Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol
LOL. Nothing like a five year old to hasten a safety inspection. Trust me on this, best insurance to have if your flares are expired IMHO. We’ve been boarded four times in the past forty years. All by the USCG and all either motoring or motor sailing. On time we were following a StFYC sail boat when returning from the Delta. As he got close to the Carquinez Bridge he quickly hoisted his sails and we thought “that was odd, there’s no wind”. Sure enough the local bridge troll zoomed out from behind a bridge pier, drove past the StFYC boat and boarded us. My friends tell me that teenage daughters are a magnet for boardings.
The USCG can board an American boat anytime, anywhere. The US has treaties with the Caribbean nations for drug enforcement giving them the authority to board pretty much everyone down there. With everyone fearful about piracy and the drug wars in Central America, It’s kind of nice to know that the Coasties are at hand if you should need them.