I agree, the rules are unrealistic our social environment. Wearing vests in small boats is probably a good idea but I spend half my time out after dark so I can't agree with not boating at night. Never had a problem but I've usually got some moon and I have hundreds of hours of experience doing it. Ryan avoided being out at night and it was a new moon for him. No laws are going to change. Texan's love their freedom and, in fact, the freedom is the reason I moved here from California.
Speaking of which, maybe we should all go tie up on Saturday to watch the Mars close approach.