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Last night Kim and I were talking about a friend renting a boat to do some crabbing. Then I go to thinking, the age range for those who need Boating safety certs is up to people who are 37 or so. What about guys who want to rent a small boat to take thier kids fishing or crabbing? I know for sure that there are tons of guys in thier early 30s and into thier 20s who take thier kids onto the water while on vacation.

Can they still do this? Do boat liveries have to do some sort of safety training and will it suffice to take the place of a cert? Will this put boat rental places out of business? Has it hurt any already?

It seems as the age ranges for needing a cert get higher by the year the eligible list for those who can rent boats gets narrowed.

Just curious
 

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Good question. I'm curious as well. I wonder if it will be like SCUBA. You can get a mini-lesson from the dive shop and go out with them. Maybe the rental place assumes some responsibility and they are to instruct you on the basics you need to know. It could be different between places. A 9.9hp skiff that's only allowed in the back between bridge A and marker B shouldn't incure as much risk as a larger boat with less restrictions.
 

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This is really stupid, but the people who rent They are supposed to do some crash safety course at the dock:mad:I still can't imagine why:confused: Who is more dangerous on the water... a person renting a boat who has no knowledge as to what they are doing or a person operating a boat or pwc that they own and have$$$$ invested in:eek: IMHO- renters are always more dangerous!
 

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just like casino's are exempt from the smoking ban. This state will continue to be like it is until the citizens get up and tell the politicians to go #*!& themselves.
 

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When I was in Tampa a few years back we rented Wave runners... Everone had to take a 1 hour class then pass the test before they let you have the keys. The way it should be...
 

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hmmm Well then lets see....I send a check every month to the bank. This is because I don't really own it till its paid for. In essence I rent it from the bank for a fee..........think it would fly?
 

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onthebeach42 said:
This is really stupid, but the people who rent They are supposed to do some crash safety course at the dock:mad:I still can't imagine why:confused: Who is more dangerous on the water... a person renting a boat who has no knowledge as to what they are doing or a person operating a boat or pwc that they own and have$$$$ invested in:eek: IMHO- renters are always more dangerous!
I rent boats and I know what I'm doing.I see plenty of owners that don't have a clue.Everybody has drivers licence's and look at the A-holes on the road.Do you really think this is going to make it safer?Just another way to regulate us.How about that guy in the big sportfisher flying towards everybody as we were heading out for the Duke of Fluke that ran aground.He had a ton invested and did not know how to handle a boat.9.9's are not that dangerous,40 ft. 1,000 h.p.that can get kind of hairy.Money ,license,and gps does not make you a safe boater.
 

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I rent boats and I know what I'm doing.I see plenty of owners that don't have a clue.

There are many that rent and have no clue as well as those that own. I don't think the safety cert. law is going to make the waters safer, just hopefully make boaters who don't know more aware.
My point is- why are renters exempt? Not all renters know about boating, just like all boaters don't know about courtesy. We need to make boaters more courteous- something you can't tech!
 

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We agree 100% on the subject then.Started out sounding like we disaggreed.Most rental boats are well marked,like student drivers,keep an eye on them and give them some space and there should be no problems.:)Why are renters exempt,over so many h.p.they should not be,but a 17'with a 9.9 and a rental name on the side probably doesn't cause to many serious accidents.
 

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One more thing,PWC's have been regulated for year's and they seem like the lawyer thing, 99% give the other ones a bad name.:D
 
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