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Boating accident leads to lawsuit for giving minors alcohol

As boating is typically viewed as a recreational activity by many in Manhattan, a common assumption may be that participants need not adhere to the same safety standards required to operate other vehicles. Many likely would not consider getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking, yet those same people may not see an issue with consuming alcohol while driving a boat. In reality, however, those operating watercraft often need to have the same level of acuity needed when behind the wheel of a landbound vehicle. When they do not, the consequences can be catastrophic. 

Uncertain future for the Jones Act

People in New York may well see billboards that reference the Jones Act, blaming it for excessive congestion on area roads. This is just one of the more recent efforts initiated by The Cato Institute to push for reform of the nation's laws governing domestic waterways. 

How should you approach a large wake?

If you are relatively new to boating and are trying to build your information reservation for how to handle various maritime encounters, one of the first things you should be learning about is how to approach large wakes. Having an understanding of how to control your boat when you end up in a situation where you are dealing with rough New York waters is critical to your ability to keep yourself and your crew safe. 

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