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I was motoring on the Columbia River about 40 miles down from Portland Oregon, near Kalama, WA. My motor quit with a 4 knor current running and no wind or I would have been sailing.

Thank goodness I was just outside the shipping channel. So I get on the VHF, channel 16 and call for assistance from someone to give me a tow. Coast Guard comes back and says they will assist. Doesn't happen often because we are between Portland and Astoria, Oregon. Usually we have to call Vessel Assist.

Just so happens that a number of military ships from several nations come to Portland for the Rose Festival. I couldn't believe that in 10 minutes a large cutter was bearing down on me. It turns out a fleet of Coasties were escorting all these military ships back out to sea. How lucky was I? They threw a 1.5" line around my mast and back to the cutter and in a short time I was almost surfing and back to my marina.

These guys and gals were absolutely great. I see so many negative stories about them, I just wanted to say something positive. We owe them a a great deal of gratitude. This was probably the easiest rescue they've ever made.

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I have mixed feelings about them. They are obviously there to help, but I do not feel like I am treated "innocent until proven guilty" by them. They tend to want to climb on and look around, write tickets, and be macho with their big guns. It is asinine behavior.
 

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Can you tell us what you said when you got on the radio looking for help? I only ask because more often than not it's how you ask and what you ask for that makes all the difference. Details about the conversation would be great.

Glad to hear the boys from New London are serving well.
 

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Well, I don't have mixed feelings about them. I used to be one, even if only at a desk as a reservist.

No one's perfect. The Coast Guard is the smallest of the military services, yet the one who has the most day-to-day contact with the public. They give more responsibility to their mid-level Petty Officers than any other of the uniformed services, and usually that trust is well-founded.

So when a Boatswain's Mate Third, or Second, is on the front line in dealing with the public, I'm naturally inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt if it was a judgement call.

Newly-assigned Port Security duties notwithstanding, I still think these men and women try to deal with the general maritime public in a straightforward and fair manner. If they occasionally get it wrong, I personally am inclined to cut them some slack. They're trying to do the right thing.
 

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The Coasties rock. I don't care how you cut it. They can search my boat all day long and I'll call them "sir" while they do it. Because if (some might say when) I call them...they'll come. That's good enough for me.
 

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Amen smackdaddy!
I was searched by the coastguard in the gulf of mexico. While they searched my boat bow to stern they shuttled out 10 gal of diesel and even a complimentary loaf of bread hot out of the oven! There were 5 of them on my little 26 footer and were very polite. It is a very dangerous job they do and I am thankful for them.
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They are #1 in my book. I will take them over state marine police anyday
 

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This is making me remember another story that I thought I should share. Last year another boater at marina in Deep River CT (withholding name as it’s not important) fell overboard late in the evening. In falling he apparently struck his head and thus knocking himself unconscious. The search and rescue mission that followed was quite extensive and well planned out. During this mission I was asked by a Coast Guard Officer to please keep my sailboat in it’s slip as I had the deepest draft in the marina and they were going to be diving all over the place. (I was going to stay anyways as I was concerned for my fellow boater and his family.) About 4 hors later when they were well into the recovery side of things I was told I was clear to leave and thanked for keeping clear. Long story short the gorgeous model from NYC I had no the boat managed to drop a fender as we were on our way out of the marina. Three failed attempts later to recover the fender (the image of her trying to use the boat pole and bending over kills me) the Coast Guard fast attach RIB came over to offer assistance. They called me on 16 and said they would take care of it and not to worry. 4 min later they pulled along side and returned the fender along with offering some weather advice and thanking me again.

I was just really impressed they would take the time to rescue a fender for me. Although, I have to wonder if the gorgeous girl I had on the boat might convinced them….
 

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I was just really impressed they would take the time to rescue a fender for me. Although, I have to wonder if the gorgeous girl I had on the boat might convinced them….
Ya think???
 

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I will post a picture tomorrow, it will all make sense then.....
 

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I have had several encounters. One extremely negative, and the others I would invite them into my home. There's bad apples in every barrel. Usually at the bottom......i2f
 

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My boat (power) was headed for the rocks in Valdez. Engine failure. From my boat I can see 3 cc vessels. I radio that I have two on board and ask for an assist as I have about 15 minutes of drift time. They come back and basically tell me too bad....could I find anybody for a tow? (There is no sea tow here) I guy listening to my calls to the CC finally pipes up in disgust and says what the f are they good for? He heads out of the harbor and throws me a rope. The cc? they are just playing water cops. I mean three frickin RIB's fully manned on the water plus a large cc contingent not more than 3 nautical miles away. The coasties of the past are dead. Sorry I do not pander to a lot of folks wanting to believe. I USE to respect what their job was ...now...meh.....
 

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Sounds like you got a couple of bad apples. When you type Valdez is that Alaska? Didn't you have an anchor ready to deploy?

It's not their job anymore to be a tow service. Lawyers were probably the ones who fixed that. Besides they are busy looking for terrorist.....i2f
 

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anchors aweigh

Many places the the depth plunges quite rapidly from shore. The Alaskan coast also has some extremely strong currents. Anchoring is an option but not at 90 fathoms.
 

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I am not familiar with the Alaskan coastline, and was just asking. Still I can't imagine it is 90m to the shoreline in all places? On a hope, and prayer I would be getting ready to drop the hook anyway, plus the call......i2f
 
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