Required Motorboat Safety Approved By NC House

Young motorboat drivers in North Carolina would be required to meet minimum boating safety education requirements in legislation approved by the House.

The bill approved Wednesday would obligate people under age 26 to complete an approved boating safety course or pass a test to operate a boat with a motor of at least ten horsepower.

There are many exceptions, including those who operate in state waters for less than 90 days, commercial fishermen and someone who
is renting a boat.

Violators would face no monetary penalty except for court costs.

Supporters say the requirement hopefully will prevent accidents on the state's waterways.

The bill now returns to the Senate, which must decide whether to accept the House changes.

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  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jun 26, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Why not require renters of boats to take the course. You make hunters buy licenses to hunt for one day. Don't make exceptions. If you want to make a law let it apply to everone.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    This makes no sense. Why 26??? Is there something special that happens at age 26 that makes you more responsible? If so why don't we make that the legal drinking age, legal driving age, and the age you can get married or have a kid. You are right it is about nothing more than money. Why would a renter, who logically could be less experienced, not need the training? This is stupid.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 25, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    to GO: I'm closer to you than you realize and CG retired. I didn't say I didn't agree with the classes. But what I'm saying is that I think these goobers need to be setting the budget right now, and doing it with fiscal responsibility. It just seems that this should be thier #1 goal. This should be done before July 1rst. But they are worried about smoking, plastic bags on the beach, road and rail to/from the GTP. That's all I was saying in a round about way. I have to set priorities, they should also. Buzz-
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    It's about money. Why not age 45?
  • by hope Location: NC on Jun 25, 2009 at 04:16 AM
    This is just another opportunity to collect fees. $$$$$$$
  • by tug engineer Location: New Bern on Jun 24, 2009 at 09:06 PM
    I have mixed feelings on this. I got my first boat at age 12. I grew up on the water along with most of my friends. We learned how to operate boats well before we could drive a car. We grew up knowing what to do. My current job has me on the water surround by idiots. People go out and buy a $70,000 vessel and they have no concept of the Rules of the Road. They can't read charts and have no idea of how to interpret buoys correctly. Their ignorance is putting lives in danger. The water is fun and should be. Just learn how to be safe. As for sailboats, you do NOT always have the right of way. Vessel under the most burden does and that changes depending on type of vessel and navigation hazards, etc. Learn them, it could save your life.
  • by GO Location: Dare County on Jun 24, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    Well Buzz, spare time or not, dunno if you boat, but the inexperienced young boaters, kids usually, that don't know the first thing about what they are doing threaten the safety of other boaters and people in the water in general.....Jet ski's, speed boats, ski boats....its a good thing.. the Coast Guard is requiring this in most areas now so they dont end up hurting themselves or someone else....its a no brainer for safety reasons. I've seen kids in boats go out of a channel and get grounded from wide open to dead stop....these guys need a little training before they head out.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 24, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    Our legislators MUST have alot of spare time on their hands. I thought they needed to pass a budget for the next to years, that wont break the bank. Somebody's priorities are skewed. Buzz-

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