Promote safe, legal boating
The article in Sunday’s NW Traveler on chartering in the San Juan Islands is misleading and dangerous. [“Chartering a boat in the San Juans is easier than you think,” NW Traveler, Sept. 8.]
The article indicates that a novice boater can charter and operate a boat. It fails to indicate that the state law requires those who operate motorized watercraft with than 15 horsepower or greater to carry a Washington Boaters Education Card.
As a veteran boater, there is nothing worse in boating than the danger to other boats by novices — this is why the law was established!
The article misleads novices, and makes it seem like anyone can run a boat. This is not the way to promote safe boating.
Thomas Stoebe, Redmond