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Old 02-17-2008, 11:50 AM
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As a federally documented vessel, can you be boarded, stopped or ticket by a state official? The rumor is that the state official needs the coast guard present (to board). I have no idea wether this is true or not. Does anyone know if there is any truth to this and if there is - what is the legal authority supporting this position?
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Had my boat Coast Guard Doc for 8 years, was boarded several times and stopped. In VA the DGIF (dept of game inland fish) have more authority than police, they don't need a reason to even pull you over.

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used to be they could not but I think homeland security changed all of that.
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They can stop and ticket to enforce the local laws. However, it is my understanding that they cannot board without permission from the owner/operator.

Here at LKN I get pulled all the time because I dont have registration #'s - they usually ask for my documentation and then roll on, some others get much more flack than I.
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I have been stopped by both state and federal officials, never a problem. As I had not done anything wrong, I had no reason to object to their boarding. I would just like to know what if any right they had to board a federally documented vessel. You never know, it might come in handy to know your rights.
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Yes, they have the right to board.
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I have been boarded by everybody and their mother and all I have is CG Documentation, no state registration.
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GLH,

Have you never had issues with no reg ? Last year I was written ticket for no reg by FWC here in Florida....ticket never made it to court due to lawyer, but I was told that now you still have to have reg....??

I still have not done it yet, but have not also had boat out yet due to some work on it in shop still..
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GLH,

Have you never had issues with no reg ? Last year I was written ticket for no reg by FWC here in Florida....ticket never made it to court due to lawyer, but I was told that now you still have to have reg....??

I still have not done it yet, but have not also had boat out yet due to some work on it in shop still..
Not where I boat.
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GLH,

Have you never had issues with no reg ? Last year I was written ticket for no reg by FWC here in Florida....ticket never made it to court due to lawyer, but I was told that now you still have to have reg....??

I still have not done it yet, but have not also had boat out yet due to some work on it in shop still..
I think the #s your talking about are fed #s that are to be desplayed somewhere,anywhere on the boat. you get the #s from CG. I had mine in the engin bay under cover.
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