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.

CAPCA in the News 2017

Need a Speaker for Your Maritime-Related Meeting?  SpinSheet, online webpost, September 2017. About CAPCA's Speakers Bureau. 

A Close Encounter With Pirates  SpinSheet, September 2017. About CAPCA member Ursula Skagen's encounter with pirates. 

Bill Washington Plots Captains' Course  PropTalk, May 2017. Profile of CAPCA's president. 

Anything That Can Break Will Break  SpinSheet, April 2017. Quotes CAPCA webmaster Michael Jewell. 

Captains Group Sets Up Speakers Bureau PropTalk, April 2017.

Looking for a Guest Speaker?  SpinSheet, March 2017. Article about launching of CAPCA Speakers Bureau. 

The Seven Potentially Deadly Sins of Boating   SpinSheet, February 2017. Quotes CAPCA safety coordinator Alan Karpas and Captain John McDevitt. 

The Seven Potentially Deadly Sins of Boating  PropTalk, February 2017.  Quotes CAPCA safety coordinator Alan Karpas and Captain John McDevitt. 

Binoculars: What You See Is What You Get  PropTalk, February 2017. By CAPCA member Chris Dollar. Mentions captains Priscilla Travis and Rick Perri. 

Captains' Group Gets a Makeover   PropTalk, February 2017.

Captains' Group Gets a Makeover  SpinSheet, January 2017. 

CAPCA Elects New Officers  PropTalk, January 2017.

Serving licensed captains and the maritime public