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Old 27-11-2013, 12:31   #46
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Re: Harrassment by marine patrols in Michigan?

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Oh heck c'mon. We paid our taxes to set these outfits like DEA etc up so they need something to do! You never know who might be sneakin' across from poor old Canada!
My issue with these guys (MI State Police, DEA, Coast Guard etc.) is boarding me in Canadian waters!
Only time they attempted to board, we were 20km inside Canadian waters. I told them to send out a Canadian cutter. It was standoff for two hours, while trying to maintain distance and keep my barges in line. Nothing happend so we powered up and left them. They turned around and left. Noting the incident in our log book, we reported the incident upon arrival in Thunder Bay.

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Old 22-01-2014, 09:33   #47
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Re: Harrassment by marine patrols in Michigan?

We too sail out of Muskegon on the western shore of Lake Michigan. I will say that over the last two years there have been days when the CG does safety checks of pretty much all or as many as they can stop vessels leaving the channel. I've also seen the Sheriff pull over many boats. Again like most other observations it has mostly been runabouts and power boats for the sheriff. Not that I'm condoning the action but that is usually the folks that are getting drunk and running into stuff. The Coasties I would say are pretty indescriminate in their inspections.

That being said it seems that at least 1 power boat a year manages to run into the outer breakwater arms in Muskegon or other ports in the area. It happens when as so many power boaters do they are affraid to go more than 100yrd offshore and when they come up the shorline they will inevitably see the inner lighthouse directly ahead. All the meanwhile never turning their neck to see the OUTTER LIGHTHOUSE! It's gotten so bad they had to put a bunch of lights strung along the breakwalls....

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Old 26-01-2014, 19:04   #48
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Re: Harrassment by marine patrols in Michigan?

I was up there all through last season- Sailing in and out of Canada to Michigan & back 4 times. I never encountered any problems or hassles. Just sayin…
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Old 27-01-2014, 15:51   #49
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Re: Harrassment by marine patrols in Michigan?

Haven't seen a sign of any sort of harassment. MIB nowhere to be found.
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Old 27-01-2014, 15:56   #50
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Re: Harrassment by marine patrols in Michigan?

70F in my marina yesterday, Muskegon never looked so inviting.

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