Adding a captain

Owners have the option to either captain their boat themselves as long as they have a USCG license or leverage Boatsetter’s expansive captain network. 

Adding a captain to your booking options

How to ensure your boat is able to be captained by a USCG captain:

  • When listing your boat 
  • Go to: Owner dashboard > My Boats > Manage boat > Edit listing

Who can captain my boat?

Anyone with a US Coast Guard captain’s license can operate your boat.

  • If you know a US Coast Guard licensed captain and would like to assign this person to your vessel, have them create a Boatsetter captain's profile. This process is free and takes only 5-10 minutes.
  • If you need to be matched with a captain, Boatsetter will provide a list of qualified captains in your area. Email us at for more info.
  • You can captain your own vessel if you have a US Coast Guard captain's license and meet all qualifications. For more information about captaining your own vessel refer to this US Coast Guard literature or email us at

Finding a captain

After listing your boat, you can favorite a captain. This associates them with your boat as a suggestion for renters, who determine who operates the boat. To find potential captains for your boat go to:

  • Owner dashboard > My boats > Manage captains. Here you can:
  • Register a captain with USCG credentials
  • Invite a captain by sending them a URL
  • Search for specific captains to add to your boat
  • Select which captains are or are not qualified to operate your boat
  • Select a “favorite” captain to appear on your boat listing

USCG regulations around charters

Please make sure to abide by USCG charter regulations. You can find details on these regulations here

These general guidelines are not intended to be comprehensive or operate as legal advice. To determine whether your captain's license is sufficient to operate in particular circumstances, see 46 CFR Part 11, Subpart D, NVIC N7-94, the Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1993, the resources found at, or consult a maritime attorney.