Why stop there? What state mandatory classes will be next: hunting, fishing, biking and then finally breathing? Seriously, I think it is good idea for all to consider taking a volunteer boating class like the coast guard aux. boater class, but definitely not mandatory. Let the insurance companies encourage the course, not the state.
I think its a good idea. I see a lot of boats out there, especially this time of year that are not well prepared making them a danger to themselves and the people around them. This is just one more thing maybe to keep a few of those off the water and another reason for johnny law to take them off the water. Quick question though... Will I need this class in addition to the USCG license already held, or will the class for that license override the state course?