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Re: Am I an 'operator' at anchor?
Well, maritime law doesn't necessarily supplant state law, particularly on the criminal side of things.
And I know the Coast Guard takes the position with commercial vessels that being made fast to a dock, or sitting at an anchorage doesn't exempt the master from federal charges for being drunk while "in charge of a vessel". The theory here is that one might have to get underway at any time if there's a change of circumstances or an emergency.