A WORD FROM OUR SCHOLARLY BUT GHOSTLY CHIEF LEGAL COMMENTATOR
THE LATE LOUIS BRANDEIS, FORMER ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE U.S. SUPREME COURT FROM 1916 to 1939. HIS GHOST MET THE GREAT NAMAZU AND HE HAS BEEN WRITING OCCASIONAL LEGAL COMMENTS FOR US EVER SINCE.
As the march of maritime history passed through the twentieth century a truly new industry emerged out of an old artisan / patron trade. Before the era of mass manufacturing yachts and yacht tenders were fashioned on a custom built basis by skilled boat wrights for their wealthy patrons. Then came WWII and the success of the small fast patrol boat put together on a production line. Then the war ended and the military production line came to a halt until the likes of CHRIS CRAFT and DONZI et al started selling recreational motor boats to America's emerging solid middle class. Today millions of Americans take to the water in season aboard a wide variety of recreational craft. Unfortunately there is no uniformity in their training or competence in operating small craft. Today the reasonably competent boater also needs to be somewhat legally astute. The law firm of LEDER & HALE PC of Baltimore has written and made available to the legal community and recreational boating community alike a guide to recreational boating law that you may read free on line. We highly recommend THE LANDLUBBERS GUIDE TO RECREATIONAL BOATING LAW 2018.
This very useful guide comes to you courtesy of :
Steven E. Leder, Esq.
Leder & Hale, PC
401 Washington Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21204
We like the contents and love the price (free-just click on the link). We found this a good primer for the admiralty law specialists used to large commercial vessel issues, a painless introduction to admiralty and maritime law generally for the paralegal or new associate coming into the field for the first time, and a corking good read for the weekend skipper. Should you be from the Chesapeake Bay region and you have the misfortune of having your beloved boat go bump in the night, you're going to need a lawyer. Why not give Leder and Hale a call?