we were boarded
Since it was their Birthday and all, I guess the Coast Guard thought it would be a good time to board us. All in all, it was actually a pleasant experience.
We were on a little weekend cruise and circling in a congested river just off the municipal marina. I had made radio contact with the harbormaster and was waiting for my slip assignment when the patrol boat pulled up behind me.
They came within hailing distance and asked if I had been boarded before. I replied, "No."
The conversation continued like this:
"Continue out the channel and we would like to come aboard out on the lake"
"I am in radio contact with the marina and waiting for a slip assignment"
I though they were going to make me stop in the river and board us there.
I was not looking forward to being in a confined area and being boarded, but they said, "That’s fine. No problem. When you get settled into your slip, we will come on over and do it there."
I tied up and ten minutes later they were on our boat.
I was in the cockpit with one officer going over our paper work while a second officer was below with my wife going through all of the required items. Julie did a great job, and knew exactly where ever piece of equipment was. There was no second-guessing or searching around. She new where everything was kept.
No problems, all was good, no violations and we were 100% compliant.
They were very pleasant, we had a lively conversation, which included lots of small talk, and all in all it was a pleasant experience.
Courtney is My Hero
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White