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" Who better than the parents "
Ah, the same parents who won't use car seats or seat belts or bike helmets even after they've been ticketed for not doing so?
Unfortunately "parents" and "governments" are neither necessarily intelligent beings capable of protecting those who need protection.
When I was a kid there were no seaet belts and we could ride on the rear package shelf of the car on long trips to amuse ourselves. Hey, it was normal.
Today I see mothers heaving the baby stroller out into traffic at the crosswalk--before they look or step past the curb line themselves. You could swear they were trying to throw the kid under a car. Or wait, isn't that another news story, "Mom drowns three in car". "Child left in car, dies of heat". "Oh, I went it to work and forgot I had the kid in the back seat."
While I'm also vehemently against intrusive government, as far as I can tell, the only requirement for "parenting" is that something stayed in one place long enough to get pregnant. These days even five gallon buckets come with mandatory warning labels, because enough parents have allowed or encouraged their baby to play with the partly full bucket, unsupervised, and the kid toppled in and drowned. NO JOKE.
So, do the parents know if this kid is mature enough to circumnavigate? Maybe, but I'd rather see some objective board put her through, say, two weeks of Outward Bound solo screening to see another opinion. Or an eight hour test suite, or SOMETHING besides the "I can always hatch a couple more" opinion.
Heck, with only one crew on board, the USCG could turn her back as "manifestly unsafe and unfit" simply for not being able to keep a proper watch, in conformation with US & international law alike.