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Re: Stricter Boating Laws - NYS
I'm in favor of some form of increased boater education, at least for larger vessels. However, it's a non-starter for me to have each state mandate it's own for all vessels in what are actually federal waters. The states have only been delegated rights to regulate their waters out to 3 miles. It's impossible to conceive of needing to hold several state boater certificates to navigate around New England.
BoatUS safety courses, USS Safety at Sea, ASA courses, USCG licenses, etc should all qualify. They often don't because the States want their fee.
But, let's not kid ourselves. It's never going to be as difficult as getting a drivers license and the roads are full of accidents. It's certainly not going to be as stringent as a pilots license, and frankly, operating a boat isn't nearly as difficult either. It's simply not the solution to this problem. The irresponsible will pass any test you reasonably conceive of and then do what they choose. Better licensing would simply improve the behavior or those that are ignorant of the rules. Not those that don't care.
Mandatory liability insurance might help, as the irresponsible can be priced out of the game.
Last edited by Minnewaska; 12-29-2017 at 06:38 AM.