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« on: July 06, 2010, 10:15:22 PM »

Is it legal to imbibe while crabbing in a rental boat in NJ?

We've been crabbing everywhere from NY to the Carolinas, always with a cooler full of ice cold beer and its never been a problem but my co-worker tells me otherwise.  He says that in NJ, you can't have an open container of alcohol in a boat, motor or not.
Is this true?
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2010, 01:00:37 AM »

Is it legal to imbibe while crabbing in a rental boat in NJ?

We've been crabbing everywhere from NY to the Carolinas, always with a cooler full of ice cold beer and its never been a problem but my co-worker tells me otherwise.  He says that in NJ, you can't have an open container of alcohol in a boat, motor or not.
Is this true?


Drinking  while boating is a bad idea - however if you wish to KNOW for sure, just call the NJ State Police and asked them - if they do not know I am sure they can put you in contact with the people who do.

I would not risk it on someones say so.
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2010, 06:05:07 AM »

I agree it's really a bad idea.  Especially with the crowds and heat latley.  Do a quick search and you will see a debate on this topic not long ago.
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2010, 07:07:41 AM »

It's technically illegal to have an open container in any vehicle in NJ, including a boat.

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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010, 07:22:31 AM »

http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/About/boatingsafety.pdf

Some other info here.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010, 03:41:17 PM »

Just the operator of the vessel must abstain. The passengers can drink. Almost all party boats advertise on their sites the alcohol that they're willing to tolerate, which in print is not much, but in reality turns into a nightmare sometimes (ever been on a night bluefishing trip?). The CG or the Marine Police would not let them advertise or allow it if it were illegal. I go on party boats frequently and believe me, they're always worried about doing the right thing as boarding by authorities is always a concern. I've watched passengers on different boats with beer in the hands go by the Marine Police Station Pt. Pleasant, while raising those cans in a cheer, and not drawing a response from an MP boat pulling out into the canal. But a case in a row boat? Hope ya don't get run down.
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2010, 03:54:03 PM »

Makes you wonder if it's one of those laws thats on the books but never enforced...
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2010, 04:54:45 PM »

Makes you wonder if it's one of those laws thats on the books but never enforced...

No, because the boater's saftey course said specifically operator of vessel, not passenger. Now that doesn't mean that the MP or CG can't arrest some idiot drunken passenger that might be endangering the crew or vessel. That's why all the boats have rules (hardly enforced though).
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2010, 11:49:16 AM »

Makes you wonder if it's one of those laws thats on the books but never enforced...

From what I can gander there is no law, as long as you are not boozing and driving the boat you are fine.   DWI laws apply to any mobile conveience whether its a tricycle or a plane.

I know people that always hit a cove in the Brick section of the Barnegat called F Cove.  It's well known there is no enforcment for anything taking place there.  Just hope people don't start acting a fool ! dizzy2
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2010, 02:19:22 AM »

if u are drunk in a boat u will get a DWI. boat are the same as car i know because I'm a law enforcement officer and seen it done b 4 if u injury or kill someone u will b lockup and charge with some types of man slaughter. sorry 2 b so blunt but it better to now b4 u go. Shocked
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2010, 06:52:45 PM »

Interesting article about drinking and boating in NJ and a good follow up to this thread.

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/top_three/article_926bd44e-a4ea-11df-99e3-001cc4c002e0.html
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2010, 03:40:05 PM »

you also have to be careful where you are at.  for example, dividing creek is all state area, no alcohol allowed on state property. back in corson game preseve also no alcohol. that means you can't even have it with you.  fines are heavy too.  and yes  it's the same as driving a car in nj 
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2010, 03:39:19 PM »

if u are drunk in a boat u will get a DWI. boat are the same as car i know because I'm a law enforcement officer and seen it done b 4 if u injury or kill someone u will b lockup and charge with some types of man slaughter. sorry 2 b so blunt but it better to now b4 u go. Shocked



did u mean drunk in a boat.....or drunk driving a boat Huh?
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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2010, 06:13:55 PM »

if u are drunk in a boat u will get a DWI. boat are the same as car i know because I'm a law enforcement officer and seen it done b 4 if u injury or kill someone u will b lockup and charge with some types of man slaughter. sorry 2 b so blunt but it better to now b4 u go. Shocked

You write like this and you're an officer Huh

I'd hate to be your supervisor Embarassed
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2010, 08:34:03 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2010, 11:44:56 PM »

if u are driving a boat  and u r drunk u go 2 jail  same as a car,if u r drunk in a boat u could go 2 jail it depend on u . it is an enforceable law now a days
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« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2010, 02:53:48 PM »

Interesting article about drinking and boating in NJ and a good follow up to this thread.

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/top_three/article_926bd44e-a4ea-11df-99e3-001cc4c002e0.html

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« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2010, 03:19:11 PM »

if u are driving a boat  and u r drunk u go 2 jail  same as a car,if u r drunk in a boat u could go 2 jail it depend on u . it is an enforceable law now a days


if i was drunk in a boat but not driving it,why do i go 2 jail Huh
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« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2010, 04:45:23 PM »


if i was drunk in a boat but not driving it,why do i go 2 jail Huh

Being drunk, you won't 

Being disorderly you can. 


Not worth it either way.  The water is too unforgiving.
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« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2010, 06:01:06 PM »

Being drunk, you won't 

Being disorderly you can. 


Not worth it either way.  The water is too unforgiving.


o k i understand the disorderly bit.............this is what i was asking about.....if your obliviously drunk,and minding your own business  sitting on a park bench in town you can be arrested and be charged with public intoxication .......now how about being obliviously drunk while sitting in your friends boat.Huh?  does the sanctity of being in a boat or RIDING in a car protect one from prosecution Huh
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