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September 24, 2020

Maritime law is known for some fairly unique and arcane legal concepts not commonly seen in other areas of law. Some of these have their origins in an earlier age of seafaring when vessels powered by sail carried cargoes in wooden barrels. One of these concepts is the...

August 27, 2020

Most people who work in the boating industry don’t have nice things to say about COVID-19. It has brought financial hardship to so many. In addition to shattering our economy, the pandemic has touched virtually every aspect of our lives. We see its impact on the waterf...

July 23, 2020

When it comes to putting together a strong maritime case for court, one of the most important elements is good, solid evidence. If the matter involves an accident, relevant evidence could include witness statements, deck splinters, failed mechanical equipment, and in m...

June 30, 2020

Will the trusted paper chart become extinct in the not-too-distant future? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is initiating a five-year program to put an end to traditional paper chart production. The development isn’t really as earth shattering...

June 3, 2020

The Station Wagon Effect - An Important Safety Issue

Younger readers might not remember a time before the advent of minivans and SUVs, when large station wagons were once the vehicle of choice for hauling families and groceries. I grew up in that era and remember it as...

February 27, 2020

Here’s an interesting question. Can a boat be defective? The area of law that deals with defective products is a fascinating one. It’s known as product liability law and covers a wide range of lawsuits, from medical devices to high-speed failures of tires. The term “pr...

January 2, 2020

By now, most boats in the region are snugly shrink-wrapped against the elements. With summer months away, owners might not be overly concerned about their spare parts inventory for the next engine emergency. On these cold nights, one might think more about winter boat...

November 8, 2019

Lifeboats and liferafts are not things that people at sea usually like to think about. Maybe it’s because they mean abandoning the warmth and safety of a large vessel for the cold uncertainty of the open sea. The setting is often one where distress calls have been made...

September 25, 2019

It’s amazing how quickly technology has turned the average boat into a sophisticated platform of computers and electronics. Fifty years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine navigational charts on a high-resolution screen or global positioning systems that told...

August 29, 2019

Criminal charges were recently announced by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the tragic 2018 sinking of a tour boat in Missouri. The vessel was a former DUKW, converted to passenger service for sightseeing cruises. These craft are commonly called “duck...

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