The person in charge of a ship or boat is the skipper. Another word for the skipper is the "captain," but skipper is so much more fun to say.

Skipper is an informal name for the captain, a way to address the person who's at the helm of a boat or in command of a Navy ship. The word skipper comes from the Dutch schipper, from schip, or "ship." Sometimes this word is also used for the captain of a team or the pilot of an airplane.

Definitions of skipper
  1. noun
    the naval officer in command of a military ship
    synonyms: captain
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    flag captain
    the captain of a flagship
    type of:
    commissioned naval officer
    a commissioned officer in the navy
  2. noun
    an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
    synonyms: captain, master, sea captain
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    Captain Kidd
    Scottish sea captain who was hired to protect British shipping in the Indian Ocean and then was accused of piracy and hanged (1645-1701)
    type of:
    officer, ship's officer
    a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel
  3. verb
    work as the skipper on a vessel
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    type of:
    exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
  4. noun
    a student who fails to attend classes
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    type of:
    educatee, pupil, student
    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
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