In prevous years sailing the east coast w/family we encountered no water authority at all. Even to the point of attempting to hail the coast guard near Georgetown (visually waving) ,only to have them wave and continue on !
This year (2010) we have been boarded several times while going north. beginning in Florida w/ the FWC , hen the coast guard in Cape Fear, again in the Delaware we were approached and after seeing the boardig reciept from cape fear they left. Also had unplasant expience in N. Myrtle ashore returning from grocery store afoot.
No unpleasantries elsewhere, but I noticed an increased coast guard presence and no shortage of local water police .
S, I guess it's hit and miss.
All in all the only things they were interested in was the usual, life vests,flares,registration,etc. then see ya later. Mostly young "kids" presumably following the instructions from their "bosses" for the daily tasks.
Except for the N. Myrtle cops I didn't feel like I was being un-justly dealt w/.
Throw of the dice.
Live-the-dash life's too short