I realized that yacht design and product demos were dangerous, so I became an "expert" and began writing 22 years ago. My recent epiphany came in the company of other "experts" on a tour of waterfront watering holes, where capable watermen tend to congregate. I shall refrain from naming names. However, I can reveal that our crew included several captains, a marine engineer, a yacht designer, and a veteran of multiple trans- Atlantic passages. With the sun setting, our reluctantly sober designated captain tired of our banter, declared the adventure over, and herded us into the boat. After 20 minutes running at speed in the darkness I began to relax, figuring our captain's local knowledge might save us. Then I noticed him fiddling with the chart plotter and searching its small display for the channel. I thought of Captain Smith (of Titanic) and moved to the rear of the boat. I imagined the headlines…"So-called 'experts' lost at sea...what were they thinking?"