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Old 07-07-2016, 03:51 PM
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Daughter and God daughter are out riding on the boat this weekend, when a boy about 11 comes cruising past us in his 11' Pelican powered by a 4 hp zuki (I think), he up on plane and hitting a solid 10-12 mph. The girls ask, "When can we get our own boat?"

I told them a paddle boat was on order, lol.

Isn't there a standard law now that you have to be 16 to operate a motor boat solo or is that just jet ski's?
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so whats the problem - you want him sitting in a dark room playing video games--
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States may vary.

https://www.boat-ed.com/florida/boating_law.html

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Age and Operator Restrictions

No one under the age of 14 years may operate a personal watercraft (PWC) on Florida waters at any time, even if such person possesses a Florida Boating Safety Education I.D. Card.
No one under the age of 18 years may rent/lease a PWC.
It is also illegal for the owner of a PWC to knowingly allow a person under 14 years of age to operate a PWC.
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so whats the problem - you want him sitting in a dark room playing video games--
Sorry if I gave the wrong impression, no I want the kid to have a great time in his little cruiser, made me remember back when. I just don't want my girls bugging me when they hit 11 for a boat of there own. Times are different today and a little girl out alone isn't the smartest thing.
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Just looked up the law in NJ, thanks.


•A person less than 13 years of age may not operate a motorized vessel.
•A person under the age of 16 may not operate a PWC.
•A person 13 through 15 years of age may operate a vessel powered by an electric motor or vessels 12 feet or longer and powered by a motor less than 10 hp only if he or she has successfully passed a boating safety education course approved by the New Jersey State Police.
•A person 16 years old or older, may operate a motorized vessel if they have successfully completed an approved boating safety course
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Maturity is key....I was running the river running catfish lines by myself at 14 with a aluminum boat a 25 hp merc...... always had a vest on and respected my surroundings. BOY i miss them days....2 bucks filled the tank, another 2 got me rc cola and sardines and crackers. if I was lucky mom sent me with vienna sausage (sp)
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When I was 9 or 10 my Dad took me to the ramp and dumped me on a 30 ft cc and made me drive it over to the camp site while he drove the truck and trailer. Was a good half hour drive, memory is foggy but was probably shitting my pants the whole time.
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My kids always lawyered us when they we're young. Make whatever decision regarding their desires based on their safety and ignore "better or cooler" parents.

Your kids will always hate you when you say no. If you want then to hate you for life, always tell them yes.
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
Just looked up the law in NJ, thanks.


•A person less than 13 years of age may not operate a motorized vessel.
•A person under the age of 16 may not operate a PWC.
•A person 13 through 15 years of age may operate a vessel powered by an electric motor or vessels 12 feet or longer and powered by a motor less than 10 hp only if he or she has successfully passed a boating safety education course approved by the New Jersey State Police.
•A person 16 years old or older, may operate a motorized vessel if they have successfully completed an approved boating safety course
So you guys up there have to have a operators license to operate a motorized boat/vessel?

They need to put that into law down here.
Might, just might, keep a few of the NUTS from operating on the waterways.
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So you guys up there have to have a operators license to operate a motorized boat/vessel?

They need to put that into law down here.
Might, just might, keep a few of the NUTS from operating on the waterways.
I don't think there is an actual license, but if they get stopped these days I guess they get a ticket and with the way things are today maybe even lose the boat/motor.

When I was a kid there were no such rules/laws and we had a blast running the swamps.
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I hear ya, but times & demeanors have definitely changed since then.
It would be a wonderful world if ....................................
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16 for jet skis and 12 for any other boat alone in my state. Experience is far more important than age.
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It was a different time, but my parents started me and my brother in a row boat, then gave us an old 4 hp for the row boat, then a sunfish and finally a 13 ft whaler once we had proven that we could follow their rules... The whaler was around age 12 or 14
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Originally Posted by Riptied View Post
So you guys up there have to have a operators license to operate a motorized boat/vessel?

They need to put that into law down here.
Might, just might, keep a few of the NUTS from operating on the waterways.
I never saw a "license" make most any better operators, or anything else, just meant some were better than others at taking test
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Originally Posted by zigzag View Post
I never saw a "license" make most any better operators, or anything else, just meant some were better than others at taking test
Yes, the best license I can give our girls is the chance to operate the boat when I'm with them and show them the rights and wrongs as they occur. They will learn just as I did, learn the tell tale signs of pending trouble and how to handle a situation if one happens.
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Originally Posted by zigzag View Post
I never saw a "license" make most any better operators, or anything else, just meant some were better than others at taking test
You give "them" too much credit.

What makes you think they would even pass the test to start with?

If they're too stupid to understand the basic rules of the road & operation then I don't think they would be smart enough to pass the requirements/test.
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I was 11 or 12 when I had to run my Dad's 23 Parker from a boat ramp to a friend's dock. It was pretty much all no wake zone, but I remember getting some looks going down the Beaufort waterfront. Trailer had a damaged spindle and he had to take it somewhere to get it removed and order a new one.
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I was 5 or 6 when my dad had me drive the pontoon while they all boozed it up

I slightly remember being scared as hell lol
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I was 1 and barely standing when pops said "take the helm boy" of our 46' Hatteras, lucky for me I had just loaded my diaper and could see over the wheel....

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I was about 10 or so when I spent many hours by myself in a 8 foot Jon boat with a 5 HP sears motor on it. All over the place. Bayous and bays. Those were the days.
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