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Old 06-08-2011, 07:32 AM   #15
Nomad Willy
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Skipper or Captian?

Military considerations have nothing to do w it.

Captain refers to an individual that is a professional hired hand and commands the vessel for the owners.

Skipper refers to an operator of a boat whereas he (or she) commands the vessel but also owns it.

If a Captain went below decks, got into a poker game w the vessel's owner and won the vessel he would instant become the Skipper. Some on this forum perform as Captains while the vast majority are Skippers. And while Captian's command their own vessel they are Skippers.

-- Edited by nomadwilly on Wednesday 8th of June 2011 08:34:46 AM
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