This guy was a jerk. Must have been hard up to write ticket!
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to sayak again.
We would most likely be talking about how crazy they were for going out on such an unstable craft without life jackets and how unsafe that idea is." Two brothers drowned today when their homeade picnic table boat capsized. The brothers did not have lifejackets onboard the homebuilt craft and died ten feet from shore"?
That's just [email protected]!! That quote from the Coast Guard is just wrong. I was a CG Boarding Officer for years. There is such a thing/designation as a "water toy". Like surf boards...boogey boards...wind surfers, stand-up paddle boards etc, that aren't REQUIRED by the Coast Guard to have safety equipment and life jackets.
However, it is always smart to wear a PFD when on the water.
I was there they were in about 12 " of water max just to see if it would float. Boat owner was polite trooper was exercising his power I thought.
Should have had a warning.
I think we don't need a bunch of homeade rafts/boats out there circumventing the lifejacket laws either.
How would we be responding differently if the head line read:
We would most likely be talking about how crazy they were for going out on such an unstable craft without life jackets and how unsafe that idea is.
What if they had taken the picnic table on the river and flipped in some mild rapids? Who knows where their next adventure with such a craft would have taken them.
Now they and many other boaters know that any craft homebuilt or not will require life jackets onboard.
You cant deal with what if's. They were in knee deep water No rapids.
With a trolling motor and battery mounted!
You cannot say whether or not they had intentions to motor further out into the lake any more than I can say they had intentions to hit the river next.
Had they not been sitting on the "boat"(?) I might think differently.
I have 2 boats and a canoe. All require lifejackets and every year it seems I am replacing one or two of them. I don't think it is fair to say that people testing boats should not be required to have a lifejacket on board for each person and those venturing out even just twenty more feet should be required to carry them.
like I said only the two men involved knew their true intentions as to whether or not their "boat"(?) would have been taken out to deeper water on that day after their floatation test.