Originally Posted by codprawn
Are they really that bad then???
No... I know a number of OPP guys (They patrol this area on land and very occasionally, on water...) and they're good guys in my experience. The guy who is the head of the OPP Dive Team was trained by yours truly many years ago and he brings his gang to Tobermory for training once a year when we get reacquainted... at the pub!
One police/boating experience will amuse you though: Several years ago, I dragged my boat down to Toronto to watch a huge fireworks display. The harbour in Toronto has a posted speed limit of 5 knots or something, so we were putting along late in the afternoon when we were hailed and pulled over by the Toronto Harbour Marine Police. After the usual "safety" inspection, they started to ask some odd questions like where was I two nights before etc. Eventually, we were "released", but less than three minutes later, we were stopped again by another boat, and "grilled" again. Again, we were set free after a few minutes....
We put this down as an odd coincidence, until we were stopped a third time in just a few minutes. This time we were joined by the second boat as well, so we were now surrounded! Again, the grilling, examining ID etc. so finally I said, "Obviously you guys are suspicious about something. Why don't you tell me what it is and I'll see if I can clear it up."
So after some whispering, one of them finally says that there had been reports of a "large gray inflatable" launching explosive charges just outside the harbour earlier in the week. Notwithstanding that my boat (and me too!) was in Tobermory at the time, I suggested that they might want to check with the Naval Reserve base (located just outside the harbour!) as they undoubtedly have some "large gray inflatables".. and were somewhat more likely to have access to explosives than I was!
As polite as they were and all, I was starting to doubt the abilities of Toronto's Finest!
At any rate, the moral of the story is that if you are ever bringing your boat to Toronto, it would be best to leave your depth charges, Excocets and other armaments at home!