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Old 04-25-2018, 11:00 PM   #1
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Boarded by coast guard

So. We made a quick trip today from Tacoma to gig harbor and were boarded by the couast guard on the way back. Super cool dudes except for the fact one of the new guys lost my driver's license and new registration overboard. I would bitch but they overlooked my lack of compliance with my macerator lock.... Be aware folks. They will be out until Saturday and then to Seattle. Were heading to bell harbor tomorrow at about 10am if anyone want to hang.
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Interesting. Iíve never seen them do boarding this far South. They normally seem to ignore Tacoma.
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I agree. Everytime I've been boarded, which has been 3 other times, always have been Seattle. Again they were cool, but it was clear a got a free pass on my pump because of them losing my stuff overboard.
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Interesting. Iíve never seen them do boarding this far South. They normally seem to ignore Tacoma.
There was a cutter parked outside of gig harbor near the tides...
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There was a cutter parked outside of gig harbor near the tides...


Well of course! That way they can send in a rib to the Tides to pick up an order of burgers. ;-)
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Well of course! That way they can send in a rib to the Tides to pick up an order of burgers. ;-)
Naw. Too expensive for coasties..lol
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Super cool dudes except for the fact one of the new guys lost my driver's license and new registration overboard.
Are they free over there?
Cost me $170 for a new one here good for 5 years.
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So. I would bitch but they overlooked my lack of compliance with my macerator lock.....
Not required until May 10th.....
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Not required until May 10th.....
Ok...thought it was already enforced. Good to know..thank you ASD
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Ok...thought it was already enforced. Good to know..thank you ASD
unless you have a type 1 MSD going overboard...

I would think your overboard discharge from a head or holding thank has to be "locked" out by one of the approved methods when down by Tacoma.
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Interesting. Iíve never seen them do boarding this far South. They normally seem to ignore Tacoma.
Really?
When I lived in Gig Harbor, there was an 82-footer based at the foot of Stinson St.
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Maybe a new development in the boarding issue.
https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-l...y-itself-stake
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Maybe a new development in the boarding issue.
https://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-l...y-itself-stake
Wow, this will be interesting to follow. But may have no impact on Coast Guard boardings, since this case is about State Police boardings.
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unless you have a type 1 MSD going overboard...



I would think your overboard discharge from a head or holding thank has to be "locked" out by one of the approved methods when down by Tacoma.


Last time I was boarded by the USCG, they noted that my Y-valve was not secured in the holding tank position. Rather than cite me, they put a wire seal on the Y-valve and called it good.
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I wonder what the outcome of that case in PA will be. I would love to see a Fed case make it all the way to SCOTUS where it could possibly be ruled as unconstitutional under the 14th. It really shouldn't be allowed as it is, as for instance what is the interest of the CG to enforce state laws regarding Y valves? Nothing about safety there, or rum running, or slave hiding or commerce or anything that was the original intent of the carve out for the CG. Its baloney!
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..... what is the interest of the CG to enforce state laws regarding Y valves? Nothing about safety there, or rum running, or slave hiding or commerce or anything that was the original intent of the carve out for the CG. Its baloney!
Aren't most of the pollution laws regarding marine heads federal laws ? Who would you rather have enforcing federal laws on the waters ? You want the FBI to have to develop a marine unit ??

As for pollution not being in the original intent of the CG, a lot has changed since 1790. In 1790 they probably didn't mention that the CG would help train astronauts, maintain weather stations, or maintain the Loran System. Heck...they didn't even have helicopters back when they started the Coast Guard....why do they have them now !?!?!?

(I also think you could argue that preventing sewage discharge is a safety issue.)
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I wonder what the outcome of that case in PA will be. I would love to see a Fed case make it all the way to SCOTUS where it could possibly be ruled as unconstitutional under the 14th. It really shouldn't be allowed as it is, as for instance what is the interest of the CG to enforce state laws regarding Y valves? Nothing about safety there, or rum running, or slave hiding or commerce or anything that was the original intent of the carve out for the CG. Its baloney!

I was operating my vessel in an area where overboard discharge of raw waste is illegal under federal laws. The boat had a Y-valve that could direct waste from the toilet either overboard or to the holding tank. In the waters that I was operating, having a functional Y-valve in that location was not in compliance with Federal laws. Therefore the USCG personnel secured it to meet federal requirements. That isnít a state law issue.

On my current boat, I may or may not be in compliance with Federal Law. I have the switch to the macerator that empties the holding tank overboard secured with a zip tie. However, the thruhull is still functional, ie it has a handle on a valve that is not secured. The coming state law simply makes more clear the requirements necessary to meet the state laws. However, even without that, I could be cited by the USCG for the way my current system is configured.

FWIW, Iím going to remove the handle on the thruhull fitting. That should put me clearly in compliance with both the state and federal laws.
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Aren't most of the pollution laws regarding marine heads federal laws ? Who would you rather have enforcing federal laws on the waters ? You want the FBI to have to develop a marine unit ??

As for pollution not being in the original intent of the CG, a lot has changed since 1790. In 1790 they probably didn't mention that the CG would help train astronauts, maintain weather stations, or maintain the Loran System. Heck...they didn't even have helicopters back when they started the Coast Guard....why do they have them now !?!?!?

(I also think you could argue that preventing sewage discharge is a safety issue.)
Well of course one can argue about it all day long and come up with up with whatever arguments suit your side of it. None of which has to do with why it is or isn't a good thing that the CG can board YOUR boat anytime THEY choose for NO reason, and WITHOUT YOUR permission. And while I often don't agree with the fights the ACLU gets involved in, I think they are on the right course with the PA fight. We shall see how the court rules on it, it may have legs. Its easy to make excuses for things that are not right when we are powerless to do anything about them. Besides as is often mentioned in these threads, they have more and bigger guns, like that somehow is a good thing that we need fear the CG because they have bigger guns, so lame.
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I was operating my vessel in an area where overboard discharge of raw waste is illegal under federal laws. The boat had a Y-valve that could direct waste from the toilet either overboard or to the holding tank. In the waters that I was operating, having a functional Y-valve in that location was not in compliance with Federal laws. Therefore the USCG personnel secured it to meet federal requirements. That isnít a state law issue.

On my current boat, I may or may not be in compliance with Federal Law. I have the switch to the macerator that empties the holding tank overboard secured with a zip tie. However, the thruhull is still functional, ie it has a handle on a valve that is not secured. The coming state law simply makes more clear the requirements necessary to meet the state laws. However, even without that, I could be cited by the USCG for the way my current system is configured.

FWIW, Iím going to remove the handle on the thruhull fitting. That should put me clearly in compliance with both the state and federal laws.
Similar situation here. My macerator does not work, so I have disconnected the wires to it, but the thru hull valve is still operational, even though the macerator blocks whatever comes to it and wont let it advance to the valve. So will either lock the handle or take it off the thru hull valve.
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Have no wye valve. To empty the blackwater, one must open the hanging closet, pop open a panel, remove items stored, to reach the valve emptying the "bad" tank. Don't see how installing a lock provides more security, because there were not more than a handful of people in this world who knew how to access!
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