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Sunday morning and the USCG

I want the record to clearly state that I whole heartedly applaud the efforts and sacrifice of our Coasties. I truly do. Now the story:

I went out to work on my boat this morning, a beautiful morning in Casco Bay. I had a few jobs I wanted to tackle, while sipping some coffee and listening to some tunes. Then I was planning on logging a few single handed miles before the fog and rain came (and came it did!)

About an hour into my morning tasks, the USCG came charging into the mooring field in this really friggin' cool boat:



Only they had mounted the HUGE gun and turret in the bow.

The crew of five came off plane and cruised a serpentine route through the field, heading back out into the bay, then turned back in and headed straight for me. I was in the cockpit stripping some wire for a little electrical work.

"Good morning, sir! Have you ever been boarded by the USCG?"

You know what happened next...

They found my stash and I went to jail.

No just kidding, they didn't find the stash, but they did spend 45+ minutes walking around my boat in their black boots and writing up citations for such things as a missing garbage placard.

The entire event was quite friendly and included happy chit-chat with junior officers.

However, this whole thing cost me my sailing for the day. (I had to answer my cell after some of my friends witnessed the boarding from land!)

I know they have the right to do it and I know it's good to check boats and make sure they are safe. e.g., my flares were in good working order but out of date. But, while the boats at its home mooring? I kinda felt like the police pulled into my driveway while I was washing my car and asked me for my license and registration.

Maybe there are some USCG personnel on SN that will weigh in on this. Again, I have no problem with being boarded, it just seemed a little harsh doing it on my own mooring an a nice Sunday morning.

Just thought I'd share my feelings. Thanks for the couch!!!

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Bummer....Moral to story... Everyone Duck if you see them comming first...
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whine...whine... whine... want some cheese with that...

One big difference is that your boat can sink at its home mooring... you car probably won't have any issues in the driveway.

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whine...whine... whine... want some cheese with that...

One big difference is that your boat can sink at its home mooring... you car probably won't have any issues in the driveway.
Can you bring some crackers, too?

It's true that my boat can sink at it's mooring, but don't I have to deal with that if it happens? With that logic, my insurance company should be able to send a rep to check the batteries on my smoke alarms - on a Sunday morning.

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It has happen to us in our slip at our marina! About once a year the Coast Guard pulls into the marina and inspects any boat that is occupied. We are Located north of New York city! I think it a B. P. M. thing! (boarding per month)
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Can you bring some crackers, too?

It's true that my boat can sink at it's mooring, but don't I have to deal with that if it happens? With that logic, my insurance company should be able to send a rep to check the batteries on my smoke alarms - on a Sunday morning.

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Hello,

I had a similar thing happen to me this past Memorial day. We were sailing from Mt. Sinai to Milford, Ct (about 18 nm). When we were about half way there I was below making lunch for my wife and 3 kids. The autopilot was steering, my wife was keeping watch. She called me on deck because a power boat was coming right at us. I look, and it was a similar boat to the one in your picture. I looked at the radio, and it was on 17 instead of 16. So I switch to 16 and hail them. They pulled along side, about 50' away and asked a number of questions, looked us over, wished us well, and left.

About 30 minutes later we heard them hail a powerboat. He must not have answered the questions correctly because they boarded him. About 15 minutes later the CG left, but had to go back because they left a backpack on the power boat!

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Do tell??

Do tell? What did they get you for and how much were the fines???

Did they check to see if your overboard discharge seacock for the head was closed and "locked"? I've been told they are really cracking down on the valve being locked with the new NDZ for Casco Bay?

BTW you had sun on your side of the bay today?? We were socked in from about 8:00 am on...

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Being down in South Texas, I've been boarded by the CG in the Laguna Madre (great guys, spent a lot of time on board and were very polite - laughed when it told them that Paloma was probably older than they were) and by the border patrol in Puerto Isabella at a boat yard (great guys as well, doing a truly thankless job and doing it damn well).

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not too bad

They got me for not having the garbage placard, outdated flares, and embarrassingly enough, not having my documentation numbers permanently attached to the boat. I knew that was coming as soon as he asked if I'd ever been boarded before (sinking feeling.)

Somehow the PO never attached them - he had the boat documented as well, I just transfered the documentation. The boat is new to me last fall; come this spring, I realized that I had never seen the numbers anywhere and I had seen everywhere by then. I asked him and he didn't know.....

It's been on my list.

He did indeed check the discharge. The seacock was closed but the Y-valve was not locked. He said I needed to at least put a zip-tie on it, so I put one on right in front of him. Good enough for him!

They will contact me within 30 days. If I show receipt of these things I should avoid fines. He say he couldn't guarantee that I'd get off scot-free, but he'd put in the report how cooperative I was.

And yes, Halekai, it was sunny until around 1:00. The bank just hung off from Portland in a radius from the Headlight - bisecting Peaks and Little Diamond and heading towards Tukey's Bridge. Maybe the heat from the "big city" keeps it at bay??? I see it like that fairly often...

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