That's a silly comparison. I am being serious.
Is boating really that much less dangerous than flying a plane?? Licensing will not suddenly stop the idiots nor will it suddenly stop all fatalities. However, it would help.
How many times have you been cut off by a motor boat that did not know right of way?
How many times have you been buzzed by the wake of a sport fish while at anchor and broken things dopwn below?
How many times have you been clipped at anchor by a motor boat over your rhode?
How many times have you seen a boat on the hard bacuse they did not understand the cans/nuns?
Now THAT list does go on and on...
A simple license, while not stopping all of this, will at least make them aware of them. Break the law, hurt people, etc... pull them off the water.
Did you know: you can go out, today, and buy a 65 foot Hatteras (assuming you have the money). You can hop behind the wheel and start immediately. They do not check credientials, time on the water, or whether you even know how to steer. You bought it... you own it... you can drive it - anywhere.
You cannot even do that with a car. Yet, you are driving an absolute killing machine. You could take out someones family in seconds, including your own.
You cannot even do that with a car... and a boat is much more dangerous than a car. Yet you are required to have a license with a car. With a boat?? Nothing.
Is boating more dangerous than flying?
MY Piper Twin Comananchie Stalls about 95mph.So you need to go faster than that or you drop like streamlined bird dodo....
I propose first you give the healm of your boat to a child and let them dock it with instruction from you....see how many are injured.Then we take same child...or adult for that matter and see it they can land my piper without totaling it/all aboard/and anythng 1000 yards down the runway.
As for licensing...nope..i do not have one.But do have enough training to fly.Pasing the test is not a problem...to me it is the total stupidity of said test.If you go up and try to fly something you do not know how to fly you probably will not survive the takeoff.
Instead of a licence i propose a DUMBASS fee.If something you do requires a rescue.You get BILLED FOR BEING A DUMBASS.Fee is Paid to People that put there necks on the line to rescue said DUMBASS....
This includes driving in snow storm,hang gliding,mountain bikes,,,gee..just about anything you or anyone else does that society considers you a DUMBASS for doing.
That being said what should C COLUMBAS be charged?
He left himself and crew maronned.....
Just another DUMBASSES opinion.