If we can't police ourselves, than obviously someone else has to do it for us. If a single life is saved, than isn't it worth getting to your destination a little bit later?
I don't mean to turn this thread into a philisophical debate over the value of a human life, but unfortunately, that is not the ultimate bottom-line when making a determination regarding boating (any) laws. It is, indeed, the facade in many cases (environmentalists, lobbyists, $$$$, etc.).
I agree that laws are made, in many cases, for financial purposes. But, what do you think would happen if President Bush's daughter had been killed in that tradgedy in NJ. Makes one wonder. It's only a matter of time.
Education and self regulation is the only answer.
To the person that asked about maximum HP on a boat. (I'm quoting from memory here - someone fill in the blanks) CG regulation stipulates that boats under 16-feet have a maximum HP rating, which is 100 hp. Boats over 16 feet have no maximum hp.