Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association


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We are a professional organization for Coast Guard-licensed captains across the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic coast. We promote professional development and business opportunities for licensed captains.

Our captains operate charter boats, tour boats, survey and tow vessels, and ocean-going ships. Some provide instructions for new boat owners. Others deliver boats between ports. We have more than 300 licensed captains available to assist boat owners and dealers.

bullhornCAPCA Zoom Meeting, Monday, March 27, 2023. 6:45-8:45

Speakers: Captains Jen Kaye and Ken Kaye: Dream to Reality - The Making of the Woodwind Schooners. The Zoom link will be posted here on March 19.


Hire a CaptainHire a Captain

Looking for a Coast Guard-licensed captain to serve as an operator or a crewmember for your vessel? We have many and they're ready to serve you. With a free request, you can reach all of our captains.

To hire a captain click on HIRE A CAPTAIN and fill out the form.

Here are a few services our captains can provide:

  • Deliver your boat from one port to another. One of our experienced captains will plan the voyage, assemble a competent crew (if necessary), and pilot your vessel to its destination.
  • Accompany you on your boat during a trip and provide instruction.
  • Mentor you and your family on boat handling, rules of the road, and other skills you need to enjoy your time on the water safely.
  • Accompany you on your boat for a boat insurance operator competency certification.
  • Skipper your boat for a relaxing day on the water. Enjoy yourself and leave the boat handling and navigating to us. 
  • Skipper a boat you charter for a special occasion or sightseeing.
  • Serve as full- or part-time captain of a private yacht.
  • Serve as the captain of a commercial tour boat, towboat, water-taxi, or larger vessel.
PLEASE NOTE: CAPCA serves to facilitate a connection between a client seeking a captain and a CAPCA member captain. CAPCA assumes no responsibility for the outcome of the transactions between them. Each party must exercise due diligence to determine the specific nature of the assignment, the fee(s) charged, the issue of liability, and any other applicable concerns. If you have any questions about the CAPCA Hire a Captain program or the job board, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Serving licensed captains and the maritime public