Yes- NJ has started a similar program. It requires all boaters in their waters to be licensed! It leaves undefined, what boaters from states not requiring licensing are to do. I spent a few hours this winter and got licenses from both Maryland and Virginia even though my "advanced years" exclude me from needing the licenses in my home waters.The state of California wants everyone to have a license before getting behing the wheel.
FYI, Safeboater is affiliated with the "Boat Responsibly" campaign from the California Department of Boating and Waterways. .Safeboater...I note that all of your posts have to do with boating safety. Do you have some sort of personal interest?
Yeah that's fine but then everyone in the CA legislature should have to be "licensed" to run a state.
I live and boat in South Florida and yesterday, as I was dodging my way across Biscayne Bay, I was reminded about how much I support the idea of mandatory licensing for boat operators. It's not just the small skiffs or PWC's that worry me but the large sailboats and powerboats with owner operators on board who seem to have no idea of who has what right of way at any given time. I can try to navigate my own boat within the rules of the road but in the end, I just do my best to avoid everyone, which can be exhausting on a busy day.Don't look past what the licensing is. It's not a way of making sure that boaters are skilled and safe. It's just another taxation on the already struggling boating community.