You should never get beat up for doing the prudent thing.
Reality is that this skipper
would be beat up left and right if someone posted a news article of CG rescues toddler on boat during shakedown cruise
on this forum - Just ask the Kaufman's what it is like to be tried in the Court of Public opinion.
You will find plenty of people who feel it is OK to drink a 6 pack on the boat fishing
and have done it all their adult lives and that is how they justify it. Everyone does it and I never had a problem... Then the day when an idiot 16 year old on a Jet Ski plows into the side of their boat while moving along at less than 1/2 a knot
on a trolling motor
and wonder why they are the ones found at fault and going to jail?
On the Kaufman side, there were plenty of people wanting to bring them up on charges of child endangerment and pay the CG for the rescue
Was it wrong to take their young kids
on a cruise
? I don't think so, but I would not beat someone up who says they are not comfortable doing so, especially after the fact. Advise of being prepared for the consequences if something does happen before the fact, which is what the OP took into consideration and made a call on the side of prudence.