that's good advice from Anchor HAndler. I'm guessing you already have some of the STCW short courses which should be transferable to your Yachtmaster commercial ticket
Do you want your Yachtmaster ticket so you can be a WAFI or is it for motor boats?
I did my yachtmaster theory via Chichester Marine Services and its an internet correspondence cours and I did this at sea and it was perfect for me. The whole course was about 300 and I can'trecomend them enough...I put there after sales service to the test and nothing was too much trouble. I'll post a link at the end o this thread.
I got an awful lot of my seamiles in driving coastal tugs, one company I know will be happy to use you when your off shift. are you 4 on and 2 off? I found it was a good way of getting paid for gaining sea miles.
I'm in the process of gettin my 200 .on ticket myself cos eveytime I see a multicat I want to be driving it. so if I can give you any help please call me on 07859886431 I'm onshore for the next 4 days if you want to call
I do know of a 20 year old with a 200 ton ticket so it can't be based on years and years of experience.
There is a good guy on this froum who has recently completed this and his name is tugandtow. you might get some pointers if you PM himw
Good luck Stu