I love reading these posts. Most of my friends parents thought my parents were nuts for letting me take the boat out at such a young age, but the respect I have for the water was ingrained in me from my father and that respect has always kept me safe. It was a great way to grow up, I only wish more boaters would have the same respect for the water and other boaters. I think that would make crowded weekends much more enjoyable.
My kids will have the same responsibilty offered to them so long as I know they can handle it.
Funny thing, the repect I had/have for the water kept/keeps me in check much more than any fear that my father would be mad if I damaged the boat. I think a lot of people have that aspect of boating backwards.
Boats can be replaced.............PEOPLE CAN'T. Sorry for the rant Boat safely.