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Old 10-18-2016, 10:15 AM
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well I have been boating on and off since 1974 and this past Friday I had my first Coast Guard boarding.

I was having some work done on my boat lift and the mechanic said to just run to the end of the channel and back and he should be done that fast.

I get to the end of the channel and turn around. I heard two quick electronic beeps and immediately start looking at my gauges and in the cabin to see what was wrong. It was then I noticed the RHIB with the blue lights flashing. They must have had a good laugh as I was looking for the source of the warning horn

anyway, two people board. first question is if there are any weapons on board (no), one proceeded to ask questions, and I sent the other in the cabin. I told him the ditch back had the flares, smoke, plb epirb and paperwork. He found the documentation on the hull, asked about the head. and was done

all in all less than ten minutes. very easy experience. It also helped to have everything in order and in date.
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This past summer was the first time in didn't get boarded in barnaget bay. I don't mind. They check things out, I get a certificate in case I get stopped again and they're on their way.
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Got boarded twice this summer on San Francisco Bay. Same routine as mentioned by the OP and no issues. I did notice they relaxed a lot after i quickly produced the third item on their check list.
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The CG able to board your vessel for no reason whatsoever is bullshit in my opinion, glad it worked out for ya though..
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Been boarded more times then I have fingers and toes. Use to be a weekly thing when we were younger.
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Originally Posted by Nate5.0 View Post
Been boarded more times then I have fingers and toes. Use to be a weekly thing when we were younger.
It was the same thing for me... Did you have a go fast boat with pretty girls and loud music???
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Did they ask or are they required to ask, "Permission to come aboard?"

If the answer is,"Yes", what would happen if they were denied permission to board but you answered all questions and provided all required information and equipment, i.e. flares etc.?

Just curious.


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It was the same thing for me... Did you have a go fast boat with pretty girls and loud music???
Not a go fast but lots of loud music and girls....Yamaha Jet boat back in the day...never anything more than a boarding but it was frequent.


Then I bought a 36' go fast with really loud engines.....only boarded 1 time and it was at the docks upon return of memorial day.
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Originally Posted by Alureing View Post
The CG able to board your vessel for no reason whatsoever is bullshit in my opinion, glad it worked out for ya though..
so do you think they should only check on the thieves and terrorist somehow ( maybe use their crystal ball) and leave the people without the proper safety equipment or the knowledge that they need them alone.

or is it just you they need to stay away from?
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I get boarded about 8 times on that water a year and when coming back to dock at least 1 out of 4 times by DNR. I have a 25 ft center console that's rigged for offshore canyon fishing. All they ever want to see is my HMS permit doesn't matter if all I have is a couple spinning rods on board. I've never had CG board my boat.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
Did they ask or are they required to ask, "Permission to come aboard?"

If the answer is,"Yes", what would happen if they were denied permission to board but you answered all questions and provided all required information and equipment, i.e. flares etc.?

Just curious.


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Make sure you say no when they ask if you are running drugs or guns.
an make sure you do not dress like a terroist
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Have been boarded many times until I started getting a yearly VSC. Now when approached they stand off and only ask to see PFD's.

Considering these folks may come save my butt someday, they are welcome to board my boat with or without the VSC.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
Did they ask or are they required to ask, "Permission to come aboard?"

If the answer is,"Yes", what would happen if they were denied permission to board but you answered all questions and provided all required information and equipment, i.e. flares etc.?

Just curious.


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I am retired from the CG. You don't have a choice. When I came alongside a boat or hailed them on the radio I told them I was going to come aboard to make sure they are in compliance with federal law.

I stepped on board, shook the captain's hand then introduced myself to the crew.

"How are y'all today. I am Paul and I am going to be making sure y'all have all the safety equipment you need on board. Did you catch anything?"

I tried to be polite and conversational. I wanted to put them at ease. It's generally an uncomfortable experience being boarded, so I did my level best to help everyone relax.

I rarely asked about guns. I just assumed all the boats I boarded had guns on board. It's legal and I didn't care.

One day I boarded a charter boat headed into Orange beach. It was a crew of some pretty sauced up fishermen returning from a productive trip. Right next tio them was a boat full of bikinis. No sooner than we boarded one of the guys asked why we boarded them instead of the bikini boat adding "are y'all gay." I immediately pointed to my partner and nodded in the affirmative. They got a laugh out of it. We cut up all the way through the boarding. We left shaking hands with them saying they appreciated us.

To my surprise one of them was politically connected. My commanding officer got a letter from him saying that he was very proud of our professionalism in dealing with his rowdy bunch and that our boarding was an exclamation point on a trip of a lifetime.

I think today's CG enforcement officers are a bit too serious and stuffy in general.
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
Make sure you say no when they ask if you are running drugs or guns.
an make sure you do not dress like a terroist
OK, That's what I have been doing.



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I am retired from the CG. You don't have a choice. When I came alongside a boat or hailed them on the radio I told them I was going to come aboard to make sure they are in compliance with federal law.

I stepped on board, shook the captain's hand then introduced myself to the crew.

"How are y'all today. I am Paul and I am going to be making sure y'all have all the safety equipment you need on board. Did you catch anything?"

I tried to be polite and conversational. I wanted to put them at ease. It's generally an uncomfortable experience being boarded, so I did my level best to help everyone relax.

I rarely asked about guns. I just assumed all the boats I boarded had guns on board. It's legal and I didn't care.

One day I boarded a charter boat headed into Orange beach. It was a crew of some pretty sauced up fishermen returning from a productive trip. Right next tio them was a boat full of bikinis. No sooner than we boarded one of the guys asked why we boarded them instead of the bikini boat adding "are y'all gay." I immediately pointed to my partner and nodded in the affirmative. They got a laugh out of it. We cut up all the way through the boarding. We left shaking hands with them saying they appreciated us.

To my surprise one of them was politically connected. My commanding officer got a letter from him saying that he was very proud of our professionalism in dealing with his rowdy bunch and that our boarding was an exclamation point on a trip of a lifetime.

I think today's CG enforcement officers are a bit too serious and stuffy in general.
Thanks Paul.


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can you not have a weapon on a boat?
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Originally Posted by willie g View Post
can you not have a weapon on a boat?
If you can legally possess a firearm then there are no federal laws precluding you from having one on a boat. State law may vary. CG officers inquire about guns as an officer safety/awareness issue.
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Thank you for your service Paul ...
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
I am retired from the CG. You don't have a choice. When I came alongside a boat or hailed them on the radio I told them I was going to come aboard to make sure they are in compliance with federal law.

I stepped on board, shook the captain's hand then introduced myself to the crew.

"How are y'all today. I am Paul and I am going to be making sure y'all have all the safety equipment you need on board. Did you catch anything?"

I tried to be polite and conversational. I wanted to put them at ease. It's generally an uncomfortable experience being boarded, so I did my level best to help everyone relax.

I rarely asked about guns. I just assumed all the boats I boarded had guns on board. It's legal and I didn't care.

One day I boarded a charter boat headed into Orange beach. It was a crew of some pretty sauced up fishermen returning from a productive trip. Right next tio them was a boat full of bikinis. No sooner than we boarded one of the guys asked why we boarded them instead of the bikini boat adding "are y'all gay." I immediately pointed to my partner and nodded in the affirmative. They got a laugh out of it. We cut up all the way through the boarding. We left shaking hands with them saying they appreciated us.

To my surprise one of them was politically connected. My commanding officer got a letter from him saying that he was very proud of our professionalism in dealing with his rowdy bunch and that our boarding was an exclamation point on a trip of a lifetime.

I think today's CG enforcement officers are a bit too serious and stuffy in general.
this explains a post I read of yours in another section
it was the passing incident...loved it

thanks for the answer as well
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The CG able to board your vessel for no reason whatsoever is bullshit in my opinion, glad it worked out for ya though..
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Lots of respect for the CG but I agree.
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I think the coast guard makes a mistake around here by only sending out young kids to do these stops. I am 33 and i have never been stopped by a coastie close to my age. They typically try to have a "we're in charge" presence which i understand but when you're a 24 year old who is new to boating and you're talking to someone like my Dad who has been on the water his whole life about what is right and wrong it just doesn't work. Respect has to go both ways and having a kid roll up on you with finger on the trigger demanding your papers does not earn my respect. I've had mostly good experiences with the coasties here but i think they should quit using these stops solely for breaking in the new guys at the citizen's expense.
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