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Old 20-04-2011, 05:48   #31
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Re: BUI: It's anyone operating the vessel right?

Originally Posted by lorenzo b View Post
I think it is interesting to note that recreational cruisers are far more tolerant of alcohol use while boating then professional captains on commercial vessels. I have never seen a tug boat captain enjoying a casual beer on board. It just isn't done, ever. Even fishing boats that spend long boring days going and coming from fishing grounds will not allow any alcohol on board.

You are kidding right??? There are plenty of fishing boats that might be alcohol free...but many are literally floating drug stores or swap fish for booze with recreational fishermen...gimme a break.

Look at the Exxon Valdez...skipper was drunk below in his bunk...the sober mate was the guy who hit the rocks...maybe if the skipper were on the bridge the accident may have never happened.

The US Navy doesn't allow alcohol on many incidents do we hear about when the sailors go ashore and one or to go on drinking binges and commit serious crimes. Other navies allow low consumption rates while still underway..not sure why...but my theory is it satisfies human nature and the craving is stunted and therefore less likely to promote binge drinking when off the ship...I think it also speaks of responsibility and drinking...instead of the "zero tolerance" or even less successful "prohibition" mentality.

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Old 20-04-2011, 06:42   #32
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Re: BUI: It's anyone operating the vessel right?

As many posters have pointed out, the rules are unclear and vary from state to state. You're renting a boat and conducting a training session so why look for trouble. Have them wait on the beer 'til after you're done.
On our boat, the bar opens only after we're on the hook or at the dock. Sailing is enough of a high it needs no artificial enhancements (but that's us).


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