Well,the great political minds of Nj came up with another way to fatten their pockets.Starting June of this year,anyone operating a boat,born after 1979,will be required,BY LAW,to have a boaters safety course. Which,in of itself i am fine with and have no quarrels about it.But,the part that gets me is, That is only the 1st sterp in the process.From what officer O brien of NJ state police marine bureaue informed me is,eventually,ANYONE operating a boat will be required to have taken and passed a boaters safety course. So if you own a boat for the past 15-20-25 years,and use it often with no problems,you are still required by law to take this course,which is like 8-16 hours long and costs over 100 dollars. I haven't found out fer sure,but i would bet my last dollar the state is going to get part of if not all of that money.Sportsmen already pay tons of money to this and every other state for equipment to go out and enjoy this sport of fishing,"excise tax" not to mention the cost of liscenses and stamps which are sposed to go back into the fisheries and promote better areas,better habitat,and stocking,Which by the way this state could stand a bit more of the stocking of waters,at least in central Nj it has been pretty poor the last decade or 2. Regiustrations for boats and trtailers doubled only a couple years ago.It seems to me this is simply another way fer the government to extract more pennies from the working man. I can agree with making kids and new boat owners take a course on how to operate and navigate a boat,Lord knows i seen many new boaters and jet skiers who could stand to learn a few thjings from the course, but i don't think someone who has been doing it fer the past 10 plus years trouble free,is goping to gain anything from it except a lighter wallet! So,any NJ boat owners start looking into the courses,because eventually YOU will need to take the course to legally operate your b oat.ANd if any of ya fish with children,THIS JUNE,anyone born after 1979 will need to have taken the course to legally operate a boat or any other vessel on NJ waters.