So, barring “Below Deck Med Galley Talk,” what’s next for you professionally? Is it possible to return to full-time yachting?
Josiah Carter: I think for me, it’s really hard to be full-time, because you’ll be away for potentially 10 months of the year — away from family and friends, and I really enjoy a nice big bed, and my own space. However, I would definitely do a season here and a year there. Absolutely. I love it. It’s a great thing to do. It can be tiring, time-consuming and very tedious. But the rewards are incredible. While you’re far from your loved ones and friends, you still get to see these incredible places. I will keep on yachting for a few years more, and see how it feels. It’s okay to just go with the flow.
That’s great. Julia, it seems like you have largely left the yachting life. Your entrepreneurship with Myrtle & Maude, it seems to be going great. What are your thoughts on the pros and disadvantages of becoming a small business owner after leaving yacht life?
Julia d’Albert Pusey: Yeah. You know what? It can be a very strange job when you work in yachting. I wasn’t fully committed to yachting despite having a long career in it. I was very much — I dipped in and out. It is a difficult transition for many people, however. And it is quite hard, it’s just such a different lifestyle, to being on land [compared] to on sea. That is why I understand that it can be quite hard for some people.
Yet, I have a husband and a dog, so my feet are firmly planted on the ground. But yet, business is going well, [I] absolutely love doing that. It’s very stressful, [a] different kind of stress to yachting. But I do miss yachting. Watching “Below Deck,” me and Josiah are like, “Aw no, kind of making me jealous.” But it’s one of them games, where it’s good to get into when you’re younger, exhaust it, and get out. Yes, I do miss it. I miss the sunsets and I miss sleeping on a yacht because I get such good sleep that I can’t even explain it to you. It’s all about the rocking motion. It could be the rocking motion. You don’t have any trouble sleeping. It’s hard to get up in the morning and make my coffee. I miss sitting on the bow. I miss it all.
As a young woman, I would have gone along with my husband if I could. He has experience working on yachts. I’m sure he’s been on Abramovich’s boat before so I’d have gone with him if I was younger. But [it’s] not meant to be anymore, I don’t think.
I’ve gotta be honest, those beds — they look like they’re triangles. They don’t appear comfortable. However, I have never been on a super yacht so I am not sure.
Josiah: They are actually surprisingly comfortable.
Julia: They are comfortable, but they do look like a prison bed.