I want to say thanks. As one who learned the difference between a halyard and a mainsheet not long ago, thanks for taking the time to give us a few pointers.
On the other hand. The scenario that opened this thread is definately disconcerting. I would agree that Pirmerate definately did more than his fair share. As long as people can buy boats without a license (which I am so far in favor of) there will always be someone trying to do what they are completely unprepared for.
I am mostly on smaller inland lakes and as such I have no idea what resources are available for coastal safety. How would someone contact the CG? Or is there usually some staff in a marina to notify?