Qualifications required to skipper a yacht commercially

Professional Yachtsmen are required to hold certain qualifications. The table below summarises the minimum manning requirements that apply on UK flagged yachts up to 200 tonnes , carrying up to 12 passengers and operating commercially.

Area of Operation Limitations Minimum Qualification for Skipper on board a Power Vessel Minimum Qualification for Skipper on board a Sail Vessel Minimum Crew Requirement
Area Category 6 Vessel under 24m, within 3 miles from nominated departure point in favourable weather and by daylight RYA Day Skipper Power RYA Powerboat Level 2 and 12 months relevant experience OR RYA Day Skipper Sail A 2nd crew member who can assist the skipper
Area Category 5 Vessel under 24m, within 20 miles from nominated departure point in favourable weather and by daylight RYA Day Skipper Power & Day Skipper Shorebased & 12 months relevant experience RYA Day Skipper Sail & Day Skipper Shorebased & 12 months relevant experience A 2nd crew member who can assist the skipper
Area Category 4 Vessel under 24m, within 20 miles of a safe haven in favourable weather and by daylight MCA/RYA Advanced Powerboat Cert. of Competence & 2 years relevant experience OR MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Power MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Sail A 2nd crew member who can assist the skipper
Area Category 3 Vessel under 24m, within 20 miles of a safe haven MCA/RYA Advanced Powerboat Cert. of Competence & 2 years relevant experience OR MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Power MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Sail A 2nd crew member who can assist the skipper
Area Category 2 Vessel up to 200 tonnes, within 60 miles of a safe haven MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail An experienced crew member
Area Category 1 Vessel up to 200 tonnes, within 150 miles of a safe haven MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power & MCA AEC & STCW’95 Medical Care & GMDSS Long Range Certificate MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail & RYA Diesel & STCW’95 Medical Care & GMDSS Long Range Certificate A MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Sail OR Power
Area Category 0 Vessels up to 200 tonnes, unrestricted by area MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Power & MCA AEC & STCW’95 Medical Care & GMDSS Long Range Certificate MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Sail & RYA Diesel & STCW’95 Medical Care & GMDSS Long Range Certificate A MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail OR Power

All of the above Skipper & Crew Qualifications & Certificates of Competence should be commercially endorsed by the RYA.

If the vessel is fitted with Radar, the skipper and any crew who may be required to use it also require relevant training, i.e. RYA Radar

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