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What great stuff RJSD. I remember as a kid, sitting with some friends on lazy afternoons waiting for a trickle of air to flutter the leaves of a small tree in the yard. When the magic moment came (more than just a passing trickle) we'd suddenly rush to our cars, throw in the sailbags, in my case with the two-piece mast protruding 3 feet out and away from the car window, race to the lake and hurriedly rig the two small dinghies to catch the Summer breezes. Those days colored the course of my life, and I have remained a particularly spontaneous sort ever since. When the wind blows, it's time to go sailing. I am not one to sit at the marina.
I started this thread not just to hear what other boats PSC lovers like, but simply to ask a variety of questions. And your reply reminded me of a question, with respect to "freedom". Some may find it odd, but the new paradigm massive security state of cameras, data collection, tasers, etc. etc. etc. is what brought me to revisit my lifelong dream of taking to the sea, and perhaps for extended cruising if I can find the courage. So here goes... When I went out on the ocean for the first time this year in a 28' sailboat (as a passenger as mentioned previously), it was a rather quiet Thurs. late afternoon. Not much activity out there (off the Ocean City NJ inlet). We were approached on two occasions by a Coast Guard boat (medium size and quick). They came to about 1/4 of a mile or so, clearly in our direction, lingered awhile, presumably training considerable optics on us to determine our activity. This happened twice during our 4 hr. cruise. Additionally, a Coast guard helicopter (and not a small one) made a pretty close pass, only 150 ft or so off the water, and maybe only 5-600 feet horizontally from us, circled, kinda buttonhooked and departed. Again, there was no one else around so they were clearly investigating us. We weren't doing anything to speak of, save perhaps drinking our lone beer of the trip so maybe that was it. All that to say this..
Is this normal? But more importantly for me, how often have some of you been boarded? Is it commonplace, and can anyone provide a synopsis of just exactly what the rules are exactly with regard to this kind of thing? While I am not guilty of anything, I take being searched by authorities in any situation very seriously and begrudgingly. I would love to hear some various stories from some of you on this matter.
And a different question....and I'd like to start a different thread on this one. For those of you that have actually set "out" to sea, and have run across the inevitable gale, can you describe the experience a little? Is it just rank fear, like one might feel for their house if a tornado was headed your way, or is there some sense of I am in control and have confidence in a successful outcome? It's those big waves crashing onto a partially submerged bow that scares me (at night?), or getting pooped I guess they call it from behind.
How many of you have had a sizeable wave of water come over the side and flood into some of those beautiful teak interiors these boats I dream about have? That would seem like a pretty substantial goof, but lots of the boats I've looked at (online) appear to have been flooded a time or two.
Thanks, and sorry so long.. hope you guys are all out on the water and don't have time to reply!