The riskiest moments are often at the dock.
I possess a 50-ton U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license, and at age 77, I have plenty of experience under my skipper’s cap. But a recent event reminded me that boating is a continuing education, and I can still learn a few things. Not long ago, two friends and I took a trip in my 30-foot Sea Ray Sedan Bridge, Dream Catcher, from Buffalo to Dunkirk, New York. It was a beautiful summer day — a great time to enjoy Lake Erie and have lunch at one of my favorite waterfront hangouts.
Even though everyone was pleasant throughout the trip, I was embarrassed because I have had good training for my license, spent most of my life around boats, and to top it off, I am a graduate of State University of New York Maritime College. In other words, I should have known better.