Motor Cruising Mile Builder

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On the route to RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore one of the hurdles that often stumps would-be candidates is obtaining the required mileage, in particular the sixty mile passages as both skipper and crew. Our solution is the motor cruising mile builder, where we set of from our home port to complete two sixty mile passages in a day.


We offer two options, the skipper mile builder and the crew mile builder. 

The Skipper mile builder is two days long. Day one is devoted to boat preparation and passage planning. Day two is devoted to passage making. The objective is to complete two sixty mile passages on day two, we therefore only have two "skipper" spaces per mile builder. The crew mile builder is simply day two of the above as a crew member.


On day one we prepare for day two. On day two we complete two skippered passages of at least 60 miles each and a total mileage of at least 130 miles.

Course Duration:

Skipper Mile builder - two days

Crew Mile builder - one day

Pre Requisites:

Skipper Mile builder

Crew Mile builder


Course Conditions:

Day one of the skipper mile builder can take place in almost any conditions, however the nature of offshore passage making in a motor cruiser restricts us to calmer conditions for day two. If we therefore deem it is not possible to run day two of this course due to the forecast or actual conditions then we will have to postpone until a suitable date.

Course Content:

Day One (maximum two candidates)

  • Intro to the boat/safety equipment on board
  • Practical handling familiarisation
  • MOB drill
  • Passage planning briefing
  • Passage Planning session (may be continued as homework)

Day Two (maximum two skipper candidates and five total candidates)

  • Safety brief by the trainee skippers
  • Passage one
  • Passage two



Course Programme:

We have five programmes. The trainee skippers and our Instructor will select the most appropriate programme for "Day Two," depending upon the available forecasts:

  1. Shamrock Quay to Brighton and Return
  2. Shamrock Quay to St. Vaast and Return
  3. Shamrock Quay to Cherbourg and Return
  4. Shamrock Quay to Alderney and Return
  5. Shamrock Quay to Weymouth and Return

What's Included:

Skipper Mile builder:

  • Two days use of our motor cruiser
  • Two days of instruction
  • Opportunity to skipper a 60-mile passage (weather allowing)
  • Opportunity to crew a second 60-mile passage (weather allowing)
  • Diesel and on board consumables
  • Lunch, tea/coffee and snacks on board both days
  • Dinner on board for the second day
  • Loan of a life jacket
  • Free parking at our marina centre ( Subject to terms & conditions )

Crew Mile builder:

  • One day use of our motor cruiser
  • One day of instruction
  • Opportunity to crew two 60 mile passages (weather allowing)
  • Diesel and on board consumables
  • Lunch, tea/coffee and snacks on board
  • Dinner on board
  • Loan of a life jacket
  • Free parking at our marina centre ( Subject to terms & conditions )

What's Not Included:

  • Hire of wet weather gear (£5/day)
  • Accommodation


Dates & Booking

Dates & Prices will load below shortly, and you can book online, call the team in the office on +442380 231122, or e-mail If you cannot see dates you require, please do get in touch as we may still be able to assist. VAT is included in all our course/charter/race fees where it is applicable, most products are charged at the standard rate, however some are at the reduced rate, zero rate or not eligible for VAT at all. Any way the price below is the price you pay.


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