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Re: Are You The Operator Underway? (and bwi)

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Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
Another consideration that probably played in to the equation was alcohol use. If I recall correctly Alcohol was involved in some way in 1/3 of the approximately 650 boating related deaths in the US last year. Here, in NJ at least, your boat operators license is now linked in part to ones drivers license. The top 6 factors in all the fatalities were: Operator inattention, Operator inexperience, Improper lookout, Excessive speed, Rules violations and Alcohol use. All operator related. .
Hey, IMHO the 'operator' concept is completely WRONG because of the alcohol use. Right now, I can be on my boat, drunk off my ass, and if I let an 18 year old kid 'operate' the boat by placing his hands on the wheel, everything is legal (NY doesn't require a boating license for people 18 and older). If the requirement was for the CAPTAIN to have the license / be sober, etc. all these issued would go away.

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