In a recent thread I posted, I was a bit surprised to find that others thought that having USCG documentation
would help them if their boat was stolen, I don't think so ... and I would like to say a few words about the Coasties.
First of all, several members of the local unit, are my friends, and I support them and their agency 100% ... but ... I think there may be misconceptions about thier real world capabilities, and I would like to address that.
For the last several years, the local USCG has been almost impossible to hear on the VHF
.. they were faint & garbled, meanwhile, the Tampa bay Coasties came across loud & clear, though they are 60+ miles further away. The local unit (Fort Myers Beach) clearly needed new radio equipment
... and weren't getting it. Whether the money
was available, and the local commander simply didn't know how to get it .. or ... the money
wasn't available, I don't know .. but that was the situation.
Finally, they got a new radio
.... donated by local boaters!!!!!! While they were at it, they painted & wall papered the living quarters, and refurbished it using second hand furniture, they described the previous conditions as "deplorable".
We count on the Coasties daily to watch over us ... but this is the reality of the situation, they are underfunded and overworked.
I'm going to go on and post a second thread "USCG part 2" so that people can reply to each individually ... part 2 will be an interesting story ... I promise!
Bob & Lynn