Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Mexico, USA (Heron, Elephant Butte lakes); Arizona (Lake Pleasant)
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Operator Card and Charts for BC
In my home state, the Boating Safety Basics class is offered as a one-day class by the State Parks department and this class is FREE -- they even give out a few goodies and a two-for-one camping coupon.
The class is indoor-only and has very little material specific to sailing, but at least it does teach people their legal and common-sense responsibilities and some ways of staying out of trouble. And, even though the course book and test are written for about a twelve-year-old's reading level, it's still tough enough that some adults and many youth can't pass it in the first class. And even experienced and scholarly sailors usually miss a few of the 60 questions.
The course is a lot better than nothing. And, the people who take the time to take the course are pretty surely not the ones who cause the big problems.
They may even be obeying the rule to carry paper charts, grin, which goes back to the original discussion. I wonder what sort of legal language is printed on the charts in regard to copying. In the USA, there doesn't seem to be much practical barrier to copying the NOAA charts. Sure, there is a danger of people winding up with out-of-date charts, but these are still far better than nothing (or 150-year-old Admiralty charts!), especially if the GPS dies. Is there much of a bother for copying Canadian charts?
If we have a flotilla of several boats visiting BC next summer, it seems like we'd be spending a fortune to equip ourselves with a full suite of shiny new store-bought charts. It would seem more sensible for each of us to buy a chartbook for the area and supplement that with some copies of large-scale charts.