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The PYA has become aware, from surveys and cases handled by our confidential Member Assistance Service, that there are many seafarers, especially those working on smaller yachts, that have inadequate

employment contracts or, often, no contract at all.

We are also aware that some Captains are not using employment contracts and would like to introduce them but don't know how to do so.

It is for these reasons that the PYA decided, as a service to our industry, to offer two 'contract templates' that can be used to create an employment contract suitable for each particular situation.

Please note carefully that these templates are only for use on so-called 'Pleasure Vessels'/yachts not operating commercially, but can be read as a guideline on what a seafarer needs to look out for when signing a contract.

The PYA would very much like to receive feedback from members on these templates. Please send all feedback to

Download SEA templates

Employment contracts

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