IYT Master of Yachts Limited Power and Sail (MCA approved)

The Master of Yachts Limited 200 Tons course has become the most globally accepted course for the operation of commercial yachts up to 200 tons. Recognition by 25 governments has placed the MOY 200 Ton accreditation at the top as the global standard of certification.

It is important to understand that the MoY certificate is a qualification that can be used across the globe. Unlike other training organizations, we insist on an understanding of IALA Regulations in Areas A & B, weather systems in the northern & southern hemispheres, tidal calculations for the Mediterranean and North America and the effects of tropical revolving storms.

Note: To obtain a power certificate/endorsement, training and examination may not take place on a sailboat under auxiliary engine.

“Critical Information – Please do not disregard this note – MCA no longer certifying candidates who are color blind”

The MCA are no longer allowing Deckhands, Officers of the Watch, Mates or Masters who have color blindness to hold MCA certification. In the past, those who were diagnosed with color blindness were issued certificates with the endorsement” no solo watch” or “dual watch only”.

Because the IYT/MCA Master of Yachts certificates are commercial in nature, IYT will be complying with the same MCA requirements and will be unable to issue any commercial certificates to those who have color blindness. It is imperative that students undertake a color blindness test BEFORE they enroll in any IYT/MCA commercial courses as we will not be able to certify them.

Also, it is important to note that a ‘lantern test’ for color blindness is no longer accepted. The test must be an Ishihara or CAD test.

Those who already hold IYT/MCA commercial certificates with a color blindness endorsement “no solo watch” will be able to renew with the same endorsement”.

If you hold the master of yachts limited certificate you are qualified to work as:

Master of 200 ton vessel up to 150 nautical miles offshore
Chief Mate of 500 ton vessel up to 150 nautical miles offshore
Chief Mate of 200 ton vessel all oceans
OOW (Officer of the Watch) of a 500 ton vessel all oceans.
What are the minimum entry requirements to complete the IYT Master of Yachts Limited course?

Candidates should be 18 years of age or older.
One must hold or obtain a Marine Communications VHF-SRC Radio Operators certificate.
One 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 boating 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.

Please Note: A candidate may take both endorsements, however, it is highly recommended that he or she have some hands-on practical experience and sea time on both power and sailing vessels before attempting the exam. The practical exam is not the forum for learning basic skills. Candidates may sit the shore-based course prior to having all the above requirements. Verification of the above yachting experience must be original and signed by the skipper of the yacht in which the candidate was sailing. Candidates claiming sea time during times when they were acting as skipper may sign their own entries but independent verification may be required.

What does the programme consist of?

The programme consists of a theory course and a liveaboard practical course. Each course stands alone and can be taken individually, however, the theory course must be successfully completed prior to taking the practical liveaboard course. They may be taken with any of our participating partner schools and do not necessarily have to be completed in immediate succession, however, it is recommended in order to retain as much information before the final on-board examination.

The theory course is a six-day comprehensive high-level shore based course with assessment papers and written examinations. Candidates are advised that a considerable amount of private study and varied cruising experience is required in addition to the formal instruction provided.

The liveaboard (power or sail) practical course is a five-day course covering seamanship skills including ability to command and situational awareness. As fatigue can adversely affect one’s ability to perform/command, the liveaboard aspect of the course is critical to ensuring candidates are indeed prepared to command. This will be a preparation course for your final IYT Master of Yachts Limited Examination.

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
Course to steer to counteract a current
Passage planning
Electronic navigation aids
International regulations for preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS)
Ships construction
Ship stability & drydocking
Emergency procedures
Ships power plant
General maritime law
What does the final exam consist of?

The final exam will be conducted by an independent examiner and takes the form of an extensive oral and practical test on a yacht (power or sail). 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 power examination on a power vessel in order to obtain certification for power vessels.
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 candidates’ ability as Captain does not reach the required standard, and/or the prerequisites have not been met for the 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.