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Boarded by the Coast Guard 2018

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7 mins ago, JimW said:

My buddy should have known he was over 26 even if only 2 inches.  I’m sure they could see it when they ran his registration, assuming they do that.  

 

Do registrations actually list inches?  I've never seen that.  To me, "over 26" means 27+.

 

 

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On 6/11/2018 at 7:41 PM, Slacker said:

Funny thing is that one of the most useful pieces of safety equipment isn't on that list... the anchor.  I always carried two.  Drifting without power can be a bad situation.

Good advice.

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2 hours ago, CapeDave said:

I was in, and was the guy that had to write up that paperwork you would be surprised what people did not have.

Most people do not realize the arrest powers the USCG has. You really do not want a pissed of boarding officer.

For the most part it is just part of the day when you are told to go out and do safety checks.

I would note that the boarding officer did not physically handle the life jacket and check it, straps, snaps, and fabric condition.

Could not tell you how many times some one handed me a rag of a vest and wanted it to count.

Have a safe trip out there.  You are responsible for your boat and passengers.

A few years ago my parents, my uncle and his wife, and another couple decided they were going to take a cruise around Manhattan Island on a bluebird September day.

 

UN General Assembly was in session or some other nonsense, so East River security was tight.

 

Sure enough, dad gets boarded, guy on the bow with a .50.  At some point, boarding officer asks 'whats in that?' to which my uncle (realize he's a navy guy, way to rigid IMO, was XO on a nuke sub, very unlike him, guess he had a few pops in him) replies 'a bomb'.

 

That didn't go over well.  My father was steaming and ready to punch him in the face, because they took the boat apart.  Literally.  Thankfully everything was in order and other than losing the better part of an hour, they left unscathed

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Had some guys on a "training mission" out of Norfolk boarding EVERYONE out at Monster Ledge a number of years ago. Everyone was trolling for Tuna with big spreads.  They were pleasant enough; but it was kind of a PITA

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On 6/12/2018 at 5:22 PM, JohnP said:

What was odd was the kind of things they asked about or checked for was not the usual list I’ve seen 

 

wondering if there’s some regs buried somewhere where they could write you up if they wanted to find something, anything 

I get the feeling that they board enough boats that they get a feeling for what they're trying to find.  You came across as competent, so they didn't go into their new boater routine.  If you were new, you probably would have gotten more of a talk of the risks of running a boat outside.

 

Sometimes, I think they board out of boredom.  My boat is pretty unusual--at the time I bought it, it was the first of its kind ever built, and I'm not sure that the manufacturer ever built another just like it.  When it was new, it was a very striking-looking hull.  So one day years ago, I was anchored at the very edge of West Channel in Great South Bay, trying to find a flounder or two along the drop--a place where everything from rental boats to party boats used to anchor every weekend.  It was a windy April day, with not too many boats around, and I saw a Coast Guard RIB shoot past me at speed.  Maybe a quarter mile away, the CG guys spun the RIB and came back, gave me a basic inspection, then told me that I was anchored a little close to the channel.  But I really think that they were just bored and wanted to check out a new and different boat to kill a little time.

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On 6/13/2018 at 9:07 AM, JoeyZac said:

 

Do registrations actually list inches?  I've never seen that.  To me, "over 26" means 27+.

 

 

Laws and regulations are generally enforced as written.

 

What you describe is "under 27 feet."  "Over 26 feet" means just that.  26 feet, 2 inches is "over 26 feet."  Boats are regulated by size class.  The classes are under 16 feet, 16-26 feet, 26-40 feet, etc.  26'2" is not between 16 and 26 feet; it is between 26 feet and 40.

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On 6/18/2018 at 1:39 PM, CWitek said:

I get the feeling that they board enough boats that they get a feeling for what they're trying to find.  You came across as competent, so they didn't go into their new boater routine.  If you were new, you probably would have gotten more of a talk of the risks of running a boat outside.

 

Sometimes, I think they board out of boredom.  My boat is pretty unusual--at the time I bought it, it was the first of its kind ever built, and I'm not sure that the manufacturer ever built another just like it.  When it was new, it was a very striking-looking hull.  So one day years ago, I was anchored at the very edge of West Channel in Great South Bay, trying to find a flounder or two along the drop--a place where everything from rental boats to party boats used to anchor every weekend.  It was a windy April day, with not too many boats around, and I saw a Coast Guard RIB shoot past me at speed.  Maybe a quarter mile away, the CG guys spun the RIB and came back, gave me a basic inspection, then told me that I was anchored a little close to the channel.  But I really think that they were just bored and wanted to check out a new and different boat to kill a little time.

 

So fast forward to this weekend

 

we are floating down the Delaware. 2 boats. 6 guys

 

looking for rising trout 

 

out if nowhere comes two kayaks with NY DEC Officers 

 

they check for  licenses and life preservers 

 

and then they check the coolers for fish

 

we told them we hadn’t kept a trout since 1978. Those poor DEC officers weren’t even born then 

 

they leave my buddy says that’s the first time he’s been stopped in 30 years there

 

so there you have it.  it must be me 

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6 mins ago, JohnP said:

 

So fast forward to this weekend

 

we are floating down the Delaware. 2 boats. 6 guys

 

looking for rising trout 

 

out if nowhere comes two kayaks with NY DEC Officers 

 

they check for  licenses and life preservers 

 

and then they check the coolers for fish

 

we told them we hadn’t kept a trout since 1978. Those poor DEC officers weren’t even born then 

 

they leave my buddy says that’s the first time he’s been stopped in 30 years there

 

so there you have it.  it must be me 

Could be.  I haven’t drawn a stop since that time I described, which was the spring of 2000.  Thought Suffolk County PD was going to stop me in the State Channel last year; my wife and I were coming in from offshore, and drinking from cans of iced tea.  I suspect they thought we were drinking something else, as the boat was edging toward me, and about to pass; I saw the officer on my side start reaching out to wave me over.  I turned a little then, he must have gotten a glance at the Lipton label, and the wave-over kind of awkwardly turned into just a wave and he dropped back and I kept on going. 

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On 6/13/2018 at 8:24 AM, iphish said:

My coast visit came with very large mounted machine gun that would rip my 19 foot to shreads with a touch of the trigger. We have NUKE subs in the area and were visible nearby. They came along side, tied up to my boat, encouraged me to keep my motor on but in neutral, we were in a fast current 4-6 knots.  4 coast guard officers and one CG pilot.

 

I had my wife and two Teen daughters on board

 

My visit did not check my safe course, fishing lic. insurance, boat registration - although they may have saw the sticker.  They did not check the fire extinguisher

 

 It simple asked for my ID, checked to make sure that I had the right amount of PFDs and a Type 4. They filled out a simple questionnaire, how long I have been boating, if I have seen anything or someone suspicious in the area and left me their card. 

 

Have a nice day, all in 5 minutes.

 

That gun was bad ass.

I'm rather sure i know why you got boarded.

 

sam

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I went to my local Coast Guard station and had a volunteer safety check performed. They sign a piece of paper saying you are good to go and I show that whenever a Coast Guard wants to search my vessel. Saves time and hassle.

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On ‎6‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 3:15 PM, Billybob said:

I don't think you need a radio, do you? 

no

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On ‎6‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 7:41 PM, Slacker said:

Funny thing is that one of the most useful pieces of safety equipment isn't on that list... the anchor.  I always carried two.  Drifting without power can be a bad situation.

My buddy got his sabiki lure wrapped up in my prop recently. As we tilted the engine to unwrap the mess, we realized we were drifting fast towards a nearby rock. And I had just replaced the anchor after going w/o one a couple of times. Thank God I had the new anchor ready... Lesson learned - do not go anywhere without an anchor.

 

My friend was boarded and scolded for not having the throwable PFD. He had everything else, right number of PFD's etc, but the not the throwable type IV. Another lesson learned.

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We were stopped 11 times last year, think we are at 8 this year.  

 

Different crew each time.  Same inspection each time.  Life jackets, a throwable one, fire extinguisher, noise maker and if one of us has a safe boaters course.

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Make sure your throwable device is in the open ready to be thrown and not covered in plastic in a storage compartment.

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Got boarded today in Buzzards Bay. Man do they look young these days.. everything was up to snuff and they could tell we were on the up and up, they were pleasant. 5 minutes and they gave me a piece of paper and said it’s good for a year, show it if they want to board me again.

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