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DWI or DUI. or BUI. BWI

Can you get a DWI or BUI
Driving while intoxicated or Boating while intoxicated what ever you want to call it while under sail power only. I haven't the slightest idea
I don't recommend it, but can't say I haven't done it

what is the law? Is it different in certain states or countries?
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Re: DWI or DUI. or BUI. BWI

Don't know about other states but it certainly is against the law in Florida and quite actively policed.

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In Florida, boating drunk has strict consequences. It is against Florida law to operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Any operator suspected of boating under the influence must submit to a sobriety test and a chemical test to determine alcohol content.

Boating drunk and failing to comply with the sobriety exam can result in suspension of your license. Like other states and like DUI laws, there is a specific blood alcohol content level at which you are presumed to be drunk. In Florida, the blood alcohol level that declares that you are boating drunk is any level over .08%.
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Re: DWI or DUI. or BUI. BWI

While I don't know much about the law since I hardly drink. But if I see anyone drinking while boating, I will call the coast guard.

This is just stupid, it has be stopped.
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Re: DWI or DUI. or BUI. BWI

Yes. The legal limit in most states in the US is .08 BAC, just like driving a car. In Texas, the person driving the boat cannot have an open container even if their BAC is under the limit.
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Re: DWI or DUI. or BUI. BWI

AFAIK, California law for boating and drinking essentially parallels that for driving and drinking. The exception being that "open container" laws are not applied to boats. I believe that BWI convictions also go on your driving record.
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Re: DWI or DUI. or BUI. BWI

in Alabama you will get to see the Judge, Fair Winds
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Re: DWI or DUI. or BUI. BWI

I hear in Maryland it is Judge Dred.

Anyone operating while under the influence is subject to the same penalties as a car here and they will take your motor vehicle liscence from you if found so.

If you NEED to drink. Anchor enjoy and sleep it off. We enjoy our red pinot...but anchored.

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Re: DWI or DUI. or BUI. BWI

Hey,

This is the law in NY
New York State has passed legislation to lower New York State's "Boating While Intoxicated" blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold from .10 percent to .08 percent. Under the law, a person found to have a BAC level of .08 or more while boating will lose the privilege to operate a boat for one year, and will also be subject to a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail. Under previous law, these penalties applied to the .10 BAC level.

New York State mandates a six-month suspension of operating privileges for the first finding of "Operating a vessel after having consumed alcohol;" and a suspension of one year or until the operator reaches the age of 21, whichever is greater, for a second or subsequent combination of consumed alcohol findings and/or alcohol-related convictions.

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I have never been drunk underway but I will have a beer or gin and tonic while underway.

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Re: DWI or DUI. or BUI. BWI

I'll drink at anchor or in the marina, in the evening after a long day of sailing and playing. In Texas, during the summer...it's just way too hot to be drinking alcohol during the day....mess you up bad with dehydration and such. I drink large amounts of water and Gatorade in the heat and sweat like crazy. Once I'm done sailing and it cools off during the evening, some drinks are in order.

Texas BWI: (Texas Penal Code 49.01, 49.06)

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Game Wardens and Marine Safety Enforcement Officers enforce the Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) law. A person who either appears to be impaired and/or has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher while operating a boat can be arrested for BWI.
A person arrested for BWI may be jailed for up to 180 days, be fined as much as $2,000 or both. Additionally, the person's drivers' license may be automatically suspended.
You have to be operating a watercraft with an engine of more than 50HP to lose your driver's license...so sailboaters are safe....unless you have one of those MacGregors.....
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Re: DWI or DUI. or BUI. BWI

Reminds me of years (and years) ago I got a PUI once...

Yep, Pedestrian Under the Influence....

(of course there was a Disorderly and a Resisting that went along with it... )
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