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 Phil Gauthier

Membership Director

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.

Serving licensed captains and the maritime public