In southern california
Harbor Patrols, Harbor Departments can vary.
They can be private under the auspicies of a particular harbor area, on up to sheriffs departments .
The harbies here are great, no matter their agency.
( city), and Two Harbors ( private). They assign moorings, take payment, board to check that the head
system is on holding tank
, give assistance to new mariners who have not picked up a mooring
before, respond to emergencies, warn about bad weather
situations. Hoist storm warning flags
, etc. Lots of responsibilies on top of that. And if a USCG documented vessel, they want to see the documentation
papers and note down the doc. number.
Also, the Harbies can inspect vessels that have live aboards, and many of those liveaboards are illegal, and not registered with the harbor dept. Also they check for illegal waste pumping into the harbors. Which some of the liveaboards violate.
Other mainland harbor depts: Assign slips and moorings. Fight boat fires, watch for illegal activities, smuggling drugs and people, rescue
vessels who have problems, etc.
The also police for violators of speed limits and no wake zones.
In one instance, in Newport
Bay, I had called a Mayday to the harbies due to a heart attack victim.... I was capt, on board a wedding charter
( 55 ft motor
vessel) . They responded immediately, transferred the patient to their fast boat, light and sirens, transported the elderly grandpa to their docks and had an ambulance waiting rush the victim to Hoag hospital a few minutes away. ( later that day, we called and grandpa was stable and resting ) .
Not sure about the function of Harbor Depts in other areas, but our harbies here are good people.
Oh, and they also check for up to date CF numbers ( current registration
, displayed on the port and starboard bows of the vessels ).
Also, have all of your vessel documentation
available for them to verify.
The USCG: They will board vessels and check for safety equipment
, and inspect vessels by boarding .
One thing that I was written up for, is that the sailing club boat I was skippering did not have a PLACARD ABOUT "NOT PUMPING OUT OIL
, ETC, into the waters " . You may want to post one of those. That was at Catalina Island
, by four armed Coasties.......They were on their two week training
( active duty) annual requirement, for the Reserve Program.
Your harbor dept, or harbor police, may have different requirements than those of the harbor depts here in Southern California. But, it appears that you have received good scoops from other CF'ers, and that you are pretty well prepared.
I would think , if you stopped by the Harbor Dept office and asked them, they would probably have a print out check list for what is required for your inspection.
If I were a harbie, I would want my life made easy, by you having everything all set and squared away. I do not have to write up any citations,and do not have to come back again to re-inspect your vessel.
just from our observations at our local harbors and on our oceans, for 36 years.