It’s a double edge sword for sure…. We all have our rights to privacy and not having any military or LEO overstep without cause. I think some people don’t see it as much of a privacy invasion like you do…. others like Goat…. Especially after the year we have had with heavy handed government control feel that it’s time to push back a bit….You guys seem awful sore about something that seems pretty no brainer to me. If I'm crossing and they call me and ask how many I have onboard I will just take it as one extra set of eyes who knows i am headed out and a little better chance of me being found if something goes wrong. I have one hell of a time ever talking shit about the best resource we have available to us to save our lives on the big blue.
Just my two cents, but go ahead and tear me apart for all your rights you claim they are breaking.
I’m in Goat’s camp on this one. If I choose to provide the info versus an agency deciding to start overreaching is something different. Don’t forget that great “resource” for saving our ass is paid for by us…. So we expect them to do the job they receive free training and a good paycheck for..
20 plus years ago some guys would actually have a “float plan” kinda like a flight plan… they would contact the coast guard in the morning as they were getting set and volunteer the information, so the coast guard knew, who they were and their intended return time in their log books…