Teach kids to row
One of the rants that gained full support from all YM hands was kids in dinghies with outboards. Of course a lad will grab the chance to go and play with the outboard if you let him. I would have, wouldn’t you? But I’d have learned almost nothing and neither will he.
Give him a pair of oars and he will find out how to manoeuvre a boat, he will get some exercise and will therefore sleep better; most importantly, he will discover the limits of his own strength when tested against a foul tide. He will never forget the lesson and, as a spinoff, he will no longer aggravate everyone else in the anchorage. When it comes to learning about the outboard, make him ‘boatman’ and have him run you ashore when you’re ready.
Allowing kids to tear around in a rubber dinghy will get people’s backs up