Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association


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We are a professional organization for Coast Guard-licensed captains who operate primarily on the Chesapeake Bay and the East Coast of the United States.

Although our captains' licenses range from small passenger vessels to oceangoing ships, the bulk of our members operate boats of 100 tons or less—such as tourboats, water-taxis, towboats, and charterboats. Some also work as instructors and delivery captains for transporting recreational boats between ports.

Officer Phil Gauthier


Captain Phil Gauthier

USCG 50-ton Master

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Phil has been sailing the Chesapeake Bay since 2002, when he retired from the Marine Corps, where he flew and maintained helicopters. He has worked as an assistant harbormaster in Annapolis, ensuring safe harbor operations and providing mobile pumpout service. He now works as a delivery captain and provides new-boatowner orientation services for several Maryland yacht dealers. He also is the owner and chief executive officer of Atlantic Maritime Services, LLC, offering private instruction, charter, and yacht delivery services for both powerboat and sailboat owners. He and his wife, Valerie, regularly cruise Chesapeake Bay on board Meritage, their 36-foot S2 sailboat. Phil holds a 50-ton master’s license with endorsements for auxiliary sail and towing assistance. He has been a member of CAPCA since 2013.


CAPCA meeting

Join us at our monthly meetings where you can meet our captains, find out more about CAPCA, and hear interesting guest speakers.

Click here for meeting details.

MMC shadowWhy earn a captain's license?

  • use your boat to carry passengers for hire
  • enjoy a discount on marine insurance for your boat
  • required for many full- or part-time maritime jobs
  • acquire a comprehensive knowledge of navigation and rules of the road

Click here to read a description of the process for earning a captain's license.

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Need a speaker for your yacht club or professional organization? Ask one of our Coast Guard-licensed captains.

    After you submit the form, our speaker’s bureau coordinator will get back to you soon.

Our members have a wealth of experience—on the water and in classrooms—that gives them the knowledge and background to provide guest-speaker presentations on a host of maritime-related topics, from seamanship and navigation to radio operation and basic first aid for boaters. Let us know a topic that interests you, and we’ll take it from there.

CAPCA provides this as a public service to the maritime community. There's no speaking fee or charge.

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