As European having had the chance to work
few weeks in USA, but not fortunate to sail there, I would like to add my own experience of USA in this thread:
Working on 4 continents since decades, my first rule
when I go abroad is "at Rome, do like romans".
Therefore, whatever I have to deal with and that is new or difficult to me, I will not complain about it.
About the people, I experienced during 4 weeks in Morgan
City, Louisiana, the most friendly and socially developed people, open arms I ever met.
I was absolutely astonished to find (although I am very familiar with anglo-saxons people due to my work) out, at the end of the day at the parking lot of the hotel
that in few minutes people that were totally unknown from each others were organizing BBQ and drinks almost each end for the day and introducing themselves as it was completely natural behavior for them !
This was lasting the week, until the week after newcomers were arriving and old ones were leaving, and it started again...if that is not really living together, I don't know what it can look like ?
Another thing that astonished me is the way the police was integrated, accepted and fully part of the community : every lunch time I was in a steak house and could see 4 policemen from the city arriving and saluting everybody like they were from the same family
, knowing every body first name, asking about everyone if they felt great, or had any issues, exchanging jokes before having their own lunch...I whish it could happen in my country !
So, based on my experience; American people are very nice ones, indeed and they seems to have a very good way of life. I do not ignore that this is not fantasy land as well, like any other country, but it is definitely one of the top one in the world, no doubt about it.
About the customs
and procedures, it is like everywhere else in the world, this can vary, depending on which officer you'll deal with, my first concern will be to ensure that I am aware of all the rules and to stick to them. Nothing particular on that side, but it can be much worst in most of the other countries in the world...so USA is again in the top range.
About the anchoring
day signal, the "ball", it is normally an international rule
as I know, but they are also NOT applied in my country, or barely, on the opposite of northern country in Europe were most of the sailors are using them...So USA is may be not the best example...but they are not the only one !
About the shipyards / shipchandler, the low level of workmanship is not only in USA, you should come in my country to realize how bad and expensive it can be at the same time !!!!!
About the 6th of June 1944 and the overlord operation, I have a very special feeling about it and the American, not to forget the English
, Canadian and very small amount of my fellow citizen that came that day to be killed 15 miles away from where I live in Normandy.
For me these heroes, died for my freedom, and I will never thanks them enough and never forget that, I think about them and their nations every time I am alongside the coast where everything happened, we will never be grateful enough to them.
I am not quiet sure by the way that it was a useless operation as Staline did asked many time and for a long time to have a 2nd front opened in the west, as he was felling at the verge of being defeated at some point in the conflict...who knows ?
According historians, it takes about a century to establish the truth and according Napoleon "history is lies that everybody agrees on..."
So considering all of this, I am looking forward to go back to USA with my boat
this time and have the chance to spend as much as possible there and enjoy the people and the country.
On the opposite of numerous countries I have been to where I hope I will never have to go back again !!!!