Originally Posted by Snore
Not sure how traveled you are, or where you grew up.
But in the U.S. , a cop boards me, pulls me over whatever. That is not the time to debate my rights.
Traveling even less so. If I have a concern I contact the embassy. That same guy boarding at 04:30 could easily find drugs on my boat.
You know the ones he planted there!!! And lots of luck fighting that one.
Like the comment from ZBoss I'm uncertain of your comments or questions. How well traveled or where I'm from isn't the question. It is about a 4:30 a.m. boarding by law enforcement .... or anyone as was my original thought to the folks who experienced it.
So in reply I would ask, "Have you ever been boarded in the wee hours? What would your reaction be?"
Now to the point. Knowing the rules allows one to use said rules to advantage. The American roadways are full of fools who will submit to a vehicle search simply because a law enforcement officer asks permission. It is not legal
unless the officer has a valid probable cause for such as search. The appropriate response to such a request is NO and if pressed a polite request for the officers supervisor to join the action.
Outside the US there are different rules for different countries. After a customs clearance I would be very suspicious of a non-daylight visit. There must be a clear reason stated by the law enforcement personnel for such a visit. AND there must be a signed warrant from a magistrate in the Bahamas.
One may respectfully engage a law enforcement officer in questioning their motives. Knowing that in the Bahamas police carry not badges but warrant cards as you request identification will let the officer know that you know the difference. Being polite and courteous will in most cases bring the same in return.
For the record
: I'm not an American but Canadian. I'm well traveled in the western hemisphere for my 62 years of age. What that has to do with how I'd react to a 4:30 a.m. boarding I'm not at all certain but thanks for asking.
(sorry to thread-jack this conversation.... now back to the provisioning