Originally Posted by codprawn
I take it then that a kid on a surfboard will also have to comply???
Yes they do! As does any other vessel. But the rules are heavily weighted in favour of unpowered vessels i.e. we RIBsters need to give way to them (and dinghys, and boats under sail) in almost all situations. I'm very happy with that.
Maybe there's a new business opportunity for ambulance chasing lawers here - "if there's blame there's a claim" (BTW I'm emphatically not a lawyer) - to pursue the claim of one surfboarder against another.
But seriously, I've seen a lot of irresponsible jet-skiing in the Solent, although when things go wrong they expect other boaters to abide by the rules of good seamanship and help them out as I have personally done on several occasions.
I am really (really, really, .....) opposed to the idea of licensing boaters, whatever the vessel. but I do wish that those who take to the water would get some basic training and an understanding of the rules of the road ... for their own sake, and for that of others.