International Yacht Training Worldwide

Master of Yachts Limited (Power or Sail)


Master of Yachts Limited Training

The IYT 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 IYT MOY 200 Ton accreditation at the top as the global standard of certification.

It is important to understand that an IYT certificate is a qualification that can be used across the globe. Unlike other training organisations, IYT insists 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.

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?

  • One must hold or obtain a Marine Communications VHF-SRC Radio Operators certificate.
  • One must hold or obtain all STCW’95 certificates. 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.
  • 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
  • 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

What does the final exam consist of?

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 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 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.

How do I apply or how do I get a power or sail endorsement on an existing certificate?

How do I get a power or sail endorsement on an existing Master of Yachts Limited certificate?

To obtain an additional endorsement for either power or sail on your existing Master of Yachts Limited certificate you must be examined on board by an IYT examiner at an approved IYT school.

How do I apply for enrollment?

Candidates may apply to any of the participating IYT Partner Schools worldwide who offer this course.

In order to apply for the IYT Master of Yachts certification courses, a detailed yachting resume must be sent to your IYT partner training school for evaluation.

Acceptance onto the course does not automatically guarantee obtaining an IYT Master of Yachts certificate. All the prerequisites must be fulfilled and satisfactory standards achieved.

Dual U.S.C.G. Recognition and Certification?

The IYT Master of Yachts Limited is recognised as dual certification by the U.S. Coastguard as long as the courses, including STCW Basic Safety Training, were taken in the U.S. with an IYT school approved to teach the Master of Yachts Limited Course. Upon completion the candidate may submit their paperwork to the U.S. Coastguard for their equivalent 200 ton license PROVIDED they have the proper sea time to fulfill the U.S.C.G. requirements for Master of Vessels not more that 200 tons. This dual certification is available only for U.S. citizens.

For a U.S.C.G. license, the entire course, including STCW modules, must be taken at an IYT school that has approval to offer the course and is USCG approved. In addition to the above Master of Yachts courses, two additional modules and examinations will need to be taken to satisfy US Coastguard requirements:

  • Six hours of basic Stability familiarising students with basic principles of ship construction stability and structural members.
  • Six hours of General Ships Knowledge covering Aids to navigation, Marlinspike seamanship and the USCG Codes of Federal Regulations.

What happens if I am color blind, hearing impaired or have other medical issue?

If your medical fitness examination relays that you are color blind, have a severe hearing impairment or have other medical issues which prevents the doctor from passing you as fit for solo watch duties, we will issue a restricted certificate stating “RESTRICTIONS: NO SOLO WATCH”.

Please note that the MCA will not issue an STCW qualification to candidates who do not pass the “ENG1 Medical Fitness Examination”.  While IYT may issue a Master of Yachts Limited 200 Ton with a limitation due to colorblind or other medical issues, the MCA will not allow you to progress to the OOW or 500 and > Master Certification

How much time do I have to submit all required paperwork after completing the course?

Click here for information on time submission requirements for MOY Mate/Coastal, Limited and Unlimited.

Next Steps

As a professional in the yachting industry you are required to update and learn new skills on a regular basis. As you move up the chain of command or look for new opportunities your qualifications are essential. Please make sure they do not expire.

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