When summer comes, many Californians can be found on the lake or river enjoying the thrill of tubing, skiing, snorkeling, or jet skiing. The hot summer months understandably also mean an increase in the consumption of ice cold beer, margaritas and daiquiris. If anyone of us have been to a local dock at any nearby river or lake during the summer months we are familiar with the fact that nearly every boat on the water has an igloo full of such thirst quenching beverages. Let’s face it, boating and alcohol use is a common occurrence.
However, boat owners (and boat drivers) want to especially be cognizant of the use of alcohol while using the boat to engage in water sports. While the consumption of alcohol while boating is common in the boat community, California case law does not rule favorably in this regard nor share the sentiment held in the boating community.