To the Editor:
Around 5 pm on Sunday evening,I happened to gaze out on Vineyard Sound and observe two Coast Guard boats in Lambert’s Cove. What distinguished these boats was that they each had a machine gun on the bow and one of these machine guns was manned.
I surmised that a VIP must be in the area and decided to kayak down to the beach and see what was happening. Upon arrival at the beach, I looked out to see the two Coast Guard boats tied up to my sailboat and a guardsman searching every locker on the boat.
I waved at them to no avail and finally went home and called the station in Menemsha. I was first told they were doing a safety inspection and they had a right to board any boat. I suggested to them that the boat was on a mooring with no one on board and no life in danger and also pointed out that the boat is registered and has a number on the bow and they could have contacted me before boarding my boat.
At this time in the conversation, the officer informed me it was a security situation as Obama was in the area.
This morning, Monday, I read on the MV Times website that President Obama was visiting his good friend Brian Roberts at least a half a mile and around Paul’s Point from where my boat is moored.
My boat has been moored in Lambert’s Cove for 30 years and is a small, open catamaran, and how it could be construed as a security risk is beyond me. I don’t think the Coast Guard or anyone else has the right to board my boat without my permission, which would have been granted if they had contacted me.