Originally Posted by hummingway
I agree with you Hiracer (not on the bit about testing - seemed a little inflammatory to me).
Yes, I was over the top on that. But it IS pretty basic. The definition states fairly plainly that it's not an elective status.
We have licenses required in our state (Washington State). I am exempt on account of age for a few more years, but I took the course and test with my son who was twelve at the time. He's legal
to drive the boat, which makes me feel good. The scary part is that he also starts driving the car in less than a year and half.
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When I was young I caused a high speed collision
between sailboards on the Columbia
River. The other guy put his board clean through mine. Luckily neither of us were hurt. I went about learning
the rules after that.
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about restricted waters is a dicey one. We have container ships and oil
tankers in our waters. Even though the channels might be several miles wide, with a few reefs
thrown in here and there and currents that run up to three knots some of these babies have restricted manoeverability even in what many consider wide open spaces. And then they are so fast compared to normal sailboat speeds. Makes for interesting parsing of the rules. Of course being a Wuss, I just assume the worst and stay out of their way.