Converting between sail and power

Information about RYA Yachtmaster conversion exams

Holders of the RYA Yachtmaster® Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore sail Certificate of Competence may take a practical 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 practical exam for converting from power to sail may take slightly longer.

Exam duration

The practical exam will take about three 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 motor cruiser, e.g. boat handling, passage planning, radar.

Pre-exam requirements

The mileage shown below must be in the type of boat that you are converting to. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.

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
  • 25 days living on board
  • 3 days as skipper
  • 3 passages over 60 miles including 1 overnight and 1 as skipper