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Motor cruising courses

One of the best ways to learn to motor cruise correctly and safely is to enrol on a motor cruising course or experience with an RYA approved school or centre. The RYA has a comprehensive training scheme, which will provide you with the essential safety information and knowledge and confidence for you to continue.

The Helmsman’s Course

The Helmsman’s course is the ideal starting point for beginners and gives you the boat handling skills you need to get started. This practical two-day course covers basic boat handling, engine checks and boat safety, and by the end of the course you will be competent in handling a motor cruiser in sheltered waters.

Day Skipper

This course is an introduction to taking charge of a motor cruiser, allowing you to put your basic navigation, pilotage, and boating skills into practice under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Day Skipper status will give you all the skills necessary to navigate and skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters during daytime. This qualification is usually required when chartering a motor cruiser as skipper anywhere in the world.

Coastal Skipper

This is a 5 day course where you live aboard, undertake slightly longer journeys, learn more about coastal journey-making, boat handling in confined spaces, night pilotage etc. It is designed to raise skills to the point where you can plan and execute safe coastal passages by day or night in a wider range of weather conditions and with more challenging boat handling situations.

If you are only interested in boats under 10 metres with a single engine (such as a RIB, a small sports cruiser or a small angling boat), then it would be more appropriate to attend an RYA Powerboat course

To find out more about motor cruising courses please visit www.rya.org.uk/

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Motor Yacht Clubs

Motor yacht clubs provide great training around the UK’s coast and along its rivers, with most people living less than an hour’s travel away from a club. Clubs are as diverse as the UK’s population, ranging from small inner-city sailing clubs, to clubs based on large bodies of water in the country to active coastal yacht clubs.

Being new can seem daunting at first, but it won’t take long before you get to know a few people and soon be a regular member of a crew participating in the club's cruising and social activities. This gives you the chance to get a 'feel' for the sport, to learn boat- handling techniques, safety procedures and to evaluate which type of boat you might eventually like to own.

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Motor Cruising Holidays

If you are cruising for the first time, motor yacht charter has something for all levels of experience - it’s up to you to decide how much or how little crewing you want to do.

Hire a Captain (Skippered holiday)

A skippered holiday allows you to relax, or be as involved as you wish. A Captain brings years of boating experience and a wealth of local knowledge to make sure that you make the most of your chosen destination and your motor yacht.

Cruise in Luxury (Crewed holiday)

If you prefer to leave the sailing to a professional captain, crew and chef,  whilst you focus on relaxing then a crewed holiday is a good option.  

You are the captain (Bareboat holiday)

If you have a member of the family or friend who is qualified coastal skipper than you could hire a boat.

Note - If you would like to skipper a boat overseas you may be asked for an International Certificate of Competence so it’s best to check before you book.

See our boating holiday guide to find out more

Motor Yacht Charter 

Day Hire is a great way to enjoy the delights of the water with family & friends, going to idyllic anchorages & beautiful harbours to simply chill out or enjoy the hospitality at one of the dozens of restaurants. 

If you're not quite ready to navigate a motor yacht, why not hire a captain for a day!

£695.00 + fuel per day 44' flybridge motor cruiser charter

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