The claim is closed as of yesterday, a month and a few days short from the accident anniversary. His insurance paid about 10 times what my lowest offer was to begin with. I did not had to secure a lawyer as I had my friend coach me about what to do at every turn. I still have the boat but maybe not for long as I want to get a sleeper and get a fishing boat again. Nothing fancy I assure you all.
Thanks for all of the help and support. Glad is over.