Becoming a Captain

business catamaran

To be a Captain, is to be a gentleman of the sea, the star of the royal queen’s navy, and other fancy titles. Who wouldn’t want to be called a Captain? You get to do the cool pose like the guy on the rum bottles, you get to wear a fancy hat, and people on your vessel have to listen to you. Should any one person have that much power? Definitely, I want that much power just so I can have the hat honestly. To be a Captain though, you can’t just take the name and expect people to respect it. There is quite a bit of paperwork to fill out, and that is after you know what kind of business you are getting into and already have the vessel to do it with. You can’t get a license without a coast guard inspected vessel.

We should mention real quick that we are talking solely about a civilian Captain, in contrast to the military rank. However, if you reach the level of Captain in the Navy, it could have some bearing when getting your Coast Guard Captain’s License.

No, Captain is not just a title you can tack onto your name and go into the boating business, least not if you want to have regular passengers. If you are just running around in a small family boat, you can get away with just calling yourself Captain, though don’t expect to get invited to the yacht club for it. For a vessel that you want to turn into a business, like a Sightseer Catamaran, you have to get your vessel inspected by the coast guard, as we said above. After that, you have to get a Coast Guard Captain’s License. From there, you have to apply for an appropriate license. They have ones for businesses of different sizes, and ones for certain activities. They all have their own costs, requirements, and paperwork to file before you can start legally operating your business.

What do these licenses and permits allow you to do? Depending on which you get, they allow you to take a certain amount of customers out on fishing trips without a normally required fishing license. Just be warned, the license only covers a certain number of people. If you have a license that allows 4 customers on your boat, and you take 7 out fishing, at least three of them will need their own saltwater fishing license. You also can not capture commercial levels of fish, meaning you can use your rod all day long, but don’t start throwing nets into the water hoping for a large catch. You are also not permitted to sell the fish caught on the charter.

We should state that it takes more than just paperwork to get all of these. To be approved as an commercial vessel, your boat must meet certain safety requirements, such as appropriately sized life rings, lights, and other safety features. When applying for these licenses, or if planning on starting a boat based business, you should contact your local Coast Guard station. Certain areas, such as the waters around Cape Canaveral, require yet another permit to boat commercially in. By contacting the local Coast Guard, you can learn all the required licenses that best fit your business, and what you need in order to qualify for them.   

One step that will make the process easier is visiting Sightseer Boats to obtain your commercial catamaran. All Sightseer catamarans are built to all safety and quality standards. You might have to add a little to reach the commercial safety requirements, since life rings are not a part of boat building, but you will know that your boat is strong enough and safe enough to take customers over the water. Our catamarans feature different sizes, features, and designs so you can pick the perfect layout for your business plans. Don’t want to take people out fishing? We can design one perfect for just taking them on waterway tours, or functioning as a water taxi. These may not require all of the same licenses, since no fishing will occur, but they must still be Coast Guard inspected and approved vessels.

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Designed not Modified

saltwater pontoon boating

Two men stand in front of their respective drawing tables. They are creating a design for a saltwater safe pontoon boat to sell to their customers. On one board, is the design of a pontoon boat already in production, with a little note scribbled on it to change the flooring on top of the boat. On the other man’s drawing board, is an empty sheet of paper, and his pen frantically sketching and designing a new pontoon boat from the ground up. This is what sets Fiesta Marine apart from it’s competitors, the fact that we did not change the blueprints for a pontoon boat, we redesigned them from the ground, eh.. water up.

Pontoon boats weren’t designed for saltwater, so trying to change their design for saltwater is simply not enough. Fiesta Marine understood this concept, and so instead of trying to change the design of the original pontoon boats, they redesigned each part of the pontoon boat to turn it into a true saltwater vessel. From the signature pontoons to the walls and doors on the deck, every part of a Fiesta saltwater pontoon boat has been created to withstand the sometimes harsh conditions of the Florida sea community.

Well, harsh for boats at least. While we love the hot beach days and the feel of the seawater around our toes, these can have adverse effects on a normal pontoon boat. The salt in the water is corrosive, and the heat does not agree with most forms of glue used on boats or in general. Fiesta didn’t just stop at fixing these problems though, they went the extra mile to make their pontoon boats safe for saltwater, and another extra mile to make them exceptional pontoon boats.

Along with making adjustments to their design, including higher quality materials and more thorough building techniques, they also included more bulkheads in their pontoons and more intimate ways of welding to keep the pontoons secure. This makes them ideal for practically any condition you can think of. You can feel safe piloting your Fiesta pontoon through through salt or freshwater, high tide or low tide, day time cruising or a nighttime cruise, if anything goes wrong, you know your pontoon boat can make it back to shore.

So when it comes to deciding on your pontoon boat, Fiesta’s designs and dedication make for the ideal choice in both fresh and saltwater. It gives you the ability to choose where you go in your boat, and the peace of mind of knowing it can handle the ride. If you are ready to get started on your boating adventure, visit for quality pontoon boats, or for commercial use, you find the same quality in our catamarans avaiable at

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