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Old 03-23-2018, 03:25 PM
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I'd let my kids take out any boat I own/owned that cost me less than $10k. If they want to take one like this out, they can buy it themselves. VERY responsible kids and good boaters. That being said, my NO answer on our current MC is an economic lesson more than anything else.
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Old 03-23-2018, 03:31 PM
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At age 16-18 we had earned the trust of our parents and 4-6 of us would go out Saturday afternoon , ski then camp on the beach. The folks would all join us on Sunday. We never had a problem other than minor breakdowns. I ran into our local game warden 25 years latter. After introducing my self he said”oh yeah, I remember you kids. I left you alone because you never drank beer until the boat was put away and you always picked up your trash. “.
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Old 03-23-2018, 03:53 PM
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My sister was probably 21 when she took the boat out with friends for the first time. I didn't think it was a good idea but my parents trusted her. She got along fine and probably used the boat more than the rest of us that summer.
I was always the same way with my brother about things...ohhhh siblings
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Old 03-23-2018, 03:55 PM
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I agree with a lot of the great advice that has been posted on this thread. I would add to spend sometime understanding how to handle emergencies including a possible injury of a skier or rider.

I think it is also important to understand the "friends" for the first few times and make sure that as group they have some sense about them.

To me (even though I love my boat) it is more about the safe return of everyone involved ... after all we can fix fiberglass.

Boating is for life .... so earlier is ok with me.
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Old 03-23-2018, 04:06 PM
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I grew up on Lake Washington and my parents let me take the family boat out when I was 16 and moored on Mercer Island. The huge benefit being moored and not having to trailer and launch the boat. As mentioned by others it really depends on the kid and if they are ready for the responsibility. I have the same tough decision approaching fast as my daughter will be 16 soon but my decision will be easier since I don't moor our boat unless we are on family vacations in Eastern WA. Then the circumstances will change if the boat is in the water.
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Old 03-23-2018, 04:48 PM
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Old 03-23-2018, 07:25 PM
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True story: The very first time I ever drove a vehicle on the road, my dad hooked a 16 foot Thundercraft up to a three-tone, green, column-shift Ford van, and told my brother and I to get out of the house for a while because we were driving him crazy. I was 15 and my brother was 14. Of course, I had spent a lot of time driving go-karts, boats and various pieces of farm equipment, so apparently Dad didn't think much of it. The fact that neither my brother nor I had a driver's license didn't really seem to play into the picture either. Long story short, we drove 35 miles to the lake and then took another 30 minutes figuring out how to back the stupid thing down a 20-yard ramp. It was one heck of a learning experience, but these days I can guarantee you that I'm one of the fastest guys at the boat ramp.

My daughter has been taking the boat out by herself since she was 16, and she's a far better driver than most of the adults I know. While I certainly do not recommend the approach that my father took with me, I do think that your question is far better answered by considering the responsibility level of your kids instead of their age. Unfortunately maturity has very little to do with how long a person has been alive.

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Old 03-23-2018, 07:29 PM
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True story: The very first time I ever drove a vehicle on the road, my dad hooked a 16 foot Thundercraft up to a three-tone, green column shift Ford van, and told my brother and I to get out of the house for a while because we were driving him crazy. I was 15 and my brother was 14. Now, I had spent a lot of time driving go-karts, boats, and farm equipment, so apparently dad didn't think much of it. The fact that neither one of us had a driver's license didn't really seem to play into the picture either. Long story short, we drove 35 miles to the lake and then took another 30 minutes figuring out how to back the stupid thing down a 20-yard ramp. It was one heck of a learning experience, but these days I can guarantee you that I'm one of the fastest guys at the boat ramp.

My daughter has been taking the boat out by herself since she was 16, and she's a far better driver than most of the adults I know. While I certainly do not recommend the approach that my father took with me, I do think that your question is far better answered by considering the responsibility level of your kids instead of their age. Unfortunately maturity has very little to do with how long people are on this planet.

My $0.02.

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Old 03-23-2018, 07:33 PM
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Old 03-23-2018, 08:27 PM
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NEVER! well maybe at 35....... definitely never under 25.
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