In Boothbay, the coast guard has become such a bunch of pricks lately they are starting to enforce a "no open container law". I cant find anything about said law on the internet, but im also not really sure where to look. Are any of you guys having problems with the coast guard forgetting there roles as search and rescue become cops on the water? I know they are listed under Homeland Security, but last time i checked the FBI wasn't driving around looking for DUI's, thats the responsibility of the local law enforcement, such as harbor masters/marine patrol.
Here in New Jersey there is no law that prohibits open containers of alchol on a boat unless on state property with out special permit , but all laws of DUI are the same as motor vechicle for the operator .
Thats my biggest problem though, it isnt Maine authorities doing it, its Federal authorities messing about in state waters, doing a job that the tax payers shouldn't be paying them to do. Coast Guard station Boothbay Harbor, can BARELY do a search and rescue, they should spend some time learning the waters of their entire 1000 square mile sector and quit screwing about doing the states job.
I agree. If a skipper is acting recklessly, or otherwise appears to be under the influence, that would be one thing. Just busting chops about passengers having open containers or public drinking seams a bit overboard.
A buddy of mine was issued a "BUI" for being .04%, here in FL. Half of what it takes in a car to get charged.
If tht's the case......then all the "warriors" better watch out!
It was by a local LEO though and not the USCG.
Did this happen to you or did someone tell you this who may have been boarded with open containers. I will admit, many times they will board a boat if they see lots of people drinking to ensure the safety of everyone on board and that the operator is not impaired. To me if they are pressing an open container law then thaat would suck for those headed out to Cabbabe Island each day. I recommened you call the Station and ask for a clarafication of the issue, you will find out that they will talk to you and are approachable. As far as them running SAR, the majority of the cases run work out fine with professional well trained crews. When you are in the water, you will want them there, when floating around having a few beers or hauling gear you will not want to see them. As an old Master Chief once told me "Everyone HATES A COP AND LOVES A FIREMAN" and they have both roles.
PM Me your telephone number, I am more curious about the situation.
Retired Chief Warrant Officer, USCG, 29 years
It actually happened a few years back to a guy who was taking my 35 Duffy out on a comm. trip. He was stopped supposedly breaking a "no wake" speed by a county sherriffs boat and ordered back to the dock where he was issued a "BUI" and told not to leave the dock again till the next day. They did not arrest him though.
Needless to say, I was a bit pissed at the capt. who didn't tell me about it till later on. He also told me two officers later showed up at his house and were willing to drop the charge in exchange for him giving up info. on smuggling activities in our inlet.
"The only smuggling in our inlet is probably fish and lobster, not illegals and drugs!" he said. The charge stuck and he lost his DL for awhile. True story.
Sorry, thought you were referring to my post reply....Jo
I was referring to the Maine situation and if anyone ever runs my charter boat during a charter or without a charter while drinking, they will be done working for me. There is plenty of time back at the dock to have a few at the end of the day. The reason I am adament is we have a commercial and coastwise endorsement an operator is considered OUI when a BAC is .04 or greater. We as a charter boat and unfortunately all do not comply must be in a random urinalysis program and also have alcohol testing kits on board if you can not be tested within two hours.
The rules and regulations are strict and the penalties are harsh and not only would the operator be screwed but my reputation as running a safe charter boat would be ruined and that would hurt financially and we would be done. Take a look at the link below and I will not even discuss my actions as an owner if one of my operators or crew tested positive.
From what I have read and been told, most local jurisdictions on navigable water with a Coast Guard presence has an agreement with the Coasties to enforce state and local boating laws also. With the tough financial situation most states an towns are in, many have cut back or eliminated marine patrols and relying more on the Coasties for local enforcement.
Personally I would rather be boarded by the Coast Guard any day as opposed to the local Barneys