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Master of Yachts 200T Limited Sail Theory: The Path to Excellence in Yachting


Every young, ambitious, and hungry crew member has their eyes set on becoming captain. It is one of, if not the most prestigious positions there are on the boat. However, from start to finish it is a long process of building experience and getting certified.

Embarking on this career path (as a yacht captain) is an exciting and fulfilling endeavor that requires tons of dedication, lots of knowledge, and a boatload of theoretical understanding of maritime regulations. There is a rigorous certification level requirement to become a yacht captain, one of them being the Master of Yachts 200T Limited Sail (MOY 200T) certification (this depends on the tonnage and general size of the yacht).

This qualification equips individuals with the skills and expertise to confidently command sailing vessels up to 200 tons. In this blog post, we will explore the requirements and processes involved in attaining the MOY 200T certification.

Course description

The MOY 200T certification is a comprehensive training program that prepares individuals to operate and navigate sailing vessels effectively. It consists of both theoretical and practical components, ensuring that candidates possess the necessary knowledge and hands-on experience to excel in their roles as yacht captains.

The theory portion of the MOY 200T is a six-day classroom course, which includes assessment papers and written examinations. It is important to note that prior study and practical experience are required before undertaking the test. The course covers a wide range of topics essential for yacht captains, including navigation, meteorology, international regulations, safety procedures, and vessel operations.

Course Syllabus

What you will learn:

  • 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

Minimum Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for the MOY 200T certification, candidates must fulfill certain minimum entry requirements. These requirements serve as a foundation, ensuring that individuals possess the necessary skills and qualifications to undertake the course effectively. The following are the minimum entry requirements for the MOY 200T:

  • 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 operate radio communication equipment effectively, ensuring clear and concise communication between the yacht and external parties.

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

  • Documented Evidence of Boating Experience: Candidates must provide documented evidence of their boating experience. This evidence serves as proof that candidates have practical experience in operating and navigating yachts. The experience should cover both power and sailing vessels to ensure a well-rounded skill set. It is highly recommended that candidates have hands-on practical experience and sea time on both power and sailing vessels before attempting the MOY 200T examination. The practical exam is not intended for learning basic skills, but rather to assess the candidate's ability to apply their knowledge and experience effectively.


The Master of Yachts 200T Limited Sail certification is a prestigious qualification that opens doors to exciting career opportunities in the yachting industry.

The comprehensive training program equips individuals with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to confidently navigate and command sailing vessels up to 200 tons.

By fulfilling the minimum entry requirements and dedicating themselves to the learning process, candidates can embark on a fulfilling journey toward becoming competent and proficient yacht captains.

Please note that this blog post provides a general overview of the MOY 200T certification. It is advisable to contact us for a more specific comprehensive explanation as this information can change between the time this blog was posted and the time you are reading this.

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