When Chris Turner was a boy growing up on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay, his father set strict limits on how far he could go in his boat.
"I was allowed to go to this bridge but not past that channel marker," said Turner, a 52-year-old yacht captain from St. Petersburg. "As time went on and I got more experience, my boundaries expanded. But there was always a discussion on where I could and couldn't go."
As authorities search a vast swath of the Atlantic Ocean for two missing Tequesta teens, many are questioning how much independence young boaters should have.
"It is something every parent who lives on the water goes through," said Turner, who has trained his own 17-year-old son to be careful and cautious when venturing offshore. "You want them to have fun, but at the same time you want them to come home."
According to published reports, 14-year-olds Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were supposed to stay in the relatively sheltered waters of the Loxahatchee River and Intracoastal Waterway on Friday. But later that afternoon, the boys' 19-foot, single-engine boat was spotted headed out of Jupiter Inlet into the path of an oncoming storm.
The boys had mentioned going to the Bahamas, which lie more than 70 miles away, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, but their vessel was recovered some 180 miles to the north off Ponce Inlet....