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Close Call: Boats Collide
The skipper of a 35-foot sailboat is lucky to be alive after a 37-foot charter fishing boat struck his boat at speed.
What Happens When You Run Aground And How To Avoid It
A longtime marine accident investigator shares tales of damage from his casebook — and tips on how to avoid being that guy stuck on the sandbar.
Striking A Submerged Object Claims Analysis
BoatUS Marine Insurance analysis of claims from boaters who've hit submerged objects offers good lessons.
Avoiding the Video-Game Syndrome
Relinquishing ongoing decision-making to a bunch of microprocessors can lead to an embarrassing grounding — or worse.
Navigational Hazards or a Hazard to Navigation?
An experienced marine-accident investigator, who has seen it all, explains how it's easier to probe a case involving a hazard to navigation rather than one where the skipper is the primary navigational hazard.
Keeping a Proper Lookout
Rule 5 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) expressly requires that every vessel maintain a proper lookout by every means available in order to reduce conditions for catastrophe.