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 chartered by a US Coast Guard licensed captain from the Boatsetter Captain Network:

  • Go to: Owner dashboard > My Boats > Manage boat > Options and pricing > Click edit > Select the option “A USCG-certified captain operates my boat” > Set the boat price

If you are an owner under your own commercial insurance policy, you have the option to select whether or not you will use the Boatsetter Captain Network. To use the Boatsetter Captain Network, you will answer “Yes” to the following question: “Will you use the Boatsetter Captain Network?”.

Captain price

When using the Boatsetter Captain Network, a captain price will be charged in addition to your listed boat price. The captain price is determined based on the length of your vessel and the duration of the requested charter. This price covers the cost of the captain’s services and is paid directly by the renter. Boatsetter will direct deposit those funds to the captain after the charter is completed. The captain price breakdown can be found below.

If you are an owner under your own commercial insurance policy, you can choose to provide your own captain list instead of using the Boatsetter Captain Network. In this case, you will select the option “No, I will provide the list of captains” when prompted to answer “Will you use the Boatsetter Captain Network?” on your captained package. With this option selected, no captain price will be charged through Boatsetter on the booking. Captain compensation will be left for you, the renter, and the captain to coordinate.

Who can captain my boat?

Anyone with a US Coast Guard captain’s license can operate your boat. Please keep in mind that captains are limited by the restrictions of their licenses.

  • 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. You must select “Boatsetter provides the list” when setting up your captained package to be eligible for this option.

You can captain your own vessel if you have a US Coast Guard captain's license and meet all qualifications. As the captain and owner of the vessel, you are limited to 6 passengers maximum. 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. From 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

If you’d like to contact a few captains directly to speak with them prior to a booking, you may reach out to the Boatsetter Support Team for assistance by emailing us at

USCG regulations around charters

Please make sure to abide by USCG charter regulations.

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.

Captain price schedule

Boat Length: 0 - 29 feet

* 2 hours: $110

* 3 hours: $160

* 4 hours: $200

* 6 hours: $275

* 8 hours: $350


Boat Length: 30 - 49 feet

* 2 hours: $130

* 3 hours: $190

* 4 hours: $240

* 6 hours: $340

* 8 hours: $425


Boat Length: 50 feet+

* 2 hours: $200

* 3 hours: $285

* 4 hours: $350

* 6 hours: $495

* 8 hours: $650