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Old 05-19-2007, 09:24 PM
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I live in SC and only boat operators under 16 years of age are required to pass a boating certification course. As much as I hate more government regulation, maybe it's time to address the problem of boaters who are totally clueless. I work in the marine industry and I've seen too many newbies buy a boat endanger everyone else.
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:26 PM
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Because licensing motor vehicle drivers has worked so well.

Dumb idea if you ask me.
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:28 PM
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This is going to be good.
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:41 PM
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in CT its already here...and does NOTHING!!!!! Its just another way for the govt' to collect from you. If your for it, your just another sucker.
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Stupid is as stupid does, license or not. I don't want any more PIA government BS. So do use a favor and stop bringing the question up in case some government type is listening. And while we're at it forget mandatory life jacket wearing.
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Only for High Tier Boat Owners
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Old 05-19-2007, 09:47 PM
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Not so much emphasis on issuance of a license which is pretty much a revenue producer, but perhaps more encouragement to learn basic "rules of the road" and basic understanding of navigational aides. NJ requires a license and I just completed the 20 Coast Guard Aux. course and I know now what the "pointy" part of the boat is called. I think SC will eventually require the license so thought it prudent to get it out of the way.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:07 PM
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In NY you need the Safe boating course and PWC endorsement to drive a jetski!
Yet all you need to drive a big Hatt is $ and insurance!

But PWCs account for a much higher % of deaths on the water!

And Hatt owners tend to take care of their vessels!


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Old 05-19-2007, 10:13 PM
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We already have a couple thousand oupv licensed Captains poling in circles after the same school of redfish. And at the end of the day, 95% of them couldn't tell ya red from green.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:30 PM
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In Florida, operators under 21 have to take a boating safety class.

It does NOT "increase revenue" for the State - contrary to what some people think. At least not in FL. When the USCG Aux or Power Squad submits documentation to the State that you passed the test, the State sends you a "boaters license" for free. You can also take the test online and if you pass the State sends you the license. The State does not break in to collect money at any point.

I am in favor of licensing requirements. The Florida model is a good one to follow. Those who know their stuff could take the test online and get a license for free in the mail. No problem. Otherwise, take a basic boating safety class.

I do not think it would help however. It would if people took it seriously and honestly tried to learn the right way to do things - but many will not. People will figure out how to circumvent the system.

So while I would favor the idea, my expectations of success would not be very high.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:31 PM
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Don't need more phqn government regulation.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:31 PM
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We have in Oregon, it does nothing. You take it online. You can take the test as many times as it takes to pass(don't ask me how I know this). Someone else can even take it for you. Just another way for the GOV to get money. If the goverment really cared they would have the Coast Guard put together a 3 hour class of the basics and require people to take it before they could drive a boat.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:36 PM
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I'd be happy if they only knew when to yield right of way and what a "no wake" buoy means!!!!!!........Also, don't launch the boat with the trailer still strapped underneath....Please leave the trailer connected to the tow vehicle!!!!!!!
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:39 PM
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I think it makes a lot of sense in theory...

But in practice it would be no different. The idiots on the Turnpike and Garden State Pkwy act the same way on the intercoastal. Passing a course won't change them...
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:57 PM
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mronzo - 5/19/2007 10:07 PM

In NY you need the Safe boating course and PWC endorsement to drive a jetski!
Yet all you need to drive a big Hatt is $ and insurance!

But PWCs account for a much higher % of deaths on the water!

And Hatt owners tend to take care of their vessels!


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Well, that's as far as I got through the other posts!

All kidding aside, I would love to see either mandatory boater education or licensing or BOTH!

It is true you can't legislate stupid, but I think most of the problem boaters who aggravate ALL of us do so out of pure inexperience. One thing for sure, licensing can't hurt, period. Prove you can operate a boat safely or no license, no insurance, no idiots on the water.

The size or cost of the boat has NOTHING to do with that fact. There are plenty of idiots to go around on all sizes of boat.

Why are some of you afraid of having to prove you can handle your boats? Spare me all the anti-government crap please!
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:09 PM
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I don't think a license alone would do anything positive. The only effective solution would be to massively increase the number of marine patrols and have them aggressivley enforce the rules, massive fines and boat confiscations would change alot of attitudes, but is that really what we want? Now the guys with the big Hatts are a different story[img]../images/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:20 PM
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i like the idea i live in ct so i already have a liscence but serioiusly i got friends who want boats and believe me i wouldnt wanna be near these loose cannons unless they were liscened haha i need to know they took some kind of course
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:23 PM
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in ct i took a 8 hour class when my father took it it was like a few month course in ct im 24 so im glad i took it ive been riding around alone in my boats since i was 12 and that course helped alot
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:30 PM
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Captain Sid - 5/19/2007 10:09 PM I don't think a license alone would do anything positive. The only effective solution would be to massively increase the number of marine patrols and have them aggressivley enforce the rules, massive fines and boat confiscations would change alot of attitudes, but is that really what we want?
I agree withCaptain Sid. Just a license alone might not have much effect. To get people to boat safe, they need to be motivated to boat safe.

One of the most bone headed, poor judgement mistakes I have ever seen a boat operator make, was made by a licensed charter captain. He was running very fast (I 'd estimate not much less than WOT) in fog that was 50 to 75 ft visibility. So even a more stringent course was not enough to help that person.

On the other hand, about 10 years ago, a mid-20 year old that lived 4 doors down from me died in a boating accident when he feel out of a boat (he was a passenger) and the boat following directly behind the boat he was in, ran him over. Had the operator of the second boat took a course, he might have known not to follow directly behind another boat.
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