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Old 10-17-2011, 09:52 AM
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We left St.Augustine Wednesday morning and arrived at Port Everglades around 9:30 AM on a 65 foot Trawler.
I noticed a Coast Guard boat flying out of the inlet about 500 yards off my port. He then came directly at me and crossed my stern by about 10 feet. He ordered me to slow to 5 knots and advised that I was being boarded. Went through the normal safety checks and answered some questions. As the two Coast Guard guys were on board the told me to make my best speed and they would escort us in.

They handed us over to the Marine Police who told us they would escort us to our marina. As we passed under the first fixed bridge they ordered us to dock at a marina to our left.

Once docked we were told to get off the boat as about 15 police from different agencies went on board. These guys were all business! They had all kinds of different equipment. Most intriguing was the remote control submarine that scanned the bottom of the boat. One of the officers on the dock told me about the Iran assassination plot which led to heightened security.

Over all cost me a little over an hour of my time but I'm not complaining. Glad to see they were very thorough.

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Old 10-17-2011, 09:55 AM
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Were you flying an Iranian flag?
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Sounds like a violation of your 4th amandment rights to me.....Saftey check yes, make me leave my vessel and have your stormtroopers play international hero on my boat? no way.
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Were you flying an Iranian flag?
The Iranians attempted to use a Mexican assassin, so I doubt that's really relevant.

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They got you at Lauderdale Marina.

That stop was ridiculous! Was there something about the boat that made them think you were terrorists?

Was the boat flagged in another country? Did they seem to target you over any other boats?

The CG in Ft Lauderdale has a bad reputation for harrassing boaters but I have never seen anything like this.

I have two assumptions....

1) For some reason they knew you were coming in from a long trip and the boat was not from around here and they wanted to make sure you weren't transporting drugs or illegal aliens. (I think the heightened security thing is BS)

2) They used you as a training exercise.

Either way I would be pissed. This country used to be "the land of the free" but that is quiclky vanishing. You can't even take your boat out anymore without being stopped.

And getting stopped once in a while is fine, but what they did to you is pure harassment unless you were on a foreign flagged vessel or you were speeding or acting suspicious in the port near the ships.
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Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
The Iranians attempted to use a Mexican assassin, so I doubt that's really relevant.

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Ok, sorry, make it an American flag if you will but IMOP a tactical diversion on the Administrations part to shield Holder from the onslaught of media coverage of F&F.
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Looks tippy...
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Must have been a slow day at work. Notice 6-7 LEO's milling around while the sub is being deployed.
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I almost have to think the CG or local police monitor these forums and have been following your trip. It almost like they were waiting for your arrival.

If that is the case then it is absolutely pure harassment. All you did was transport a boat down the coast. You didn't run the boat to the Bahamas. And you publicly documented your entire trip.
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We were American flagged going 10 Knots and were stopped well before the inlet. Home Port was St Louis even though we came from Maryland. The entire harbor was full of Police boats and Coast Guard. No other boats were pulled over that I could tell.
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Must have been a slow day at work. Notice 6-7 LEO's milling around while the sub is being deployed.

No doubt, with big ol' boiler bellies just leaning on the nearest object.
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Looks like a few of those leo's could use some more time on the treadmill and a little less time milling around (I do also, but it isn't my job to be in shape).

You guys asked for this level of protection. Actually, you demanded it. Or did you think yelling for tighter border controls was aimed at everyone else?
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We were American flagged going 10 Knots and were stopped well before the inlet. Home Port was St Louis even though we came from Maryland. The entire harbor was full of Police boats and Coast Guard. No other boats were pulled over that I could tell.
What day was this? And what time of the day?

And your home port means nothing in the scope of this stop. Ft Lauderdale is loaded with yachts with home ports other than SE Florida.
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Originally Posted by ScarabChris View Post
What day was this? And what time of the day?
Last Wednesday around 9:30-10:00

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you must have been slow to answer a question or didn't answer them right. When they ask if you have ,Dead bodies,guns rocket launchers, you are suppose to laugh. if you get stunned and say no, full inspection
I have no problem getting boarded or searched as long as it isn't everyday by the same guy, just to check out my wife or other bikini women on my boat
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Harrumpf harrumpf. 97.5% chance it was just a training mission.
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Harrumpf harrumpf. 97.5% chance it was just a training mission.
Maybe they ffigured since they were going so slowly anyway, a few hours for a training inspection wouldn't bother them?
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Harrumpf harrumpf. 97.5% chance it was just a training mission.


They would be better trained on the TX-AZ border.
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Originally Posted by mfav View Post
Last Wednesday around 9:30-10:00
Of yeah....they were expecting you for some reason. I take my boat out during the week sometimes just for a quick cruise around the port and I rarely see even one CG or police boat.

If this were a nice sunny Saturday or Sunday I wouldn't be so sure you were targeted as there is usually a lot of LE boats on the water.

And even then, I have literally never seen them stop a big yacht like that. They are primarily all over the smaller boats, fishermen and families.

Or like I said, maybe it was a training day and you were the first big target they could practice on.


Either way........UNACCEPTABLE!!!!
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This happened to us on our way back from Bimini one time. It was pre-911, we weren't paying attention and got back to Stuart at 3 am. It wasn't this bad but they kept us for about 2hrs going through every inch of the boat which was a 36' Gulf Star 10knots max. The only thing I could figure was the Fred Olsen Express cut across our stern about 200yrds going mock 2
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