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|09-06-2009 10:24 PM|
Disclaimer: I'm not an attorney, nor do I play on TV...
I'm gonna guess that all other things being copacetic, being intoxicated on a boat at anchor is not illegal and therefore not liable to BUI.
Much will depend on how local LEO's define "operating a vessel" though. Does that mean underway? Engine running? Keys in the switch? I've heard many places will cite you for DUI even if you are parked, with the engine off, but the keys are in the ignition.
But, as others have said if you've done something to draw LEO attention to yourself or your vessel then I think it safe to assume that they will (among other things) be assessing whether or not you are impaired. If said attention is due to boat-on-boat contact, then it won't matter who was at fault -- the impaired boater(s) is/are probably looking at a tough time ahead.
All of the above notwithstanding, I'm also in the group who advise keeping a sharp and sober lookout at all times. Why take unnecessary chances? There are plenty of reasons that could force an unplanned departure from an anchorage. If you really want to have everyone aboard buzzed, find a marina and tie up -- not very likely to get cited for BUI there.
|09-06-2009 08:50 PM|
|Yamsailor||BUI is really stupid. There should be at least two people on board not intoxicated--the operator of the vessel and at least one crew member. IMHOP--anyone who is BUI should be locked up.|
|09-06-2009 08:07 PM|
Originally Posted by xsboats View Post
|09-06-2009 09:59 AM|
|xsboats||Only the operator of the vessel can be sited for BUI. All others are in danger of being sited for Public Intoxication. The question is who is the operator of an anchored vessel? I had a sheriff's deputy board my boat in Florida after obtaining a ride on a Coast Guard r.i.b. He was informed by the C.G. that I was in compliance with the law after he had been told the same by those of us on board. We were polite in stating our case and we all spent the night right there on the boat , not jail. It's not a good idea to argue with "the man", but if you are compliant with the law, point it out in an appropriate manner. The "safety inspection" is a common means by law enforcement to gain access to your vessel. By all means comply but be dilligent in the containment of your empties. Keep in mind that if you anchor drags, someone will need to become the sober operator of the vessel|
|09-05-2009 11:04 PM|
|bubb2||Here on the Hudson river there is a little cove that many boats anchor in on the weekends. The story goes that a anchored boat was having a loud party. The Sheriffs boat came along side and asks to board to do a safety inspection. They are told no by a 20 something year old intoxicated male. The young man was charged with BUI but later plead guilty to Pubic intoxication.|
|09-05-2009 10:20 PM|
|billyruffn||Could be. It depends.|
|09-05-2009 07:45 PM|
BUI while Anchored
Are there places where you might get charged with BUI even if you are anchored for the night??