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Old 12-02-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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I was wondering how many TF folks imbibe in a beer (shot, wine, teq. etc.) or two while underway.

We had our local Christmas parade the other evening and I noticed that everyone on our boat was consuming some form of alcohol. In fact, the guys on the boat behind us were doing moonshine shots. We had a USCG and police boat escort and apparently it wasn’t an issue with them. I don’t drink when I’m on a boat that’s underway so I became the “designated driver”. Fortunately, the whole thing was done at idle speed so there was only minor chaos.

The folks in this area seem pretty casual about having some “grog” while underway. The fellow a couple of slips from me comes down with a bottle of JW Black every time they go out on his Egg Harbor. The bottle is empty when they get back. He can back his boat into his slip pretty easily, so I guess he’s ok.

So, if you’re out for a pleasant evening cruise with some friends, do you share a glass of red or a beer while enjoying the beautiful sunset, while underway? KJ

PS I had some of that "moonshine" when I got back to the dock. OMG!
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:48 PM   #2
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:00 PM   #3
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Sunset cocktail cruises were common in our area before 9/11/01.

Security was increased (there's a power plant across the creek from the marina). Coast Guard, DNR, City Police, and State enforcement agencies all based here. We have more designated drivers and fewer cocktail cruises.
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I'll probably be crucified for saying this but yes I do. But am far from reckless about it.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:07 PM   #5
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Our heaviest consumption is while docked/moored,



or on a cruise ship.

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Old 12-02-2013, 11:13 PM   #6
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Being in control and over .05 here is an offense. Now Maritime is absorbed into "Roads & Maritime" Authority, expect more enforcement.
Operating the boat I keep consumption moderate at lunch, I don`t drink while driving. I buy light beer for the boat. Anchored for the night is a dilemma, nice to enjoy a drink, but what if something arises, and you need to be thinking and acting 100%. Again moderation rules, but moderation is a variable (?fluid) thing.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:39 PM   #7
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I don't smoke or drink anymore...that's why we can afford a boat
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:46 PM   #8
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The rules here do not prohibit the captain from drinking while underway, but they do prohibit boating under the influence (0.08% BAC). I don't mind having a beer or two over time while underway, but I don't operate the boat when I'm loaded.

The challenge can come when fishing all day at anchor with the guys who like to tip a few from the first cast to the last retrieve. I'll have one here and there, but will focus on non-alcoholic beverages until I'm back at the dock.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:10 AM   #9
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For us, it depends.

If Kathy and I are out for the weekend, or a week, with no real agenda, I may have a rum drink or beer while underway.

During any planned events (Opening Day Cruise, Special People's cruise, Christmas cruise, etc., I won't touch a drop. These cruises usually involve other boats maneuvering very close together in close quarters.

If a collision occurs, I don't want to complicate the issue with a potential BUI.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:15 AM   #10
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Rarely I'll have a beer (ONE!) with dinner and then drive the boat. Normally if I have to operate the boat I don't drink. I'll wait until we're anchored or tied up for the night.

I know from first hand experience what can happen when someone has too much to drink and then drives their boat.

Here's my 330 Sundancer that was hit by a drunk driving his boat....
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:26 AM   #11
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The challenge can come when fishing all day at anchor with the guys who like to tip a few from the first cast to the last retrieve. I'll have one here and there, but will focus on non-alcoholic beverages until I'm back at the dock.
Enjoy when you can.

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Rarely I'll have a beer (ONE!) with dinner and then drive the boat. Normally if I have to operate the boat I don't drink. I'll wait until we're anchored or tied up for the night. I know from first hand experience what can happen when someone has too much to drink and then drives their boat. Here's my 330 Sundancer that was hit by a drunk driving his boat....
Ouch!!!! how fast was he going to that significant of damage?
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:46 AM   #14
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During any planned events (Opening Day Cruise, Special People's cruise, Christmas cruise, etc., I won't touch a drop. These cruises usually involve other boats maneuvering very close together in close quarters.
As a general rule, I avoid "crazy" events. Like, the Fourth of July should be spent at home or no further than the marina.
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:17 AM   #15
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Has been known to happen.

A glass of wine or a beer is just that, no big deal. However six gasses may be another matter. I think we are all old enough to know where to draw the line if you're skippering the boat.

That said, I do feel a patriotic duty to support our wine industry.
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Onto the wine country (Napa Valley)!

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Old 12-03-2013, 06:43 AM   #17
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Everyone has their limitations both chemical and physical in consuming alcohol. You should know yours and abide by it.

Likewise, some people have their limitations while operating a boat, that issue too should be addressed when consuming alcohol.

Many studies have shown that light alcohol consumption actually increases some factors of performance...so some people may benefit when docking their boat with one or two in them.

I have one or two beers sometimes with a sandwich at lunch or the rare evening cruise with food....haven't found the need for more but I certainly am not afraid to have a couple.

If I felt boating was that dangerous I wouldn't do it or if having a couple drinks was that dangerous I wouldn't do it.

I have boating friends that are astounded that I would have a couple underway....yet they are the same types to split a bottle of wine with their wives, jump into a car and speed home on a rainy night full of twisting roads.

I feel less of a hypocrite operating a boat at 6.3 knots in broad daylight....
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As a general rule, I avoid "crazy" events. Like, the Fourth of July should be spent at home or no further than the marina.
Agreed! As a general rule, my family never venture out (car or boat) on the 4th and New Year's Eve; I try to stay off the water on Memorial and Veterans Day--too many inexperienced boaters on the water (many of whom are drinking).

No drinking is allowed on my boat.
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I might have one beer while underway. Maybe two, depending on how long we're out. Never, EVER drink enough to feel even the slightest effects of the alcohol while underway. No "buzz," no nothing. Basically the same as when I'm driving.

Once we're docked/moored/anchored/whatever... Then it's a different story. I have a close friend who has been dealing with alcoholism for a long time now. Watching him slowly but steadily destroy his life has convinced me that I never want to let it become a habit. But I'm no tee-totaler. Once the boat is secured then a few beers, a couple of glasses of wine, or whatever else is a welcome refreshment.
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A "dark and stormy" once the sun is over the yard arm, whatever that means.
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