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Master of Yachts 200T Limited Sail Practical: Navigating the Path to Expertise


Becoming a Master of Yachts requires a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The Practical portion of the Master of Yachts 200T Limited Sail (MOY Limited) is a crucial component that provides students with hands-on experience and prepares them for the final examination. In this blog post, we will delve into the practical course of MOY Limited, explore the certification opportunities it offers, and discuss the minimum entry requirements for aspiring yacht professionals.

Practical Course Overview:

The Practical portion of the MOY Limited is a five-day immersive course designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge in situational awareness, seamanship, and the ability to command. During this period, participants will have the opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge into practice under the guidance of experienced instructors. The practical course serves as the final preparation for the comprehensive examination that follows.

Certification Opportunities:

Successful completion of the MOY Limited Practical course opens up a range of exciting career opportunities within the yachting industry. Holders of this certification are qualified to work as:

  • Master of a 200-ton vessel up to 150 nautical miles offshore.

  • Chief Mate of a 500-ton vessel up to 150 nautical miles offshore.

  • Chief Mate of a 200-ton vessel on all oceans.

  • Officer of the Watch (OOW) of a 500-ton vessel on all oceans.

These certifications provide individuals with the necessary authority and competence to take on responsible roles on board various types of vessels in different maritime environments.

To enroll in the MOY Limited Practical course, candidates must fulfill certain minimum entry requirements. These requirements ensure that individuals have the prerequisite knowledge and experience to benefit fully from the course and succeed in their yachting careers.

The following are the minimum entry requirements:

  1. Marine Communications VHF-SRC Radio Operators Certificate: Candidates must hold or obtain a Marine Communications VHF-SRC Radio Operators certificate. This certification demonstrates their ability to effectively operate radio communication equipment, a vital skill for clear and concise communication in the yachting industry.

  2. STCW 10 Certificates: Candidates must hold or obtain all STCW 10 (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping) certificates. These certificates validate that candidates have completed the necessary safety and survival training, fire prevention and firefighting training, first aid training, and personal safety and social responsibilities training. It is crucial to ensure that these certificates are valid and not expired at the time of application.

  3. Documented Evidence of Boating Experience: Candidates must provide documented evidence of their boating experience to demonstrate their practical knowledge and competency. The required experience includes:

  4. A minimum of 50 days on board a yacht at sea as an active crew member on watch. These days should encompass 24 consecutive hours each and exclude periods in harbors or anchorages.

  5. A minimum of 3,000 miles of yacht cruising at sea (power or sail), accumulated through genuine cruises or passages rather than short day trips.

  6. Thirty hours on watch at night underway as an active member of a yacht's crew, demonstrating familiarity with night operations.

  7. A current medical fitness examination and a color blindness eyesight examination, ensure the participant's ability to perform relevant duties on a yacht. These examinations are valid for two years.

It is worth noting that military letters stating service days for sea time may be accepted by IYT, but each case will be reviewed to ensure the candidate has sufficient experience for the desired certificate level.


The Master of Yachts 200T Limited Sail Practical course provides aspiring yacht professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate their way to expertise in the yachting industry. Upon successful completion of the course, individuals unlock a world of exciting career opportunities, including working as a Master or Chief Mate on various vessels both offshore and on all oceans. However, it is important to meet the minimum entry requirements. By meeting these requirements and gaining the necessary qualifications, aspiring yacht professionals can embark on a rewarding journey as they navigate the path to expertise in the yachting industry.

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