all good points Ted but, you have to realise that most people when boating are there to enjoy them selfs. To escape from the everyday word to something they enjoy. Not everyone wants or is willing to put that cumbersom lifejacket on. Most if not all boaters are out there to enjoy the weather and get some sun....who wants that farmer tan going from a life jacket!
Dont get me wrong here cause i do agree with everything you mentiond. But how do you enforce it?
What it all comes down to is common sense. Alot of people have it when it comes to boating (most of the time) and probably just as many dont have it! Baisicly it will take education for people to learn properly.
It amazes me that we can buy a $30k car that will do 150+mph but we need a license to drive it. But go and drop $250K+ on a water missle that will hit 100mph and its anyones game that can fork over the green. Most times its the idiots who have the money you read about inthe papers cause they were partying with all their friends doing stupid things. I personaly think they should not issuse any registration for water vessels untill the person passes atleast the coast guard aux baisic class. my .02