Join our crew onboard our steel-hulled luxury yacht, the Thea Foss!


Thea Foss vessel overview

The 120-foot, 260 GRT Thea Foss is a steel-hulled luxury yacht designed by famed naval architect L.E. (Ted) Geary and built by Craig Shipbuilding Co. in Long Beach, California in 1930. The vessel carries between 5 and 6 crew members and up to 20 day-cruise guests or 10 overnight guests. The owner Saltchuk Resources committed to an extensive restoration over the years and the vessel is in excellent operational and cosmetic condition. Today, Thea Foss is home-ported in Seattle on Lake Union and is used for the enjoyment of the customers and guests of the Saltchuk family of companies. The boat is operated and maintained year-round.   The vessel may travel to Alaska or the San Juan Islands in the summer for a few months and otherwise is based in Seattle on Lake Union for local dinner cruising in the Spring and Fall/Winter, with Jan-April in maintenance.
Saltchuk overview
Saltchuk is a privately owned family of transportation and distribution companies committed to being the best in North America. Headquartered in Seattle, we seek people who share our values and take pride in being professional. We value safety, reliability, dedication to our organization, and industry-leading environmental innovation. We look for pride, integrity, grit, and approachability. If you’re looking for a long-term career, this is a phenomenal place to build one. Visit
Job responsibilities

Duties entail a wide variety of responsibilities, including, but not limited to:

  • All work to be performed under the direct supervision of the captain
  • Cleaning, maintenance, and repair of the ship, both interior and exterior
  • Line handling and rigging
  • Anchor handling
  • Standing at wheel watch and lookout duties
  • Functioning as coxswain of the ship’s boats
  • Under the direct supervision of the Chief Engineer, assist with a variety of engineering duties such as oiling, wiping, assembling, disassembling, adjusting, etc. of ship’s mechanical systems
  • As a seaman, you will be assigned emergency duties on the ship’s station bill and are expected to participate in all training drills and instruction related to your specific duties
  • Working with all other crewmembers to establish and ensure best practices and procedures
  • Being the face of Saltchuk –always appropriately groomed and courteous to passengers and other crew members
  • Ability to lift forty pounds or more on regular basis
  • Use of illicit drugs and alcohol is strictly forbidden while aboard.


Recent employment as a Deckhand aboard antique or traditional yachts desired or small passenger vessels.

  • Up-to-date Basic Safety Training
  • Basic firefighting, first-aid, CPR and AED training preferred
  • A current driver’s license and U.S. passport at all times as the ship does travel into foreign waters.

Experience & skills

  • Minimum 2 years of shipboard deckhand experience on a yacht
  • Strong communication, presentation, and collaboration skills
  • Proactive, takes initiative to accomplish tasks even before being asked.
  • Strong communicator, with good collaboration skills
  • Willingness to assist other crew members with duties
  • Works well with others at all levels, generally pleasant and kind to others,
  • Willingness to learn and practice the vessel’s Best Practices and Safety Procedures

What pay and benefits does Saltchuk offer?
You’ll get market-competitive pay & benefits aimed at supporting you and your family: medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, and disability benefits. We also practice generous 401(k) company matching to help you save for your future.  Here are the highlights:

  • Pay Range $25-$35 per hour (Depending on years of experience)
  • A generous Annual Bonus Opportunity
  • 401(k) Retirement Match of 4% + an additional 3% Company Discretionary Match
  • 3 Weeks’ Vacation/year
  • 9 Holidays/year
  • 2 Personal Holidays Days/year
  • 12 Days of Sick Leave/year
  • Employees (and their families) may enroll in employer subsidized Medical/Dental/Vision Plans
  • Employer paid Life/AD&D/Long-term Disability insurance

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. All Saltchuk companies prohibit discrimination based on race; gender, gender identity, or gender expression; sexual orientation; geographic background; national origin; culture; age; disability; veteran status; economic status; marital status; religious beliefs; or genetics.
Excited to explore this opportunity with Saltchuk? We’d love to hear from you! Send your resume to Catie Chandler, Human Resources Coordinator at: