I am not sure what your issue is here.
1) No boozing in transit by anyone. Check. If you are rotating through a watch system, no matter how informally, the "skipper" is the person on watch, because the titular skipper
might need to nap, particularly if you are on passage
more than 12 hours. So, that person is better stone-cold sober AND not nursing a hangover.
Makes total sense.
2) At anchor: Depends for how long and in what conditions. Alone in the middle of Cozy Cove with a 75 lb. Godzilla hook and one day into a three-day windless high pressure zone? Glass or two for wine at dinner is likely fine, but the first anchor watch should stop there. Yes, I believe in anchor watching when there's enough crew to do so. That doesn't preclude a catnap in the cockpit
, but "at the ready" is implied.
3) Surrounded by boats with a deepening low? I would think you would just keep the same sort of sked as on passage
. Alert crew on deck
checking for dragging, dragging of other boats, swinging, swinging of other boats, lashing down of deck gear
, and, if things deteriorate, preparedness to fire up the genny, up anchor and bug out to sea.
In that case, no one should have had a drink. All hands on deck is a real possibility, and someone befuddled beyond lack of sleep could be a huge danger
to themselves and to the boat. Besides, if it's a rough anchorage, puking could be a problem. Alcohol doesn't improve that.
Those are the extremes. I think you need to keep the designated watch crew under the limit or stone-cold at all times, and the upcoming watch crew able to be perky and alert by the watch change point.
As for this: Drinking boater arrested for not boating...
I have heard so many variations on this theme that I haven't taken my boat into U.S. waters nor spent money
there for many years. It...isn't...worth...it.
I have, however, left as crew from the U.S. and have seen the TSA "failed at mall cop, got this job" in operation. Bad, bad, bad. With our dollar at par, if I want something from the States, I order it online. Sorry for the retail bricks 'n' mortar, but I don't care to risk my boat, record
or reputation on some minor official's attitude disorder. That actually goes for our own uniformed apes here in Soviet Canuckistan, by the way. Can't wait for the high seas....
So I understand your concern at cracking a cold one in "border waters". Nonetheless, my advice stands.