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Under what circumstances can a law enforcement officer stop you on the water. And when is he allowed to board and search your boat????????????????
 

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Ah this is a good one, there are 2 sets of rules

one for fisherman.
a fisherman can be stopped at any time and while on the water, wether he is fishing or not(if fishing poles are showing) The reasoning here is to check fishing licence's(which is BS buts its a game and fish law) The reason its bs cause you have to have a drivers licence to drive and cops cant pull you over unless you break the law.
however at the same time its can be a good law like below.
This is one tool that law enforcement(they use game and fish law enforcement) also use's to capture drug runners and other law breakers out in the wilderness and on dirt roads in the back country, its one of the only ways to catch some drug runners and illlegals and not get the case thrown out of court every time.


One for pleasure boaters they cannot be stopped unless a law is broken. this is why you see more fishermen getting tickets than pleasure boaters.


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Az Game & Fish,County Sheriff,Municipal Officers and any other State-Comissioned law enforcement officer has the right to board your vessel any time they want to check for compliance with state laws. The U.S. Coast Guard has authority on all federally controlled waters.
You better clean your boat Ned02. That way they wont have you tied up all day. Still no cookies for you until your boat is cleaned.
 

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here is the answer

we can stop a boat on the water and enter it at any time at any location for safety inspections and to conduct a registration check. If you refuse to allow a officer to board you get to go to jail and your boat gets seized. this is a federal Coast Guard law. All of our state boating laws are based from Coast Guard laws.
 
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