Pat Carson

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...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

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...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

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...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

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...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

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...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

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,...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

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...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

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,...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

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,...

Lessons Learned – by Pat Carson

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...