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  • Phone: (805) 895-3273

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Maritime and Slip Trip & Fall

Specialty Focus:

boat, boating, ship, yachts, seaworthiness, captain, crew responsibilities, marine electronics, navigation, equipment failure, vessel collision, damage, sinking, drowning, vessel operations, safety, sport fishing, charter boat, jet ski, kayak, SUP, surfboard, marina safety, marina operations


AA, Business Admin/office supervision-Rio Hondo Community College; Master Mariner (vessel captain license), U.S. Coast Guard; Class A Calif. driver's license - all endorsements, Dootson Trucking School

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

Captain David G. Bacon, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed vessel captain, is available as an expert witness on cases involving; boating accidents, slip & falls, personal injuries, issues of responsibilities and liabilities aboard vessels and on gangways and docks and piers, drowning and vessel grounding or sinking. Passenger interaction and education is an area where many liabilities are generated and I can help with those issues. I have served as a vessel charter captain for 30 years, specializing in; crew training, safety procedures, crew drills and practice, passenger safety orientation, boating accidents, slip & fall, seaworthiness, marine electronics, navigation and rules of the road, expert report writer and public speaker. During that lengthy career I have had no accident or injury claims because I am a diligent seafaring professional and I know what dangers to look for and remedy before they cause problems. I drove passenger buses and vans for 2 years with no accidents nor injuries. I hold a Class A California driver's license with all endorsements including hazmat. I successfully graduated from a trucking school. Captain David Bacon – brief business bio: ~Owner/operator/Captain of WaveWalker Charters (private boat charters) ~Owner of Hook, Line & Sinker fishing center in Santa Barbara ~Owner of Guns of Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara ~Faculty at Santa Barbara City College (teaches ocean-related classes) ~Executive Director, SOFTIN, Inc. (NPO serving special needs people) ~Member of the California MPA collaborative ~Member, Board of Directors, Coastal Conservation Association — California ~Member of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council ~Senior Editor, Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine ~Past Staff Writer for Western Outdoor News ~Columnist, Noozhawk on-line news service ~Collaborative marine research/outreach consultant and expert witness ~Seminar speaker for industry trade shows ~Lecturer for clubs and civic organizations