When the government usurped the fundamental rights of parents, was there not even a whimper of dissent, much less a revolution?
P.S. I agree, there are two discussions here, and I am focussing only on one side of it for present.
What you describe as "fundamental rights" of parents is the real issue here. I suspect the majority of us (parents) would consider the safety and welfare of a child as a predominant responsibility parents have.
It makes no difference whatsoever if this child can sail.
the responsibility of a parent is to ensure the well-being of their children.
How some idiot can think sending their 13 year old girl off on any boat and have here survive not only the ocean but the people she will meet in port who could easily threaten the safety of a child alone is a "fundamental right" which should be questioned.
On it's face, these parents shouldn't be allowed any rights if this is an indication of their judgment.