Limited Master


Classroom: $495

2 days

344 Aquidneck Ave.

Middletown, RI 02840

16 hours

  • Course Details 
  • Prerequisites 
  • Steps After Course Completion 
Course Details 

Become Licensed to Run a Water Taxi, Launch, or Coach Boat!

Confident Captain’s 16-hour Limited Master “Launchtender” course covers safe boat handling, Rules of the Road, navigation regulations, marlinspike seamanship, aids to navigation, and more. This course is for individuals who plan to operate a launch, or water taxi at yacht clubs and marinas, or camps and other facilities requiring licensed launch operators. 

At the end of the process, candidates will be issued a course completion certificate from Confident Captain. That certificate can be submitted to the US Coast Guard Regional Exam Center along with a Limited Master “Launchtender” application for the following license: “Limited Master of Self-Propelled Vessels and approved to engage in Launch Tender Service upon the waters of Sector Southeast New England.” 

Note that the license will be valid up to 1/2NM from shore only with appropriate First Aid/CPR certifications. Without First Aid/CPR certification it will be limited to 1000 feet from shore.


In order to join this class, the following criteria must be met:

  • 17 years of age or older
  • 120 Days of Documented Sea Time
  • US Citizen
Steps After Course Completion 

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be required to submit the following paperwork and information to the US Coast Guard in order to apply for his or her license. This process can take many weeks.

  • Physical examination
  • Drug test
  • TWIC card
  • First Aid/CPR certification
  • Prove that he or she is eligible to work legally in the United States
  • Please note that OUPV/Six-Pack Operator candidates must be eligible to work in the United States but do not have to be US citizens

Additional Certifications for Captains:

Course Dates:

How Does it Work?
  1. Register for Course by choosing Dates below.
  2. You will receive details by email from your Instructor.
  3. Participate in the entire course.
  4. Take and pass your exam with us.
  5. Receive Course Completion Certificate.
  6. Fill out your USCG application using our Guide.
  7. Send your application and certificate to the Coast Guard.
  8. Get your Captain’s License.
How to Document Sea Time

In order to properly document sea time, candidates must fill out the Small Vessel Sea Service form and transfer all of their sea time information to this document. Please note that one form should be used for each vessel and that the owner, operator, or master must sign off on the time for the form to be valid. If the candidate is the owner of the vessel, he or she may sign off on his or her own sea time.

A day is defined as eight hours of watchstanding or day work, not to include overtime. On commercial vessels where a twelve-hour workday is authorized and practiced, such as on a six-on, six-off watch schedule, each workday may be considered for one and one-half days of service credit. Required sea service is specified in months or years, which are then converted to days, i.e., one year means 360 days and one month is 30 days. Service other than on deck is given half credit (e.g., 1 day credit for every 2 days served) and an approved training program may substitute for all except 30 days of the service requirement. On vessels of less than 100 gross tons, a day is considered as eight hours unless the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection determines that the vessel’s operating schedule makes this criteria inappropriate, in no case will this period be less than four hours.

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344 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02840


9 AM to 5 PM


(401) 735-0100