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post #20 of Old 07-02-2013
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Re: Are You The Operator Underway? (and bwi)

Originally Posted by BarryL View Post
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.

That's a Point well taken! I'm not here to defend all the individual State laws. NY's is one of the more liberal, considering their 27 boating related deaths last year. One could argue that if California, Florida, Texas and NY held their captains more responsible we wouldn't be where we are today...... But I won't

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