IYT/MCA Master of Yachts (Limited) – Complete Package (Theory & Practical)


Please note that courses offered in our Palma & Naples locations are priced in € Euros, any courses offered in our UK locations are priced in £ GBP

Excl Tax. 

For UK courses, accommodation can be arranged subject to availability for approximately £300/week. If you would like us to arrange your accommodation, please let us know after booking

Course Description

IYT Master of Yachts courses have been recognised by the British Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) since 1998 for use on board all Red Ensign registered Yachts up to 200 gross tons. Although the courses were specifically designed for use on Red Ensign Yachts, they are now accepted by many other flag states because of their prestigious MCA recognition.

This combined package is for those who have extensive experience on both Power and Sail vessels and are confident that they can fulfil the requirements detailed herein for both. Your course will last approximately two weeks, starting with a 6 day IYT/MCA Master of Yachts Theory / shore based course at one of our tailored training facilities. On completion of your theory course, you will then embark onto either the Power or Sail practical course (this will depend on course availability, candidate experience and location. You will be advised upon booking as to the exact schedule). On completion of the 5-day practical training course onboard one of our approved vessels, you will then either, transfer to the other class of vessel (power or sail) for further training before taking your final exams or you will complete an exam aboard one type of vessel before returning later to the other type.

Note: you will be examined separately for Power and Sail.

Course Syllabus

  • Chartwork instruments
  • Charts, latitude and longitude
  • Distance, speed, time & direction
  • The magnetic compass, variation& deviation
  • Position lines and position fixes
  • Dead reckoning and estimated positions
  • Tides
  • Currents
  • Course to steer to counteract a current
  • Meteorology
  • Pilotage
  • Passage planning
  • Electronic navigation aids
  • International regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS)
  • Ships construction
  • Ship stability & drydocking
  • Ropework
  • Towing
  • Anchoring
  • Emergency procedures
  • Ships power plant
  • General maritime law

The final exam will be conducted by an independent IYT Master of Yachts examiner and takes the form of an extensive oral and practical test on a sail yacht. Candidates can expect to be examined on any subject covered by the syllabus of the shore based or practical courses and to be questioned on any aspect of their yachting experience to date.

You must successfully complete:

  • A sail examination on a sailing vessel in order to obtain certification for sailing vessels.
  • To obtain both a sail and power certification, two examinations will be required, one on a sailing vessel and another on a power vessel.

In the event that the examiner considers a candidate not to have achieved the required standards and/or the candidate’s ability as Captain does not reach the required standard, and/or the prerequisites have not been met for the IYT Master of Yachts Limited, a Master of Yachts Coastal certificate may be issued in the interim. In this case, and if requested, a personal report will be sent to the candidate outlining the reason or reasons for failure and suggesting remedial action prior to re sitting the exam. Completion of the Master of Yachts Limited certification course is not a guarantee of passing the examination and receiving your certificate.


Course Pre-requisites

Candidates should be 18 years of age or older. Must hold or obtain a Marine Communications VHF-SRC Radio Operators certificate. Must hold or obtain all STCW’95 certificates. STCW certificates must be valid (not expired). If STCW Safety Training is taken after January 1, 2014 the new Proficiency in Maritime Security Awareness is also required.

Candidates must provide documented evidence of experience as stated below:

  • Logged 50 days on board a yacht at sea as an active crew member on watch. For the purpose of this requirement, a day is defined as a period of 24 consecutive hours. The term “at sea” is defined as being on a vessel outside of any harbour – natural or artificial – in which a cruising yacht could secure or anchor for a prolonged period of time.
  • Logged 3,000 miles in a yacht while cruising at sea (power or sail). This must be on genuine cruises or passages, not short day trips. The candidate must have considerable time of actual vessel handling.
  • Thirty hours on watch at night underway as an active member of a yacht’s crew.
  • Sea time must be obtained on a vessel at least 10m in length.
  • If you have a sea time logbook please scan copies of pages and send to us in one PDF document; make sure your name is at the top of each page prior to scanning
  • A current medical fitness examination and a colour blindness eyesight examination, which allows the participant to safely perform the relevant duties on a yacht. Medical/eyesight examinations are valid for a period of two years.
  • We will also accept military letters stating service days for seatime, however, each will be reviewed to ensure they have sufficient experience for the level of certificate they are requesting.


Start Date End Date Price (excl Tax)
29 Apr 2024 10 May 2024 €3,050


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