Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the body. Add the hot sun to an alcohol mixture and you get a very tired captain. You run the risk of falling asleep at the helm or being drowsy and inattentive.
Waterways do have police officers as well. They monitor the waters just as a traffic cop would monitor the roads. If you are boating while intoxicated, you can be “pulled over” and administered a field sobriety test. The water cop will assess your physical condition and decide whether or not you should receive a boating while intoxicated citation. If so, you risk losing both your boat and your license.
Boating while intoxicated is a big no-no in the boating world. It really is possible to have fun without alcoholic beverages. If you feel you just can’t be on your boat without a drink, practice moderation and keep everyone safe!