Yachtmaster Conversions: from sail to motor and from motor to sail
Yachtmaster Conversions Training Course
If you have either a Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence you may consider taking a conversion exam to obtain the equivalent certificate of competence in the other discipline. There are two disciplines at this level: sail and motor.
You can convert from Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore sail to motor, or from Yachtmaster Coastal or Offshore motor to sail. The exam for converting from motor to sail usually takes slightly longer.
Conversion assessments can take half a day depending on the calibre of the candidate. An independent Yachtmaster examiner can ask questions or set tasks on any part of the syllabus but will concentrate on those sections which are markedly different.
Sail to Motor
For sail to motor conversions there will be more emphasis on high speed navigation, radar, engine knowledge and boat handling.
Three days of training is advised (but let’s chat about it)
Motor to Sail
During conversions from motor to sail, the emphasis will be on sail trim and handling and perhaps man overboard drills without using the engine.
The RYA recommends a certain amount of experience prior to taking the exam. Mileage shown below must have been gained in the type of yacht you are converting to. Qualifying sea time must be within ten years prior to the exam and half of that must have been conducted in tidal waters:
Yachtmaster Coastal conversion exams: a minimum of 400 miles with 12 days living on board, two days as skipper and 12 night hours.
Yachtmaster Offshore conversion exams: a minimum of 1,250 miles with 25 days living on board, three days as skipper and three passages over 60 miles including one overnight and one as skipper.
How many days do I need?
At Aigua Sea School we can be flexible with the amount of training you, and we, feel you require. Although we recommend at least three days training, we have accepted candidates for fewer training days due to their experience. We do, however, always strive to ensure the exam crew has the opportunity to get to know one another as the conversions tend to be assessed with the Coastal or Offshore candidates and therefore crew for each other. It is also important that the conversion candidates have enough time to get familiar with the training vessel used for the exam.
If less than three days training taken there may be a charge for the exam day onboard. When joining us for three days of training, the course fee covers:
- Exam time onboard
- Fuel used during the exam
- Examiner expenses are included free of charge
Conversion exam fees are to be paid directly to the RYA on your exam application form (£118 for 2019).
Aigua Sea School runs Yachtmaster conversion training and exams in Palma de Mallorca.
*Dates and timings may be subject to change at our discretion. We can arrange the dates to suit your schedule.
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