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Re: Sailboat and Powerboat collide outside Newport
Yes, I see what you're saying. I don't think we can know, just by the laws or lack of them alone how many boaters have had training. I could live in NY where there was scant training requirements yet still have held a license or volunteered to received training elsewhere: Power Squadron, USCG, Navy, CG Auxiliary etc. Also, a registered boat doesn't necessarily equate to a boat that gets used.
What we do know is that 80 % of the people who die in a boating accident have received no training at all. That said, most of the deaths are on small open boats and Jet skis etc. on inland waters. Sailboats are not a not a big contributor.
Interestingly, Florida's new law says you can purchase any sized vessel at all, and operate it without any training whatsoever, for 90 days. Sounds to me like a successful lobbying effort.
I know of few activities where less or no training produces positive results. If your argument is that Boater safety training would not result in fewer fatalities, Or that there's no evidence that it would. I guess we'll have to see how it goes now with those states that have decided to implement programs.
If I were implementing rules, I'd certainly target the most likely suspects, I don't think making sailors take a required course will have a significant impact.
If Saving lives were the ultimate goal, I would imagine that making it a requirement that everyone on an open boat 25 foot or less wear a life jacket, might save more lives than making everyone in the universe take a course. Along with Periodic DUI stops. But, there's no political will to do that. So they blanket everyone lest they offend someone.
One last comment, Let's assume that the Sailor of this thread that was killed had training. If the other Boater did not ( don't know) , it would show up in the stats as a " trained" fatality. Raw numbers don't tell a complete story. They need some additional context. ie How many fatalities of trained boaters were caused by untrained or inebriated ones or visa versa.
Last edited by tempest; 08-24-2019 at 04:16 PM.