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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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