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"Judges don't like stupid cops "
Except, in some places the judges know very well that the charges are bogus, but they get their town budget--and salary--paid for by a piece of the fines they collect.
There was a big year-long investigation and review of this problem with small town judges in upstate NY last year, the courts wound up saying "Well, if they were elected to their office...they don't have to know the law" and letting the abuses stand.
So unless you want to take the huge step of proving bad intent and starting something like a federal RICO prosecution...your options are limited.
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As for the light, sounds live they were just out revenueing. A sounds device is required.... Get those cheap two pack whistles and tie one somewhere on every dingy you have. Be sure to demonstrate its use for the revenue man. They like that sort of thing.
Yeppers!! It sounded like a small town speed trap for catching the Ultra-rich touristas that are visiting NH.
How do they know that you are 'ultra-rich'? Because you live on a mega-yacht. One that is over 18 ft in length.

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Hmmmmm....sounds like an organized boycott of NH by boaters (say for one week or something really minor) might get their attention.....You could do it like what......the 3rd week of January....hahahahaha....
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I will be quiet now!!! I have been accused of tilting at windmills sometimes. My advice might get you in a fight you can not win.
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If your boat is registered in that state i think you must use there rules and not defer to the USCG. Works that way on the hiways also.
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If your boat is registered in that state i think you must use there rules and not defer to the USCG. Works that way on the hiways also.
The original thread is three years old so the original issue was dealt with (I would hope). In most cases the USCG does not override state rules if the requirement is over and above their own, which is the reason why each state has different regs for stuff like the minimum age for wearing life jackets and who has to take a boating safety course.

Boaters are responsible for knowing the regulations in the state(s) in which they boat.

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Pay the fine and move on. Even if dismissed, will probably have to pay court costs which are usually in the $50-75 range.

Despite the clause in the regs, if it has a motor they are going to nail you if you aren't running lights. If you have a hard floor, I screwed a pvc pipe cap onto the floor. Attached an 18" piece of pvc tube to the light to make it removable during the day. If the floor is soft, use the suction cups, but glue them on so they don't pop off. If the suction cups don't have removable posts, may need to mod them abit so the light is removable for storage, etc.

The fire extinguisher varies by state, don't need one in VA. +1 on the whistle.
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the ticket was bs it should be a warning. but you have to relize that people can't see you its a safty issue. for the fire extinguisher and sound prodcing device you can do that eaily fire extinguisher un the seat and put a wisle in the boat tape it to the side of the motor easy enough safety issues nothing more

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