Originally Posted by Channel Ribs
You would need a thin cigarette paper to separate them. One difference I believe is the motor cruiser course does not have planing content?
There are some differences, and they mostly relate to the type of boat that the training is delivered on and for. For example, I wouldn't spend much time talking about launching and recovery if I was running a Helmsman course in a forty footer (!), but yes I would include planing content if it was a planing boat (probably stating the obvious, sorry). The powerboat course does not necessarily have a planing content. If the courses is undertaken in a displacement boat, the certificate would reflect that
I spend much more time talking about engines and routine maintenance on Helmsman courses than I would on a powerboat course (although if the powerboat course was on a small diesel engine cruiser then the content would be more like the Helmsman course in that respect)
And I would certainly spend more time talking about charts, tides, and so on during a powerboat course
Horses for course really. We try to make training relevant for the people being trained and the type of boats they want to use, and the content for RYA courses allows us some freedom to tailor them to suit