by Pat Carson

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

That Was Predictable Abandoned and derelict vessels are a problem for not only the waters in our backyard but many United States harbors, bays and shorelines. Sunken, stranded, abandoned and derelict vessels are an...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

Recreational Boating Safety 2022 The United States Coast Guard recently released its Recreational Boating Statistics report for 2022 and the data is somewhat mixed. The report is based off incidents that resulted in at...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

There Is Always Time For Safety I have been asked many times if it is necessary to do an engine room check every time we plan to get a boat underway. My answer is always...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

Shorepower – ELCI, GFCI and GFD Almost any of us who work, live or play on boats have experienced the occasional dreaded and usually embarrassing slip and fall into the water. A captain “friend,”...

Boat Review – by Pat Carson

Wellcraft 355 They are back! Wellcraft joined the Beneteau group in 2014 and earlier this year launched the all-new 355 sport boat. For more than 60 years Wellcraft has been building multipurpose offshore boats,...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

Is My RADAR Killing Me? The short answer is, of course not. According to the World Health Organization, to produce health defects, exposure would need to be 1000 watts per square meter or more...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

10-4 Over And Out Do you cringe as much as I do when you hear “10-4, over and out” on the marine VHF radio? Every hobby and profession has its own unique vocabulary and...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

Coast Guard Surfmen Surf – Waves or swell breaking on the shore or a reef. Generally, to be avoided in a small recreational boat. Surfman is the United States Coast Guard’s highest qualification for...

Boat Review – by Pat Carson

Beneteau GT41 It was almost exactly 10 years ago that I was lucky enough to have two of the new Beneteau Gran Turismo line of express cruisers for a dual boat review. In May...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

Ropes On A Boat On a recent yacht delivery to Los Cabos, one of our crew happened to be an avid sailor and we had many hours to discuss all things nautical. Although I...