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Mile Building – Motor Cruising

Upcoming Mile Building – Motor Cruising Courses

Price - £2000.00

Mile Building Trips

‘Mendez Marine’ recognise and understand the difficulties faced by ‘RYA Yachtmaster’ Motor candidates who need to build the prerequisite mileage required to undertake the ‘RYA Yachtmaster’ exam. To that end ‘Mendez Marine’ have arranged an exciting schedule of mile building trips aimed at building both the mileage and navigational skills needed to prepare candidates for both the ‘RYA Yachtmaster’ Prep course and exam.

The aim of each trip is to assist you in building mileage but also to provide an opportunity to enhance your existing skills. The main emphasis will be on pilotage, passage planning, watch keeping and skippering a boat on a passage by both day and night. There will also be opportunities to practice some practical boat handling skills as well as the navigation skills whilst coming in and out of port.

Each mile building trip will have an experienced instructor on hand to assist and polish skills where necessary. Candidates will plan and skipper their own qualifying leg(s) of 60nm+ but will also benefit from the total milage covered. Each passage will provide at least one qualifying 60nm leg. Candidates can expect each trip to be between 300nm and 500nm with a minimum of one 60nm+ qualifying leg each, encompassing pilotage, passage planning and night navigation.

There are no passengers on these trips so candidates should expect a very full itinerary encompassing all boats duties. It should be noted that these are not intended to be teaching sessions rather opportunities to practice all aspects of skippering a motor cruiser.

We keep numbers to 3 students to 1 instructor so that students can gain as much experience as possible.  We generally need a minimum of 2 on this course.

What’s included:

  • Accommodation on board
  • On board meals to include breakfast and lunch
  • Wet Weather clothing and Lifejackets (you will have to bring appropriate footwear such as deck shoes/boots)

Please Note.

Safety is our paramount concern so therefore we do not guarantee the mileage that will be achieved on the mile builders.  Adverse weather and or sea conditions may mean that the planned itinerary will need to be amended/shortened.  The instructor on board has total authority in relation to the viability of planned passages; ultimately deciding whether they are safe to go ahead.

Pre-course experience At least 2 days practical experience on a motor cruiser 
Assumed knowledge Navigation to level of RYA Day Skipper (Theory) minimum but preferably RYA Yachtmaster (Theory). Practical certification to the level of RYA Day Skipper Practical.
Minimum duration 5 days
Minimum age 18 years
Course content Preparation for sea, boat handling, navigation, pilotage, RADAR, passage making, meteorology, rules of the road, engines, emergency situations, night cruising.  
Ability after the course Have built on boat handling, navigational and practical passage making skills and acquiring additional sea mileage.

Please express your interest in ‘Mile Building’ passages by filling our form here or call our office on 01489 588977.

Passages are subject to weather conditions so exact itinerary may have to have to be amended.

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