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The boys in blue

The other thing they have so right in Florida is boat safety, during Dave Harris last trip we were stopped at sea and had a compulsory safety check carried out. It all starts in Florida with boat registration where your boat is taxed mine is $49 a year then you have to observe the weight limit for passengers and the horsepower rating for the boat as well. You are also given a sett of numbers which have to be at least 3 in high and in a colour that contrast to your boat hull. The last stop was quite an exciting event for all the Coastguard boat was one of their 33 ft Law Enforcement Specials. We were doing about 30 mph and he came in very quickly in fact the captain said it is the fastest boat in the Marathon and the three 350 hp motors did not sound like standard enough said. All the guys on the Coastguard boat were more than friendly and even gave us permission to take photos of their boat but no personal. I am stopped about twice a year they are just doing their job but I think I am a soft target I have always been a nut about safety and always have more gear than I need.




I still love the first question ” any guns aboard ” they have to ask this before they board you as many boats in Florida carry guns it is part of the culture but not on my boat then the guys carry out the safety check. A boat of my size must have the safety gear for its length and all must be in good condition and in date and working as below.

One life jacket per person on board                                                                                                                                                                                                         One throwable life jacket                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fully charged fire extinguisher                                                                                                                                                                                                               Flare pack for night and day                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Working horn

It makes you wonder how many lives might have been saved in the UK if we had similar rules and regs over here. Well we pasted the safety check with flying colours then we had a quick chat about fishing, nearly every one in the Keys fishes then they powered away to go and catch the bad guys.