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FoxtrotCharlie 04-17-2018 11:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Alaskan Sea-Duction (Post 655381)
Larry, what do you think would have happened if AFTER the second inspection, you politely asked for the Commander's name and phone number? If you called and asked why two inspections in two days?

As the saying goes, "don't poke the bear" :thumb:

Great Laker 04-17-2018 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Alaskan Sea-Duction (Post 655381)
Larry, what do you think would have happened if AFTER the second inspection, you politely asked for the Commander's name and phone number? If you called and asked why two inspections in two days?

We were on the Great Loop, which is a fantastic adventure unlike anything we had ever done before, and were moving on north up the ICW in a few days. It was not a good time to engage on this issue. If I was living locally, I might have just set up a meeting with the Commander as you suggest.

Alaskan Sea-Duction 04-17-2018 11:31 AM

Fox Stated:

As the saying goes, "don't poke the bear"





True, but if you hide behind a rock you won't get mud on you either.

If it bothers you and has cost you a half of day of cruising then why not ask why? Maybe the Commander will instruct the trainees to back off the multiple inspections. Never know unless you ask. Of course this is done with politeness and respect.

Great Laker 04-17-2018 11:33 AM

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Originally Posted by psneeld (Post 655339)
The USCGAUX doesnt get paid otherwise I would be one...

I already have some of the uniform stuff... :)

Yes, you are correct. I was thinking of the CG Reserves when I wrote that.

Members of the Coast Guard Reserve are paid for all time spent training or deployed. In addition, they receive most of the same benefits as full-time Coast Guard members, including tuition support, training and plenty of time on the water. Combine travel, career training and strength of character to see why the Coast Guard can be so rewarding.

Does anyone know if the CG personnel or CG Reserves have any role in training the CG AUX?

Northern Spy 04-17-2018 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by MurrayM (Post 655250)
That makes sense.

I've never heard anyone in our area complaining about random police boardings, have you? How about back east? Australia? Europe?

Never heard of random boardings in my area. They'll pull up alongside and have "a conversation", not much different than a DUI checkpoint. One of my buddies is on the RCMP boat in town. I'll ask him.

vistar 04-17-2018 12:05 PM

Although I have a current USCGA inspection sticker, I guess I own an inspection magnet. The tug seems to attract Auxiliary attention every month or so. Mostly they just want to walk through and see the layout. None of the inspections seem focused on safety issues. (They don't look very hard and have never tested smoke or CO detectors, looked closely at extinguishers or inspected the Y-valve.) I have a recently documented boat, but it hasn't been pulled to remove the state numbers. So, the USCGA doesn't know there is a documentation number and certificate inside. When the state numbers are removed in a few weeks, I'll move the state registration stickers to side windows at the helm.

Gordon J 04-17-2018 12:20 PM

I have been amused by those upset over being boarded. Isn't this just another extension of our safety laws? Why have mandatory life jacket laws, or flare laws, or any other safely contraption if there is no way to enforce it?. Many on this site were aghast/bemused when i mentioned my opposition to mandatory life jacket laws. This is merely an extension of the state's safety mandate. If you like safety laws, don't complain about their enforcement.

sbu22 04-17-2018 12:50 PM

My personal record was three (3) times in one day - actually a 5-6 hour period. I was one of only a couple of boats mozying around the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. They were training new guy Reservists and Auxillarists. Each time pulled up in an RBS that looked like a clown car - packed with people. First time was OK; second was stupid, but they've got to train; the third time the Senior Chief CPOIC and I had a red-faced discussion, they did not board, and I didn't see them the rest of the day.

And, referring to a prior comment, they did have a "machine gun" (M240, no belt, feed cover free [really], on the bow tripod. I expect that a typical civilian out for a cruise might find that intimidating. For Pete's sake, they have weather covers. Put them on when you're conducting this training - it's not like ambush is imminent during daylight on open water in the Lake.

I don't think the shift to Homeland Security has been good for the Coasties. The HS attitude seems to be rubbing off.

danderer 04-17-2018 12:54 PM

Sounds like a very sensible course of action.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alaskan Sea-Duction (Post 655381)
Larry, what do you think would have happened if AFTER the second inspection, you politely asked for the Commander's name and phone number? If you called and asked why two inspections in two days?


Great Laker 04-17-2018 01:09 PM

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Originally Posted by danderer (Post 655421)
Sounds like a very sensible course of action.

With regard to making a complaint to the local commandant...

I have issued complaints on occasion to the county sheriff, township managers, and city officials, regarding violations of Nuisances Per Sa and zoning ordinances. These rarely go anywhere despite following their procedures for filing. You need to be really committed and push hard to get any meaningful followup.

Again, if I lived in the area and wasn't on a fabulous vacation, I likely might have pursued this course.

SoWhat 04-17-2018 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by DC36Monk (Post 655245)
I've never been boarded but I assume it would go like this: they pull up and pass a line saying "permission to come aboard, sir? And anyone who sensing they probably will anyway says "yes" and has consented. But, a polite friendly "I'd prefer you didn't, my wife/girlfriend/kids are sleeping in their bunks and I don't want to risk disturbing them" is one approach, the other is no, permission not granted. Is there something Else I can help you with?

It won't go exactly like that. Read 14 U.S.C. 89.

"The Coast Guard may make ... inspections, searches, seizures, ... upon ... waters over which the United States has jurisdiction, for the prevention, detection, and suppression of violations of laws ... petty officers may at any time go on board of any vessel ... examine, inspect, and search the vessel and use all necessary force to compel compliance.

They are not requesting permission. They are politely informing you that they will be boarding your vessel.

danderer 04-17-2018 02:12 PM

Who said anything about making a complaint? (Rhetorical question.)

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Originally Posted by Great Laker (Post 655428)
With regard to making a complaint to the local commandant...


MurrayM 04-17-2018 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Northern Spy (Post 655395)
Never heard of random boardings in my area. They'll pull up alongside and have "a conversation", not much different than a DUI checkpoint. One of my buddies is on the RCMP boat in town. I'll ask him.

That's what I figured...just trying to see if this is a US of A specific issue.

menzies 04-17-2018 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by SoWhat (Post 655435)
It won't go exactly like that. Read 14 U.S.C. 89.

"The Coast Guard may make ... inspections, searches, seizures, ... upon ... waters over which the United States has jurisdiction, for the prevention, detection, and suppression of violations of laws ... petty officers may at any time go on board of any vessel ... examine, inspect, and search the vessel and use all necessary force to compel compliance.

They are not requesting permission. They are politely informing you that they will be boarding your vessel.

Interesting. So of those boarding a PO has to be one of them?

Simi 60 04-17-2018 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Gordon J (Post 655409)
I have been amused by those upset over being boarded. Isn't this just another extension of our safety laws?

The slowly boiling frog could look at it that way.

If you accept that as the norm this week, next week you will accept them coming to your home (my boat is my home)
Then what about listening devices for your "safety" (NSA phone taps already done)
Looking over your shoulder on computer (facebook as one example - done)
Cameras for your "protection" (look up, there are cameras watching everywhere now)
Every financial transaction tracked and location logged.
And and and.

I thought it was 2018 but it feels very 1984.

dannc 04-17-2018 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by MurrayM (Post 655455)
That's what I figured...just trying to see if this is a US of A specific issue.

Off of the top of my head, I can think of three boardings outside the US, one in the Philippine Islands and two off of France. The two in France were on the same boat but different owners. One owner was from the US and the other is European. Those two boardings had a bit of angst due to the officials boarding the boat. In the Philippine Island boarding, which was at night, the owner was taken to see the local head man, leaving his wife alone on the boat with a young man with an M16. Everything turned out ok but it was a bit stressful.

Seems like I vaguely remember a boarding off of Mexico which went ok.

Later,
Dan

BandB 04-17-2018 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by vistar (Post 655404)
Although I have a current USCGA inspection sticker, I guess I own an inspection magnet. The tug seems to attract Auxiliary attention every month or so. Mostly they just want to walk through and see the layout. None of the inspections seem focused on safety issues. (They don't look very hard and have never tested smoke or CO detectors, looked closely at extinguishers or inspected the Y-valve.) I have a recently documented boat, but it hasn't been pulled to remove the state numbers. So, the USCGA doesn't know there is a documentation number and certificate inside. When the state numbers are removed in a few weeks, I'll move the state registration stickers to side windows at the helm.

Why do you allow them to walk through? They have no right or authority. I use to run across them on the lake and never allowed an inspection as I saw no need for it.

You do realize I hope that it's not legal for you to still have the numbers on the boat. Do you have the name and board according to USCG requirements?

AlaskaProf 04-17-2018 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Northern Spy (Post 655238)
Probably not, as the Canadian Coast Guard is not a law enforcement agency.

The RCMP or other police forces can though.

I have been aporoached by the RCMP a couple times while under way. They just took note of my posted Customs #. On one occasion, I answered a couple shouted questions and we all went on our way

Gordon J 04-17-2018 07:57 PM

Thatís the point
 
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Originally Posted by Simi 60 (Post 655459)
The slowly boiling frog could look at it that way.

If you accept that as the norm this week, next week you will accept them coming to your home (my boat is my home)
Then what about listening devices for your "safety" (NSA phone taps already done)
Looking over your shoulder on computer (facebook as one example - done)
Cameras for your "protection" (look up, there are cameras watching everywhere now)
Every financial transaction tracked and location logged.
And and and.

I thought it was 2018 but it feels very 1984.


All of you who believe in mandatory safety equipment on a dink or a big boat should be happy to see the CG. No use having rules which arenít enforced. Being inspected is the price you have to pay to ensure your safety. If you think life jackets, flares, etc should be mandatory, even on a dink, donít complain about getting boarded. Embrace big brother.

OldDan1943 04-17-2018 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Gordon J (Post 655547)
All of you who believe in mandatory safety equipment on a dink or a big boat should be happy to see the CG. No use having rules which arenít enforced. Being inspected is the price you have to pay to ensure your safety. If you think life jackets, flares, etc should be mandatory, even on a dink, donít complain about getting boarded. Embrace big brother.

I doubt any of us could pass the standard boat inspection if applied to our homes.


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