America’s Approved Yacht Training Captains

At, we provide experienced, vetted captains for engineering, close quarter maneuvering, insurance sign-off’s and training on motor yachts and sailing yachts from 40-100ft including mono-hull, multi-hull, and catamarans.

New Boat Owner Coaching

Insurance Training & Sign-Offs

You’ve watched the YouTube shows, sold a rental home, and have purchased a new boat! Woah – No one told you your insurance wouldnt let you steer your own boat on your own.

We are your captain of record and walk you through understanding your boats systems and train you in the operations of your new vessel. Your insurance will likely require you to engage in active New Owner Training which is more the norm than the exception.

While many people find the thought of moving the boat a bit intimidating, Soon, you will be docking your boat in various situations without anxiety drawing from the toolbox of your new found skills and valuable experiences 

You will learn to make that boat do things that you never thought you could do by gaining skill sets valuable to forever lean upon from your training in close quarter maneuvering. 

You will learn thru the PremiumCaptains training that things don’t have to be so complicated and overwhelming. We teach you to dock your boat without evening needed to speak to each other, making you look like a pro!

Speak with us today about what to expect as a new owner.

Premium Captains
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Rachel Ralya
Rachel Ralya
21:01 16 Jan 22
Premium Captains!!!, wow we can’t say enough good things about Captain Domonic and team! Right from the beginning they were incredibly helpful before we even signed any contract with them. All through the process they were personable, super fun and very effective at training us on our boat. They went above and beyond the job description to even letting us use their vehicle when we really needed a car to run errands. They also helped us connect with other families on boats to build relationships and socialize, all above and beyond! We highly recommend Premium Captains!
Melissa B
Melissa B
20:56 16 Jan 22
An absolutely amazing experience. After purchasing a 37 foot power cat, Premium Captains helped our crew learn everything necessary to be successfulon the water. Captain Dominic is the most patientperson I know, and he was absolutely wonderful with my 9 & 12 year old daughters. He mixed up lots of important skill work with fun experiences where you could also learn along the way. His assistant, Carole, was a true joy. My kids adored her! Ambrosia was an excellent coordinator and communicator. Training was simultaneously challenging (in a good way), exhausting (you work hard) and one of the most exhilarating experiences my family has ever had. Thank you Premium Captains!
Wendy Hawkes
Wendy Hawkes
13:33 30 Sep 21
Premium Captains was recommended to us by our broker, other boat owners, and we found several high praise posts in different Facebook groups touting their professionalism. Our experience with our training captain over 5 days was fantastic. Exceptionally professional, it was refreshing to learn how easy-going and fun to be around our captain was especially considering he lived aboard with us for the week - a worthwhile arrangement as he was hands-on when a mechanical issue came up, teaching us how to deal with such surprises. We enjoyed every minute of our training week. The knowledge imparted and gentle reassurance as we practiced and learned how to handle our 43' power catamaran gave us confidence and started us well on our new journey. If anyone were to ask us "Do you know of someone who can train me on my new/new-to-me boat?" I would recommend Premium Captains without hesitation.
james morgan
james morgan
01:46 04 Sep 21
An excellent Captain with the very rare combination of knowledge, skills, kindness, patience and the gift of teaching. All combined for an experience that makes for the quick and pleasant acquisition of the tools and ability for a trainee to safely and efficiently operate a boat.
Jim K
Jim K
21:58 10 Jul 21
Domonic and Deborah are outstanding instructors. After the requisite training profile, I parked a catamaran with a 25’ beam in a slip that was 26’. It was a mix up by the marina and definitely tight. However, I was able to “stern to” the slip after an 8 day sail to Annapolis.I highly recommend Professional Captains.
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vessel fitness program

for vacant owners

We put eyes on everything

When boats sit and are not used, subject to the elements of the universe, entropy can be more rapid.  Our Vessel Fitness Program is designed to alleviate future problems so that when you arrive at your boat, she is truly ready for her service to you and your family.

 Wash downs

We have a lot of birds including parrots in the South Florida tropics who find tall places on boats and sailboat masts to be their favorite perch.  They gather the berries from the surrounding palm trees and deposit the staining berry poo including the seeds to the top deck of the boats.  VERY annoying but this is the life here in South Florida.

Often times the iguanas will board the boats and enjoy the sunshine, then leave staining deposits on the decks of the boats as well.  Rats are large in South Florida and may board the boat causing a lot of trouble as well.


Underwater Maintenance

There is a lot of electricity in the waters due to aged construction, poor care of other surrounding boats putting harmful voltage directly into the water.  This voltage will attack your boat in SO many ways.  We use a soft metal (zinc) to allow the electricity to eat the diode first protecting the boats internal systems.

Each neighborhood has a different amount of power in the water and the pics can be eaten away often within one month causing an open season on the internal power systems of your brand new boat.

Furthermore, the canals in south Florida are salt water require underwater cleanings of the hull to knock off the damaging barnacles attach to the bottom paint.  Depending on the kind of paint, the materials within the paint, and the number of coats used to initially cover the bottom, barnacles and oysters will still attach and root thru the paint causing further troubles.

Shakin it Down

We have a Vessel Fitness Program designed for vacant owners to ensure your boat stays in tip top shape with weekly wash downs, underwater maintenance, zinc diodes, and full systems reports. This includes taking the boat out of her slip, exercising all systems on the boat, lifting the sails and rigging if applicable and putting all systems under load.  The boat should be ready for you when you arrive.


Competitive Rates

Research with confidence knowing that your hard earned money will be respected and your boat will be honored like it was one of our own.

Master Captains

All of our captains are USCG or RYA Master Captains with a lengthy experience from charter boats, trial runs, and boat or yacht delivery.

Owner Training

Our developed syllabus is proven to fat tracking new boat owners’ confidence in handling your boat in close quarter situations.

Passage Planning

Your first trip to The Bahamas? Learn to handle provisioning, navigation planning, and customs/immigration processes from the pros! 

So you want to buy a boat?

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Before You Buy A Boat

We’ve Got You Covered With Experienced Master Captains For Sea Trials & Pre-sales Consultations:

Thinking of purchasing a new yacht? Or already have one in mind? Need a captain to take you out on a sea trial before you buy? We already provide this service to several main yacht brokerages in Fort Lauderdale. Our captains know what to expect, the questions you need answered, and how to stretch a vessel so you can really assess what she is made of…BEFORE you buy!

Safety checks:

Not sure if your vessel will pass a Coast Guard inspection…we do! Let us walk through your boat with you and give you the peace of mind to KNOW that all of your safety and navigation systems are in order. This service is also provided before any vessel delivery or relocation that we perform.

Becoming a PremiumCaptain

Become a PremiumCaptain

“Our insurance required us to have a 40 hour training. We thought we were ready, but wow we learned so much more during our training with Premium Captains - invaluable - Thank you”

John Osbourne – 44 Leopard

“Thank you Ambrosia and your team from making sure everything was thought out for a two week relocation on our new Lagoon 450. With gained confidence, we felt secure knowing you had our backs.”

Chip & Darbie Mauls, Maine

“Premium Captains helped me prepare for the seemingly challenging world of captaining, navigating, and gave us amazing docking tip all in a matter of weeks!”

Gregg Foust – Bali 43

Flat Rate Delivery Captain

Our team is built with US Coast Guard Master Captains providing professional yacht delivery and relocations of BOTH motor and sailing yachts, power boats, and catamarans.

Whether you need to hire a boat delivery Captain to efficiently and safely deliver your vessel for you, or you need a yacht delivery captain to assist with training underway. Maybe you just need a relief delivery captain to accompany you and take watch rotations for overnight Gulf of Mexico crossings. We’ve got you covered!

Our Captains can cover a myriad of yacht delivery and vessel relocation situations:

  • Local and non-local boat delivery
  • Inland Waters, Near Shore, and Offshore Skilled Captains
  • Atlantic Coast/ East Coast Yacht Delivery
  • Gulf Coast Boat Delivery (Kemah)
  • The Bahamas Yacht and Catamaran Delivery
  • Caribbean Delivery and Vessel Relocation
  • Florida Keys Waterway Passage 
  • Florida Okeechobee waterway (The Ditch)