Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey
I would also argue that a simple
recreational boat owner / skipper
does in practice have a greater degree of control over both what crew or passengers are allowed to come onboard and over what they do when onboard.
Not to say that the skipper
will use this ability - but that is his choice.
Please understand. I am not saying that the cruise
line should be sweating the possibility of loosing their ship. What I'm saying is that we should not be sweating the certainty of loosing our little boats.
As far as "skipper does....have... control"...
Really? There is some truth there somewhere. But not sure what "in practice" means.
In truth, the cruise
line likely would have a policy that crew would just accept. Something along the line of "WILL BE SEARCHED". Which goes well beyond what most skippers I know would impose on crew. We trust that when we ask questions, we wil get honest answers. Bad crew count on that trust, and that they WON'T be searched.
So, the only way "in practice" for the private skipper would work would be to forwarn crew that they will be searched. As a skipper/owner, I'm not thrilled about the idea, but... in order to make your statement true, I would have to. Which really isn't a bad idea.
Tell your crew to go thru their stuff themselves in front of you. When the bag is emptied, they hand it to you and you go over it. But remember, they may/probably be better at hiding it that you are at finding it. That's why TSA proceedures have gotten to the point of "enhanced pat down".
You sure you wanna go there?
What's the point?
The law needs to be tweaked to make sure that only the guilty are punished. No brainer.... IMHO
Thank you David M for putting it so well. From your statement, we should be able to assume that the law needs no tweaking. That's the sad part.