Yacht Master

Command yachts cruising on oceans, bays, lakes, and coastal waters.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$31,000 – $117,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Yacht Masters do?

Commands yacht cruising on oceans, bays, lakes, and coastal waters: Sets course of yacht, using navigational aids, such as charts, area plotting sheets, compass, and sextant, and steers yacht to avoid reefs, outlying shoals, and other hazards to shipping. Determines geographical position of yacht, using loran or azimuths of celestial bodies. Signals passing ships, using whistle, flashing lights, flags, and radio. Calculates landfall, using electronic sounding devices and following contour lines on chart. Approaches land, utilizing aids to navigation, such as lights, lighthouses, and buoys. Relinquishes command of yacht to PILOT, SHIP to guide yacht through hazardous waters. Maintains yacht’s log. May be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard for steam or motor yacht according to waters navigated and tonnage of yacht. May be designated according to waters licensed to navigate as Master, Coastwise Yacht; Master, Ocean Yacht; or according to yacht commanded as Master, Steam Yacht.

Should I be a Yacht Master?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Master, Coastwise Yacht, Master, Ocean Yacht, Master, Steam Yacht, Master, Yacht, Pilot, Steam Yacht

    How to become a Yacht Master

    We recommend at least a Certificate. Check out these schools offering Yacht Master-related education!
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