CMG is right ! Think this might be the problem ...
Perhaps the issue is one of skills and not speed. I think I'm going to take the real Safety Nazi approach. Mandatory liscencing and skills testing for all boaters. If you can't boat safely at reasonable speeds then you aren't safe enough for me. After all there's "no reason" somebody "has" to be boating on the lake, we do it just for fun. No need for unreasonable limits to make (it appear) that it's safe for incompetents to boat, let's just ban the incompetents.Originally Posted by Pilliod
I wonder why Mr Pilliod's boat has twins and yet he doesn't go over 25 ? I wonder what he'll say when wakes become a "safety issue" (as some already claim !).
What really irks me is the complete lack of any reasoning in putting forth the limits proposed. 55 "seemed" too fast and 50 was a maybe so they settled on 45 ?!???!? Even the Safety Czars at NHTSA do (overly conservative) analysis to set limits for our roadways. Where's the analysis to support these limits ?
I started boating on Winni 30+ years ago. I can't recall a single time when I've "felt" unsafe because somebody was going over 45. And I'm out there on weekends and on weekend nights when the supporters are afraid to go out. I didn't then, nor have now, a large or a performance boat. I've seen lots of bonehead behavior but speed isn't the real safety concern. Speed limits won't fix the real problems and should this bill pass I wonder how long it'll be before the proponents start griping about how unsafe the lake still is.
ps - How about a little less "feeling" and some more thinking !