Alongside the long-term money saved on keeping your vessel in perfect condition, hiring without a crew agency could also lead to some costly payouts in the short term. You will always want to try candidates out, meaning you have to put them on the payroll – even just temporarily – and add them to your insurance. However, hiring without professional help could lead to having to do this multiple times while you work out who is a good fit. On the other hand, a crewing agency will usually be able to find you strong, vetted and referenced candidates straight away.
If you’re anchored somewhere that’s not a yachting hub, it’s likely you’ll also have to keep flying crew in for interviews – South Florida yacht crew aren’t just going to magically appear on deck. This will be expensive and ultimately, you really want to limit the amount of ill-fitting interviewees you have. Yet this is easier said than done for a Captain or Owner trying to hire on their own, all the while taking care of everything else onboard.
All these costs quickly add up to big sums and are often far more than you would have spent with a crew recruitment agency, with ten times more stress.