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Old 08-23-2015, 12:15 PM   #85
Roger Long
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Originally Posted by psneeld View Post
Use of the word recreational or voluntary may have changed the answer....
Well, that is an excellent point. I should have made that clear in my first email.

However, when I talked to the fellow in the local district I know I was very clear to him that this was a recreational vessel because I described our whole situation. He said he would make a phone call and get back to me. He did and the answer was exactly the same.

As I'm sure you know, they operate a lot on precedent, just like the rest of the legal system. This is actually a relatively new situation since the NVDC used to function very well. It's possible that the case on the ground that will set the precedent just hasn't come up yet. If my conversation with the district guy had been taking place in a boarding on the water, or if he had been fielding a radio call from a JG seeking guidance, the rest of the events would almost certainly have been determined by what I was told in both the email and on the phone. I wouldn't expect otherwise from a responsible and professional USCG boarding officer.
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