Boating Under The Influence Guide

Boating is primarily a leisure activity, and many individuals thus treat it differently than driving a car. For the person operating the boat, however, the responsibilities are to be taken seriously — including when it comes to drinking or using drugs. The operator of a boat or a personal watercraft (such as a Jet Ski) is subject to arrest for boating under the influence (BUI), just as a driver would be for driving under the influence.

The dangers inherent in drinking while operating a boat are important to keep in mind the next time you and your friends or family head out to enjoy a day on the water. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use was primarily to blame for 91 boating fatalities in 2015, the most of any primary factor. All told, alcohol use was the primary contributing factor in 260 boating accidents resulting in 228 injuries.

Drunk boat driving might not seem as serious as drinking and driving, given the relative lack of traffic on the water, but the effects of even one drink can severely impair an operator’s ability to make good decisions while behind the wheel. The combination of heat, glare and noise that an operator experiences while boating can exacerbate alcohol’s effects on the senses, equilibrium and judgment. Simply put, drunk boating is never safe behavior.

This is why every state has laws against BUI. Even if an accident does not occur, the legal consequences of a BUI arrest or conviction are severe in many cases, and can result in a heavy fine and even jail time. In many cases, a BUI arrest or conviction can mean the loss of your driver’s license, as well.

The most obvious and simple way to avoid a BUI arrest is to not drink when boating. Other strategies for avoiding BUI include not operating a boat for at least one hour for each drink you have had, and checking the laws of your state to see whether an individual can be charged with BUI for operating watercraft such as a canoe or kayak while drunk.

The accompanying Boating Under the Influence Guide illustrates just how dangerous drinking and boating can be and provides some helpful tips to avoid a BUI arrest. Boating may be primarily a leisure activity for you, but that doesn’t mean you should be any less careful when it comes to alcohol consumption. Know the law and the risks, and you may save lives.
Boating Under The Influence Guide

BUI Guide courtesy of The Olive Law Firm


The marina will be closed on Sunday, May 14, 2017 for Mother’s Day.

If your mom is wanting you to take her out for a Mother’s Day boat ride,
please contact the marina no later than 4:00 pm on
Saturday, May 13 to make arrangements with us.

Thanks and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Dauphin Island Marina​​
Easter Schedule

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The marina will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 16th, 2017.

 If any dry storage customers would like access to their boats on Sunday, April 16 or Monday, April 17, please contact the marina office no later than 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 15 to make arrangements.
Thanks and have a great Easter weekend!
forkliftTo Marina Dry Storage Customers:
As you know, we always try to perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades on our forklift during Christmas Holidays.  This past December was no exception.  But unfortunately, now an additional problem has occurred, requiring immediate attention.
Our forklift will not be operational this coming weekend or most likely next week.  We are doing our very best to have the problem remedied before next Friday, February 10.
We will provide additional updates before February 10.  We apologize for the inconvenience caused, and appreciate your understanding.
Marina Management
Happy Mardi Gras!
We will be storing the Mardi Gras floats for Dauphin Island’s Mardi Gras parade on Sat. Jan 28.
Because the floats will be in our dry storage building, we will not be able to launch any boats from about 10:00 am on Friday, Jan. 27 until about 10:00 am on Saturday, Jan. 28.
If any dry storage customers need their boats between these times, they will need to contact the marina office no later than Thursday, Jan. 26 at 5:00 pm.
Dauphin Island Marina
Phone: (251) 861-2201
VHF Channel 16
Dauphin Island, Alabama