How much sea service do I need to be eligible for an Officer of the Watch (Yachts, less than 3,000GT)?

Question:
How much sea service do I need to be eligible for an Officer of the Watch (Yachts, less than 3,000GT)?
Answer:

You will need 36 months' on board yacht service on a vessel of any size, including a minimum of 365 days sea service on a yacht over 15 metres loadline length, where the sea service is minimum of 250 days Actual Sea Service, and the balance of 115 days any combination of the following:

  • Stand-by service to a maximum of 14 consecutive days in one period regardless of any further time spent standing-by. Further periods may be counted only when the vessel returns after proceeding to sea on passage
  • Yard service to a maximum of 90 days continuously or in separate periods
  • Further actual sea service.

You must also have completed the MCA approved Training Record Book (note: this is not required if the candidate can provide evidence of 36 months' sea service in vessels of at least 24 metres in load line length).

See also MSN 1858.

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