Captains & BoAT
Turn your boat into a business in one click
Register online. Download the HOBA Captain's App. Create your profile. Earn money!
HOBA is easy and free! Upload your captain's license (if you're operating a boat in open water), provide simple information about your boat, and you'll earn money doing what you love in no time. Interior Lake Boat Operators are not required to have a captain's license.
Personalize your profile with pictures of your boat(s) and a bio about you. The more descriptive you can be about your boat and what you offer to boat riders, the more likely you are to get booked. When you get a request, try your best to accommodate each rider! The more success they have with HOBA, the more they will use it!
No captain's license? Read this.
Mark yourself as active. People find you. Book & get paid.
Mark yourself as available in the app and let the trip requests roll in. Users ready to get on your boat will start a chat with you.
Users will tell you what they want to do on your boat, how far they want to go and other details. You'll then set the rate and charge them right within the app.
SET YOUR OWN RATE. YOU Take 80%. HOBA keeps 20%.
Plus, you’ll keep 100% of the tips you receive from passengers within the app.
How do I register?
Have your documents ready (Boat Registration, Captain's License, Insurance, & Payment Info). You must register through the website portal app.hobarides.com/register then it will prompt you to create a Stripe Account (similar to PayPal). After you complete registration, download the HOBA Captain app.
Which app should I download?
There are two HOBA apps (1 for Riders, and 1 for Captains). Make sure you download the correct app, called HOBA Captains (navy color w/ white captain hat icon). Both iOS & Android applications available.
How do people find me and my boat?
After you register, download the app, and create your profile, toggle your status in the app to "Active". This will enable riders to see your boat location on a map and request a trip through a direct message.
How do I get paid?
You set your own rate. Captains make 80% of the revenue from trips, and HOBA earns 20%. Riders can leave you a tip after their trip has ended. During registration, you will create a Stripe account (similar to PayPal). We use Stripe to connect your bank account and direct deposit your earnings.
How fast do I get paid?
You get paid immediately. Passengers get charged on their credit card the minute they book a trip and it goes straight to your bank account.
join our private facebook group for captains
Ready to become a captain?
Complete our short registration process and you'll receive a link to the HOBA Captain app