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“Boating Fever” – Be Careful (Part I)

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New Hampshire waters offer some of the best boating opportunities in the region for power boating, water skiing, fishing, and sailing. And it’s almost “Ice-Out” on the Big Lake. “Ice-Out” on Lake Winnipesaukee occurs when the ice that has covered the Lake melts enough to allow the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship to navigate between Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith, and Wolfeboro. Ice-Out is greatly anticipated by residents and visitors since it is the traditional start of the spring season and many Islanders regain water access to their cottages. The date has been observed and recorded for over 120 years. The setting of the exact date and time is non-scientific and is now determined by an observer in a small plane from Emerson Aviation that flies over the lake several times a day. When the pilot makes the Ice-Out call it is considered official. While most years Ice Out does not occur until Mid to late April, last year, Ice Out arrived on March 24th.

So, this means boating season is right around the corner. Boating on the beautiful lakes and ponds in New Hampshire on a bright summer day with family and friends is about as good as it gets. In order to protect yourself and your loved ones you should: (1) register your boat; (2) obtain your boater education card which you must have to operate a boat with an engine bigger than 25 hp; (3) make sure you always have a good marine map and follow the boating rules; and (4) obtain marine insurance to cover injury to you and others, as well as damage to your boat.

Unfortunately, boating accidents can occur due to the negligence or recklessness of another boater. The leading causes of boating accidents are:

• inattention

• inexperience

• speeding

• alcohol

We hope you have a great boating season but if you have been injured through the fault of someone else’s negligence, you need to contact an experienced personal injury firm like Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C. to set up a free consultation. Please call (603) 288-1403 or contact us online.