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 Art Pine


Captain Mickey Lalor

USCG 100-ton Master Near Coastal

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Hailing from the panhandle of Florida, I grew up on the water. My parents' home was on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), and there was always a boat with a sail pulled up on the beach in front of their house. From Sunfish, to Hobie Cats, to Catalinas, I learned at an early age from my dad the art of sailing. Although I truly enjoyed sailing, my dad always reminds me that I used to tell him that I wanted "to go faster". After a school field trip to the local Coast Guard station, I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up.

I enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and spent over 26 years specializing in response operations such as maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, port security, and contingency planning/preparedness. I spent the first half of my career as an enlisted boatswains mate, and certified on many different vessel types in the Coast Guard inventory. I received training and conducted specialized boat operations in heavy weather operations, aids to navigation operations, and tactical and pursuit of non-compliant vessels. Yes, my dad was correct... I wanted to go fast! I was fortunate to be assigned in my hometown (Destin, FL), and in 2003 selected to attend officer candidate school and continued on with excellent assignments. These meaningful assignments included Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Station in South Padre Island, Texas, along the US-Mexico maritime border, a two-year special assignment in the White House Situation Room, and other Coast Guard response-related assignments in Louisiana, Washington DC, and Baltimore, MD.

After active duty retirement, I enjoyed a spring and summer working with a local Annapolis yacht broker and charter company, managing their fleet of sailing and power yachts. Helping new owners and bare-boat charterers with orientation and underway training, and well as some short distance deliveries. I recently returned to the Coast Guard in a civilian status. However, I'm still moon-lighting as a captain for deliveries and training.

I’ve been a CAPCA member for many years, and look forward to contributing where I can.


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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