Q: How far out does a boat have to be for federal law to apply to an injury?
The criteria is one more about the nature of the waters than of distance. Maritime law can apply to an injury that takes place on something known as "navigable waters," which carries with it the attribute of interstate nexus. Therefore a boat operating off the East Coast, West Coast, adjoining gulfs, or sounds can fulfill this requirement. It doesn't have to be 100 miles offshore.
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