Originally Posted by Brent Swain
Harrassment of people on boats is very related to cruising and a growing threat to boaters, the freedom of the boating
lifestyle, and boating
related industries. It is a thin line, and balancing act, between the gangsters and goons taking away our freedom, and big brother being given the power to do the same thing.
The word 'harassment' is a very subjective word.. the very act of having the USCG stop you and ask to see your life jacksets could be deemed 'harassment', while others see it as doing thier job making us comply with the letter of the law.
Liveaboards who work, are hard to catch aboard sometimes...so the local LEO's in the Keys tend to do that at night. They check for all the saftey violations, such as illegal open thru hulls (the keys are a marine
sancutary, no discharge even with a type I msd) and like the good leo's they are..they do a back warrent search. I don't have a problem with that..
I do admit to disliking be woke up at 2 am to be made to sit in the cockpit
Is this what motivates water cops to violate the law, as in the charter of rights. Some incentive! Some accountability.
CAn you please tell me what laws they violate? what ''charter of rights''?
That is a very ambigious statement with no supporting documents to back it up..
Let me point this out to you...
Hypothetically IN the keys or the US coastline.. Both ICE and Customs
can board you at will and check for 'violations'..they base thier boarding on Title 19. I discussed this with a lawyer in DC who works for Customs
.. right after the initial incident in Charleston.
Next HS can board under the Patriot Act.. with the USCG (if documented)
or the State Marine
Patrol (if state registered).
Then there are the various Maritime Law boarding laws. To argue this issue, which is terribly convoluted, one needs to argue from the position of being able to cite the exact statute or at least the title of the law that one is basing one's arguements upon.
IF you don't like being boarded.. do as I did.. complain, in writing.. then send a letter to the local cops, a copy to the local leglistors.. if you are in Fla southwinds sailing would love a copy, local newspaper. .and so on.. one letter gets ignored. An avalache of letters gets coverage and a state leglistator taking notice..
In any case.. fair winds to all...