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RYA Yachtmaster™ Conversion Sail – Power

Upcoming RYA Yachtmaster™ Conversion Sail – Power Courses

Price - £1460.00
Price - £1460.00
Price - £1460.00
Price - £1460.00
Price - £1460.00

With effect from March 2020 this course will not be part of the RYA Coastal / Offshore Yachtmaster exam prep course.

We want the Conversion Exam preparation days to acknowledge that the students already hold an RYA Yachtmaster Sail certificate and will, therefore, focus on the differences between sail and power and the effects on passage planning, plus boat handling and manoeuvring.

If you already hold either the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence or the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence for sail then you can convert to motor. The good news is that you have already done the hard work by completing the sailing exam. The practical conversion exam is usually around three hours per person concentrating on the practical aspects of boating that are different when one motors, so berthing, radar, MOB etc.

How does it work?

Simple really: We aim to work with you to ensure you pass your exam. The preparation time not only gets you familiar with the boat, the Solent and the crew, but it also looks at exam techniques and polishes any rusty skills.

The Yachtmaster™ Conversion Course is designed to find out the weak points and work them up to exam standard. The length of the conversion exam will depend on the number of students:on average 3 hours per candidate.

What’s included:

  • 5-days use of our motor cruiser
  • Maximum of four students
  • G158 – RYA Motor Cruising log book
  • up to 4-days of coaching (Exam Preparation)
  • Diesel and on board consumables
  • Wet Weather gear
  • Overnight accommodation onboard the boat ( if required)
  • Lunch, tea/coffee and snacks onboard
  • Free parking at our marina

What’s not included:

  • Evening meals unless on a night exercise.
  • MCA Yachtmaster Conversion Exam Fee – Paid to the RYA on exam day. £120.00

Course duration:

Up to four days, including 1 night exercise plus the exam. The exam will only include night work if other candidates are taking the Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore exam.

Pre Requisites for Conversion (The mileage shown below must be in the type of boat that you are converting to. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam):

Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence Conversion Exam Pre Requisites

  • Minimum of 400 miles
  • 12 days living on board
  • 2 days as skipper
  • 12 night hours
  • In date RYA First Aid (first aid qualifications held by Police, Fire and Armed Services are acceptable)
  • SRC or VHF
  • RYA Sea Survival Course (recommended – compulsory if you are seeking a MCA/RYA Commercial Endorsement

Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence Conversion Exam Pre Requisites

  • Minimum of 1250 miles in motor craft. (You do not need any additional tidal motor miles for the conversion exam)
  • 25 days living on board
  • 3 days as skipper
  • 3 passages over 60 miles including 1 overnight and 1 as skipper
  • Please see here on the RYA web site to check
  • In date RYA First Aid (first aid qualifications held by Police, Fire and Armed Services are acceptable)
  • SRC or VHF
  • RYA Sea Survival Course (recommended or compulsory if you are seeking a MCA/RYA Commercial Endorsement)

Course Content:

During your conversion training we will concentrate principally on 5 areas:

  • Boat Handling in a twin engine motor cruiser
  • Passage planning for high speed craft
  • Electronic navigation, with particular focus on Radar
  • MOB procedure
  • Improved diesel knowledge, with get you home techniques

If these subjects sound daunting then you should consider the one day RYA Radar and RYA Diesel courses. As with all exam preparations, this is not the time to learn techniques from scratch but to revise existing skills.

The Yachtmaster™ Offshore is competent to skipper a motor cruiser on any passage during which the vessel is no more than 150 miles from a safe haven.

Full details of the exam syllabus and requirements are shown in the RYA’s Motor Cruising Logbook (code G158). The prep and exam is done over 3 – 6 days with the exam on the last 2 days depending on the number of candidates.

How can I take this course?

  • On our school boat on our timetables.
  • On our school boat, in your group, you choose the dates.
  • On your own boat, we come to you. (2 x crew needed)

The Conversion preparation and Exam is held on our school boat, Fenland Dancer. She is a Princess 368 with a fly bridge and 2 x 300Hp Cummins engines on shafts. She has the latest Raymarine electronic equipment and her salon was refurbished summer 2019.

Any classroom work takes place in the Mendez Marine office or onboard Fenland Dancer.

Minimum seatime 50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
Minimum duration Preparation: 3 days (9am to 5pm with 1 night experience to 10pm) 
ExamThe practical exam will take about three hours per student. The examiner may ask questions or set tasks on any part of the syllabus but will concentrate on those sections which are markedly different in a motor cruiser, eg boat handling, passage planning, radar.  Please note you may be asked to prepare a passage plan.
Minimum age 18 years
Maximum Student : Instructor Ratio5 : 1 (due to the size of the school boat we keep numbers to 4 : 1 )


The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS, meteorology and signals. The exam fee is additional and is currently £118.00

The boat used must be between 7m (23ft) and 24m (78ft) and be in sound, seaworthy condition, equipped to the standard set out in the RYA book Cruising Yacht Safety (code C8). The boat must be equipped with a full up to date set of charts and navigational publications and be efficiently crewed, as the examiner will not take part in the management of the boat during the exam.

Before you book your exam please check that you:

  • Have completed the required mileage and experience as skipper
  • Hold a VHF Radio Operators License or Short Range Certificate
  • Hold a valid first aid certificate
  • Have read the syllabus in RYA publications; G158 (power)
  • Have read and comply with the pre-requisites above.

If you need a Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence (Power) in order to work on board a commercial craft subject to the MCA’s codes of practice, you will need to get it commercially endorsed. You can then work as a Master of commercial vessels of up to 200gt in category 1 to 6 waters – that is up to 150 miles from a safe haven.

The RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Certificate of Competence (Power) can be used commercially in its own right. It is also a pre-requisite for the MCA’s Officer of the Watch qualification, which enables you to work worldwide on vessels of up to 3000gt.

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