I was just curious how many people have been out on the water and they were the only ones that knew how to operate the controls on the boat.
I have heard some real horror stories about families going out dozens of miles and the owner has a heart attack or falls overboard and no one in the family knows anything about contacting emergency services or operating the boat.
I have even seen situtations where the boat owner cannot swim (myself) and they come close to falling overboard.
I now try to make sure someone knows how to operate the controls besides myself - after all If I fell overboard and was drifting in the tide - I would want someone to know how to pick me up.
It makes even more sense if your flying!