I've been boating with power boats since I was a kid of twelve and am now 64! The best thing that happened was kill switches and yes there should be encouragement to use them. Legislation means water police and who'll pay for it. Guess who? US. The govt already extracts excess money from us on the ROAD duty applied to fuel and we get zero in return. Also the cost at marinas is excessively high compared to road side fuel stations.
If you're launching or using a Marina then they can check if your insured. The difficulty is in open sea water where you've launched off a beach.Where I boat in the sea I can beach launch as the RIB is only 5.5 mts. On Loch Lomond which is inland and fresh water the boat needs to be registered and have insurance to be used. They are strict about a minimum of 2 in the boat, lifejackets for all, ideally marine radio, flares, speed within 150 mts of the shore limited to 5knts and use of kill switches. The Loch is patrolled and funded by the power boat users. It seems to work well. Anyone under 16 yrs must be supervised by a responsible adult (Hmmm if you can find one) and alcohol controlled.
As regards training.
1) All boats to have insurance
2) All coxes to have at least RYA PB2
3) No PB2 = No insurance so job done
4) No PB2 then no sale of a power boat.
Having said all that several years ago a crew were out for a jolly in a brand new £80K fast cruiser. At least on board were 2 experienced boat owners but in sail. They'd had lunch at Stonefield Castle Hotel and later on ramped the boat at full speed onto the rocks at the mouth of Tarbert harbour Loch Fyne. They boat was totally wreckedwrecked and I seem to recall that at least 2 died. The marks are still there 100 mts up the rocks
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Sent: 09 May 2013 09:30
To: Meek Gordon (NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde)
Subject: RIBnet update: Compulsory licensing and mandatory kill cords? What do you think?
As you are probably aware there was a serious incident last weekend with an out of control RIB which left two people dead and others seriously injured.
Powerboat & RIB Magazine is now campaigning for compulsory licensing for powerboat users, and for kill cords to be mandatory with fines imposed for anyone not complying.
Do you agree that the time has come to bring in legislation? Or do you think the current system is sufficient?
We are really interested to hear people's views and would appreciate your input. There is a simple poll where you can say which approach you think is appropriate, and you are welcome to use the poll thread to discuss the issues in more detail.