For all the 'pontificating' going on here, I'll tell you what I see. I see a group of (mainly) very experienced and competent helmsmen / commercial operators who have seen something that concerns them (and concerns me too) and are making comment. I don't see Nauti Boy's actions as 'ratting out' a cowboy, I simply see a fellow operator making his concerns known to the proper authorities. Attempts have been made to contact the operator in question without success, but all the same, attempts have been made.
Whether or not his actions are illegal is somewhat of a irrelevence IMO (and quite frankly highlights serious failings in the legislation), his actions are unprofessional, plain and simple. Surely as a coded skipper it is his job to put forward a professional image at all times?
He IS putting life at risk if he is taking people out into open water without life jackets and a killcord and that IMO is wrong.
Now play nicely children or I shall take away all your toys.