All correct, this is poorly written legislation changing the definition of what a vessel is that would mess up all the other regulations not amended for those situation you mention and many others.Don Monnot wrote: You left out some important info. How are "personal watercraft" to be regulated? What do the regulations that pertain to that definition require/restrict?
IMO there should be a major distinction between manual-powered watercraft (kayak, SUP, canoe), wind-powered watercraft (sailboat, windsurfer, kite), and mechanically-powered watercraft (battery-powered, jet- or propeller-driven, etc.) watercraft. Here's an example of why I feel that way:
From my understanding of the on-the-water right-of-way rules, manually powered watercraft (rowers, kayakers, canoeists, etc.) must give way to wind-powered watercraft (sailboats, windsurfers, kiters) essentially regardless of length of watercraft. So the guy rowing his dinghy out to his moored sailboat at 1/2 mph has to give way to the kiter travelling at 30+ mph. Silly rules, but a rowed vessel is a "mechanically powered vessel", and a kiter has a wind-powered vessel. That's why I feel there should be 3 different categories of "personal watercraft", and different rules should pertain to each.
Another silly example: A 25 ft sailboat going 8 mph on port tack is supposed to give way to a kiter travelling 35 mph on starboard tack. Really? So maybe we should split a few more hairs and make up 15 or 20 different categories of watercraft and separate rules for each? Probably not. I tend to favor the "Just play nice with each other" rule myself.
Yes they are , your post is so irritating, kite-boarding will fall under all power boat regulation including criminal penalties just like a motorboat.TomW wrote: ↑Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:18 pmOh come on.
They are not criminalising kiteboarding!
They want you to have a license that takes 10 minutes to pass. How hard is that if you are already taking hours of lessons and / or spending 1000's of dollars on gear.
I do grant you that it's redundant for 90% of kiteboarders because they have had proper instructions. And it's highly unlikely an un- trained kiteboarder is causing injury to others.
I'm so happy I don't live in the USA anymore. Things are so much simpler over here. No lawyers suing people, no insurance companies charging a fortune for policy to cover for that, authorities assuming the individual is assuming the risk.