Originally Posted by cfarrar
Calif: You make some moderate, reasonable points. Of course, I hope not to adopt Singapore's laws wholesale, as tempting as it might be to cane teenagers for spitting in public!
Whether or not you're impressed at the CT boater's license
is mute. If you boat in New England
waters you'll need one or a reciprical state license
. If not you'll be walking home.
From the CT boater regs:
"To legally operate of a personal watercraft, regardless of state
residency, you must possess a Certificate of Personal Watercraft
Operation to operate on Connecticut waters."
"15-140e Illegal operation of boat without a certificate or operators license 120.00"
"The Connecticut Safe Boating
Certificate and the Certificate
of Personal Watercraft Operation are accepted in many states.
Connecticut recognizes certificates from New York
and New Hampshire for use upon our waters."
"Documented vessels and vessels numbered by another state,
which are moored, docked or operated more than 60 days in
Connecticut in any calendar year, must obtain a Connecticut
Certificate of Decal from DMV and display a current
validation decal (but not a Connecticut registration
on both sides of the bow. In addition, the owner must acquire
a Connecticut Safe Boating
Certificate and/or a Connecticut
Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation in order to operate
the vessel on Connecticut waters."
I think they've got it figured out.
Seriously, the question is not whether we can institute a workable licensing program, or whether "old salts" can get over their pride. Neither is the question how much it costs to rescue sailboats, since by that argument we should also license skiing, swimming, back country packing, obesity, etc, etc.
I was pi$$ed when my wife and I had to hand over the hundred bucks as well as getting our certifications notarized for the CT license as we have over 80 years of combined experience. _ _ it happens; get over it.
Driving and aviation licenses are a good idea because of the immediate danger posed to others as you navigate large machines at speeds between 60 and 600 miles per hour. Moreover, the safety record for automobiles and aircraft was dismal in the days before licensing. I can see a parallel argument for licensing high speed powerboats. For a sailboat travelling at 8mph the argument is less compelling. Yes, I understand that sailing is far from risk free. It's just that I don't see evidence of unlicensed sailors causing frequent and/or significant harm to others. In Maine we have no licensing requirement, yet boaters are reasonably competent and tend not to harm each other.