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Yacht Crew Houses in Fort Lauderdale

Most all of the crew houses in Fort Lauderdale are safe. There are some, though, that I don’t recommend because they also advertise themselves as hostels and therefore tend to attract people on the backpacking circuit. The following are recommended based on either my experience or referrals from current crew as of spring 2013:

Housing OptionsDescription
The Neptune Group
417 SE 16th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel: 1-954-763-1050
Owners: D.J. Parker and Captain Dwight Ledbetter
The Neptune Group gets my strong recommendation among crew house options in Fort Lauderdale. The properties are owned and managed by Captain Dwight Ledbetter, a former yacht captain with many years in the industry, and D.J. Parker, a well-known charter and yacht broker as well as past successful charter captain.

Each property has been completely renovated, newly decorated, and extensively landscaped. Each house or apartment includes free Wi-Fi and DSL Broadband Internet, free cable TV/DVD, safes, all basic supplies, and professional cleaning services. All homes also come with BBQ/patio/private backyards. The Neptune Group places two or less people in a room, and they have lots of fully private apartments with queen-size beds available for couples.

Due to the high demand for the Neptune Group’s properties, especially during peak season, they do operate from a registration system. You are wise to register early, which you can do by contacting them directly or filling out a form on their website.

In order to get on Neptune Group’s waiting list without a prior history in the industry, you will have to go through an intensive screening process. Once you’ve submitted a registration form online, you will most likely be called and interviewed by Captain Dwight or his assistant manager, who will ask a lot of questions to confirm that you are career minded and that your heart is in the right place. He does reserve the right to turn you down if he feels that’s not the case. The Neptune Group also conducts interviews to best match you up with fellow residents who share your same goals or interests.

It is well worth going through this screening process because both Captain Dwight and DJ Parker have the ability to help you with your job search, as both are very well connected throughout the industry and hear of job leads all the time. They recommend tenants whom they feel will make good crew. The Neptune Group also offers a first-class crew placement service known as Neptune Crew, part of an online service to match crew staying in their houses with day work opportunities and full-time positions. You can check this out by visiting their website.

Accommodations: Two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes; and two-bedroom/two-bath and one-bedroom/one-bath apartments.
Crew Castle
(Call for address)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel: 1-954-931-8945
Email: guiltfree@earthlink.net
Contact Person: Samantha (Chef Sam)
Another strong recommendation based on both my experience and the experience of many readers of my first edition: Crew Castle is run by Chef Sam, a former yachtie herself. Located close to U.S. 1 and 17th Street, Crew Castle is a top-notch facility, referred to by some as “the Hilton of crew houses.” Accommodations are clean, quiet, safe, and close to everything.

The home features a huge kitchen, big screen TV in the den, individual TVs in each bedroom, wireless DSL Internet connections throughout the house, three decks, patio, outdoor BBQ, free airport pick-up with advance notice, and even a ladies’ library. This is not a party house; Chef Sam runs a tight ship, and she is looking for serious-minded job hunters. She is very selective.

Accommodations: The Crew Castle is a million-dollar crew house with double occupancy bedrooms; one bathroom for every two bedrooms.
Crew Quarters
(Call for address)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel: 1-954-296-0457
Fax: 1-954-522-6139
Email: beverly.crewquarters@gmail.com
Contact: Beverly Cronen and Louis Dupree
The Crew Quarters home is owned and actively managed by Louis Dupree, a captain of 28 years, and Beverly Cronen, a captain and stewardess of 15 years, who strive to provide a personalized, informative, and supportive haven for maritime students or those looking for maritime employment.

The home is fully furnished with a large living and dining area, a newly renovated and well-equipped kitchen, satellite TV with a diverse range of viewing options, wireless internet access, free laundry facilities, an outside sitting porch, BBQ, and a large, tree-shaded backyard. Located within a three-block walking distance to crew agencies and maritime schools. Rates fluctuate throughout the year. It’s helpful to contact Crew Quarters at least a week in advance. Last-minute bookings will be accepted on a space available basis.

Accommodations: One fully furnished home offering semi-private accommodation (maximum two persons per room).
Mary’s Crew Houses
816 SE 12th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel: 1-954-242-1109 (Mary’s cell and 24-hour office)
Fax: 1-954-321-8406
Email: maryscrewhouse@yahoo.com
Contact Person: Mary E. Gaudette
Mary’s crew houses are fully functional crew houses, which opened in September 2003. They provide accommodation to crewmembers both new and old to the yachting industry. Captains call Mary’s Crew House when they need day workers/crew, as they know she will send them reliable, hard-working individuals.

Full free Internet and Wi-Fi access in all places, telephone for local United States calls, big screen cable TVs in every room, large community kitchen and living areas in both apartments, heated pool, BBQ, exercise equipment, free airport pick-up when you arrive in town, washing machine and dryer, personal lockers for valuables, and full bedrooms with plenty of personal space. Central air conditioning and many fans are provided.

Accommodations: Three houses with shared accommodation, as well as private rooms, located right off 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale.
Palm Place Residences
1324 SW 31st St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Tel: 1-954-655-8526 or 1-954-566-7182
Contact Person: Lisa
Newly renovated, tastefully decorated, and fully furnished in southern Florida motif, Palm Place Residence is a crew accommodation that features new appliances, cable TV with premium channels, DVD/VCR, complimentary local phone service, wireless internet access, and free laundry facilities. Both the house and the cottage are complimented with private gardens, decks, and lounging patios replete with BBQ.

Accommodations: The main house features one shared and two private bedrooms, one with private bathroom. The property also has a separate cottage that is ideal for a couple that wants all the amenities in a quaint, quiet setting.
Smart Move Crew Accommodations & Property Management
716 SE 17th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel: 1-954-525-9559
Fax: 1-954-527-0595
Email: info@smart-move.com
Smart Move has catered to the yachting industry since the business started over 20 years ago. Tenants of Smart Move tend to return year after year, from entry-level crew who seek crew house-style living quarters or efficiencies to captains and entire crews who rent three- or four- bedroom houses.

Smart Move’s headquarters is located on 17th Street Causeway, in the heart of the Fort Lauderdale yachting scene. All properties are fully furnished and all inclusive (including Wi-Fi, Cable TV, BBQ’s, laundry facilities) and are fully air-conditioned. Many have pools or Jacuzzis as well.

Accommodations: Crew houses. Two-, three-, and four-bedroom crew house-style homes (to accommodate larger crews); one-bedroom/one-bath apartments; and studio/efficiencies.
The Bridge at Cordova Boutique Hotel and Crew House
1441 Cordova Rd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel: 1-954-525-2323
Fax: 1-954-523-4518
Email: thebridgebedandbreakfast@gmail.com
The Bridge at Cordova has 22 units with varying configurations from efficiencies to suites. Every accommodation provides free local phone calls, free wireless high-speed Internet connection, and cable TV. There is a large pool with lounge chairs and a huge BBQ grill for use by all guests. They have their own Cordova Diving School with PADI certification. The international staff is friendly and congenial. Short-stay as well as longer-term accommodations are available in a relaxed, tropical setting. Rooms recently renovated in the summer of 2012. Assistance with job hunting and day work searches is also offered.

Accommodations: Nine “Captains Quarters” suites with kitchen and private patio; six “Junior Suites” around the pool; and four private rooms, with their own private bathroom, fridge, and microwave. Premier crew and hostel accommodations: dormitories for male or female, 3 people per room, en suite bathroom. Free breakfast bar. Free transportation for private rooms only. There is a fee for dorms.