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Yacht Master

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

What does a Yacht Master 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. Maybe 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.