All the other options are lesser, even repetitive approaches to getting up to speed.
BTW - this is how I did it, and I'm still afloat.....
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Thread: Yachtmaster Coastal Exam
14-11-11, 04:52 #11Registered User
Location : N London, and boat in Suffolk
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14-11-11, 08:49 #12
The OP is still a little short on sea miles, but as you suggest, do the YM theory, then do the YM practical.
YM practical requirements (from the RYA site)
" 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.""You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you"
Roger Waters 1972
14-11-11, 09:36 #13
Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper are both course completion certificates, handed out by the sailing school.
Yachtmaster Coastal, Offshore and Ocean are examined by an external examiner.
I have dayskipper and recently completed Yachtmaster Coastal (still awaiting the RYA certificate to come through).
I would say that you are well passed Dayskipper and would find the course a little boring. I would suggest that you do Yachtmaster theory which is split into three exams - Weather, Navigation, ColRegs and then go for YM Coastal Practical. You can do it in your own boat, however I think all you will get is an examiner coming on board for a day and giving you a throughly hard time (I guess it depends on the examiner but mine was very thorough) I would have found this very tough on my own. I would therefore suggest that you do a YM Coastal prep week with others and finish it with the exam, with a sailing school, you will get to learn a hell of a lot and have some support on the big day.