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View Poll Results: Poll: How Young? vs Freedom?
Any Age… Parents and their young sailor have that right to decide 37 52.11%
Any Age… Provided that young sailor passes independent evaluation by sailing experts and child psychologists of their readiness. 8 11.27%
Age 18… Minimum departure Age 16 22.54%
Age 16… Minimum departure Age 10 14.08%
Age 14… Minimum departure Age 0 0%
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Old 12-09-2009, 19:07   #91
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Hi Paul,

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.

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