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  • Phone: (805) 895-3273

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Maritime and Slip Trip & Fall

Keywords/Search Terms:

Personal injuries, boating accidents, collisions/allisions, investigation, ship, yachts, seaworthiness, captain responsibilities, crew, passenger safety, Rules of the Road, equipment failure, sinking, drowning, vessel operation, safety, sport fishing, charter boat, jet ski, kayak, SUP, marina safety


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 available as an expert witness on cases involving; boating accidents, slip & falls, personal injuries, collisions and allisions, issues of responsibilities and liabilities aboard vessels and on gangways and docks and piers, drowning and vessel grounding or sinking. I am available to travel for investigations and inspections. Passenger/crew interaction, training and safety orientation are areas where many liabilities are created due to negligent actions, and I have experience opining on those issues based on Rules of the Road and other regulations, standard duty of care and safety protocols. I have served as a vessel charter captain for 30+ years, specializing in; crew training, safety procedures, crew drills and practice, passenger safety orientation. 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 work as a professional writer, public speaker and college teacher. My expert reports tend to be influential and my testimony skills have been proven in depositions and in the courtroom. Investigation and opinions regarding accidents towing or launching boats are within my wheelhouse. I drove tow vehicles with trailers for many 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/history: ~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 ~Member of the California State Kelp Restoration and Management Working Group ~Senior Editor, Pacific Coast Sportfishing magazine ~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