Originally Posted by Bigtalljv
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.