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08-21-2009 03:53 PM
SteveInMD The law says "It is unlawful to operate or attempt to operate a vessel..."

So I think you would have a pretty good case that at anchor, mooring, or dock that you were not operating or attempting to operate.
08-21-2009 02:23 PM
donradclife In your state, can you be busted for having cocktails at anchor/mooring/dock? Even when underway, who is the operator--the sober crew at the helm or the drunken captain in his bunk?
08-21-2009 10:56 AM
SteveInMD I'm glad I read the 11 pages of MD rules. Thanks to bheintz for the link.

I see the boating under the influence rule is 0.08%. However, unless I missed it there is no open container law. So I think you can drink and drive as long as you are below 0.08 Is this correct?

The VA laws are much different than the MD laws.
08-21-2009 10:01 AM
SailKing1 Something tells me if you would have gotten a ticket the court would have dropped the charges. I bet the guy used that as an excuse to stop you giving him a chance to see if you had alcohol in sight.
08-21-2009 08:26 AM
chucklesR I have a carefully designed and installed hammock type seat that hangs over my transom. It is a option installed by the manufacturer of the boat, who builds them right there in Annapolis.

I'd love to see them write me a ticket for sitting on it.
08-21-2009 07:54 AM
SteveInMD Those rules make sense to me, except number 5. I was clearly in violation of this poorly written rule. Think of all of the small sailboats out the designed so you sit on gunwale to sail it. The seat backs of the cockpit in my sailboat is a perfectly safe place to sit. This just leaves the door open for cops to enforce the rule whenever they feel like it and you never know if you are in violation or not. I can understand the bow riding part, but the transom bit makes no sense to me. If you fell in off the transom you would certainly get wet, but I can't imagine it could hurt anyone.
08-21-2009 07:12 AM
bheintz From STATE OF MARYLAND State-Specific Boating Safety Requirements
SL 12. Reckless and Careless Operation
Negligence or gross negligence in operation of a vessel resulting in the endangerment of lives
and/or property is prohibited. A civil penalty may be imposed by the USCG for this offense.
Violators may be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and or imprisonment for up to one year, or
both. In the State of Maryland, the penalty is a fine of up to $500 for the first offense.
Examples of actions that may constitute negligent or grossly negligent operation include, but
are not limited to:
1. Operating in an area designated for swimming only.
2. Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
3. Operating the vessel at excessive speed near other boats or in dangerous waters.
4. Dangerous water skiing practices.
5. Bowriding or riding on seatbacks, the gunwale or transom.
I think this law was passed in the 70's after a boating accident.
08-20-2009 11:42 PM
redcobra Anyone know what the law actually says? I am not sure where to look it up.
08-20-2009 11:16 PM
sailortjk1 Don't know what to say. Live and learn I guess.
I have never heard of anyone getting written up for such in our area.
I would not think it would be a violation or maybe its just not enforced around here.
08-20-2009 11:11 PM
RichH Let me guess .... you got stopped by the 'raging Annapolis water nazis'.

Annapolis and the far surrounding area has become a nasty place for these **legal thugs** to prey upon any boat at any time and for very obviously absolutely nothing more than to make a 'pinch'. Im sure that you had to show the 'officer' that you had 'whistles firmly attached to your pfd', and other inane and little known statutes of the Maryland boating laws, etc.

Unless the Chesapeake boating community vehemently responds to this obvious and escalating 'aggressive revenue income opportunity', scream bloody murder by writing formal protestations, etc. etc. .... we all will continue to become 'a prey species'. I especially avoid Annapolis harbor and have written to many of the businesses there that I **used to** patronize stating that I will not return until they 'control the overt legal thuggery that is occurring there' by the MD STATE marine police.
:-)
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