Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

Is It Right Or Is It Wrong 16 It is June, it is spring and it finally appears that the winter weather is behind us. It has been a year since my last installment...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

Boat Shows – New Year, New Shows Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show is truly the grand-daddy of all boat shows. Make plans for 2024...

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,”...

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...

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...