Starting last season, the USCG has been performing “boardings” of kayak groups as part of their paddle safety initiative. These encounters appeared to be more common in the Casco Bay and MDI areas. It was noted at last fall's meeting that technically each kayak is its own craft, so boarding officers may have been trying to gather information for each kayak and paddler, rather than for the group from the lead guide. Also, it is important to note that each kayak in a group must meet minimum USCG requirements. See the USCG Visual Safety Checklist to become familiar with the type and level of information that may be requested by a boarding officer.
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