I am in Canada
and purchased my first boat a few months ago. Next year I anticipate making my first cross boarder trips in the Puget Sound
I am absolutely paranoid about crossing the border, getting the royal sniffer dog treatment and having the Customs
agents find old traces of illegal substances. I don't want to end up in jail or have my boat impounded/sold off.
The boat was purchased used and I have no reason to suspect the previous owner carried anything illegal. I have however not pulled up the flooring
or examined all possible hiding places (not that I would find anything if it was only there in small traces)
I am sure that neither the Canadian nor the US government
is interested in 'testing' boats for possible drugs outside a normal border crossing situation.
Is there some kind of 'service' available that would clear your boat for piece of mind ??? Something like a dog sniffer service
so that I can know that I won't be thrown in jail for something I had no part in ?
How do you guys deal with this if you purchase
a boat in Mexico
for example and want to bring it into the US?
On a related note, how do you verify that crew does not bring illegal substances aboard ? Even if you did search everybody, I am sure that there are many ways that a person could bring 'stuff' aboard in small quantities for presumably personal use that later could be hidden on the boat itself making the captain/owner responsible.
What about delivery
captains - how do you verify that you are not inadvertently transport illegal substances hidden on the boat ?
Rightly or wrongly, these scenarios scare the crap out of me when I think about all the stories I have heard (even without being able to cite specific examples) about people that have been thrown in jail for trace amounts of drugs.
What do you do to stay on the good side of the law ?