Cotton Crews began in 2013, when Founder and President Lauren Cotton realized the yachting industry had an under-served demand for high-quality crew placement. Since then, we’ve successfully placed thousands of permanent and temporary positions across South Florida, New England, the Caribbean and the Med.

Today we are a successful hiring agency based in sunny Palm Beach, sharing our time between here and South Florida’s other yachting hub, Fort Lauderdale. Yacht crew agencies working in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach are in prime position to place candidates and meet with new clients.

Meet all of our amazing Cotton Crews team members (and Crew Dog!) here

For yacht crew agencies, Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach are dream locations

The so-called yachting capital of the world, South FL is the starting point for countless adventures on the water. Our amazing location, right on the West Palm Beach seafront, means we are able to meet with clients in the most convenient place for them.

Whatever your requirements are – whether you are looking to crew an entire yacht or source one dayworker – we’d love to discuss your needs face-to-face. Whether you’d prefer to speak at our offices, on your yacht or have a discreet meeting at a restaurant, we’ll be there.

Likewise, anyone trying to get a yacht crew role heads to Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach to find it; that’s why we’re in the perfect spot to really get to know our candidates. We also offer crew housing services in South Florida, providing a safe, clean and budget-friendly place for our crew to stay while they look for new yacht jobs. We house over 250 Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach yacht crew, with the numbers constantly growing.

The best yacht shows in the US

Our location is also ideal for accessing some of the USA’s biggest and best yacht shows. Palm Beach International Boat Show is held every year in March, drawing Owners, brokerages, builders and yachties from all over the world to our beautiful hometown. Featuring over $1.2 billion worth of vessels and boating toys, this is one show we never miss, giving us a great opportunity to meet with our Palm Beach yacht crew and clients in amongst the bustling boat show atmosphere. From sipping refreshments at the famous floating cocktail lounges to listening to live music, it’s the perfect mix of work and play – a great way to kick off the summer season.

Meanwhile, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is a yachting institution, exhibiting an array of the newest boats and yachts and delivering some seriously exciting worldwide debuts. As a luxury yacht crew agency  based near Fort Lauderdale, FLIBS is one of our favorite times of year – it’s when we catch up with all the news from the industry and enjoy another chance to meet with our clients and crew who have traveled over for the show. With something for everyone, FLIBS also has over 100 upscale food and drink spots and live experience events such as yacht chef competitions and SUP yoga. Let us know if you’re stopping by this October – we’d love to catch up!

We are also lucky to be close to the Miami Yacht Show, the city’s premier luxury yacht show, taking place each February. This event focuses on combining beautifully-designed yachts with cultural and Owner-lifestyle attractions. As well as being based next to Miami’s luxury shopping district it is also just steps from modern art fair Art Wynwood – the perfect place to pick out new pieces for your vessel. At the same time, over 500 superyachts – from the world’s best builders and brokerages – and 200 exhibitors typically attend. What better way to immerse yourself in superyacht life?

Getting to know South Florida

Those visiting South FL will be delighted to discover that there are a million and one ways to entertain yourself. Alongside yacht crew agencies, Fort Lauderdale is home to so many exciting attractions: head to the Florida Grand Opera for an evening of opulence; visit Flamingo Gardens, our 60-acre botanical gardens; take a culinary tour of Las Olas Boulevard. Likewise, as Palm Beach yacht crew will tell you, this glitzy area promises so many daytime and evening adventures. Play a round of golf at North Palm Beach Country Club, soak up the sun on Delray Beach or dance the night away Kennedy-themed club Camelot. Whatever you decide to do, you’re sure to have a ball!

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