Jul 21 2019

Hit and Run Boating Collisions in Marinas

Published by at 10:19 pm under Liveaboard Topics

“if you see something, say something”

We have all seen the boaters that, due to their lack of experience, wind conditions or their flippant attitude of “they just don’t give a sh…t”, crash their boats into the neighbors while maneuvering in the the marina and then leave the scene of the accident.  Well… in the state of Washington, hit and run penalties can be…

  • “a class B felony can result in a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and $20,000 fine; a class C felony can result in a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and $10,000 fine.”

Obviously, we would all do our best to help that boater out of their predicament and if it’s a “no harm, no foul”, all the better but, if it’s something worse (boats are hit, damage is done to the dock), it is something we should all be concerned with.

If you have the fore-site to capture the accident on video or picture, please contact the Port office immediately!  The Port Police, Seattle Police and the US Coast Guard all have jurisdiction over accidents in Shilshole Marina and pictures are invaluable when it comes to holding that boater responsible for insurance or legal reasons.

Thanks for being a part of our community!

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