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Old 03-07-2017, 04:17 PM   #1
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Old 03-07-2017, 04:34 PM   #2
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Also comparable cuts to NOAA. So weather forecasting will go downhill and if you need help the Coast Guard may not be up to rescuing you.
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usually it just becomes a money shuffle to keep a roundtable of people happy...USCG search and rescue will always get fully funded...just too shiny a penny to not fund when lives are at stake and the cameras are rolling.
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Old 03-07-2017, 04:47 PM   #4
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Maybe they will stop boarding trawlers operated by old white couples.
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Maybe our local "bikini inspection patrol" will stay at the dock til a SAR mission comes up...
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:20 PM   #7
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The government has two choices: Cut spending or raise taxes. It appears the voter's choice was to cut spending. Of course everyone has their own ideas of what should be cut and what should not.
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:42 PM   #8
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The government has two choices: Cut spending or raise taxes. It appears the voter's choice was to cut spending. Of course everyone has their own ideas of what should be cut and what should not.
Actually the current plan doesn't cut overall spending, just reallocates it to military, and raises taxes on some while lowering on others. Now, there will be a lot of debate and changes before anything gets approved.
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Fortunately the backbone of the government as small as it is stays rigid enough that certain things escape the whims of elected temp workers.
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Old 03-07-2017, 09:06 PM   #10
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Recently I read an article that was describing the expected cut of 95% on the budget for great lake waste water management and the consequence on water pollution on the great lakes and st-Lawrence. I found it very interesting and alarming at the same time.
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:08 AM   #11
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Maybe they will stop boarding trawlers operated by old white couples.
The many times they boarded us, always gentlemen, and enjoyed looking at my stainless smith and Wesson. But truly, can be a pain, in narrow sections of the ditch.
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Actually the current plan . . . raises taxes on some while lowering on others.
I haven't been following this, at least not closely enough to understand that the proposal was to raise taxes on anyone. So, I ask with all sincerity: Upon whom are taxes proposed to be raised? From what I understand, even carried interests are not to be taxed as ordinary income.
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casual rescues vs difficult rescues

When did the USCG not want to tow in the pleasure boaters who ran out of gas, etc? About the late '70's early '80's I think. The well know towing agencies do this now.

Is it a big step to have SeaTow run helos with cable lifts?

I have not yet seen a County sheriff helo with a lift. It will be quite a learning curve.
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When did the USCG not want to tow in the pleasure boaters who ran out of gas, etc? About the late '70's early '80's I think. The well know towing agencies do this now.

Is it a big step to have SeaTow run helos with cable lifts?

I have not yet seen a County sheriff helo with a lift. It will be quite a learning curve.
Back then, the USCG Auxilary also towed in boats, for free. They were volunteers, but the coast guard covered their expenses. President Reagan didn't like the idea of government competing with private businesses and, I believe through executive order, prohibited the USCG from providing those services. Works for me.
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We used to have a network of Auxiliaries who did complimentary vessel inspections, towed vessels, and were generally visible locally. They have disappeared and now when there is a disabled vessel you can hear the Coast Guard attempting to find someone to assist without committing themselves to anything more than being the intermediary on the VHF.

The Auxiliary was mostly older (that would be me now) trawler owners who were re-imbursed for their activities (fuel only). Most of the rescue seems to be done these days by commercial fishing vessels once you are out of the harbor area. There is only one commercial tow operator in the area and they are mostly involved in other enterprises than towing, like kayak drop off charters and ferrying people to remote lodges.

It seems that government and regulation has crushed volunteerism, in the name of free enterprise and safety. Kids can't even pick up trash along the roadside anymore without an insurance policy covering them through a parent organization.

Sometimes what we call progress doesn't look like progress...
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The USCG's mission has changed over time. They are now under "Homeland Security" and geared more towards keeping drugs and illegal aliens out of the country than assisting recreational boaters.


If your life is in danger, they will try to save you. Your boat, not so much.
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The USCG for many years tried to farm out some of or at least part of their mission areas, such as aids to navigation.

Works great till holidays, weekends and storms, then the contractor prices go through the roof.

There are many local, city and state agencies with helps that perform rescues...

The USCG mission profile was heavy into drugs, and illegal immigration all the way back into the late 70s early 80s. The twist now is different for immigration when it comes to terrorisn...but political and economic refugee interdiction I don't believe has changed much since then. Many missions have their roots going back hundreds of years.

Every decade brings new challenges with new emphasis....but even the Homeland Security mostly brought money and with small increases in personal and newer resources made their presence more visable.

Sea Tow and BoatUS do a great job with far less resources in many areas. They also have complemented the government well in search and rescue too.
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Makes perfect sense to cut our first line of defense in our perimeter security and spend instead on our military-industrial complex...not!

Follow the dollars; the Coasties don't buy politicians. You don't have to be either a rightie-tightie or a leftie-loosie to see the problem.
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Greetings,
I've witnessed government austerity measures first hand. Cut personnel and contract out. Sure, it looks great on paper. Fewer employees, lower payroll but in practice, it's a disaster IMO.
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