I suppose some might say the USCG would never stop a Hobie 16, so don't worry about it . . . but I can offer this:
I had a Nacra 5.5sl and raced it regularly out of King Harbor (Redondo Beach). One bright and beautiful Saturday morning, just before the racing
was to commence and all of the slower boats had already left the harbor and headed out toward the start line, the CG came in just as the Nacra fleet was about to head
They were checking that everyone had their numbers on, that they were correctly displayed, that they were the right size, that each boat had its registration
with it . . . Needless to say, probably, this delayed the Nacra fleet reaching the start line on time.
As the fastest vessels racing
, the Nacras were always the first to start so they didn't have to work their way through the slower vessels during the race
. Because we got to the line late, it delayed the start of every subsequent race
and there were those who called for the Nacra race to be canceled because of it. It probably added thirty minutes to the day's race schedule.
Of about twenty Nacras, I was the only one who actually carried a laminated copy of my registration
in one of the hulls and I was told that I could go. It would have been funny
if I was the only boat to show up at the start line that day and won by default, but I waited for the others and we all went to the line as a pack.
I suppose they could have made it a thorough safety inspection
, but that day, anyway, they were only checking registration compliance. Good thing, I guess, because none of us could have passed a thorough USCG safety inspection