Originally Posted by psneeld
The USCG has little or no interest in State regulated boating safety regulations
...they certainly have no jurisdiction unless they have a cross agreement with the states in a case by case area dependent basis.
All the people I know that the USCG have boarded, never even asked.
In NJ it's the state or local police and they can be rabid about it.
Usually, larger cruising boats aren't targeted as the officers are often by themselves and much more than a once over is difficult compared to small, vessels and personal watercraft.
OK understood. My comment related only to the discussion we had with the Aux CG who did our free vessel safety
check last week. I fully appreciate that the most likely folk to want to stop us would be waterborne LE in some form and I hope we have all the documentation
and 'stuff we should carry readily to hand. I hope also that the USCG sticker now displayed will go some way towards staving off a full all out inspection
and, if asked, that my recently gained plastic Florida
Boaters Licence Card will suitably impress them, enough at least to let us continue on our way reasonably unhindered. Failing that I guess, as I think I said before, we could decide to take the offshore
option and simply by-pass DC and NJ waters if we decide to go that far north one summer to escape from the Florida
Life afloat never used to be so complicated.