Interview with Katherine Eve by Emily Larkin
How long did you work in yachting? Can you tell me about your yachting career – highlights, low points?
I worked in yachting about 4 years. I initially came over looking for work as a hair and makeup artist/stew on the bigger motor yachts, but when I arrived I quickly realised that my visible tattoos were going to be a problem with that plan.
My first permanent position was actually on a motor yacht, but was one of those horrible green experiences of trying to decide if crew and guest behaviour is acceptable and worth putting up with it for the underpaid wage of 1000 euros a month!!! I’d have to say that was probably the low point for me, things got a lot better after that. I ended up working on sail yachts as chef/stew and loved it! I had no experience in professional cooking or sailing, but went for it anyway. I love that about yachting, that doors open up in the strangest ways.
I think the highlights were always the days we got off in a new place. Going snorkelling, paddle boarding, swimming, taking the tender to go exploring.
I also really loved cooking and the last owners I worked for let me cook whatever I wanted. It was super fun and surprised myself the level I ended cooking at when given full creative licence.
How did you know it was time for you to make the move to land?
After my 4 year stint in the industry, my boyfriend and I decided to take a year out of yachting to go have some fun traveling and try some different work. I went back to working in a hair salon again and loved it! When we arrived back in Palma I had a few interviews on boats but wasn’t feeling it, I knew I wanted to go back to doing hair and makeup. So I did,..
What was the most difficult thing about the transition?
I think the hardest thing is always the money. You definitely get used to yachtie wages and a certain lifestyle. I also decided I wanted to start my own business doing hair and makeup for weddings and mobile hairdressing, so that also posed the issues of building up a business as well. But I have to say that having all my mates in the yachting industry helping spread the word about my new venture has really helped!
What was the best thing about it?
The best thing is definitely working for yourself. Running your own schedule and choosing your own days and hours. It’s a really good feeling having your life as your own and it not being determined by someone else.
What do you miss most about yachting?
I really miss doing deliveries. Being on watch on my own on deck with the sea breeze, sunsets, dolphins and stars. Those moments were always really special to me and I totally appreciated them. I hope they’re not finished forever. I would still like to do the odd delivery here and there. But the way things are with the business now, I can’t see myself having the time!
What do you do now?
Now I’m working as a hair and makeup artist doing weddings, special events and call outs to yachts and villas. I also do mobile hairdressing as well. If you see a girl doing dockside haircuts that will be me! But I travel all over the island doing hairdressing now. Great for mums and dads with kids at home.
I also work few days a week in Bangs and Lashes salon in Santa Catalina to cater for my clients that prefer a salon experience.
Do you have any advice for fellow yachties about going land-based?
I think you need to get creative and come up with a business idea. If you can leave the industry with some savings, I think opening up your own business is the way to go. You just need to be prepared for that initial change in wages and also becoming a resident and paying the dreaded tax!