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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
    Nautical Acronyms When we give new boat owners lessons on boat handling, we include the use of common nautical terminology and in some cases its origins and common usage. Although it is not necessary...
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    The Lowly Magnetic Compass I know your boat has one. Some are quite well manufactured and if properly mounted, easy to use. Others are cheap dollar store products that are better suited for use on...
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    Winter is Coming… By the time you read this edition, winter will be just around the corner; and will your boat be ready? If you keep your boat on a trailer or on a...
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    Boat Operator Education We are now in the fourth year of the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation’s mandatory boater education program and I thought it would be a good time to...
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    A Tribute To My Friend Gary On July 25th the West Coast boating community lost an icon, and for me a good friend when Gary Clausen passed away. He was well known in the...
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    Boat Transports Over the last several years I have had the opportunity to deliver yachts to Ensenada for shipment to the East Coast of the U.S., to Long Beach for shipment to New Zealand,...
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    Is It Right Or Is It Wrong 14 It is June, it is summer and it finally appears that the pandemic is nearly past us. I thought it would be a good time to...
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    Hazards Of The Sea A question I am often asked is, “do I worry about debris in the ocean when making coastal deliveries, especially when running a vessel at night?” A usual follow-up question is,...
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    Annual Vessel Safety Check Many yacht clubs have their annual safety day this time of year when we typically use our boats less often and instead are busy with upgrades and repairs. This year,...
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    Lessons Learned From The New USCG Rules 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 with 33 passengers...
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    Boat Parades Some two dozen years ago, I acquired my first “large” power boat in the Delta and started learning my way around the sloughs and rivers from our home port at Village West...
  • Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson
    Boating In The Off Season Winter is here, the boating season is over and it is time to put the yacht away until next spring. If you live in other areas of the United...

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