Lot of discussion recently on safety and boating. Good topic.
But a degree of risk is always present on waterway. A safe harbor is a very good place to stay, if you want to insure your safety. But as we all know, that is not what our boats are intended for. They are built to withstand the rigors and dangers of Alaskan waterways.
That said, the onus is on the individual to assure their own safety. Waterways and boats should not have restrictions placed on them, to satisfy the needs and wants of the most novice boaters and boat designs. Individuals need to take responsibility for knowing their own limitations. If you don't feel "comfortable" going up or down a narrow channelled river, don't go. Simple stuff here.
I am not interested and it bores me greatly to hear individuals getting into word games, such as rights vs privelges, as this type of discussion does not get to the root of the issue.
Bottom line is that we each have an agenda, desires and for sure different levels of thrill seeking. If yours don't match the location, don't get involved in it. If you want to catch a trophy Norhern Pike, would you go to Mirror Lake? If you want solitude and a leisurely ride on a raft, would you go to a lake or river that is loaded with power boats? If you want to stay absolutely secure and safe, would you go out on any of Alaska's waterways? It is called "Risk Assessment". It is done by each of us to a degree each day, in all facets of our lives and routines. Make your own decisions based on your own level of judgement and take responsibility for your own actions that result from your decision. If you know the area does not meet your desires, for gods sakes man, stay clear of it or take your lumps. Don't think you can model other users of an area to meet your view of the world. Boating is no different than any other activity you might enjoy. Would you attempt to restrict families at the park, simply because you don't want the noise, annoyance or extreme level of activity? Of course not.