Motorboat Operator

Operate motor-driven boats to carry passengers and freights.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$19,000 – $63,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Motorboat Operators do?

Operates motor-driven boat to carry passengers and freight, take depth soundings in turning basin, serve as liaison between ships, ship to shore, harbor and beach area patrol, or tow, push, or guide other boats, barges, logs, or rafts: Casts off securing lines and starts motor. Starts boat and steers boat with helm or tiller. Maintains equipment, such as range markers, fire extinguishers, boat fenders, lines, pumps, and fittings. Services motor by changing oil and lubricating parts. Cleans boat and repairs hull and superstructure, using handtools, paint, and brushes. May tune up, overhaul, or replace engine. May give directions for loading and seating in boat. May be designated according to type of boat operated as Boat Tender; Boomboat Operator; Charter-Boat Operator; Sightseeing-Boat Operator; Water-Taxi Driver; or operate motor-driven boat to haul fish or other marine life from offshore fishing vessel to buyer and be designated Run-Boat Operator.


Should I be a Motorboat Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Launchman, Launch Operator, Outboard Motorboat Operator, Speedboat Operator, Watch Leader, Water Taxi Operator

    How to become a Motorboat Operator

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