What is the Yachtmaster conversion exam?
Holders of the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore sail Certificate of Competence may take a conversion exam to obtain the equivalent power certificate of competence. Candidates may also convert from power to sail.
The same rules apply whether you are converting from sail to power, or from power to sail, but the exam for converting from power to sail may take slightly longer.
The exam will take about four hours. The examiner may ask questions or set tasks on any part of the syllabus but will concentrate on those sections which are markedly different in a sailing boat, eg boat handling, passage planning, radar
Prerequisite Qualifications and Experience
- The mileage shown below must be in the type of boat that you are converting to. All qualifying sea time must be within 10 years prior to the exam. Half of the qualifying sea time must have been conducted in tidal waters.
For Yachtmaster Coastal conversion exams
Minimum of 400 miles, 12 days living on board, 2 days as skipper, 12 night hours
For Yachtmaster Offshore conversion exams
Minimum of 1250 miles, 25days living on board, 3days as skipper, 3 passages over 60 miles including 1 overnight and 1 as skipper