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Old 04-17-2018, 03:04 AM   #181
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Probably not, as the Canadian Coast Guard is not a law enforcement agency.

The RCMP or other police forces can though.
That makes sense.

I've never heard anyone in our area complaining about random police boardings, have you? How about back east? Australia? Europe?
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I disagree. The only Ninth Circuit case i found when I looked a few years ago involves a drug smuggler they had under surveillance in the Bay Area and boarded w/I a warrant. They seized a bilge full of coke. Judge upheld the search in a pretty mosh mash opinion melding exigency because it's mobile with probable cause of in progress felony.

The issue is should you have a reasonable expectation of privacy in your boat. In my 36' trawler I have much of the things that are central to the reason I have privacy in my house. And we know they can't knock on your door and come uninvited into your house without a warrant. What's different ?

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's a straight up Fourth Amendment issue. Why my boat, my home when I'm living there, should not be entitled to the same Constitutional protection mystifies me.
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Unless a lot behind the scenes has changed in the last few yearsI havent kept up on.....

Maybe the first time they ask.for permisdion, then anything in plain sight of a safety inspection they find is fair game...

if you say no, then tbey say "heave to and prepare to be boarded"....

and at that point, anything found in plain sght during their normal safety boarding is still fair game.

I will say, if there is probable cause that you are doing something illegal, as I was involved with countless times, the USCG will request a warrant and shadow you toll they get it. Then they will board.

But for a routine boarding, a no to their boarding request might get you a wave and goodbye, or it may get you a warrant search where they bring chainsaws, dogs and interagency friends aboard along with big guns.
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Unless a lot behind the scenes has changed in the last few yearsI havent kept up on.....

Maybe the first time they ask.for permisdion, then anything in plain sight of a safety inspection they find is fair game...

if you say no, then tbey say "heave to and prepare to be boarded"....

and at that point, anything found in plain sght during their normal safety boarding is still fair game.

I will say, if there is probable cause that you are doing something illegal, as I was involved with countless times, the USCG will request a warrant and shadow you toll they get it. Then they will board.

But for a routine boarding, a no to their boarding request might get you a wave and goodbye, or it may oromot a warrant search where they bring chainsaws, dogs and interagency friends aboard along with big guns.
and rubber gloves.
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:50 AM   #185
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Two consecutive boardings in two days

I have experienced multiple unnecessary boardings as well. They occurred on the St John's River in downtown Jacksonville. We were the only boat in the area and were headed for tying up on the public wall when a red inflatable hard-bottom CG boat pulled aside with flashers on and announced, not requested, a boarding. We slowed and three fully outfitted, gun carrying personnel came aboard. The forth stayed on the CG boat. They said we could proceed unimpeded, but since we were about to tie up, they required us to maintain our position in the wind and currents.

I provided all the necessary items (documentation, safety items, etc.) including the result of a voluntary CG inspection I had earlier in the year and the window sticker showing compliance. The ignored the sticker and instead spent time looking around the entire interior. It became obvious that the person asking the questions was a beginner and this was in fact a training exercise. This person decided I was in violation because my engine room did not have a vent fan, and were very suspicious of my explanation that I had a diesel engine and the fan was not required and not installed by the manufacturer. Finally, the more senior personnel gave some guidance, and after 45 min of discussion, box checking and having to continue to maneuver to try and stay in place, they gave me a copy of a clear inspection report and departed.

The next afternoon we departed to continue up the St John to a marina, and within a few minutes were intercepted by the same CG boat, but with different personnel, waiving for us to stand by for a boarding. I slowed and held up the previous day's inspection report saying we had passed and wished to continue. They said that didn't matter and we must halt immediately. They boarded and despite my reasoned argument that this was unreasonable, went through much the same process as the day before, again incurring a long delay while a new-bee was struggling with the questions, the form, and the results. This time the trainee couldn't find a shutoff valve on the head (because there isn't one due to having a key lock on the macerator pump) and got confused. He finally capitulated when directed to drop it.

I will say that all of the interactions were conducted in a reasonable and adult manner, and nothing rose to the level of rude or emotional behavior.

Are voluntary inspections a meaningless waist of time? Are multiple consecutive boardings, while legal, fair to the public? Should training be conducted in this matter? Were there classroom training and mock training sessions done in advance? Does the CG lack training resources? Is this an efficient use of senior CG personnel? Is this an abuse of the CG's role?

I come from a city that has been designated "The Coast Guard City USA" and puts on a nationwide attended CG Festival yearly. I grew up around boats, take compliance seriously and have great respect for the CG.
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Larry were both your days on a weekend?

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Larry, I suspect the Miami river is worse for inspections.
A lot of drugs travel the Miami river
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Larry were both your days on a weekend?
I checked the log and it was a Wed and Thurs, which probably explains the lack of other boat traffic on the river.
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Larry I was thinking if it was a weekend it would be reserve unit practice like we have in our area
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I found this on-line:

To join the Coast Guard Reserve, you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien between 18 and 39 years old (17 with parental consent). While GEDs are sometimes accepted, high school diplomas are preferred. All recruits take the ASVAB test to determine placement.

Coast Guard reservists undergo Basic Training at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, N.J., for eight weeks. Reservists also train one weekend per month and two weeks every summer.


It appears that they train weekly as well, so that could explain the mid-week exercises.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:25 AM   #191
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including the result of a voluntary CG inspection I had earlier in the year and the window sticker showing compliance. .
This is more than semantics. You did not have a voluntary CG inspection. You had a voluntary CG Auxiliary Inspection. Not the CG. Carries no legal value. Note they call it a courtesy inspection.
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Larry, I suspect the Miami river is worse for inspections.
A lot of drugs travel the Miami river
True, but his were on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.
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True, but his were on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.
You make a very good training aid.
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I disagree. The only Ninth Circuit case i found when I looked a few years ago involves a drug smuggler they had under surveillance in the Bay Area and boarded w/I a warrant. They seized a bilge full of coke. Judge upheld the search in a pretty mosh mash opinion melding exigency because it's mobile with probable cause of in progress felony.

The issue is should you have a reasonable expectation of privacy in your boat. In my 36' trawler I have much of the things that are central to the reason I have privacy in my house. And we know they can't knock on your door and come uninvited into your house without a warrant. What's different ?

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's a straight up Fourth Amendment issue. Why my boat, my home when I'm living there, should not be entitled to the same Constitutional protection mystifies me.
https://mblb.com/admiralty-maritime/...s-coast-guard/

I was boarded about 5 years ago. Great bunch of guys, it was quick and painless. They were extremely polite and respectful. I suspect that safety inspections were the orders for the day. It was cool and there were only two boats within 20 miles. They finished the boarding with the other boat as I passed by, and they ran up to me and boarded me as well.

After they had been on a while and we had been shooting the bull, I asked "I notice you ask permission to board, what if I had said no?". They laughed and said "We would have boarded anyway, we were just being polite. Our visit would have been much less friendly."
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You make a very good training aid.
The CG Aux gets paid... maybe I should too?
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The CG Aux gets paid... maybe I should too?
Good luck with that.

HARK, did you hear the snap of the rubber gloves? LOL
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The USCGAUX doesnt get paid otherwise I would be one...

I already have some of the uniform stuff...
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I think the USCG AUX guys get their fuel paid for. Maybe some other expenses.
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I think the USCG AUX guys get their fuel paid for. Maybe some other expenses.
true...
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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?
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