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Old 19 May 2009, 06:01   #1
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Commercial Yachtmaster in the North East

Hi,

I'm toying with the idea of doing my Commercial Yachtmaster with the power boat add on. Does anywhere on the North East do this course.
I've got my Offshore sea survival, can I use this or does the RYA require their own?
Any help would be great!

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Old 19 May 2009, 07:31   #2
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You dont really "do" commercial yachtmaster.

Firstly you need to have the pre-requisites in terms of sea-miles and night trips etc, then you take the yachtmaster "certificate of competence" exam with an RYA examiner - then you add on the various items that are required for the commercial endorsement - and the yachtmaster certificate is then endorsed as "commercial".

I have no idea what the "power boat" add-on is? When you hold a commercial yachtmaster it says (Quote) "...valid for use as Master of Yachts of up too 200 gross tonnes on commercially and privately registered yachts......"

So that would cover all power boats. (unless you could find one in excess of 200 gross tonnes!)

I should contact the RYA about your Sea Survival certificate - they are very approachable and pretty quick to respond to queries sent via their web site.

You can also search on the RYA site for schools in your area that will give you a Yachtmaster Prep course (theory and practical).
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Old 19 May 2009, 07:38   #3
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I think they is a Power endorsement to?
So who would the best person to speak to be about doing it over maybe 4 x one week stints?
I'm aware people do it on the south coast but was after something closer to home? Does a member on here run courses in Scotland?
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maybe seaskills does
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maybe seaskills does
Yes indeed.

Thanks Heart-trouble.

Phil, most info is on my website www.seaskills.co.uk, and feel free to phone or email if you want to discuss
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Chewy

There is no need to add on a power endorsement.

You can take either the sail or the power course and exam. If you have done one there is the option to later take a conversion exam to the other.

The course / exam you are after is Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence (Power).

There are various pre requisite, not least
  • 2,500 miles logged
  • 5 passages of 60 miles or more
  • 2 of those as skipper
  • 2 of those overnight
  • 50 days on board
  • SRC Radio or higher
  • First Aid

If you have not already I would start by doing the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shoreabsed Course, you will need this knowledge for the practical exam.

To add the commercial endorsement all you need is a Sea Survival and a Medical from your doctor and a rubber stamping fee of 25.
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I recomend www.coastwise.org.uk, based in Hartlepool!

contact Paul about your requirments.

He examined me for my power yachtmaster offshore STCW95 endorsed ticket and was really good.
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Phil, seeing how your working at sea wouldn't the company pay for it?
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Nah, the useless gits struggle to pay me for the work I do. Even though I'm working on a rig come ship my actual job has nothing to do with the sea. I'm a contractor too so have to pay for all my own courses.

I don't mind paying for it myself as it means I will have a second line of work if I need it.

The one in Hartlepool looks ok, will give him a ring, thanks.
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Yeah I am very pleased with Paul at coastwise but I would say you need to know what you are doing and how to handle a twin screw workboat, if not you will fail. Also have to be up with the workboat code, safety briefings, LSA, vessel checks, secondary ports, passage planning, MOB, ROR, compass errors, position fixing using radar etc etc, He will help you along as is there to pass you, the only reason you fail is if you are not up to the standard required by the RYA.

Also must have an indate first aid and VHF ticket and be able to prove the seatime.

Once you have the yachtmaster CoC you can then get the other requirements of medical and sea survival, your offshore medical and BOSIT are not valid as they are not recognised by the MCA and STCW95, and then pay the 25 fee to RYA for endorsement.
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