I am almost embarrassed to ask this but figure here is the forum.
I came from working on commercial fishing boats, in that I always carried a pocket knife able to cut out some small lines. On the after bulkhead on my smaller boats I had a nice 6" or 8" overall length, Kershaw, solid bar stock knife. I forget the name of it. Moving up we carried machette’s for larger lines, bolt cutters, axes, etc.
So a few years ago I had to end up working deck for a little bit. I saw a painter line almost get wrapped up on someone, made me think man why not carry that Kershaw knife I have at home for this shit, awesome blade on it, etc. So I did, was wearing it out one day and walked by one of the long time AB’s and he jumped all over me, saying it was illegal to have a solid stock knife onboard, Captain will fire you, etc, saying its against USCG Regulations etc. etc.
So, what is the real deal, any truth to that? I wanted to bring it up but I didn’t get along with the captain already, was leaving the boat in a few days anyways. I haven’t worn it since…
What I think pisses me off more, is if they took advantage of a new guy, for a bullshit thing, that would really piss me off. Sure have me go get a bottle of prop wash, etc. (which when asked, I leave for about 30 minutes, get a cup of coffee) However, if it is safety related, putting someone in danger, that would piss me off.