With over 48 plus years experience in recreational power
boating I've seen it all.
rammed under low bridges
run up on the rocks
slammed into docks
smacking into each other at the dock
accident fatalities (3).
dropped off of trailers on launch ramps.
scraped on launch ramps because they were left in
the down position.
sunk at the dock or launch ramp because of negligence.
stranded overnight on the water because they were
The fact of the matter is that in California there
is no license required to operate a powerboat. Many
otherwise intelligent boaters are simply unaware of
the dangers and equipment necessary on board to stay
out of trouble.
During 2003, as VP marketing of a Northern California
boat dealer, I saw many new boats return after a few
weeks or months with major damage to them. Why? Because
the operators had no cohesive onboard training on
how to operate their vessels competently.
Boat dealers are by and large not equipped to "teach"
boating. Sure, they will "demo" a boat for
you. But the primary purpose of a "demo"
is to demonstrate that the boat operates correctly
before the buyer takes possession.
With these things in mind, I started Pacific Powerboating.
Our goal is to provide personalized boating instruction
on the inland waterways and lakes of Northern California.
I tailor instruction to meet the needs of my
If you would like more information on Pacific Powerboating
instruction, you can reach me at: