Jeremy Vine: Henry Bonsu questions ‘purpose’ of royal yacht
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A former crew member has unveiled some of the secrets of living and working on a £56million superyacht.
He explained: “Everyone sees these big boats as something amazing and that working there will be just amazing.
“They think they are going to become friends with the owner and sit with them in the jacuzzi having their champagne but it’s really not like that.
“You are going to work for them really, not to be friends with them.
“These people are also quite high end so you never know how they are like.”
He admitted he personally “never had any bad experiences”.
“The owners [of my yacht] were super nice, they had two little kids.
“The wife used to come just to chat to us, she was really cool.
“The father wasn’t really on the boat but when he was, he was always very friendly with me,” he explained.
However, he said some of the things they demanded were “annoying”.
“The kids were awesome but obviously they had their times when they wanted us to fill up the jacuzzi before we parked the boat in a port.
“Which was very annoying because we would be already parking the boat.
“And parking a big boat is not easy.
“We had to turn the whole boat around and I had to fill the jacuzzi up so they could then sit in the jacuzzi.
“Obviously, so the people could see they were sitting in the jacuzzi [while parking the boat].
“Other than that, they were really nice.
“I think people see yachties, what we call people who work on a yacht, to have this amazing life, travelling the world, partying, having such an amazing life when in fact, they are not having the best life.
“They are stuck in a little bedroom with three or four people in the same room.
“They wake up at 5am and work hard until literally the next day.
“And they work their ass off just to be on this boat.
“It’s definitely a difficult job,” he said.
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