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Old 10-23-2019, 09:59 AM
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Default What would it take to get rid of coast guard safety inspections?

I'm talking about that law that was passed about 200 years ago that allows the coast guard to board and inspect a vessel just because they feel like it. Where on land police can't stop you unless they have reasonable suspicion you've commited a crime or are about to.

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10-23-2019, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by fishmaster273 View Post
Or at least make it so they need to have probable cause to pull you over.
It's really not hard for them to get PC. How many of us use the sound signals we are required to use when we encounter other boaters?
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It's an international border, as opposed to land.
Good luck with your quest.
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Or at least make it so they need to have probable cause to pull you over.
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an Act of Congress
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Originally Posted by Jeepman View Post
an act of Congress

Obviously. They change laws everyday, I just don't understand how us boaters continue to allow them to board our vessels for no reason at all.
Old 10-23-2019, 10:18 AM
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Papers please! Eh comrade!
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An act of congress.
If they decouple the rescue functions from the border patrol functions like in the UK it would remove that requirement.
In the UK a non profit (RNLI) is tasked with rescuing people and thats all they do. Since they are not part of the government they cant stop and search your boat.
The Border Force and Royal Navy can but have better things to do in life than to stop you.
So convince enough congresscritters that the UK model is better and problem solved.
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Originally Posted by fishmaster273 View Post
Or at least make it so they need to have probable cause to pull you over.
It's really not hard for them to get PC. How many of us use the sound signals we are required to use when we encounter other boaters?
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
It's really not hard for them to get PC. How many of us use the sound signals we are required to use when we encounter other boaters?

True but how many cops pull you over for not using a turn signal? They typically don't care.
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What are you in need of hiding? ;?
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What are you in need of hiding? ;?

I take my boat out to have peace and quiet and not be bothered by anyone, especially the government.
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I have my popcorn ready for this

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Yeah, a border is way different than inland. If Tony the Terrorist could just motor his cargo of nuclear weapons into Boston Harbor because his registration was current that might be a problem.
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
I have my popcorn ready for this


I know this is going to be a 200 plus post thread.
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Originally Posted by fishmaster273 View Post
I take my boat out to have peace and quiet and not be bothered by anyone, especially the government.
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What are you in need of hiding? ;?
Aren't you the one who recently started a new thread titled "How do you get people to go on your boat?" If you have issues with the Coast Guard or other government agency boarding your boat, and if you have problems getting people to go out with you on your boat, it sounds like you need to move up in the mountains or some other remote area away from people.
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I certainly see the good side to it, there's a lot of half hazard boaters out there without the appropriate safety gear to protect their crew. In my experience it always depends on which boat I was in, determining often I got stopped. In my recently sold Carolina skiff I would get stop so often it truly affected my fishing time. There were multiple times I would slip out after work trying to catch the tide just right and the evening bite and be stopped almost every time, on two separate occasions I got stopped twice back to back. When you add the amount of time it takes to provide them what they want and for their basic chit chat there goes the tide and daylight. Then throw on a few rookies who don't know their ass from their elbow add a little high on power, you can write off an hour of fishing, even when you know the drill better than they does and have provided everything before he even asked. One guy told me since I own the boat out right I had to have the title accessible on the boat at all times. Now, in my contender I've only been stopped once in 6 years, which was 30 miles out in the ocean and international waters. Most of the guys I encounter have a good attitude and really display I desire to keep people safe on the water.
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
Aren't you the one who recently started a new thread titled "How do you get people to go on your boat?" If you have issues with the Coast Guard or other government agency boarding your boat, and if you have problems getting people to go out with you on your boat, it sounds like you need to move up in the mountains or some other remote area away from people.
Yeah, but sometimes it's nice to just go for a boat ride alone.
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I don't know the last time I've been stopped on the water. Maybe you just need to move.
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Look forward to a good read next few days watching this unfold into a complete shitshow.

I appreciate the CG out there patrolling our waters and keeping us safe.
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https://cgaux.org/vsc/ a dockside exam might keep them from boarding .
I know the commercial fishing dockside exam sticker definitely cuts down on the boardings.

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