With California’s year-round sunshine and abundance of recreational boating spots, the popularity of boating among the state’s residents and visitors is no mystery. On the surface, recreational boating in California has become a safe social distancing option for those wanting a momentary escape from the confines of their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. But with more vessels setting sail in the past year, new variables and unpredictable behavior have increased recreational boating dangers for those who just want to enjoy a day outdoors. It is important to understand what you are up against and to know your legal options if you get into a boating accident that is not your fault.
Given that California is home to stunning Pacific Coast beaches, gorgeous bays, tranquil lakes, and roaring rivers, there are numerous opportunities to get out on the water. Boating is a wonderful way to explore the coast and relax during the summer, but many boat operators get too loose with the rules. Whether it is due to inexperience, reckless boating maneuvers, or ignoring safety procedures, negligent boating operators cause serious, and often fatal, boating accidents across California.
The RMS Queen Mary had a long and rich history as a premiere North Atlantic Ocean liner for more than 30 years. Since 1967, she’s been moored at Long Beach harbor in Long Beach, California. Since then, she’s become a popular tourist attraction, event space, and even a hotel! When the Queen Mary was purchased by the City of Long Beach, the ship underwent several renovations and changes to make the experience more appealing and accommodating for visitors. The owners removed the entire forward engine room, the boiler rooms, ship stabilizers, and other necessary components that any ship needs for it to travel long distances in the ocean. Thankfully, the Queen Mary wasn’t planning on going anywhere anytime soon.
Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer season, and in southern California, that often means it’s time to take advantage of the sunshine and spend as much time as possible enjoying the beach. Many residents and vacationers choose to soak up the sun by speeding along on a personal watercraft or coasting along the shore on a boat. The following tips will help you and your loved ones avoid injury in a boating accident:
Take a boating class – Learning how to properly operate a boat as well as any safety procedures will help prepare you for dangerous situations that may arise. Take a local community class or even an online tutorial to learn as much as possible.