The publication of an article by Alison Rentoul last November, 'Hiring Captains: Youth Over Experience', caught the crest of a wave and sparked widespread debate on social media.
It's an emotive subject that continues to rage, so much so that seasoned Captains Adrian Croft and Rod Hatch put together a crew survey to explore the issues further and collect some industry data.
On behalf of PYA, sponsored by MYBA, Adrian had the opportunity to present the preliminary findings at the Superyacht Forum during METSTRADE and the subject continued to be a talking point at social events during the show. The survey was further promoted by OnboardOnline and PYA collecting over 600 responses and as many strong views.
Here we present a summary of the findings and welcome any further comments you'd like to add: