Ships Ahoy! Avvo Answers Top Legal Questions for the Opening of Boating Season

Boating under the influence, accidents and lemon law questions surge as consumers set sail on major U.S. waterways

Seattle, Wash — In conjunction with the opening day of boating season, Avvo, Inc., the web’s largest expert-only legal Q&A forum, directory and legal marketplace (,today released a set of legal guides aimed at addressing the most common questions consumers have regarding boating laws. With new boating laws and boater education changing nearly every year, consumer questions related to boating laws increased two-fold in 2012 over 2011. The legal guides, authored by attorneys with subject matter expertise, include:

“As the weather begins to warm, both experienced and non-experienced boaters need to be forewarned about the extremely dangerous practice of boating under the influence,” said Troy Slaten, a CA-based DUI attorney. A blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.10% or higher leaves the operator of a water vessel 10 times more likely to have an open-waters accident than a seaman that is sober. In fact, reports indicate that about 34% of fatalities from boat accidents happen at the hands of a person who was boating under the influence.”

Cities recognizing the Opening Day of boating season typically hold events in April and May; boating season officially began in Chicago on April 6, April 28 in San Francisco, and May 4 in Seattle. On average, consumers ask 40% more boating-related questions in the spring on The primary boating related-questions fall into the following areas:

  • Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
  • Accidents and Liability
  • Boat Lemon Laws

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