Originally Posted by Chevelle
Most "Good" Yacht engineers are "jack of all trades and masters of none". I have run across very few problems that I could not fix while working on yachts. If you think about all the systems on a yacht....it's quite mind bogoling. We make our own power and water.....We treat our own sewage...We have state of the art audio/video systems....State of the art Navigation systems....We have Hi-end plumbing fixtures...Expensive jet ski's, tenders, small sailboats and bicycles...BBQ grills....Ice makers, and fridges. 70% of this crap was never designed to go to sea, just to look nice in a house bolted to the ground.
And yes, we tend to work less on some months and 24/7 for weeks at a time others. So yes, in general we get paid very well. And yes, most of us are very cute and personable and can hangout with owners/guests.
I think I need a nap now.
I agree, anyone with a brain can learn how to rebuild a diesel or install a liner. The systems on merchant vessels are very simple for the most part. On yachts there are a lot more systems, they're a lot more complex, and well, you need to know how to do everything from painting, to electrical, to plumbing, to polishing stainless, to washdowns if need be and also island engineering if you have to for the time being.