I read about immigrants being left on the Coronado Islands Mx, with a jug of water and promises to come back. The coyotes never do. I also heard about Angels (the ones who drop water in the desert) would visit the islands and bring them water.
Someone mentioned their specific experience of going to customs
(I'm guessing San Diego
via the Harbor Police) and having the opportunity to "drop" something off if they had wanted to. This is the kind of specific information I was seeking. The only problem is that would be kind of risky.
The Border Patrol website states you're supposed to phone
in your arrival some hours in advance with passport numbers, name, DOB, telling them how many passengers you have aboard. I'm not sure if that is required or not, but that would pose a problem.
Someone else brought up sailing up into the Chanel islands. I'm not sure if that's an American boat you're suggesting (assuming so), but how would you pick someone up? Once you harbor in Mexico, you're required to report.
Kidnapping cases are pretty extreme. Most are not random, so I'm guessing the two being referred to were a relative. They could easily track down the relative's boat and then look for it as if they were looking for a car.
Someone else brought up radar
. Hmm...Yes, I saw a story that focused on USCG looking for boats after a murder on San Clemente Island (youtubed it, interesting whodunnit). They showed up as blurbs, like a dot and were limited to boats over 100'. The murder was in 2006 and I'm sure if they wanted to look at something after the fact they probably could.
How do you cover up the heat signature on a motor
? That's a great idea that would make the line of site difficult, especially if you were not near the coast.
Someone else (sorry, I didn't feel like scrolling back to view names) brought up making the plot more interesting by sailing in heavy seas. If the protagonist (yes, he's the good guy) did his research
, then he wouldn't go during bad weather
unless there was a specific reason for doing so.
To create more interest, I was thinking of adding a plan b element. For example, James Bond movies always show his toys in advance. In Skyfall, the director does some foreshadowing by showing a pistol being linked with James' finger/palm print; it can only be shot by him. You know there is going to be a seen when this comes into play. It's safe to assume someone is going to try and shoot 007 with his own gun.
Instead of having bad weather
when the best course of action would be to go in better weather, it would be something like a dive suit, night vision goggles (you have to have the same equipment), snorkel gear
I've seen the night vision footage from the helicopters of the USCG chasing a smuggler. It's almost like daylight, even though it's happening at night.