The electoral college procedure has a “safe harbor date” by which to send unquestionable slates of electors. My 401k has a “safe harbor match” plan that gets the company out of some compliance rules. Investor relations documents from publicly traded companies start with “safe harbor statements” that disclaim a lot of things.
I don’t really understand what the hell those have to do with each other. It feels like it means something like legally immune from something, but also like it means standardized and conforming to some universal specification. It seems like it also means a demarcation between things that are this and things that aren’t that thing.
What any of this has to do with boating is beyond me.
What does something have to do or be to be a “safe harbor”?