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 e.g., my flares were in good working order but out of date.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!!!