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We had a discussion at lunch regarding the safety and legality of drinking beer while rafting (specifically, but could apply to kayaking as well). The laws by state may vary, but generally speaking, I believe it's illegal to have open containers in motorized boats (ski boats, etc like you'd see in lakes and resevoirs) within reach of the driver of the boat. For those types of water craft, it's pretty obvious as to why, it's a safety issue, just like drinking and driving in a car. Those are all motorized though, while most water craft on the rivers are not.

Is there any law that applies similar logic to rafting or kayaking?

As far as I know, it's actually more of an un-written rule that you must have beer WITHIN reach of the oarsman/guide of a raft...
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We had a discussion at lunch regarding the safety and legality of drinking beer while rafting (specifically, but could apply to kayaking as well). The laws by state may vary, but generally speaking, I believe it's illegal to have open containers in motorized boats (ski boats, etc like you'd see in lakes and resevoirs) within reach of the driver of the boat. For those types of water craft, it's pretty obvious as to why, it's a safety issue, just like drinking and driving in a car. Those are all motorized though, while most water craft on the rivers are not.

Is there any law that applies similar logic to rafting or kayaking?

As far as I know, it's actually more of an un-written rule that you must have beer WITHIN reach of the oarsman/guide of a raft...

search the thread "BUI"
and a few come up explaining this topic....
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Colorado just passed a law that is illegal for any operator of a water craft to be drinking. This includes rafts and kayaks.
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Colorado just passed a law that is illegal for any operator of a water craft to be drinking. This includes rafts and kayaks.
The State of Colorado has made it illegal to live life and have fun! Any person who has a paddle in there hand and as is over a .08 % BLD ALC level can be given a DUI. This law came in to effect after a jack ass murdered his kid towing him on a tube at 50MPH behind a power boat on Horse Tooth Reservoir. Hey blamed it on the alcohol. The guy was out water skiing the next day while dive rescue was looking or his son...

So we are all paying the price for his actions..
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It's not worth drinking any more you can't drive,boat,ride a bike,ride a horse,kayak or raft.
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I guess if we want to drink on the river we'll just all have to become tubers.
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I thought the whole point of DUI laws was to protect other vehicles and pedestrians. Now BUI, includes rafts and kayaks?! Really, what is a drunk kayaker going to do to anyone other than himself? We need a pro-choice drinking movement. If you wanna drink and your not hurting anyone else...it's my body, so eff-off.
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i raft better when i'm drunk...
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The legislation used to read and apply to motorboats and sailboats but was changed to "vessels" instead of the specific crafts. I can't remember where I read it but they consider a vessel pretty much any boat or multi-chambered inflatable. Seriously tubes are still exempt as they are not considered a vessel since they don't have a hull, bunch of BS.
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