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Old 04-14-2018, 12:27 AM   #1
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Boarded by Coast Guard

This was a first for me. Cruising down the estuary into Alameda, got boarded by the Coast Guard. They ran down a list of safety items, etc. I had most of it, but my Coast Guard documentation was, of course, expired by 2 weeks, DOH!

They said I may or may not get a call regarding them issuing a fine, or something to that effect.

Does this happen frequently?
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:51 AM   #2
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I’ve only been boarded a couple times. I know some that seem to be a USCG magnet.

It does happen, but not frequently.
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:55 AM   #3
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Dunno how to assess frequency, but I had one boarding last year. No deficiencies, no hassles. Party of a three, plus the coxswain of the RIB. They had come from a 110 standing off about a half mile.
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:10 AM   #4
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once you have a boarding CG4100 boarding form, they are supposed to not board you for another year without probanle cause.

Because there was a discrepancy, I believe now you may not have that priviledge.

Once you get a clean one, then so.

But in reality, if you are in the right place at the right time.....sure you might get boarded and no USCGAUX sticker or previous 4100 will matter.
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Old 04-14-2018, 06:07 AM   #5
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This was a first for me. Cruising down the estuary into Alameda, got boarded by the Coast Guard. They ran down a list of safety items, etc. I had most of it, but my Coast Guard documentation was, of course, expired by 2 weeks, DOH!

They said I may or may not get a call regarding them issuing a fine, or something to that effect.

Does this happen frequently?
Michael

Is your vessel properly State registered with CA numbers etc? Or do you claim it to be a Documented vessel? Or both?

Begging the question, when does a CA domiciled vessel need up to date USCG Documentation?
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Old 04-14-2018, 06:42 AM   #6
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Is your vessel properly State registered with CA numbers etc? Or do you claim it to be a Documented vessel? Or both?

Begging the question, when does a CA domiciled vessel need up to date USCG Documentation?
You canít just claim to have a documented vessel. You actually have the document and a sticker with the expiration date on port window. It must be renewed yearly.
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Old 04-14-2018, 06:51 AM   #7
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We have been boarded one time in the almost 30 years of boating. I think they were doing training, and it was our turn.
Fortunately we had all the documentation and equipment required.
It was totally painless, we never changed speed or course per their instructions.
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Old 04-14-2018, 06:55 AM   #8
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You canít just claim to have a documented vessel. You actually have the document and a sticker with the expiration date on port window. It must be renewed yearly.
Not to be funny buts whatís a documention sticker? We have a certificate but no sticker.
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:04 AM   #9
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You can’t just claim to have a documented vessel. You actually have the document and a sticker with the expiration date on port window. It must be renewed yearly.
There is no documenttion sticker, just the certificate which you must have on board and up to date. You may be referring to your state tag sticker which should still be displayed somewhere visible on the vessel, though not necessarily on the bow since you do not have to display your state reg number.
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:08 AM   #10
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Regarding the CG4100, last,and only, time I was boarded when they handed me the "your golden" they told me that if I showed it to a boarding party within six weeks then they would not board. I seem to remember that this was on the form as well. This was some time ago so things may have changed. Regardless they can board you at any time for cause.
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:12 AM   #11
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Not to be funny buts whatís a documention sticker? We have a certificate but no sticker.


We have a MD "Documented Vessel" sticker good for 2 yrs. I suspect that this s what's being referenced. AFAIK there is NO such sticker from the USCG, unless I've been doing it wrong for 25 yrs as a documented vessel owner.Name:  IMG_0028.JPG
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:23 AM   #12
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you have to request deletion of documentation...

as usual, I suspect its best done in plenty of time to avoid the overlap of expiration and deletion.

I suspect no fine as a recreational boater but you never know.

no federal sticker...in the old days you got one to stick on tbe "original COD" for yearly renewal.
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Documented here too. No sticker. I kinda wish I did have one! Lol
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Last time i was boarded they took my passengers aboard the coast guard Boat and provided a pilot to drive my boat to the dock.
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Last time i was boarded they took my passengers aboard the coast guard Boat and provided a pilot to drive my boat to the dock.
Uh oh!
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My boat seems to be a boarding magnet. I average once per year and twice last year (doing the Loop). The more you use your boat, the higher the odds per year as they generally aren't boarding boats at the dock. Also, if you tend to use your boat during the week, you're more likely to get boarded for practice. When I'm the only boat out and there coming the other way, odds go way up. I've gotten use to it and find it's great fun to flirt with the girl coasties.

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Hmm, my sticker actually came with the document. I’m heading over now, so I’ll check it out.
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Hmm, my sticker actually came with the document. Iím heading over now, so Iíll check it out.


Nope... no sticker here either. I wonder if it is a state thing?
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My boat seems to be a boarding magnet. I average once per year and twice last year (doing the Loop). The more you use your boat, the higher the odds per year as they generally aren't boarding boats at the dock. Also, if you tend to use your boat during the week, you're more likely to get boarded for practice. When I'm the only boat out and there coming the other way, odds go way up. I've gotten use to it and find it's great fun to flirt with the girl coasties.

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Ditto. We use the boat in the winter, the Coasties get bored so we get boarded generally once a year. Never seen any girl Coasties but there must be some of them. Otherwise, how would you get boy Coasties?
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I was about 2nm offshore and they approached and called me on the radio. It was kinda snotty, about 4'. I told them I did not like the idea of two boats transferring folk in those conditions. A bud had been boarded offshore and took some damage to his boat, I was remembering that. I told them that if they insisted, I would run the boat into a nearby inlet and they could board in quiet water. They agreed and so off we went. Boarding was without any trouble, no deficiencies.

It was a young crew, and I think they wanted to train for offshore boardings. I was not into that. Not matter how good you are, two hard shell boats in 4' are going to bang the hell out of each other.
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