Am I an 'operator' at anchor?
Ok, first off, regular common sense should probably suffice. Just wondering though, if I am at anchor on a reservoir for the evening can I have a few beers without worry of a 'BUI?' I have looked at a few boards, and the answer seems largely to be a yes-I can get cited. However, if the waterway I am on crosses state lines, or runs to the ocean it becomes a navigable waterway and hence maritime law takes over which seems to say at anchor I am at my port of call, thus the equivalent of my home for the evening and thus ok.
I understand that it is unwise to boat and booze it, and also that there may be an odd event that causes my anchor to need tended to.
It is not a big deal to me, I just like sleeping on the boat, but it seems a bit much for me to have to concern myself with getting in trouble for getting a little tipsy with the wife down below when anchored for the evening.
PS. I am in CA if anyone knows anything state specific. tnx
How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean ~ Arthur C. Clarke
Last edited by QuickMick; 06-26-2013 at 03:03 PM.