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FAQ’s: IYT Master of Yachts Unlimited Course

How much will the IYT Master of Yachts course cost?

You will firstly need to get the Master of Yachts Limited for around £2200 (approx. $3,420 or 3,082 EUROS) and then the Unlimited course costs an additional £1600 (approx. $2,490 or 2,240 EUROS)

What will you get out of the course?

On passing the course it will allow you to be a master of a superyacht of up to 200 gross tonnes (gt) offshore. You will in theory be able to skipper a vessel on the circuit between the Caribbean and Mediterranean across the Atlantic.

You will be ultimately responsible for the welfare, comfort and safety of all those aboard some of the biggest and best yachts afloat today, and be qualified to sail professionally wherever the owners or your career ambitions take you.

What are your limits on passing the Master of Yachts Unlimited course?

You will be able to sail a vessel of up to 200 gross tonnes anywhere in the world as captain, or as Mate of a larger vessel. There are not that many bigger yachts than this at present, though this will likely change in the coming years…

Is the course theory, practical or both?

It is a combination of both theory and practical activities, meaning that you will be learning on-shore and off-shore.

Where can you take it?

You can take the course at any one of the academies around the world that offer the course. Have a look around our website for more information as to where to take it.

Can you do this in another country?

Yes. The IYT is recognised all over the world.

What level of experience do you need?

To achieve the Master of Yachts Unlimited qualification you should have the Master of Yachts Limited qualification. Have a look at this link for information as to what you need under your belt to get the Master of Yachts Limited qualification.

You must also have skippered a vessel on a passage of a minimum of 500 miles, whilst out of the sight of land.

You will also need a medical examination.

How long does it take to complete?

It takes 12 days to get the Limited qualification and a further 6 days to get the Unlimited qualification.

What does the Master of Yachts Unlimited qualification involve?

Have a look at the IYT syllabus here for information on the Master of Yachts Limited qualification.

This is an intensive 12 day, theory and practical course to teach you all that’s necessary to take a superyacht out to sea as a skipper – but not across an ocean.

The Unlimited qualification is a six day, theory and classroom course covering celestial navigation and meteorology to convert your Master of Yachts Limited course into a full oceanic qualification. 

How do I progress after completing the course?

To sail larger vessels as master you should consider doing a merchant marine qualification at a maritime academy.

Does it give you international accreditation?

Yes. Much of it is approved under the International Maritime Organisation convention.

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