100-Year Family Tradition Of Maritime Legal Service

Legal Representation For Matters Involving Maritime Ownership, Transactions And Maritime Personal Injury

David M. Bohonnon

  • Partner


New Haven, CT






David M. Bohonnon is a partner in the New Haven based Bohonnon Law Firm, LLC., which practices extensively in Marine and Aviation Law as well as Tax matters. Admitted to bar 1982, Connecticut, Federal Court District of Connecticut. Education: Connecticut College, 1978; BA; Quinnipiac Law School, 1982, JD, Yale School of Organization and Management, 1983, 1984. The marine and aircraft transaction part of his business focuses on negotiation of yacht construction and vessel and aircraft  purchase agreements, construction financing of mega-yachts for lenders and borrowers in transactions in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Taiwan, Turkey, New Zealand, Argentina and permanent financing and registration of vessels in the United States, The Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Antigua, Marshall Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bahamas, Isle of Man and the British Virgin Islands. David has extensive experience in Sales and Use tax and Income tax appeals both at the Administrative and trial Court levels. Much of the sales and use tax law in the marine and aviation sectors within Connecticut has been shaped by decisions and statutes with his participation. He has authored several US Patent applications in the Recreational Marine venue and lectures nationally on topics related to recreational marine and tax matters. Member: American Bar Association; Connecticut Bar Association, Tax Section Executive Committee; Maritime Law Association (Proctor), (Chairman Subcommittee on Yacht Financing (2007-2019); (American Bar Association “ABA” Commercial Law Yacht Financing Committee, Chairman (2011-2019), Member: Recreational Boating and Marine Lending Network, Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA),  International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA), Affiliate Member.

Areas Of Practice

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Domestic and International Vessel Registration and Flagging
  • Charter Party Agreements
  • Yacht Management Contracts
  • Crew Contracts and Immigration
  • Domestic and International Corporate Formation
  • State, Federal and International Tax Counseling
  • Customs and Duty Matters
  • Warranty and Construction Defect Claims
  • Maritime Mediation, Arbitration and Complex Maritime Litigation
  • Insurance Claims
  • Maritime Personal Injury Claims
  • Jones Act
  • Brokerage Commission Disputes
  • Vessel Arrests
  • Bankruptcy
  • Patriot Act Compliance
  • Aviation Law
  • Corporate and Secured Transactions
  • State and Federal Taxation, Administrative and Tax Court Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1982
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1982
  • Massachusetts, 2014


  • Quinnipiac College School of Law, Hamden, Connecticut
    • J.D. - 1982
  • Connecticut College
    • B.A. - 1978
  • Yale School of Organization and Management, 1983, 1984

Published Works

  • Out of State Pilot Training Not Taxable, 2010
  • Current Legal Trends and Yacht Broker Matters, Disclosure, 2011
  • Northern Exposure-Tax Consequences of Cruising the Northeast States
  • “Reasoned” Arbitration Award Sinks Builder , 2011
  • The Florida Tax Cap: Northern Exposure, 2011
  • Sunsets upon Taxable Horizon, 2012
  • Advising Yacht Owners-Teamwork is Key, 2013
  • Sales of Foreign Flagged Vessels, 2013
  • Connecticut Sales Tax Change Vessels, 2013
  • Basic Overview Maritime Liens and Rank, 2013
  • Yacht Ownership, Charter Operations and Federal Tax Matters, 2014
  • Summary of the Uniform Certificate of Title Act for Vessels , 2012
  • How Latent Are Your Defects, 2015

Classes / Seminars

  • Yacht Ownership and Operation an Overview of Legal and Tax Planning Issues , YBAA Conference and Broker University, 2006
  • Sale of Foreign Flagged Yachts , YBAA , 2007
  • Vessel Title and Maritime Liens and Ship Mortgages, YBAA , 2008
  • Overview: State Sales, Use and Excise Taxation, Yacht Charter Issues for Consideration,, YBAA Maritime Institute, 2009
  • Completing International Transactions , YBAA/FYBA West Palm Beach Annual Meeting, 2010
  • Yacht Broker Liability, Roles and Duties in a Yacht Purchase Transaction, YBAA Yacht Brokerage University, 2010
  • YBAA Yacht Brokerage University (Providence, RI) Industry Expert Panelist, 2006
  • Legal Considerations Purchasing a Yacht, Connecticut Shoreline Yacht Summit, 2012
  • State, Federal and International Tax Update, YBAA Yacht Brokerage University, 2014
  • Ethics and the Law Panel Discussion, Current Transactional Issues Facing Brokers and Dealers, Sail America Conference, 2015

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, Tax Section Executive Committee
  • Maritime Law Association, Chairman, Subcommittee on Yacht Financing
  • Recreational Boating and Marine Lending Network, Member
  • Yacht Brokers Association of American
  • International Yacht Brokers Association


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