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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

A Charter Boat Captain commands a small vessel as a master, captain, or skipper and may contain a sailing endorsement for sailing vessels and/or a commercial towing endorsement for vessels engaged in assistance towing.

 

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Charter Boat Captain

The tabs below will help you in applying to become a Charter Boat Captain. The type of credential you receive is based upon your experience which includes the following:

  • Total days of service
  • Waters served upon
  • Tonnage of the vessels

Please view the tabs below to view the checklists that include the requirements to obtain that credential.

charter boat captain
  • OUPV (6-pack)
  • Limited OUPV
  • Master 25-200 Near Coastal
  • Master 25-200 Inland
  • Limited Master

National Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) of Less Than 100 GRT

This officer endorsement is most appropriate for uninspected passenger vessels which by law are limited to six or less passengers for hire. These are usually smaller vessels and normally engage in charter fishing, whale watching, SCUBA diving, and tour cruises.

OUPV Near Coastal endorsements may be limited to 100 miles offshore, Inland or Great Lakes in accordance with 46 CFR 11.467 and the service provided. No OUPV endorsement is valid for International voyages.

According to 46 CFR 11.201 (d): No officer endorsement may be issued to any person who is not a citizen of the United States with the exception of operators of uninspected passenger vessels that are not documented under the laws of the United States.

To see step-by-step instructions on how to apply, please visit our Application Process page.

NOTE: You MUST apply for a credential at your local Regional Exam Center.  It is important to include all supporting documentation and proper signatures.  Missing information will cause applications to be delayed or rejected.

 

National Limited Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) of Not More Than 100 GRT

These endorsements may be issued to those employed by organizations such as yacht clubs, marinas, formal camps, and educational institutions, limited to the specific activity and locality of the camp, yacht club, or marina.

To see step-by-step instructions on how to apply, please visit our Application Process page.

NOTE: You MUST apply for a credential at your local Regional Exam Center.  It is important to include all supporting documentation and proper signatures.  Missing information will cause applications to be delayed or rejected.

National Master Of Self-propelled Vessels of Less Than 200 GRT Upon Near Coastal Waters

National Master Of Self-propelled Vessels of Less Than 100 GRT Upon Near Coastal Waters

This Officer Endorsement is most appropriate for operating small passenger vessels that hold a United States Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection and carry more than six passengers. Typical vessels include charter boats (head boats), small ferries, dinner boats, and whale watch vessels.

To see step-by-step instructions on how to apply, please visit our Application Process page.

NOTE: You MUST apply for a credential at your local Regional Exam Center.  It is important to include all supporting documentation and proper signatures.  Missing information will cause applications to be delayed or rejected.

National Master Of Self-propelled Vessels Less Than 200 GRT Upon
Great Lakes &/or Inland Waters

National Master Of Self-propelled Vessels Less Than 100 GRT Upon
Great Lakes &/or Inland Waters

This Officer Endorsement is most appropriate for operating small passenger vessels that hold a United States Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection and carry more than six passengers. Typical vessels include charter boats (head boats), small ferries, dinner boats, and whale watch vessels.

To see step-by-step instructions on how to apply, please visit our Application Process page.

NOTE: You MUST apply for a credential at your local Regional Exam Center.  It is important to include all supporting documentation and proper signatures.  Missing information will cause applications to be delayed or rejected.

National Limited Master (Ltd Master) of Not More Than 100 GRT

Limited Master endorsements of not more than 100 gross tons may be issued to applicants to be employed by organizations, such as yacht clubs, marinas, formal camps, and educational institutions.

  • All applications must have prior Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections (OCMI) (Sector) approval. (See checklist Note 1).

To see step-by-step instructions on how to apply, please visit our Application Process page.

NOTE: You MUST apply for a credential at your local Regional Exam Center.  It is important to include all supporting documentation and proper signatures.  Missing information will cause applications to be delayed or rejected.

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