Our experiences differ.
We purchased our boat in Brunswick GA in 2008, then lived aboard for about six weeks before we set off for points north. No visits by authorities, no problems, no hassles.
This year we stayed in Brunswick again for a couple of months on the trip north. As before we had no issues, no visits, etc.
As with many laws, the reality is not in how they are written but in how they are enforced.
If you draw attention to yourself due to bad behavior, or making a nuisance of yourself, or have a derelict looking vessel then don't be surprised if you get to meet the authorities up close and personal. How you interact with those authorities will also greatly influence how good or bad that experience will be for you.
Last edited by PorFin; 11-02-2010 at 12:23 PM.