The unique principles and procedures of admiralty and maritime law are applicable to all vessels, regardless of size or purpose, from an inflatable dinghy to super yachts. Palmer provides legal services to individuals, yacht brokers, marina owners, insurers and lenders in connection with all aspects of the law as it relates to recreational boating.

Palmer attorneys include two former chairmen of the Recreational Boating Committee of The Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the current editor of the Committee’s publication Boating Briefs.

An overview of the some of the types of maritime claims, casualties and transactions involving recreational vessels that our attorneys routinely handle follows.

  • Casualty Investigation and Litigation
    • Collisions
    • Personal injury and death
    • Property damage
    • Wake Damage
    • Product liability
    • Shipowner’s limitation of liability
  • Maritime Liens
    • Vessel arrest and attachment
    • Supplier and service provider liens
  • Marina Liabilities and Claims
  • Vessel Sales and Documentation
  • Ownership and Title
  • Vessel Financing
    • Drafting of Contracts
    • Advice on Security Interests
  • Vessel Repossession and Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation
    • Federal Court foreclosure litigation
    • Compliance advice for self-help repossession
  • Insurance Disputes
    • Coverage opinions and advice
    • Litigation and arbitration of insurance coverage disputes
  • Product Liability and Warranty Claims
  • Towing and Salvage Claims
  • Contracts
    • Yacht charters
    • Marinas, service providers, repairers
    • Drafting and advice
  • Vessel Regulatory Matters
    • Statutory ownership and operation requirements

Palmer’s range of expertise and capabilities is a comprehensive resource for recreational boaters, facilities, marinas, insurers and financiers. Please contact one of our attorneys regarding any recreational boating matter.