Perhaps if had some form of qualification then you may have been able to get reasonable insurance .......
I don't really think that Mike telling the insurers that he had a RYA level 2 qualification would have had much effect on the quoted premium.
I think we all agree that training is a good thing. Life jackets are a good thing etc. etc.
The problem we have here is an argument of PRINCIPLES.
We have the principle of enforcement by law.
We have the principle of freedom of the individual.
The fact is that argument rarely, if ever, changes people's principles. For example if your favourite colour is red
and mine is green
you could never convince me by logical argument that red
is better than green
I do not want more regulation and I do not think it will help. You (you know who you are) want more regulation and think it would help. We are as different as longitude and latitude (yet another nautical metaphor).
I hope that the day of the PANDABOAT PATROL and 'Heave to me hearties. Do you have a licence for that rowing boat?", never arrives in my lifetime!
Keith (freedom of the seas campaign organiser) Hart
PS Bill was a right B****R when he was a motorcycle instructor. Weren't you Bill?