The success of a Yacht and the Ownership experience relies heavily on the competencies and character of the Captain, but how does an Owner effectively recruit and retain the most talented Captain?

OnlyCaptains offer a different approach to finding your Captain; the person you will entrust with your yacht, your family’s safety and providing the leadership that will deliver your ownership experience.

Along with conventional recruitment services offered, OnlyCaptains also works as a ‘Head Hunter. Working as a retained consultant; mandated by a Yacht Owner, their representatives and/or managers, to research, identify and target talented Captains whose character, experience and attributes align with their brief and vision for yachting.

And with all our services it is important to know, unlike most conventional agencies, we are Captains with extensive command experience working for some of the World’s wealthiest business leaders so we are well versed in what it takes to safely and effectively run a superyacht.

With an industry network established over 30+ years of experience we use a range of methods and resources to find Captains, including passive candidates who may be motivated by a credible and discrete approach.

As part of our “Head Hunter” service we can also offer a panel of psychometric tests specifically developed for Captains and senior officers in the maritime industry, including stress, personality, intelligence and leadership style; there is also the option of a full-day evaluation by a qualified psychologist.

Where a Yacht Owner is considering promoting a Chief Officer to Captain or placing an existing Captain onto a larger yacht, we can assist in that process and risk-management by providing a command assessment. This can be supplemented by a training and mentoring package.

OnlyCaptains know from experience that matching a Captain to a yacht and Owner is only the beginning; we remain personally invested with our Captains and Clients through support and mentoring, to ensure this most important relationship maintains good health and flourishes.

Whether you are seeking a new Captain, promoting from within, or seeking to build the competence and relationship with your existing Captain, contact OnlyCaptains now.



OnlyCaptains remain engaged as mentors to the newly placed Captain and support them through the challenges of their new command. We stay available to the Client and communicate on their behalf as required.

The mentoring relationship is essential to newly promoted Captains, and/or those stepping up to larger tonnage for the first time – OnlyCaptains support the Captain with knowledge and insight based on their own command experience.

The Captain/Owner relationship can often come under pressure for a myriad of reasons and OnlyCaptains are also there to help realign the expectations and relationship.

To find out more about our unique service, contact us now.

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