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post #119 of Old 03-28-2013
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Re: Stay out of Georgia

Cruisers who are not boarded by state officers don't usually post on forums so I don't panic when I cruise in Florida or Georgia. After 20 years of doing so I have been approached twice, once on the St Johns River at night when the battery operated bowlight on my 23 footer had gone out and I couldn't tell from the cockpit, and the other time again at night in Hawk Channel when the US Coast Guard came alongside and inquired where I had been and where I was going. It has really been a pretty hassle free twenty years all the way from Charleston, SC to Clearwater, FL.
Cruisers who have been treated poorly by local authorities are reminders that we live with regulation and although they are rightly vocal they are surely in the minority when compared to the overall boating population.
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