If you are still navigating your way through this ancient enterprise as a beginner, try to stick it out. Learning how to pilot a yacht is hard work in the beginning, but once you have passed a few of your early accreditation tests, both practical and theoretical, you will be well on your way to sail away into the ocean’s waters or across one of the few great lakes across your continent. To become a pilot does, however, take some doing, and once you are fully qualified, the work never stops.
It is a responsible business to own and pilot a well-oiled yacht. You are responsible for your crew, unless of course, you happen to be a one man lone sailor, just like the ancient mariner. Many budding yachtsmen have ambitions of venturing into professional waters. In that case, the yacht owner will be fully responsible for his passengers. No coastguard operator will allow you to navigate your coastlines if you do not have documented proof of your licensed qualifications.
You will also be responsible for the yacht’s upkeep. It must be maintained well at all times. Both housekeeping and risk management are part and parcel of the yacht owner’s duties, over and above the piloting of his craft. The specialized boat must have all engines operating in good condition. Previously, when repair and maintenance work was required, finding the correct spare parts was always a challenge.
Now that replacement marine parts are available at most international ports, necessary repair and maintenance work never needs to experience long delays. Such exclusivity extends to those who own and operate specialized fishing crafts and power boats, whether for recreational or professional use. Good luck with your exams if you are still preparing for these.