I think we can all agree that nobody should start out with a 70+mph boat.
And that lanyards to the kills would have prevented this boat from becoming an aircraft.
I know it's a free country and everything, but you should have to prove that you have taken a safe boating course and have hours under you to step into a machine with so much going on so fast.
I would rather have them place regulations on the owners, than on the entire sport. If we let non-boaters solve this problem, they'll do it with increased enforcement and endless no wakes. (By the way, you'd better put mufflers on that thing.)
I am willing to be licensed voluntarily. I know that it's a restriction that would place one more cost and time item on the plate of the owner, but with all the time and money I drop on boating, I would be willing to do it if it would assure me that the guy with his bow coming at me has been "certified" like me.
I can't think of anything else to separate the people who have spent their lives on the water from people who come into a little money and think that it's about what you can afford, not what you can handle.
I learned more physics from my $5,000 21' single I/O than I will ever fully realize. In fact, it's 25 years old now, but I can't bring myself to sell that old boat. It was my education. I love that boat for what it taught me. It taught me that a good boat can handle way more than the driver can, so the driver has to know the limits.
Big is cool, and can give you speed with comfort... but friends shouldn't let friends start out with 4 digit horsepower.
I don't want to imply that the operator of this Fountain was untrained/inexperienced, but the pictures bring all of this to mind.
I have been boating on the Great Lakes for over 20 years. I have a lot of seat time. Maybe someday I will be ready for a 42' Fountain.