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SquatchDawg
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Question for the OT - group of teenagers going out on a boat

Our 15 year called and asked if he could go with his friends out on the lake without an adult. They are mostly 15 but it was a family boat of a 16 yr old - so he would be legal in SC. This would be out on a big lake near where we live - and there would've been around 6 of them.

We told him no because the we didn't like the idea of a bunch of 15/16 yr olds out on the lake unsupervised - and we don't know the kid piloting, what type of boat, his parents etc. Also, they generally make bad decisions and act stupid when they're in a pack - as 15 yr olds do. Also, mid summer is busy on the lake.

Helicopter parenting or the right call?

Keep in mind we don't all grow up on the water like our LA brethren and don't live on the lake so this isn't something they've all done enough to be comfortable with their skills and respect for the boat/water.


flyingtexastiger
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Absolutely the right call

Family member lost a leg at 16 in exactly this situation. Nothing may happen, but not worth the risk
This post was edited on 8/3 at 11:53 am


OysterPoBoy
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They are mostly 15 but it was a family boat of a 16 yr old - so he would be legal in SC. This would be out on a big lake near where we live - and there would've been around 6 of them.


No chance.


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Displaced
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No way in hell.

I mean, he's still probably going to do it, but they would not have my blessings.
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LegendInMyMind
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They are mostly 15 but it was a family boat of a 16 yr old - so he would be legal in SC

Your last name isn't Murdaugh, is it?


LSUballs
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I let my 14yo go out in my bass boat while I'm in the camp. He'll take a friend or two sometimes.


Kay
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Would say the same. After all the deaths this year in Southern La., no way in hell.


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im4LSU
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Not a snowball's chance in hell.

And any parent that is ok with it needs to be checked.


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sodcutterjones
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helllllll no


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bird35
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I went out on boats with my friends by ourselves in high school.

Lots of poor decisions, alcohol, reckless behavior and close calls.

It was great.

But no way my teenagers are allowed to.


jdd48
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Right call IMO. Too many boating accidents revolving around alcohol these days.


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GuidoVestieri
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Beat me to it!


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Jones
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Also, mid summer is busy on the lake.


Kicker here. If they were in canals fishing, ok. Busy lake with drunk people everywhere? No way.

I dont trust 16 years olds driving cars, let alone a boat with 5 other teenagers on it in a busy lake.


jbgleason
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we don't know the kid piloting, what type of boat, his parents


This is the critical info. If they were family friends and I knew the kid and his boating skills and how he was raised then maybe.

Not having that info then absolutely not.


Wolfhound45
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Our 15 year called and asked if he could go with his friends out on the lake without an adult.


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JGTiger
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I let my 14yo go out in my bass boat while I'm in the camp. He'll take a friend or two sometimes.


I did too when i was that age but i also spent half my childhood on the water with family. i would drive most of the time, knew how to launch and recover as well.
I'm with the OP though. Little to no experience, would not let them go. Probably won't wear lifejackets, don't know how to use flairs, not thinking about a dry box for phone, and on-and-on.


madamsquirrel
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we don't know the kid piloting, what type of boat, his parents



This is the critical info. If they were family friends and I knew the kid and his boating skills and how he was raised then maybe.

Not having that info then absolutely not.
this

And we grew up around water and were allowed to go out alone as teenagers so I have that background but without the above info no way.
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Topwater Trout
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Also, they generally make bad decisions and act stupid when they're in a pack - as 15 yr olds do.


Yep...good call


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0x15E
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Helicopter parenting or the right call?


Absolutely the right call.

Until one of them is an adult (18+) no kid of mine is going without me or their mother.


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Nutriaitch
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Montegut
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the right call because of this:

quote:

we don't know the kid piloting, what type of boat, his parents etc


i grew up on water in south Louisiana.
some of my friends my parents trusted without hesitation.
other they (typically rightfully) didn't.

if you don't know them, you can't really trust them


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