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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
 
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