Originally Posted by Dave22q
? Have you had them board you under the home situation.
Personally no. My only boarding in the US I recall
was by CBP when I was coming home one evening from dinner with 6-7 friends from a restaurant on the ICW
in south FL. The boat was a 25' powerboat and I lived on land at the time. Even if that wasn't my home at the time I was obeying the no wake speed limit, was properly lighted, displayed proper registration
, violating no laws. Still we were spotlighted, ordered to stop and prepare to be boarded, ordered to remain still, keep our hands in sight, make no sudden moves and searched by a team of 5-6 agents who covered us with assault rifles with large magazines, probably with full auto capability, all wearing black clothes, bulletproof vests and black soled boots that marked up my boat.
So a land side analogy; you're on the way home from dinner with several friends in your car, you are totally legal
, breaking no laws but pulled over and searched by a similar group of heavily armed agents. Like the idea?
I do have several friends that have been boarded by the CG and a few years ago I recall
a thread on this forum reporting sweeps and late night boardings in marinas
in north FL. Just read this and other threads and you will see numerous first hand reports from members that have been boarded by the CG for "safety checks". Many of these are liveaboards. It is also common for boats to be boarded in some areas for toilet checks. One county on the FL east coast
is famous for it. Again with no probably cause, no warrant, just an armed officer boarding your boat because he feels like it to verify you comply with holding tank
laws. Think it would be OK for the local police to enter your home to inspect your toilet to make sure you aren't leaking sewage into the ground?
I don't know how you can even question this. It happens and is reported frequently on this forum, other forums
mags and talked about among cruisers. Boardings are a well known fact, not a myth, rumor or urban legend. Even if I am never boarded it is clearly a fact that it could happen and I resent that intrusion on my rights.