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Old 05-09-2007, 04:43 PM
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Sounds like everyone has about the same philosophy as I do. I can guarantee that I have never been legally drunk driving my boat. I just wanted to get a feel for how you guys deal with it. Also, I don't have a fast boat, I have a pleasure boat that I fill with friends and family, drive out to the sandbars, anchor and have a good time. It would be a different story if I was out there to fly around. In my many years of boating, I have never been pulled over for anything (knock on wood) I just wanted to see what you guys thought about the subject. Thanks for the replies.

P.S. I have a 23' Yamaha Jet boat with twins. I know I don't belong here ( someday I will), but other forums I have read really suck and you guys seem real knowledgable and most importantly you don't knock eachother...too much
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In chicago, we usually drink on my boat. I dont bring a ton of people on board, maybe 4 tops, and we stay low key. We usually anchor and sip some beers in the sun. I think the water cops are more prone to stopping a boat loaded with people, especially if its a sausage fest boat. I dont let people sit anywhere but the seats while underway. Point is, here, if you done act like a asshat, they usually let you enjoy the day.

I have a couple friends who are chicago marine police, they are pretty good guys, who dont want to put the screws to decent people. But if they see a group of people on a boat being rowdy, speeding in crowded areas, drinking out of plastic cups, hanging off the back of the boat while underway, they will stop them.
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Never ever have a open beer in view of the police or USCG. Since they can do a safety inspection any time and once they board they may decide you need a breathalizer test.

Also don't try to outrun a police or USCG boat. I tried once and soon realized they have more then one and know how to plot a intercepting course.
Fortunatly I was not drinking and only got a expensive wake violation out of the chase.

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Old 05-10-2007, 06:58 AM
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Yes it happened back around 1990 in my C.C.. Tried to outrun the county sheriff boat. Went flying through the no wake zone by Deckers, don't know what I was thinking at the time. They were tied up at Deckers and waved at me to pull in. Once out into the lake I thought I could run to the Clinton river or Metro and loose him since he had to get started and chase me.
Forgot about radio communication........... They came from two directions and I finally gave up around Belvedere bay.
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And remember, if the police or USCG want to board to do a inspection, always ask them to remove their shoes.


It pisses them off really bad, and as long as you know your not in violation, its funny as hell.
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i dont drink before or during operating my boat . . . period. and have no problem if my passangers do. i know i may take some heat for this but i think they should enforce the BUI laws more srtictly and should have zero tolerance for people that do operate while impared. i dont say this because i feel every person that has just one or two drinks should be delt with, i say it for the amount of other azzholes that go way beyond that. cant tell you how many times i see these idiots out there that think its no big deal and drinking all frik'n day is a part of boating. I was boarded one night at about one thirty in the morning while returning from a riverfront party my crew was pretty trashed. they did a full vessel check and about half way through the process i could sense the situation got much less tense when they realized i had not been drinking lke the rest. i asked if most of their stops were like this and the officer said " no usually everybody is drunk" they thanked me for being responsible and keeping my boat in perfect order i thanked them for being out there keeping the water safe. we went on our way. honestly i have no problem with the frequincy of boardings during downtown events or any other time for that matter, gives 'em more of a chance to nail the people that push it to far.

now while i do not drink an drive my boat i will, however, catch up quickly when we get wherever it is that we were going . . . thats why i have a boat with a cabin. besides its kinda entertaining to be totally sober around a bunch of drunks, really gives you an interesting view of people .

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Dock,
Yes it happened back around 1990 in my C.C.. Tried to outrun the county sheriff boat. Went flying through the no wake zone by Deckers, don't know what I was thinking at the time. They were tied up at Deckers and waved at me to pull in. Once out into the lake I thought I could run to the Clinton river or Metro and loose him since he had to get started and chase me.
Forgot about radio communication........... They came from two directions and I finally gave up around Belvedere bay.
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interesting you chose interceptor for a screen name. . . . shouldnt it be intercepted?
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Dave,
Actually the name should have been DumbA** that day.
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Big zero for the alcohol and anything that involves a motor for me, seen to many things turn bad quickly.

P.S. I have a 23' Yamaha Jet boat with twins. I know I don't belong here ( someday I will), but other forums I have read really suck and you guys seem real knowledgeable and most importantly you don't knock each other...too much[/QUOTE]

There are a bunch of great people here. Welcome to the site and don't worry about not belonging; to me it is a common interest that you share with the other members. Plus you can learn a ton of stuff.

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