What’s really in your marina dock contract?

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BoatUS is urging pleasure boaters to read their dock contract carefully, or they may be surprised to find that you can be held legally responsible for damages and injuries, even if you or your boat were not the cause.

It all could be in the fine print of the marina or boatyard dock contract that hundreds of thousands of boat owners sign this time of year as the boating season returns.

Before boaters sign any dock contract, BoatUS has some tips for recreational boaters searching for a marina for their boat.

“While the enforcement of dock contract provisions vary and your options to walk away may be limited, it’s important to know how a dock contract’s language can contain various provisions that may affect your insurance coverage and ability to recover for damages,” BoatUS consumer affairs director Charles Fort said.