Originally Posted by maxhar
Would the RYA help in promoting this?
I doubt it - their general stance on legislation is that it will be hard to enforce, will limit the freedoms of their members and make it harder for people to get involved in the sports/activities they promote. Their general position is that education is preferable to legislation.
Like most e-petitions this one is poorly thought out and poorly worded. "...make the wearing of a lifejacket or buoyancy aid compulsory for everyone using UK waters..." So does that mean the skipper of an 11m cabin rib needs to wear one inside his protective bubble? what about a 40ft yacht, and does it change when on deck, or if clipped on, or when working the foredeck in a F8? how about a windsurfer (not that common a practice) or someone playing on a surfboard / stand-up paddle board just off a beach. How about the Ardrossan-Arran ferry, or the 5 minutes sheltered crossing over the clyde at Renfrew?
As far as I know there is no evidence from Ireland where such laws were introduced that: (a) irresponsible boaters comply with the law; (b) fatalities have reduces; (c) it has been in any other way good for boating, safety or society.