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Florida is Now Boating Capital of the World with Over 1 Million Registered Vessels

June 10, 2022
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More Vessels in the Water Brings New Boating Safety Concerns

With turquoise waters and ideal temperatures nearly year-round, it is no surprise that Florida leads the nation in the number of registered vessels. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced an impressive benchmark with over 1 million registered recreational boats in the state. However, more boats on the water bring renewed safety concerns for both seasoned boaters and those new to the water.

In addition to leading the country in the number of registered vessels, Florida leads the nation in boating accidents. At Mase Mebane Seitz, we represent individuals who have been injured in boating accidents throughout South Florida. Our trial lawyers have recovered millions for our clients. Contact our office at (305) 487-8863 for a free consultation. 

Boating Capital of the World

Florida has secured its title of “Boating Capital of the World” with a new milestone. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the state now has 1 million registered recreational vessels. This monumental feat is no surprise given the crystal clear coastal waters and near-perfect weather conditions. 

Florida counties with the highest number of registered recreational vessels:

  • Miami-Dade: 74,622 
  • Pinellas: 53,867 
  • Lee: 50,304
  • Broward: 47,741
  • Hillsborough: 41,495

While Florida is the number one state for boating, it is also the top state for boating accidents. More boats on the water present additional safety concerns. Vessel operators should practice safe boating, including taking a boating safety course before going out on the water. 

Boating Safety Recommendations

By taking simple safety precautions, Florida residents and visitors can prevent tragedy on the water. As noted in the FWC press release, there are several things that boaters can do to stay safe while cruising the coast or inland waters.

Boating safety tips include:

  • Wearing life jackets
  • Maintaining 360-degree awareness
  • Knowing the dangers and penalties for boating under the influence
  • Developing a float plan
  • Paying close attention to weather and water conditions
  • Appointing a designated lookout
  • Operating at a safe speed

Many boating tragedies are caused by carelessness and inattention. Most of these accidents can be avoided by following Florida’s boating laws. Individuals who violate state boating regulations may face civil and criminal penalties. If you are injured in a boating accident, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney to discuss your legal options.

Boating Accident? Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation.

Were you injured in a boating accident in Miami or South Florida? Contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (305) 487-8863 to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. You should never have to settle for less than your case is worth. Do not sign anything until you have consulted with a member of our legal team. 

At Mase Mebane Seitz, we have tried hundreds of cases and will work tirelessly to get you the recovery you deserve. Let us help hold a negligent owner or operator accountable for their wrongdoing. Your case matters. Get the help you need now. Call today to get started.

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