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.


CAPCA Zoom Meeting,  Monday, October 25, 2021, 1845.  Speaker: Captain Louis Novak, "Volunteer Opportunities for Licensed Captains." He's done some interesting things.

ZOOM Web browser link: please do not click on this link until the time of the meeting

CAPCA meetings are being recorded. CLICK HERE to view recordings of past Zoom meetings.

Officer Carl Bart


Captain Carl Bart

USCG 50-ton Master, Near Coastal

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I was born in Baltimore and have spent most of my life here. In the late '60s I spent time in an Army intelligence unit, with much of the time is Southeast Asia. Fortunately or unfortunately, I am the main character in two books that are based on the investigations of murders that occurred in Vietnam and North Africa on secret military bases. Of course they are both fiction!

I have worked as a police officer in Baltimore and in Baltimore County and for the Police and Correctional Training Commissions there for more than 30 years. I have conducted training for police and correctional officers and emergency responders at every level, including counter-terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. I retired as the facility manager at the Public Safety Training Center in Sykesville, Maryland. I currently work for Harbor Boating, Inc., in Baltimore.

I live in Pasadena, Maryland, with my wife of more than 38 years. I have served as CAPCA’s treasurer before and have gotten to know and work with CAPCA members.


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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