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Carolina Cruising Charters Captains & Crew

Carolina Cruising Charters Captains

On Lake Norman, the Marine Commission monitors all charter and excursion boats, and legally requires operators to be US Coast Guard Master Captains! If you are considering a boat rental or charter, make sure that your captain is a true United States Coast Guard Master Captain and ask to see his or her credential and the company’s charter boat permit from the Lake Norman Marine Commission.

Without a USCG Master Captain behind the helm, it may not be quite what you hoped for from a safety, liability, experience, and potentially legal standpoint. Don’t put yourself and your friends at risk!


Lake Norman Charter Boats

Captain Ben

Ben is a Lake Norman native and is an extremely active boater in the North Carolinas. Having grown up on the lake, Captain Ben is for sure knowledgeable on where to find all the unique spots for your charter!

With a Master Captains license and over 800 hours invested into teaching new boaters how to safely navigate Lake Norman, Ben is here to make sure you enjoy a fun and memorable day on the water!

Captained Boat Rental Lake Norman

Captain Matt

Matt has been an avid outdoorsman his entire life. Growing up in a family of fishermen, Matt’s appreciation for the outdoors and a respect for mother nature were cultivated at a young age.

With over 1,000 days of sea service and hundreds of safe and fun charters completed day and night on LKN, Matt’s vast experience allows you to feel safe while you enjoy your best lake day!

Lake Norman Boat Rentals with Driver

Captain Nelson

Nelson is a retired US Special Forces Veteran who has spent most of his life either on the water or under the water. He’s a Dive Master, an experienced sailor providing sailing excursions on large catamarans in the Caribbean, and spends a lot of time teaching wounded Veterans how to sail through his non-profit organization.

Nelson is also an avid outdoorsman, horseman, an excellent instructor who stays in top physical condition as a Personal Physical Training, and a Master Fitness Instructor. Captain Nelson’s focus is to provide a safe, fun, and enjoyable day on Lake Norman for everyone!

We Are Hiring!

We’re actively seeking additional USCG Licensed Captains with a Master’s Level Merchant Mariner Credential (any tonnage) for our 2024 season beginning April/May 2024. Please email us for more information.

Carolina Cruising Charters Crew


Lake Norman Boat Rentals

Aly, Director of Experience

When you call to book your best lake day, you’ll be delighted to speak with Aly! You may also recognize her from our marketing and social media as she’s heavily integrated in helping visualize your experience.

Growing up in the PNW, Aly has always had a passion for all things outdoor and is looking forward to sharing her new love for the east coast & Lake Norman with you. Aly will make your experience a breeze!

Lake Norman Boat Charters

Joe, Media Manager

With a passion for all things media, Joe is who keeps you engaged to all the content we provide for your viewing pleasure! When he’s not busy creating content, he can be found surfing or out on the boat!

If you haven’t looked at our Instagram, Facebook,  TikTok, or YouTube please take a moment to do so now and give us a follow while you’re there!

Charter Boats Lake Norman

Kaity, Communications Concierge

When you call us during our busiest times, you may also reach Kaity!  She has always loved all things water from pools to beaches and most importantly boats!

With a passion for making it your best lake day, Kaity will make sure your booking process is smooth sailing from start to finish!

Lake Norman Party Boat Charters

Natasha, Media Editor

Growing up in Pamlico, Natasha has always enjoyed boating and being on the water. She’s a craftswoman of content and is who is behind the scenes curating videos of your experiences.

You may also speak with her when calling us with any questions you have as to how to secure your reservation for your best lake day!