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FRANK D. BUTLER is an attorney in the State of Florida for the past 22 years and is licensed in every Court in Florida, including all state and federal courts. Frank is an avid outdoor enthusiast and represents people injured in boating accidents and cruise ship injuries. You should be careful to hire an attorney who knows the issues specific to cruise ship cases and boating accidents.

I grew up in Florida and have been around the boating and marine industry my entire life. I have filed suit against all of the cruiselines that operate in Florida and have successfully handled boating cases throughout Florida. It’s what we do. Maritime law is very complex and you need to make sure that the attorney you choose has experience in handling these types of cases.

Many attorneys advertise for boating injury and cruise ship cases. See our “Very Important Information” under the Cruise Ship button and our “10 Things You Need To Know” under the Boating Accidents button. If the attorney you are considering cannot answer these questions, you should consider whether they actually handle these types of cases.
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Why would an attorney just advertise for boating or cruise cases if they do not handle them? First, an attorney can refer your case to a maritime attorney and collect a referral fee. Second, an attorney can try to handle your boating or cruise ship claim even if they have never handled one at all. At our law firm we do not handle real estate law, bankruptcy, divorces, contracts, criminal law, probate, tax matters, medical malpractice, etc.

Your consultation with us is at absolutely no charge to you. There are no fees and no costs to you unless we win your case. See our Cruise Ship button and Boating Accidents button for very important information you should know regarding your claim. Maritime law imposes shorter statutes of limitation than most state courts.


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How Many Boats Are In Florida?

How Many Vessels Are There In Florida?

There are 961,266 registered boats in the State of Florida for the year 2019. These are the last numbers released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”). The FWC reports numbers for the previous year.  For the year of 2018 it was 950,740 vessels. For 2017 the number was 944,162. The number of vessels is increasing by about 1% every year, however, indications that we have from the market are that 2020 will exceed that average. With Covid-19 limiting recreational options many chose boating as their outdoor recreation outlet. We’ve heard from many sources that boat sales have been very strong for 2020. 

Also figuring into that expected increase is the rising numbers of boats put on the water by boat rental outlets (also known in boating law as (“liveries”) and boat clubs. 

Boating laws differ greatly from those applicable to auto accidents and land-based law. Make sure the attorney you choose has experience with multiple boating cases. Not just one, or maybe two over the years. Special statutes apply to JetSki injury cases, boating crashes, and to liveries that rent vessels to customers. Presently we are handling numerous boating injury cases right now. Clients—and attorneys referring their boating injury cases to us—place their trust in our 25 years of handling boating injuries cases in our hands. 

Do not be fooled by attorneys who do not handle these types of cases. Do not let them fumble around with your case. We are boating injury attorneys and handle boating accident cases throughout Tampa Bay and all of Florida. Call us any time, weekends and holidays, at 

1-888-B-O-A-T-L-A-W. 

Editorial credit: VIAVAL TOURS / Shutterstock.com

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How Many Vessels Are There In Florida?

There are 961,266 registered boats in the State of Florida for the year 2019. These are the last numbers released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (“FWC”). The FWC reports numbers for the previous year.  For the year of 2018 it was 950,740 vessels. For 2017 the number was 944,162. The number of vessels is increasing by about 1% every year, however, indications that we have from the market are that 2020 will exceed that average. With Covid-19 limiting recreational options many chose boating as their outdoor recreation outlet. We’ve heard from many sources that boat sales have been very strong for 2020. 

Also figuring into that expected increase is the rising numbers of boats put on the water by boat rental outlets (also known in boating law as (“liveries”) and boat clubs. 

Boating laws differ greatly from those applicable to auto accidents and land-based law. Make sure the attorney you choose has experience with multiple boating cases. Not just one, or maybe two over the years. Special statutes apply to JetSki injury cases, boating crashes, and to liveries that rent vessels to customers. Presently we are handling numerous boating injury cases right now. Clients—and attorneys referring their boating injury cases to us—place their trust in our 25 years of handling boating injuries cases in our hands. 

Do not be fooled by attorneys who do not handle these types of cases. Do not let them fumble around with your case. We are boating injury attorneys and handle boating accident cases throughout Tampa Bay and all of Florida. Call us any time, weekends and holidays, at 

1-888-B-O-A-T-L-A-W. 

Editorial credit: VIAVAL TOURS / Shutterstock.com

By : Butler Boating Accident & Injury Lawyer | November 11, 2020 | Boating Accidents