It’s a debate I find myself waffling on from time to time. I agree that the 736 tragic deaths that took place in 2009 deprived 736 families of a loved one. I’ve been close enough to the aftermath of boating accidents to be nauseated by the result.The worst tragedies are those caused by stupidity — almost all of them are. Machinery failure caused only nine. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 727 boaters died from causes that amounted to stupidity. They’re listed officially in the report as operator inattention, operator inexperience, excessive speed, improper lookout (which is not looking where you are going — or not looking at all), alcohol abuse, failure to know and exercise the Rules of the Road and failure to assess the risk of weather, waters and other conditions. Alcohol alone contributed to 120 of the fatalities.