Advance thanks if anybody can help along with this. I understand that most license owners of higher categories are using them for commercial purpose. Eg; chartered yachts. My personal research seemed to point that owners operating larger yachts are in a limbo compared to commercial yacht captains. Many have asked why I wanted a Yachtmaster license when a powerboat is sufficient for me to move around in a small craft. Well, there's always the insurance hurdle and I desire to travel longer and in a larger yacht for my own trips. My enquiry never fails to invoke a great debate on RYA vs IYT so I am keeping my fingers crossed. At any point my understanding is incorrect, please advise me and I will be highly appreciative. I am in the planning stage of acquiring my UK licenses because the leisure boat license in my country is, well - crap! (Crap so bad that not even insurance companies recognizes it outside the local territory) 1. I was told by some schools that for all my levels for Yachtmaster, I need to have a licensed captain onboard my vessel to supervise my voyage. Some schools (in Thai mostly) offered to assign a RYA-certified captain solely for those voyage for a 'small fee' instead of employing one full-time. I read in RYA syllabus, nowhere it stated any such requirement. Is the above true? 2. Are the Yachtmaster license already commercial license in their own rights? Some told me yes, some told me no. RYA says I need a separate CeC together with my license, some schools told me it is already included in the license. Now, I'm confused with UK licensing. 3. Different schools have given different routes and again, they are confusing me. What would be a good progression path? a. RYA Powerboat b. Yachtmaster Coastal c. Yachtmaster Offshore d. Yachtmaster Ocean e. Master 200GT Limited f. Master 200GT Unlimited / OOW 500GT Have I miss any in the above progression? 4. It also seems to me that anything beyond Master 200GT is extremely difficult. What if I am an owner and wishes to operate my own vessel above 200GT or above 500GT in years to come? Based on my understanding from RYA's information, the subsequent licensing after 200GT Unlimited requires extensive periods of at-sea time and/or aboard a certain size of yacht. Sometimes, not in command but as Chief Mate maybe. Yet if I have my own full-time job, I can't possibly be working onboard a yacht like professional yacht crew do. Is this some kind of bummer for me? ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Advice will be nice. I am merely a soul wishing to bring my own (larger) vessel around that's all. I am happy with my land-based career. I have no intention of being a commercial charter captain. But I ain't doing that yet without the right knowledge and skills required. Much thanks!