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    Boating Accident Law Guides

  • Boat Accident Report (BAR) Federal law requires the owner of the boat – or operator of the boat– to file a boating accident report with the State reporting authority when there has been an accident in which: A person dies or disappears, requires medical treatment, the vessel is destroyed, or there is over $2,000 in damages to vessel or properties.
  • Boat Ed – State Boating Agencies This is the only online place where you can study the official boating safety manual. After taking the online course you can proceed to taking the online boater exam, and if you pass you will receive you official boater education certification, which is recognized by officers on the waterways.
  • Navigation Rules – Department of Homeland Security Navigation Rules are very much like rules of the road on a highway. They aim to establish a consistent and safe way to navigate and avoid collisions when two boats are crossing paths, are on course to meet head-on, or when one boat wishes to overtake another.
  • United States Coast Guard The United States Coast Guard is a military, multimission, maritime service within the Department of Homeland Security and one of the nation’s five armed services. They protect the public, the environment, and the U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America’s coasts, ports, and inland waterways.


    Organizations Related to Boating Accident Law

  • National Boating Federation (NBF) The National Boating Federation (NBF) is the largest, nationwide alliance of recreational boating organizations. The Federation is composed of boating and yacht clubs and their associations representing over 2,000,000 of America’s recreational boaters.
  • Operation Dry Water – Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.
  • Vessel Safety Check WebsiteThis is a special group of pages that teaches you how to become a safe boater. It is put together by the US Coast Guard and the United States Power Squadrons, and includes a self-evaluation that you can use to test your own boat  before you ask for a Vessel Examiner to contact you for an actual VSC.
  • Rescue 21 To address the limitations of the current communications system, the National Distress and Response System (NDRS), the Coast Guard has implemented a major systems acquisition program entitled Rescue 21. By harnessing global positioning and cutting-edge communications technology, Rescue 21 enables the Coast Guard to perform all missions with greater agility and efficiency.
  • Cruise BruiseThis is a privately owned, family-run website, focused on incidents that take place in the cruise industry, including port-of-calls. Cases and news on this site cover from the time a passenger books a cruise with a travel agent or online booking service to the time they arrive back home. A lot can happen during that time period, from travel agents who take the money and run to not being able to board due to Homeland Security law, right down to arriving home without the luggage. If it happened in the course of planning or taking a cruise, you might find it on Cruise Bruise.
  • Cruise S.O.S. Once on the open seas, you are no longer in America and no longer protected by American Law. While shipping companies are not governed by American Laws once at sea, they are governed by a duty to reasonably provide for and care for their passengers. This means you may be entitled to compensation if harmed or injured on a cruise ship.

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