Posted 26 June 2007 - 05:01 PM
CGM3 I'm an experienced boatie for the past 25yrs, have been in all kinds of seas and all kinds of weather, and in all kinds of boats. Seeing as i'm in Australia I can't help you with the regulations side of things, but I strongly urge you to consider your own abilities as the FIRST factor in taking any vessel into open water. A 75hp motor is useless in a 10 foot swell with a small to mid-size boat, all it will do is get you into trouble when you try to throttle over undulating waves, conversley it's more than enough in calm conditions.
Check your talents for handling such craft in any conditions, check your craft for the same thing, check that you have every conceivable safety device suited to your venture, and check that those aboard are just as well equipped to cope with the unlikely as you are. If you feel satisfied that you have minimised all the risk factors then let common sense dictate where you take it and enjoy a safe boating experience under controlled conditions.
I live on the waters edge to the largest salt water lake in the southern hemisphere, every holidays I invariably assist with craft and crews who just were NOT well prepared for the unlikely because "The weather seemed fine when we left" or "the boat was running fine till now" or "one of our passengers told us of their phobia just as we hit 1 mile offshore" yadda yadda yadda. Don't be a statistic
I'm not as think as you drunk I am