Have you ever been boarded by the Coasties? The one time they boarded my boat, I was single handing on the bay. They did a safety inspection and noticed I did not have a safety throw cushion on board. Who is going to throw it to me, I asked? Point taken. I got a throw cushion. Here is a great two part article about your rights as a boater when the arrive along side you boat. Basically, you have no rights. They can look and do anything they want. Read it here.