Marine Navigation Safety harbor pilot
This question needs to be addressed with the rising numbers of recreational boaters. I do realize there are recreational boaters who make a responsible decision to sign up for one of the many safe boating courses that are available. My experience is more recreational boaters need to take advantage of these courses. Can you drive a car in your state without showing you know how to drive it? I do not believe there is a need to license a boater. I do feel that basic instruction on Navigation Rules of the Road, weather and the challenges of navigating safely on our waters by means of a obtaining a certificate in safe boating should be addressed. Mariners share the waters with everyone, and it's time to make our waters safer to transit. I have seen boaters anchored in the middle of a federal shipping channel and sailing vessels operating with no regard of the Rules of the Road. Education is the key to making our waters safer and more fun for everyone.