Superyacht Stewardess

How to Manage Crew Uniform

A lot of companies provide their staff with uniform work wear, especially if they have to perform some physical tasks or be in constant contact with guest and this is so true with super yacht crew.

Uniforms can make work personnel look more professional and it helps businesses appear more established and trustworthy. However, having all your crew wear uniform can be costly if not managed properly.

The establishment of specific applications such as a uniform inventory management program in super yachts can help reduce and even eliminate misuse and wastage of uniforms. It may even enhance the overall efficiency work operations.

Basic stock control system

A super yacht should have a uniform and even linen inventory management system in place. Large establishments use the bar code system in keeping their inventory updated and this can also be used in huge yachts, especially if the owner maintains more than one boat.

However, even if this type of system is quite effective, it can be very labour intensive because the success of the program relies on workers scanning every uniform on an individual basis. Unless this entire task is completed, you can never have a reliable inventory file.

It also requires a sizable amount of money because the boat owner has to purchase scanning equipment in order to track the uniforms effectively.

Super yacht Stewardess

Super Yacht Crew Uniform:

Changing crew what to do with the old uniform
There are large establishments which designate a uniform manager who takes care of the purchase, distribution, and handing out of uniforms. On a super yacht this is usually managed by the chief stewardess or the chief housekeeper on a mega yacht.

For the purpose of this chapter I will refer to the manager as the chief stewardess. The chief stewardess, in effect, takes care of the image of the yacht by making sure the crew wear the right uniforms and that these work clothes are maintained and are kept neat and clean at all times.

The chief stewardess, should conduct uniform inspections and check new uniforms when they arrive. She also tracks the number of uniforms needed and places the order for them.

She is in charge of stocking for future distribution. Most of the time, she also takes care of laundering, repair, and other maintenance jobs in connection with uniforms.

The Old Uniform

This is where a little common sense and good judgement comes into play and it is a bit of  a no-brainer.

  • If the uniform is in good condition keep in and return it to the uniform stores.
  • If it is worn, then use it for down time.
  • If it is really worn then cut it up for rags.

Choose a Uniform Supplier

Whenever there is a need for new uniforms, the chief stewardess will buy them. She meets with clothing manufacturers and tailors to check for swatches and customize uniforms to the yacht’s specific standards.

This may include considerations regarding employee comfort when working at different temperatures and textile performance under strain. Especially when on board a boat. There are many uniform suppliers that can offer their services.

Please refer to the Yachting Pages for a full list of uniform suppliers in your area.

How to Store Uniform with Limited Space

The smart use of space on board is sometimes ignored in the boat industry. Making sure that you have enough space for storage can have a huge impact on a yacht’s efficiency. Making sure that you have ample room for uniform storage inside the boat can lead to a harmonious and productive staff.

Modern boat manufacturers make use of furniture to provide extra space. Most furniture inside super yachts serves more than one function. Sofas can be used for seating and storage as well. Deck benches can also act as stowage for shoes, towels, and a lot more. As with all stowage, make sure your inventories are kept up to date.

Superyacht Crew Uniform

 

Case Study

How much uniform should I order?

This is a question that I get asked A LOT, and to be honest, it really depends on so many variables, for example the uniform requirements of a 30 m sailing yacht will be a lot different to that of a 120 m mega yacht.

Other factor to consider are as follows:

  • Is the yacht private or charter?
  • How often does the crew change?
  • How often do you change the style of the uniform?
  • How much storage do you have specifically for uniform?

For general purposes, let’s look at a 50M private super yacht:

  • The uniform style stayed the same for a few years.
  • The crew changes on average every 2 years.
  • The owners are on board a moderate amount of time.

I understand that many other people would issue much more uniform, however, I  think it is important to consider the crew’s living space, therefore if you pack the crew cabins with uniform then ultimately the uniform will get squashed and pushed around to accommodate personal belongings. 

In the end you will find that giving crew too much uniform will just make extra work for the stewardesses.

Note: The on charter uniform will vary with ties, epaulettes etc. per the yachts uniform design.

For a general overview, I would issue the following:

On Charter:   

  • 4 Polo shirts
  • 4 Shorts/skorts
  • 1 Pull over
  • 1 Day shoe
  • 1 Night shoe 3
  • Night shirts
  • 2 Night trousers/skirts
  • 1 Spray jacket

Off Charter:

  • 3 T – shirts
  • 3 Shorts
  • 3 trousers
  • 1 Shoe
  • 1 Gilet
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Spray jacket

Concerning the engineers and the chefs. It is important that they have the same uniform as everyone else, as well as their technical uniforms.  I would lessen the amount of general wear to 2 pieces each IE shorts, polos, T-shirts and issue them with the specific technical uniform that they require.

Super Yacht Crew Uniform

Below are just a few uniform suppliers to get you started, however, there are many places that you may visit to find that perfect crew uniform.

For a comprehensive listing start by visiting The Yachting Pages,

In addition to the above, if you would like your uniform business listed here, please email admin@stewardessbible.com and we will list it on this page free of charge.

Country

Uniform Supplier

Web Address

France
 Antibes: Dolphin WearSea Design www.dolphinwear.comwww.sea-design.com
Italy
Rome:Varese: Just Uniforms Crew – JIT ItaliaFloating Life Style www.uniformcrew.itwww.floatinglifestyle.com
Spain
Mallorca: Deckers Ocean Attire www.uniforms4yachts.com
Mallorca Clothing Company www.mallorcaclothing.com
Wave Uniforms www.waveuniforms.com
USA
Ft Lauderdale: Haute Yacht Wear www.hauteyachtwear.com
  Smallwoods www.smallwoods.com
  Antibes Yacht Wear www.antibesyachtwear.com
  World of Yachting www.worldofyachting.com
 
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Kylie is an Ex - Superyacht Chief Stewardess, and Hotel Manager from Sydney, Australia. Passionate about sharing information, you can find her typing up a storm in her small home office, or breathing in the cool wind off the North Sea, in Zeeland, Netherlands.
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