Originally Posted by Noble95
Looking to go out on Saturday and enjoy a few beers in the sun, is anyone aware of a drink drive limit on boats come into force yet? obviously not excessive drinking but would like a few beers! Help would be appreciated
Speaking personally and without prejudice to anyone...
I've been fortunate enough to have covered more than 50k miles powered by sticks, string and large triangular white bits of flappy stuff around our fantastic planet and am firmly of the opinion that the sea is one of the few places remaining that offers the opportunity for common sense and self-reliance to reign supreme in our generally over-regulated society full of rules, regs and laws created to deal with our increasingly litigious world.
I applaud the RYA's stance on resisting any attempt to impose a 'drink-drive' limit on leisure sailors because, frankly, the laws already exist in the form of local Harbour Authority Byelaws and Colregs.
On the other hand, I absolutely believe that we all have a duty to ourselves, our fellow passengers and everyone else enjoying the 'freedom' of the seas to act and behave responsibly and with consideration and due respect.
In that regard, personally, I'm happy to accept the Road Traffic Act guidelines regarding alcohol consumption and consequent impairment but others, of course, will have different views.
The MAIB Report on what happened in Tarbert on 10th July 2005 should act as a salutory warning to everyone, of course.