Lessons Learned & Boat Reviews

Pat Carson

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Pat Carson is a USCG licensed captain and operates commercial passenger vessels in the San Francisco Bay and Delta area. He is a partner with Bay Area Yachting Solutions, a company that provides hand on boating instruction, local and coastal deliveries, and maintenance of recreational vessels. Pat is one of the newest members to the Yachtsman crew and is looking forward to bringing his boating skills and knowledge to the readership.

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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned articles

  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    A special welcome to Jillian Humphreys who joined the Yachtsman family last month. Her first article appeared in the July issue, and I am looking forward to her monthly contributions. Welcome aboard. Iron Mike On the...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    Renaming Your Boat As most of us know, these past 18 months have seen a tremendous number of used yachts changing owners. As part of the new boat ownership, we are always inclined to...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    Isolated Winter Boating As winter ends and spring begins, we are starting to see many more fellow yachtsmen on the water. This past winter boating season is over, and we had some spectacular days...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    What’s New With The VHF Radio Of the many questions that I get from new boat owners, usage and operation of the VHF is at the top of the list. The three most common...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    A Legal Charter? Remember the good old days back in 2019? New boat sales were hot with dealers having a hard time keeping boats in the 36- to 60-foot range in stock. Many of...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    What Is Your Carboxyhemoglobin Level? Carboxyhemoglobin (COHb). I thought the same thing when I read, or tried to read, the word, but we should all know what it is – the concentration of Carbon...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    Is It Right Or Is It Wrong 12 It is January and finally 2020 is over. I thought it would be a good time to start out the new year with an installment of...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    East Brother Lighthouse Almost weekly I make the voyage from various Delta marinas to locations around the Bay, and after passing by the Brothers more than a hundred times I decided to explore the...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    Conception Fire Update On Monday, Sept 2, 2019 at approximately 0314 Pacific Daylight Time, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach received a distress call from diving vessel, Conception, which had 33 passengers and six crew...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    Bilge Pumps While on a boat delivery a few years ago we were navigating a 48-foot sportfish convertible from the San Juan Islands to San Francisco. After a particularly difficult 30 hours in rough...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    Rule 14 It was a beautiful Saturday morning in Alameda, and we had planned on a late start for our voyage to the Delta. Departing Richard Boland Yacht Sales’ docks at Marina Village around...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    MMSI, DSC, AIS If you have an emergency on your vessel which communication device would you reach for first, your mobile phone or the VHF radio? In Feb 1999, the Safety of Life at...

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