I used the term “Elder Brethren” on purpose because in many cases of marine
litigation involving collisions or damages with vessels, the courts often turn to a group of senior captains (elder brethren) who have hands on experience to help them make a judgment call.
Example: What is considered a “safe speed” for that type of vessel in those types of conditions?
So I don’t think you would leave the decision of competency up to the mother of captain
Hazelwood (Exxon Valdez).
I learned a lot from this poll
-that… not unlike wars, we will ignore our children’s safety
to protect a treasured freedom.
-that… parents will ignore the trespasses of other parents.
That being a good parent is much tougher than any storm at sea and my hat is off to every parent out there who deals with it.
I do disagree with you Paul. This thread is as much about sailing as choosing the right boat and a flatulent reply only indicates to me.... some poorly digested issues.