Bill, Coast Guard has been an absolute menace in our harbor in the last year....I've been pulled over 3 times...all without incident, however it took 30 minutes each time, as they went through everything each time with all 18-19 year olds doing the inspections. The last time I got pissed off and read them the riot act, as excessive force and lack of documentation. We had 3 hundred tonners onboard, and demanded to speak with their captain. They had no knowledge or record of boarding our boat in '05,even when confirming on the radio. It's basically a band of teenagers given the license to harrass boaters. On our gangway, almost every person has been boarded and harrassed at least once.....and that's saying a lot for the amount of time people actually leave their slips!
I have an e-mail into the Local Captain, and am going to try to meet him in person to discuss their tactics. Homeland security, is a security blanket for harrassment!
I did a harbor cruise with our companys board and CEO one beautiful evening, going 4 knots in the harbor, and got pulled over by CG. It was absolutely humiliating their demeanor, attitude and callusness!