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.

Officer Dave Sire


Captain Dave Sire

USCG 50-ton Master

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After learning to sail in high school, I spent a couple of decades far from the ocean, working in the central and southern Rocky Mountain West. I've been making up for lost sailing time ever since moving to Maryland in 2002. I sailed the Chesapeake Bay at every opportunity, first on a Catalina 250 and later on a Catalina 34. I recently made the jump to a Nordic Tug 37, which has extended my cruising range and my boating season. I continue to sail on other peoples' boats, including deliveries to and from the Keys every year, which are largely offshore.

Before retiring in 2014, I was a tiny sprocket in the great gears of government - 32 years with the Forest Service, 3 years with the Department of the Interior, and 1 year as a Senate staffer. My public service career experience includes environmental stewardship, communication, collaboration, and problem solving. As an adjunct to my regular duties, I built and managed several websites.

I am working with an inspired website team to make the CAPCA website a valuable resource for members and the public.

Serving licensed captains and the maritime public