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Old 09-09-2008, 07:04 PM   #21
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RE: There I was...

How about when their training includes having some member of the public bang on their reisdence unannounced and proceed through all their private areas looking for gotchas of minor violations.

My experience with boarding - we prominently displayed a VSC decal, which they passed by as they approached. One standing in the inflatable with an AR ready, and the boarding officer standing in the stern, hand on his weapon demanding we assemble everyone on board in the salon so they could conduct a "safety check". We told the arrogant bastard that everyone was in the salon except the cancer patient we had aboard who was too sick to get out of bed and we weren't going to move her. After going through our logs, papers, etc with a fine tooth comb they finally left without acknowledgement, having found nothing.

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Old 09-10-2008, 03:58 AM   #22
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RE: There I was...

The last time I bothered to have contact with the kiddy boaters was a few years ago in the ICW heading south.

A charter operator in a 75 or so, big* tin boat charged constantly through the usual pack of boaters (that collect at bridge openings) cauaing at least a 4 or 5 ft wave.

A couple of smaller boats were spun 180deg by the force and the radio was alive with complaints, DOZENS.

After a 2 day exercise in doing NOTHING , but telling the calling multitudes to "register a complaint at Miami", someone FINALLY shamed them into actually using a boat, to observe the chaos.

A boarding resulted and the boat was stopped in Georgetown till a competant crew was brought aboard.

Since so much damage was done , when I heard a similar set of screaming at a marine mororist coming up to my position going north I simply got out the 10gage , and held it over my head while stairing at the imbecile.

We got a fine slow no wake pass , and cursing to blush a sailor , with out waiting days for the Federal Marine Police to do its usual, nothing.


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