Motor Boat Fast Track

Training at MBFT

Your training with MBFT will be hands on practical training at sea in a real sea-going environment rather than in a classroom. We believe that with said training, seamanship and navigation become second nature and is a lot easier to understand. There is simply no substitute for seatime experience and hands on training.

Here at MBFT we believe that this is the quickest way to learn and practice the principles of sound and sensible seamanship,  while building invaluable experience that will all count towards your Yachtmaster Offshore qualification.

Learning and Seatime

With us you will gain invaluable experience in handling vessels of single screw and twin screw, all essential experience for the professional mariner. Single screw boat handling is often overlooked by most yachting schools who use almost exclusively planing type twin screw motor boats but we feel that this is essential experience for anyone who will operate vessels in the commercial world.

You will learn whilst at sea building up your miles and qualifying seatime at the same time gaining the knowledge and experience required to qualify for the Yachtmaster.

Before a Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence can be awarded you will need to hold a VHF Certificate and First Aid Certificate. You can either obtain these before you arrive in Gibraltar or we can arrange for you to take these in Gibraltar during your course. The typical cost of these certificates is £100 for the First Aid course and £100 for the VHF course.

Commercial endorsement of your certificate will require an MCA approved medical certificate plus completion of a Sea Survival Course. Again, you can take these elsewhere either before or after your time with us. We can also arrange these for you in Gibraltar, typical costs are £100 for the Sea Survival Course and £80 for an MCA medical examination and certificate.

Living aboard you will take part in the day to day running of a motor boat from housekeeping, cooking and other general duties that will be necessary to keep the boat and it’s crew in clean and good working order. Once enough experience has been gained the students will take turns as acting captain and take charge of the vessel, crew and all the other responsibilities that a captain must undertake.

About the Yachtmaster

The Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate is one of the worlds most widely recognised yachting certificates and is accepted as a professional qualification for those working in the industry. With the addition of STCW’95 Basic Safety Training plus a recognised medical certificate, the ordinary Yachtmaster Offshore can be commercially endorsed to be able to skipper charter boats up to 200GT.

Achieving the qualification falls into two parts:

First: Obtain the experience, seatime and knowledge. The requirements are listed below. You can log all necessary seatime and qualifying experience on our Fasttrack programme.
Second: Our Fasttrack programme will provide you with the necessary knowledge and experience to prepare you for the Yachtmaster Offshore practical examination.

Yachtmaster Requirements

Minimum Seatime: 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 exam.
Certification Required: a restricted (VHF only) Radio operators certificate or a GMDSS Short Range certificate or higher grade of marine radio certificate.

A valid First Aid Certificate (first aid qualifications held by Police, Fire and Armed Services are acceptable). Minimum Age 18.


Yachtmaster Offshore Sail to Power Conversion

The Yachtmaster Offshore Power certificate can also be obtained through a conversion examination if you already possess the Yachtmaster Offshore Sail certificate. 

To be able to take the examination, the requirements are 25 Days at sea – 1250 miles – 3 passages over 60 miles acting as skipper for at least one passage. 

The Fleet

MBFT currently has two Nelson 34ft motor boats that we have specially converted and designed for sea school use. With a long water line, moderate beam, high bow and round bilges ensure excellent handling throughout the speed range. Built for fuel efficiency and a soft ride at semi-planning speeds. Nelsons can better maintain speed in heavy weather and are vastly more comfortable on passages than chine planing power craft. This enables us to venture further and long in real sea conditions.

The first Nelson was built in 1959 by Peter Thornycroft a 29ft Nigella. This was for Leopard Rothschild who wish to commute a 18kn from his house on Beaulieu River to the royal yacht squadron at Cowes. This sparked the creation of the Nelson 32ft and in 1962 the all GRP built best seller Nelson 34ft was created. The royal Navy purchased many including two VIP launches for the royal yacht Britannia.

The design of the Nelson hull was head of its time so much so that the design has not changed for over 50years.

Here is a gallery of our Motor Boat Fast Track fleet: