Boat training: Do I need to learn to drive a boat? And what are the options?

Although it isn’t a legal requirement to have boat training in order to skipper a sub-24m yacht in UK waters, we would strongly advise getting some tuition if you are new to boating. RYA courses are accessible, fun and a great way to get to know your boat with a professional tutor on hand Even on a small boat there is a lot to learn about how the boat handles and what to do if something does go wrong. The more prepared you are the more confident you will feel and the less likely it is that you will have an incident that scares you or your family away […] This article Boat training: Do I need to learn to drive a boat? And what are the options? appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Boat training: Do I need to learn to drive a boat? And what are the options?

Although it isn’t a legal requirement to have boat training in order to skipper a sub-24m yacht in UK waters, we would strongly advise getting some tuition if you are new to boating.

RYA courses are accessible, fun and a great way to get to know your boat with a professional tutor on hand

Even on a small boat there is a lot to learn about how the boat handles and what to do if something does go wrong.

The more prepared you are the more confident you will feel and the less likely it is that you will have an incident that scares you or your family away from the boat.

There are RYA-accredited boat training centres all over the UK which offer a range of courses for all abilities.

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Powerboat Level 2 is a great starter course over two days, which will cover the basics of boat handling and safety and give you the ability to handle a powerboat in familiar waters by day.

Intermediate and advanced boat training courses are also available, which cover the theory side of running a boat including navigation skills, passage planning and cruising at night.

With these qualifications you can then apply for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC), which provides evidence of competence when requested by officials in foreign countries

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RYA tuition will equip you with knowledge and confidence

You also need a Marine Radio Short Range Certificate to operate a VHF (Very High Frequency marine radio). This can be obtained through the RYA either online or in a classroom.

RYA boat training courses are accessible, fun and a great way to get to know your boat with a professional tutor on hand.

First published in the June 2021 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting. Our How to start boating series is brought to you in association with Pantaenius.

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Boat insurance: Why it's worth the cost even though it's not essential

There is no legal requirement to have boat insurance, but any marina requires you to have proof of third-party liability insurance and if you’re financing your boat the lender will also require the boat to be insured. All the preparation and planning will be worth the hassle when your boat first hits the water. Photo: Getty imagesEven if these two points don’t apply to you, boat insurance is an extremely worthwhile investment all the same. Insuring a boat is much the same process as covering a car or house and there are companies which specialise in marine insurance. That said, it is the boat that is insured – not the person […] This article Boat insurance: Why it's worth the cost even though it's not essential appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Boat insurance: Why it's worth the cost even though it's not essential

There is no legal requirement to have boat insurance, but any marina requires you to have proof of third-party liability insurance and if you’re financing your boat the lender will also require the boat to be insured.

All the preparation and planning will be worth the hassle when your boat first hits the water. Photo: Getty images

Even if these two points don’t apply to you, boat insurance is an extremely worthwhile investment all the same.

Insuring a boat is much the same process as covering a car or house and there are companies which specialise in marine insurance.

That said, it is the boat that is insured – not the person – so other suitably qualified people can use your boat with your permission and still be covered by the insurance policy.

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Boats are valuable assets but insurance costs aren’t usually prohibitive (see examples below) though factors such as performance, loss record and experience can affect premiums.

Whichever insurance company you decide to go for, be sure to examine the small print extremely carefully as some policies may exclude cover if you’re using the boat solo or leave it unattended at anchor, for example.

Certain insurance policies will only provide cover during specific times of the year if the boat is kept on a swing mooring.

It’s also worth double checking with your insurance provider if you’re planning to tow the boat regularly or need liability cover for waterskiing, watersports or water toys.

Example insurance costs

6m RIB worth approx. £50,000: £350 per year
13m sportscruiser worth approx. £350,000: £1,925 per year
15m flybridge worth approx. £1 million: £4,500 per year

First published in the June 2021 issue of Motor Boat & Yachting. Our How to start boating series is brought to you in association with Pantaenius.

This article Boat insurance: Why it's worth the cost even though it's not essential appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

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