantry’s – Salt and peppers, trays, food hatch etc

Fun Projects

Make a boat ‘WANT’ list on Amazon – This is a super fun thing to do, a great idea for some interior bonding

Tidy up the candles – make sure they look neat, clean and ready for use
Here’s an idea …. melt and mix any bits that are hanging off into one and make a new one, it can even be a little present for one of your stews!

Make a guest ‘Must see’ restaurants/ bars/ activities booklet. This will be your go-to list for trips! You could also make a really nicely presented one for guests too.

Make guest playlists for different occasions – Spotify is the BEST for doing this! Also please share your playlist on the TYS – Stew Chat Facebook group!

Make a crew cleaning playlist

Learn some basic yoga/ meditation that you could maybe teach your guests every morning

Make a boat video from previous charters to show guests on arrival

Update all guest welcome folders

Interior bonding days – mood board making, games (I have created a team-building folder on Pinterest… click HERE to check it out!

Courses, online wine tasting (I am looking into this over the next few days, so watch this space!)

Cocktail making, silver service practice – This is a great one for the whole interior to get involved in. You can even make a game out of it!

One crew member cooks crew lunch every day – This can be hilarious and super fun, something for the whole crew if you are all struggling.

I hope you love all my points, please let me know if you have any other ideas, I would love to add to this list for everyone!

Big Hugs,

Gem xo

Blog Pinterest cover of @gutguineapig and aft deck photo of @jesgordon101.

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Hello! My name is Gemma, the girl behind The Yacht Stew. After 7 years of working on yachts, I wanted to create a platform where I could share my stories, travels & passions. I have been asked a million and one times “What do you actually do working on a yacht?” – hopefully this blog will give you a good insight. I’m so excited to share my travels & stories with you.
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