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Re: Sailboat and Powerboat collide outside Newport
....At one time I was opposed to manditory licensing for boating. However, as I have heard of more and more senseless boating accidents I have changed my mind. Today, anyone with a checkbook or credit card can buy and operate a boat, at least in the USA. ......
I’m open to what would improve the situation and reduce accidents. However, nearly every state already has mandatory boater safety certification, which includes the ColRegs. For that matter, I wonder how the relative incidence of accidents on the water, compares to those on the road, where all drivers are licensed. I wouldn’t be surprised the road is higher, per driver.
Interestingly, mandatory insurance might help. Insurance companies are good at stats. They want to know you’re statistically capable of handling your new boat, not just in possession of a license, before they’ll take on your financial risk. If you don’t have documentable experience, they may require formal training. In airplanes, they often require minimum “dual time” where you must operate your new make/model plane with an instructor for a defined period, before flying on your own. Not sure I love the idea, but it’s something to think about.
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Last edited by Minnewaska; 08-13-2019 at 06:42 PM.