First Coast Guard boarding
We've been boating in the SF bay for 10 years. We've seen the CG on the water but never been boarded... until yesterday. It was an interesting incident so I thought I'd post it here. I've heard about Coast Guard safety checks, but this wasn't one of those.
We were heading south, and had just passed under the Bay Bridge. We were doing about 8 knots, and I planned on going up on plane for the balance of the trip shortly. I noticed two small boats directly in front of us, moving at high speed right at us. All of a sudden, they split.... one went left, the other right. They circled around and came up behind us. They slowed to our speed with one to port and one to starboard, slightly astern. One of the CG guys asked us if we've ever been boarded (no) and let us know they wanted to do a routine boarding to check our documents. We said OK and the guy to starboard pulled up close and two CG guys jumped on board.
They told us they didn't want to do a safety inspection, they just needed our (auto) driver's license and boat registration. I got that for them and one guy made a bunch of notes while the other engaged in mostly small talk. Along the way, they asked me the name of our boat and what model it was. The name is clearly marked on the stern, and the model is on the registration, so I found this a little interesting.
They were extremely polite, and left after about 15 minutes. Afterwards we wondered, why did they ask questions that they clearly knew the answer to? And why didn't they do a safety check? The only thing we could come up with is, maybe they were looking for a stolen boat, and wanted to make sure we could answer questions any owner would have no problems answering? Anyway, no harm no foul, just a somewhat curious experience!
The attached photo shows the boats after they left.
2006 Maxum 2600SE with Mercruiser 5.0L MPI and BIII Drive