I agree that many of our laws should have a "Sunset" limit on them. With them expiring after X number of years.
But then again I feel that anyone who purchases/charters a vessel should show some training on Marine safety and a knowledge of the rules. A one or two day course should cover this. Even if you have to
into their brains.
If you want to rent a truck to move, you have to show a driver's license and a credit card.
If you want to rent a bareboat - as I understand it (since I've never done this and likely would not) you show them your credit card - and perhaps a certificate from US Sail or ASA or someone who gave you one, and that's usually sufficient to get you a boat.
Of course, you're paying a hell of a lot more than 19 bucks a day for a boat, aren't you?
If I want to jump into a tractor-trailer rig and haul ass across country, I have to show them a Commercial Driver's License. I don't have one now (or ever) since I don't need one.
Can I drive a tractor-trailer rig? You betcha I can. I have plenty of experience in it. Can I LEGALLY haul a load across the country? Nope.
How much regulation was put on that industry? A lot.
Ok.. let's apply it now to boats.
If I want to rent a big boat to take my wife across a long stretch of ocean, can I do it right now? I probably can, even without experience. I could likely find the right people, for the right amount of money and get it done. Could I do it? UNLIKELY without "learning on the job" and being a wee bit dangerous.
Could I rent a boat and carry paying passengers? no way. no one would rent me the boat for that. it's not legal.
I guess it comes down to this.... if it is a paying service, you have to be licensed. If you're out on the highway, everyone has to have a license anyway (BUT THEY DON'T which some of you fail to mention).
If you're going to be boating around out in a big ocean this is a waste of effort, time and definitely will be a waste of money.
Should everyone be able to prove they know the rules of the road and are safe? Yep.
Do I want to have to pay in taxes to make sure? Hell no.
Licensing is a GOVERNMENT thing. Keep the government OUT at all costs, or you all will end up regretting it in the long run.
Simple and as common sense as that. If someone is operating a boat in a reckless manner and you see them, and DO NOT take the time to contact the authorities then you are as culpable as they are for not trying to get them stopped. YOU each of you, has a moral obligation to help protect lives and property when you want to believe this or not. If you do nothing but bitch and moan about "how there ought to be a law" then you've done nothing but waste breath, air and time.
My suggestion is, especially to CD, if indeed there are people are dangerous as you say, that you ought to be documenting the incidents and making police reports. Asking to create a law (which is what you will have to do to get licensing or mandatory safety classes put in place) is the FINAL step to fixing the problem.
As I stated before, self policing goes a very long way in any field or industry to keep things "clean".
Do it yourself before you ask the government to do it for you and above all, remember, you're PART of the government.