Joe Hodgson is the founder and driving force behind j4crew. As a professional yacht crew agent I specialise in finding the very best crew for the world’s most amazing yachts.

With over 25 years in the business of Super Yachts, I have formerly worked as Chief Electronics Officer and Chief Engineer on 15 large yachts up to 80 metres. A columnist with the Yacht Report for 8 years my experience in the industry speaks for itself. Founding j4crew in 1999 and placing crew full time shortly after.

The company operates globally, and arguably has the largest yacht personnel database in the business. Continually crewing Super Yachts all over the world.

I feel offering a more bespoke personal service to key and emerging yacht crew is the future, enabling a yacht to find the best crew who can commit to the position and in turn create amazing careers for yacht personnel. J4crew is not reliant on endless form filling and box ticking but takes a personal approach to finding the right candidate not just for their current role but to help each crew manage there super yacht career and helping them achieve their goals of becoming a Captain, Chief Engineer, Chief Stewardess or Celebrity Chef.

You can contact him directly at or call +44 (0) 771 363 5381



Jacob is the latest member to join the team at j4crew. Jacob grew up in both England and the South of France so was exposed to the yachting industry from a young age. He holds an OOW ticket and a foundation degree in Marine Operations obtained through the Trinity House cadetship scheme and has served as Mate on both offshore vessels and super yachts. His desire is to help grow j4crew further in the industry.

 You can contact him directly at, or call +44(0) 7598 382 232.




Chay started his yachting career aged 17 working as a deckhand and learning the ropes as an engineer. He then went on to complete an engineering cadetship at Warsash Maritime College working on various cruise ships. Coming back into the industry he was able to secure a position as 2nd engineer on a prestigious yacht based in the IYCA where he stayed for a number of years. He joined the family business with good experience and continues to serve clients in the best way possible.

You can contact him directly at or call +44(0) 7857 138 274