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Old 09 August 2013, 13:37   #1
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Old 09 August 2013, 13:42   #2
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"They said they planned to return to Lymington, from Cowes, but missed the entrance to Lymington Harbour and ran out of fuel just off Fort Victoria".

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Over here in California I was recently surprised to learn that it's not illegal to drink and operate a boat. It's only illegal is you get over the blood/alcohol limit to be "legally drunk" .08.
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Over here in California I was recently surprised to learn that it's not illegal to drink and operate a boat. It's only illegal is you get over the blood/alcohol limit to be "legally drunk" .08.
True, and being over that limit will get you a moving drunk driving violation on your drivers license. Currently, that means no drivers license for a year, and approximately $10,000 (or more) in court costs and fees.

But, yes; you can be legally operating a boat with a beer in your hand.

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Old 09 August 2013, 19:37   #5
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"They said they planned to return to Lymington, from Cowes, but missed the entrance to Lymington Harbour and ran out of fuel just off Fort Victoria".

It also said they had no lifejackets, no radio and no warm clothing, were half-cut and had little fuel - so a really well planned trip then !



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Old 09 August 2013, 19:40   #6
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The Anchor Inn, Hight Street, Cowes does a nice family room for about 55 a night But then again it's Cowes week?

What were they thinking
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What were they thinking
Obviously they were not
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They must have been very low on fuel before they left cowes as it isnt very far to lymington.
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Even leaving Hamble two years ago a RIB had run out of fuel exiting the river on route to the fireworks in daylight despite having passed the fuel pontoon!
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I've heard firsthand accounts from lifeboat crew who have been hauled out of bed in the wee hours to attend drunks on boats. It some cases, the boaters have been too drunk to stand or see properly. They were just aimlessly tooling around in the dark and the call to "assist" them was made by concerned parties ashore.

A lick of the fire hose would do them good.
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