lemme put my input in. My initial post was to raise the question on licsensing, not to state my opinions on it. I'll do taht right here. I personally feel liscensing is a bad thing. Get the goverment involved and your sure to **** things up worse than we can even imagine.
I'd idealy like to see some kind self regulation. Maybe manufacturers highly/stringently recommend that all new owners take some kind of basic course they offer. Maybe manufacturers should work together to develop some kind of basic knowledgebase about handling boats at high speed. Perhaps develping some kind of basic text on running boats at high speed might also be in order. Setup some kind of non profit supported by industry leaders dedicated to make our hobby/industry safer as a whole.
I tend to think eventually if we dont; police ourselves that there is goign to be a big nasty one and its going to becomea political soundbite issue. Reactionary politics will put speedlimits anywhere and everywhere they can and we'll wind up being no better than the packs of biker running 200mph on empty highways at night with the cops chasing them.
Hey if you wann road pizza yourself more power to you, thats entirely your choice. Self restraint is great but what happens if you get intoa situation where you dont; even realize your in major trouble (due to lack of knowlegde of how to handle the equipment being used) until its too late?
As for mechanical problems. They happen. Yu do you best to avoid them and maintain your equipment to top standards, but things break. That is un avoidable and one of the accepteced risks you take in daily life.
back to the main question at hand, has the average performance level risen significantly above the average skill level?