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Boaters have every right to ask questions and
even photograph or video the stop unless
this gets in the way of a routine boarding; the
USCG officer can then prohibit recording. If a
boater believes that any of my team is acting
unprofessionally, believe me, I want to know
about it. Contact your local USCG Sector and
report anything you feel is not prudent with as
much information as you can, such as officers’
names, vessel name, location, date, and time.
You should always expect to be treated with the
The Renewable Fuel Standard is the law that
requires most U.S. gasoline to contain ethanol, which is problematic in marine engines
at higher blends. Tell us about the USCG’s
pilot project testing an isobutanol blend.
LEE: We’re evaluating the use of a 16-percent
bio-derived isobutanol alcohol blended with
gasoline stock as a possible alternative to
ethanol-blended gasoline. Our test started in
July 2013, on two outboard-powered boats, a
25-foot response boat, and a 38-foot special-purpose craft. As a boater, I’m concerned
about ethanol in our gas. It causes problems
in vessels that sit for any period of time, and
E15 will be worse than E10.
Why is the USCG doing away with the old Type
I, II, III and IV life-jacket classification system?
LEE: It’s time to look at other countries’
systems and particularly marry up more with
what the Canadians have done. We’re the
only country that had the Type I, II system
and we needed to adopt a more harmonized
North American approach. The bottom line
is, short of mandating that people wear life
jackets, we want to do anything we can to
make people want to put those things on.
Any design that works and makes the wearer
more comfortable, the better off we are.
Over the last 30 years, Search and Rescue
has changed drastically. Tell us about your
new drone technologies.
LEE: The USCG intends to use drones or
unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on all missions, land-based and SAR. We’ve been preparing for this since 2009 by jointly operating
the MQ- 9 Guardian drone with U.S. Customs
and Border Protection, and have demonstrated
small UAS aboard the National Security Cutter
fleet since 2012. These units can continually
update communications sent to on-ground
and en-route manned assets, and save critical
time with on-scene live reporting.
What gadget won’t you leave the dock without?
LEE: The EPIRB or Personal Locator Beacon
(PLB). It takes the search out of search and
rescue, and takes all those other weak links in
the chain out of the equation. For example,
does my cell phone have the range? Is my
battery dead? Do I have VHF comms? Is my
antenna tall enough? Am I close enough to
shore? We’ve made tremendous improvements to our communications system with
Rescue 21, but it still doesn’t answer these
questions. When you flip that switch on a
PLB or EPIRB, we have instantaneous information about who and where you are. It’s
a lifesaver. I’m not calling for mandating the
use of PLBs or EPIRBs, but I highly encourage
their use. And they’re affordable. People will
spend more money on a stereo! And you can
get a PLB for less than $300. You guys even
Any final words of wisdom?
LEE: If you fish or boat by yourself, wear
an engine cut-off-switch lanyard, and wear
a PLB. I cannot tell you how many searches
I’ve conducted, and how many next-of-kin
notifications I’ve personally made, because a
boater fishing by himself fell off his boat.