"A Port Captain is a member of the United States Power Squadrons, who stands ready, at
times of his or her choosing, to provide advice and assistance to USPS members,
and if the Port Captain chooses, to others making contact.
The Port Captain can recommend mechanics, sailmakers, and repair yards in the
area as well as medical and dental facilities in his or her locale. The Port Captain can also direct
weary sailors and boaters to local restaurants and motels.
"The Port Captain is familiar with the activities of local USPS squadrons, the U. S. Coast
Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
"While Port Captains are under no obligation to provide more than friendly advice, they
are persons who enjoy meeting people and serving their fellows.
"Still, their primary expertise lies in their knowledge of local waters and unmarked hazards to
safe navigation. The objective is to provide information, reliable advice and comradeship. Their aim is
to make fellow members feel they are welcome and have found a friend.
"It is inevitable that word of the program will circulate through the boating public…… they are
to project the image of being part of a fraternal organization devoted to boating safety. Persons
interested in USPS or the public Boating Course will be referred to their nearest squadron
commander or squadron educational officer.
"Knowledge, seamanship, service to others, friendship and fraternity-- this has been the
essence of the United States Power Squadrons since 1913. This is the Port Captains Program."
— P/C/C Pou Bailey, SN, in the USPS Port Captains’ Guide.
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