Yeah, they can pretty much board you whenever they want!
In addition to getting our laundry looked after, and making a bus run to K-mart, Home Depot and the grocery store, I spent a fair amount of time online yesterday working on our websites and social media pages. While involved with that, I came across an article (sadly no longer online) which discusses the Coast Guard’s authority when it comes to boarding vessels. I found it interesting reading.
As I recall, we have been boarded 4 times since sailing south from Canada:
- By the USCG in the Hudson River
- By the French CG in Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
- By the French CG in Basseterre, Guadeloupe
- By the Grenadian CG in Hog Island
Each time this occured the officers involved were polite. They seemed primarily interested in checking our papers, calling in to their office to verify our passports and clearance documentation. Only once did officers make even a cursory search of the boat. It is quite interesting to me how broad their authority is when compared to the police back on land in North America.
Just be cool, Mon. Everyting Irie!