Powerboat & Megayacht driving training courses

Driving of a motor yacht has its own subtleties and features that distinguish it
from passing a standard sailing course
Worth knowing!
Motor yachts have obvious pros and cons
The first ones include a significantly higher speed of movement (from 15 to 70 knots), better maneuverability in the harbor due to the absence of a fin keel and the presence of two engines, incomparable comfort on board, and obvious external prestige of the owner.
The disadvantages include a huge gluttony in terms of fuel (about 100 liters of fuel per hour, which is 10-15 times more compared to a sailing yacht), significant wind drift (due to the absence of a keel), poor stability on the course, poor seaworthiness and durability in the open sea for specimens less than 24m. length, low fuel autonomy, a significant cost of acquisition, maintenance and repair.
Studying the management of a motor yacht, we teach all the same theory of ship construction, the rules of collision regulations, work with navigation systems and maps, as when cadets are sailing course. But practical exercises are fundamentally different, since we need completely different knowledge and skills to moor a huge yacht while sitting in a chair on the flybridge (upper bridge) and seeing from there much less details of what is happening than the captain would like. Also, the device of ship diesel engines and electronic systems serving them, the principle of operation and practical application of transom plates, driving with alternating switching on of the right and left engines are studied in detail.
Standard theoretical issues addressed in the training lectures and follow-up examination
  • Safety onboard, fire drill
  • Vessel's overview & terms
  • Navigation
  • VHF theory course
  • Lights & Shapes
  • Passage planning
  • Maritime Law
  • First Aid
  • Meteorology & Forecast
  • Tides&Currents
Practice training on motor yacht
  • preparation for going to sea
  • mooring by stern
  • mooring by longside
  • anchor procedures
  • MOB rescue
  • flybridge using
  • use thruster at various stages
  • emergency actions
Powerboat training
This difficult course from zero level takes 10 days, and if you have a sailing certificate that confirms the knowledge of most of the theoretical block common to both courses, it can be reduced to one week. If there is no initial theoretical knowledge, then they can be passed for three days on the shore, after which you can begin practical exercises.
Unlike the sailing course, cadets pay a fee for the spent fuel after the fact and this can result for everyone in a solid addition to the base cost of the course, increasing it by about 300 euros.
The cost of a practical weekly course of managing a motor yacht is 1,540 euros, including accommodation on board the yacht. If desired, cadets can be accommodated in a hotel nearby.
Courses are held almost every month. For dates of upcoming courses and availability, check the information through the contact form below.
At the end of the course a final exam is held.
Candidates who pass the exam are given the opportunity to order a skipper's certificate, which allows them to charter (rent) a motor yacht.