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jimh posted 06-29-2012 09:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
A theory has been put forth that recreational boats that voluntarily equip themselves with an AIS Class-B Transponder may be less likely to be boarded by USCG personnel for random safety inspections. I believe the basis for this is just human nature and not any sort of written operational directive to the USCG boats and personnel.

I solicit your opinion on this theory.

kwik_wurk posted 06-30-2012 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for kwik_wurk  Send Email to kwik_wurk     
Yes, I have not heard of this from my USCG friends in our district (13th - PNW).

I think we have the same theory that the sticker provided by Aux CG after inspections wards off boardings.

I would say the most important aspect is when the boarding party gets a visual on you, typically with naked eye (or bino's). An electronic signature is great, but the human psychology has a known "see it to believe it" element. -- And what the boarding party sees determines what they want to do.

Since I am almost always wearing my PFD, and all my boats have Aux CG inspection stickers, and some have AIS, I never get boarded. A quick glance at the boats I operate shows they are clean and gear is well kept, pertinent safety equipment is visible, and Aux CG sticker is shown.

I do get the once over from afar (vessel comes along side for a few moments and breaks away, but never turns on lights or hails), and have gotten this several times from Border Patrol, and Homeland Security (same thing). But these are understandable, I occasionally make high speed (25-30 knots) runs from boundary areas back to closest US port.

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