What job could be better than working on a yacht?
Sunsets on the Mediterranean. Rich people and celebrities everywhere. Endless buckets of Dom on deck. And, if we believe Bravo's "Below Deck," lots of partying and late-night hook-ups in the crew cabins. (Like CNBC, Bravo is owned by NBC Universal.)
But the true life of yacht crew is far less glamorous.
In a riveting column on Doug Gollan's wealth site, Roxanne Génier explains how her work as a yacht crew member resembled her stint in the Canadian naval reserve (beyond being on the water, of course).
"When you become a (yacht) crew member, you immediately put yourself in the trench for the uber elite," she wrote. "You may need to carry a 6'4″ man so he doesn't wet his toes; you may have to host a party of 50 as a team of three; or you may visit a harbor 10 times without ever stepping one foot ashore."
Of course, defending your country from foreign attack and defending the rich against empty wine glasses and sun exposure are two different pursuits.