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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Consumer Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Tax Law for Massachusetts on
Q: How can a state demand boat taxes and fee's from a boat owner who is not a citizen or legal resident of the state?

Massachusetts demands a boat excise tax and several fee's for using their waterways. Regardless the boat owner is not a citizen or legal resident of the state. This also means one cannot vote in the state because the person is not a citizen or legal resident. Examples Here: Boat excise tax; a... View More

Ali Shahrestani,
Ali Shahrestani,
answered on Apr 18, 2017

In the same way you have to pay a highway toll when you're driving on the state roads, you'd have to pay boat taxes and fees for using the state's waters, regardless of residency/ citizenship. The state government is, proverbially, king of its castle. This is the basis of sovereign... View More

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Q: When does a sail boat have right of way?
Jonathan Craig Reed
Jonathan Craig Reed
answered on Jul 8, 2012

Generally a sailboat under sail has the right of way over a power vessel. BUT practical consideration comes into play. If the power vessel is a large ship operating in a narrow channel and is restricted in its movement by its underwater depth and the sailboat is not, the sailboat loses the right of... View More

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