White Glove Service aboard Chasseur

In a recent study done by Grandview Research, it was shown that the global yacht market size was valued at USD 8.91 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8% from 2023 to 2030. This is primarily due to the fact that younger demographics are seeing an increase in disposable income as well as an increased interest in travel, luxury and leisure.

While those who have spent time on yachts and perhaps have grown up with generations of yacht ownership, there is a degree of knowledge as to the service that is to be expected on a yacht, but for a new yacht owner there can be many questions.

Here at Patrick Knowles Designs we are not only yacht designers, we are lifestyle creators, and we are happy to help answer all the questions you may have to help you get the most out of your yacht ownership. Let’s start with a question we hear often:

How formal should I expect my crew to be?

It is important to dictate immediately the formality of your crew – from their interactions with one another, to their interactions with the owner or family on board. From there it is also helpful to work with the Captain and the heads of each department to create a system and preference sheet so the crew knows the owner’s likes and dislikes down to the smallest detail. While a crew will eventually be able to predict the owner’s wants and even exceed their needs, it does take time.

And one of those preferences is in fact the formality of uniform – and particularly for interior crew – when white glove service is expected. This is a personal preference as some owners feel that white gloves only need to be worn only during formal or “silver service” while others may request gloves during all service and others prefer white gloves in the interior at all times. There is on right answer, but the crew will appreciate guidelines!

Whether the crew is physically wearing their white gloves, or simply giving their standard white glove service, there is nothing in the world like the pampering and care you will get from a crew that has been given directive and feels confident, happy and appreciated. As they say – Happy Crew, Happy YOU!