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Old 05-11-2018, 12:04 AM   #1
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And my advice, I have 30 life jackets on board and make a point to take them out to match guest and place them on dash in pilot house. Well I have been boating for many years and never been boarded. I actually and strangely wanted to go through it once. Well today we almost had the chance. The coasties asked how many I have on board, and as I offered to get fenders out, they asked if I had life jackets to match. I pointed to the fly bridge and said, yes and always set them out to match souls on board. They said thanks and moved on without boarding.

Quick and easy and barely even came to a stop.

Btw, shrimpiní is incredible this year!!!! 8 limits yesterday and 8 limits today.

1280 spotted prawns in 4 hours total shrimping.

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Old 05-11-2018, 07:02 AM   #2
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Impressive shrimp catch!
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:24 PM   #3
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Doesn't it feel good to be adequately equipped and prepared when you cruise, knowing that if you are boarded you won't end up with one of those little slips of paper from the water cops.
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Sorry you didn't get the boarding you wanted. Isn't it amazing how easy things go when you're prepared.
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And cooperative.
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That is the type of inspection I like...come alongside, check the name and registration, see that I am not an intoxicated fool, and move on. Glad your shrimping is hot. They were limiting in Discovery Bay last weekend.
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That is the type of inspection I like...

And how it really should be.
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Only one time in 50+ years have I been boarded by the coast guard. I was moving the boat to Friday Harbor and was by myself, my wife was taking the car on the ferry. I saw them coming so I stopped. They asked when the last time I had a safety inspection and I said never, so 3 came aboard.

They insisted I continue on so I manned the helm while they asked questions and took a quick look thru the boat. I keep all my documents in a binder for clearing customs so everything was there at their fingertips.

All was very professional and they were very polite.

If they are willing to risk their life to maybe some day save mine, I am more than happy to have them on board.

Another quick Coast Guard story. During WWII , the coast guard walked down the dock one day in Bellingham, saw a 45' boat named Nika that my dad was living on, announced that they needed patrol boats, and they were taking the boat. Dad said if that was the case then he was going with it. He joined and was made the captain of the boat. They patrolled the Bellingham area during the war to make sure everyone kept their lights off at night.

Dad would tell me stories about the "big shots" coming to town and wanting to go on patrol. So he took them out one night and they all got sea sick.

When the war was over he got his boat back but he had to refinish the entire boat as it had been totally painted gray.
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Great story. Imagine what would happen on that dock today if the CG arrived with the same news?
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They would probably take all the Nordhavn's first !!
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Great story. Imagine what would happen on that dock today if the CG arrived with the same news?
IF your boat is documented, I do not think you have a choice.
Part of the documentation agreement is, the govt has to return the boat/ship to at least its prior condition. I'm not sure how the govt returns the engine to its prior condition. Roll back the hour meter???
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They would probably take all the Nordhavn's first !!
I will be hopeful that the specification of 107 horsepower and 8 knots will reduce their interest.
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I will be hopeful that the specification of 107 horsepower and 8 knots will reduce their interest.
They would use it as a 'mother ship' to a bunch of RIBS??
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The USCG has zero intetest in our boats if my career learnt me anything.....

Unless someone owns a 40 something center console with trips or better.....
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Great story. Imagine what would happen on that dock today if the CG arrived with the same news?
If they wanted my boat, first I would ask, "Who's gonna making the mortgage payment?" Next I would point out the boats on either side of me, they are much longer than my puny 34ft AT. Come to think of it, there are lots of boats in this marina, longer than mine.
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If they wanted my boat, first I would ask, "Who's gonna making the mortgage payment?" Next I would point out the boats on either side of me, they are much longer than my puny 34ft AT. Come to think of it, there are lots of boats in this marina, longer than mine.


Few boats as nice I would wager though Dan.
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Few boats as nice I would wager though Dan.
I wish that were true.
One might classify my boat as serviceable and practical.
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And how it really should be.
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And just think that if you were still in Canadian waters your prawn catch and retention limits for each license holder would be 200 daily and 400 possession....
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