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Old 10-30-2012, 08:14 AM   #61
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Perhaps this is water on the party but the original poster may see a great deal more w a motor home than a boat and I hear they are more sea worthy not to mention more comfortable.

But if I did that I'd be going to harbors looking at other people's boats.
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:05 AM   #62
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No im dead set on water and a trawler.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:23 PM   #63
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No im dead set on water, and a trawler,
and gasoline.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #64
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Yes sir. I thank everyone for the imput it has helped extremely. It has pushed me away from the houseboat idea into a more sea worthy boat. Im glad you guys are welcoming to new folks in this forum being a complete noob to the situation and information, you guys didnt flame me too much lol
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On older diesel boats you will want to look at parts availability. Some are well supported, others are very difficult to find parts.
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Ive heard some horror stories of coast gaurds just up and boarsing peoples boats with no probable cause and just plain being jerks. Is this true has anybody had a problem with this? I am a fan of making sure safety of the waters is maintained i also feel as my "home" i dont want someone i dont knlw just wreckin stuff. Somewhere it said that if your boat has engines or is underpower, you are not a liveaboard and therefor are not a "liveaboard". And are subject to search without warrant. I have nothing to hide but invading my privacy is something im not a fan of. At all.....
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Ive heard some horror stories of coast gaurds just up and boarsing peoples boats with no probable cause and just plain being jerks. Is this true has anybody had a problem with this? I am a fan of making sure safety of the waters is maintained i also feel as my "home" i dont want someone i dont knlw just wreckin stuff. Somewhere it said that if your boat has engines or is underpower, you are not a liveaboard and therefor are not a "liveaboard". And are subject to search without warrant. I have nothing to hide but invading my privacy is something im not a fan of. At all.....
I have been following this thread and did not intend to comment but you have been given some slightly misleading info on gasoline powered boats. I'd like to recommend two articles that will help you avoid significant issues with these boats. 1.) Safe Gasoline Ventilation on Boats 2.) Marine Survey 101 paying special attention the the section on electrical issues on gasoline powered boats.

Hope this helps.
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i dont believe i was mis informed. everyone has said all of that already. and when i buy a boat itll be surveyed but im pretty sure im gettin a gasser.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:04 AM   #69
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With your stated thoughts on the USCG, maybe the boating life isn't for you.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:13 AM   #70
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Not thought just read some stories from other people. Only get thoughts by doing it. If i go down there and end up not liking it in a year then fine but atleast ive seen more of this country.
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Ive heard some horror stories of coast gaurds just up and boarsing peoples boats with no probable cause and just plain being jerks.
My guess is that you were being told some very exaggerated stories. We've been boarded twice by the USCG--- yes, they can do it without probable cause or warrants--- and they were no hassle at all. The boardings are conducted as safety inspections, and they do that, checking for fire extinguishers, PFDs, and all the other stuff a boat is required to have. But the real reason is to add an element of risk to people engaged in drug trafficking, human trafficking, and so on. Since the boardings are random there's no telling which boat they may choose to board. And I'm sure they have a whole range of characteristics they are on the lookout for, as well.

Their inspections were conducted courteously, they were not intrusive, and they did not impede our cruise. We simply kept going while the inspection was being conducted. I know other boaters in our area who have been boarded and in all cases their experiences were the same.

Sunchaser made a good point. If you have problems with authority organizations boating may not be the best pasttime for you. You will most likely be dealing with the USCG at some point, and there can be harbor police depending on where you're boating. States imposes taxes and registration fees and may have enforceable requirements for displaying numbers or decals. Around here the county sheriff's departments walk the marina docks periodically checking for expired or missing annual registration stickers. You get fined if you don't have a current one displayed,

If you're in a marina, particularly a city, county, or state marina, there will be all sorts of "you can do this and not that" rules. And of course there are the wonderful folks in the insurance industry who can and will impose requirements on you to fulfill their policy requirements.

There's a hell of a lot more to owning a boat than just buying one and driving it around.
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Yea im sure they were like old mans fishing stories. I dont have a problem with authority as long as the respect is mutual, hey you wanna come on the boat thats fine, just be cool about it. And as for all the other stuff that goes along with it thats just common sense. Insurance people are rediculous, thats a given, stickers are a given. Im not just going to jump ona boat and start floatin. Its foing to be buy a boat insurance get it legal have it in a slip, take it out for a few hours and come back on calm days to get a feel for it. Common sense. Not very many people have it but you cN bet i do.
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