Portraits of seamen
Working and living on a boat requires several trades and functions.
Scapêche seamen speak about their passion for the sea and their daily lives. Take a look!

Jimmy Le Bouille - 26 years old
Sailor on the Mariette Le Roch II

Working in a close team, is essential!

  I come from a region where everyone comes from the marine environment: family, friends, etc, everyone does this job. It's in our genes. And then, on-board, we find the same family.
I am studying for a CAP-BEP vocational qualification at the maritime college and I want to study for the Lieutenant certificate.
Of course, you need to be mentally and physically strong, but you can rely on the camaraderie because you help each other on trips at sea. The crews work 24 hours a day in rotation, although everything depends on whether it is night or day.

The atmosphere is good and working in a close team, is essential. It is a strong human experience!

Glenn Variel - 30 years old
Mechanic on-board the Tximistarri II

You must have good mechanical knowledge, be a handyman and inventive!

  I was born by the sea, so it makes sense for me to work at sea. Coming from a family of seamen, I did work experience on a boat with my uncle and I soon got a taste for it!
Before I went, I got a technical certificate in electrical engineering, then I took initial training so I could sail.

As I work on a boat specialising in catching sardine, we set off every day from Sunday to Friday, from 16:30 to 09:00 the next day. You have to get used to this pattern. Although you don't see much of the family during the week, we go home every day and we are home at the week-end.

My work as a mechanic consists of getting the boat underway, maintaining the engine at sea, doing repairs if necessary. Of course, we cannot dismantle the engine out at sea, we aren't equipped for that. But you have to have good mechanical knowledge, be a handyman and inventive!

Emeric Montfort - 24 years old
Seaman cook on board the Mariette Le Roch II

You are a sailor first and foremost, but bringing people together round the table, that's what I like!

  I took a technical certificate in fishing at a maritime college, as my family have all been sailors.

A sailor first and foremost, I became a cook because I like spending time with other people: bringing people together around the table, that's what I like! The workspace on-board a boat is different, you have to take account of the pitching. It is important to vary the menus: meals are good moments to share after the hard work, and they strengthen the team spirit. Although we go to sea for a month, we return to port in Scotland every 9 days, which means we can get supplies of fresh products. The work is sometimes hard, as our life is out of step; we go to sea for a month but when we return to land we get 9 days' rest.

I am planning to continue to study by taking the fishing lieutenant certificate, to become a fishing skipper and then captain. A big dream!

Didier Quéffélec - 46 years old
Captain of the Mariette Le Roch II

The captain is master and in charge on-board!
  I started young as a simple ship's apprentice because I was bored with school and I wanted to earn a living. Then I was a sailor for 3 years before taking an exam in Douarnenez to become a lieutenant. Now I am captain and it is a responsibility at all levels: you have to manage the everyday life of the seamen (technology, safety, supplies) and also pilot the boat. But you also work as a manager! You have to watch the various laws, make a profit on voyages, maintain the team spirit and find good seamen. It is me who judges whether new seamen are suited for the job. For me it is important to have the desire and motivation for the job which requires character and sacrifice. The level of training for seamen has improved a lot since I started out. Nowadays the sea is also a place of work for me, with its responsibilities and its satisfactions. I am, for example, proud that my seamen are loyal and that my crew has been almost the same for nearly 10 years.