Boating safety became a national discussion after two Florida teens, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, disappeared off the Jupiter Inlet in Unfortunately, they may never know. This unexplained tragedy highlights the need for boating safety and raises an important question: Can a teen operate a boat alone? Age requirements vary by location, but in most states, a teen can operate a boat without adult assistance.
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Early last year, the boat I was on, a foot yawl, pulled alongside a red-hulled vessel of similar length not far from the mouth of a fjord in Chilean Patagonia. The mother of those children had herself grown up on a sailboat. I thought of that brief Chilean encounter when I read about Laura Dekker, the year-old Dutch girl who wants to sail alone around the world. She was born in New Zealand when her parents were circumnavigating, and she has become a sailor in her own right, sailing single-handed in Holland and in the waters off Friesland. Her parents are now divorced. Her father reluctantly backs the idea of her solo circumnavigation. Her mother is opposed to it.
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Two Florida teens missing at sea have local experts at odds over how young is too young to safely pilot a boat. Some wonder how and why the year-old Tequesta boys — Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos — were boating alone, supposedly heading to a regular fishing spot within the Loxahatchee River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Their capsized boat, a foot, single-engine vessel was found Sunday off Ponce de Leon Inlet south of Daytona more than miles northeast from where they were last seen. The Gulf Stream probably carried the boat to that location. That was my first thought," said Capt.
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