Re: Am I an 'operator' at anchor?
I think you guys are being short sited and while I know the world drinks, I don't, it doesn't seem prudent while on a boat. Any number things could happen that could require quick thinking and fast action and being 3 sheets to the wind just may cost you your life. In my opinion, and it's only that, at anchor should be just like operating the boat. Since some immediate action could take place at any moment.
Remember in some states you can be arrested for public drunkenness and I sure being on your boat is public drunkenness.
Keep this in mind, this is a litigious society. CG/Cops approach your boat and your drunk, but at anchor and they say be careful and do not operate the boat or you will be arrested. An hour later you fall overboard, hit your head and drown. Your family will be suing the CG/Cops before you are even in the ground saying "how could you leave a drunk man on a boat"...