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About the only thing I can think of is that if you have captains license and do something particular dumb it will be hard to claim you didn't know any better. Kind of like when Martha Steward was a stock broker and couldn't claim she didn't know the laws about insider trading.
Although ignorance of the law is not considered a defense in any case so it may not matter much.
It is often repeated on forums that someone with a captains license will be held to a higher standard but has anyone actual experience where this happened in a real court?
In fact it may work out to the captains advantage if he could precisely identify the six steps he took to avoid the accident that the first time power boater caused. Even if the six steps failed because the captain was going 4 knots and the power boater was going 40 knots.
The court may be inclined to take the side of someone who went to the trouble to get licensed over someone who just bought a big boat.
Last edited by davidpm; 07-15-2009 at 02:11 AM.