Yup - you got it right. Here in East Tennessee, while the boat must be registered with TWRA, no license is required to operate one. Any idiot can buy a boat, throw it in the water, and get himself and his friends killed, as long as he doesn't charge money. To be a professional idiot DOES require certification.
In fairness, that just us OLD idiots. As of 1989:
"Anyone born after January 1, 1989 must show the TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the TWRA Boating Safety exam. No other certificate will be accepted as meeting the requirements of the law."
They did it that way because Tennessee is FULL of duck hunters and fishermen who would have risen up en masse and run the politicians out of office had they been forced to get licenses to operate their boats.
Originally Posted by HELLICONIA54
WHAT??? You do not need aboat licence there? Here In OZ if it has a motor(even electric trawling) it must be registered and you must have a boat licence using a powerboat.