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Why Is Drinking Permitted On The Norfolk Broads?

Posted: August 12th, 2018, 4:47 am
by Miles
At the end of a day, I am a firm believer in that what people do on a boat is there business entirely. If they live on it, turn it into a cult H.Q. or even talk to aliens, I have no concerns whatsoever.
However, one thought stays with me and leaves me totally perplexed. That is, why is drinking alcohol permitted on boats on the Norfolk Broads? :roll:
We all know there are good and bad drinkers, there is no dispute there at all but when a boat collides with another vessel (note the use of the word, when, as opposed to, if) I would imagine it to be quite acceptable for a marine insurance company to refuse to pay out if the skipper was deemed as being intoxicated. Who could blame them either?
To me it just seems insane and furthermore I would have to assume that there would be a noticeable decrease in accidents on the Norfolk Broads.
Surely the idea of operating a vessel floating in water, weighing multiple tonnes and nearly fifty feet in length at times, could possibly be the root of a lot of negative issues on these charming waterways.
After all, if you were aware that many cars being driven passed you on the roads were being driven by folks drunk, would you even go out on the roads? In addition, you would expect there to be negative consequences as a result.
So I have to ask if these inland waterways are for boating, or just a place to go out and get p@@@@d?

Two packets of crisps, a crate of Stellar and a 45 footer please?....oh, can I have a 12 foot dinghy with that please?

Re: Why Is Drinking Permitted On The Norfolk Broads?

Posted: August 12th, 2018, 3:41 pm
by Hylander
May be seeing this lot might make your mind up as to why folk drink.

Re: Why Is Drinking Permitted On The Norfolk Broads?

Posted: August 12th, 2018, 3:56 pm
by Miles
Several Stellars required ;)

Re: Why Is Drinking Permitted On The Norfolk Broads?

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 8:26 am
by BEN
It Isn't, well not to excess anyway, Broads regulation 83,,
A person shall not navigate a vessel whilst under the influence of drink or drugs to such an extent as to be incapable of taking proper control of the vessel.

The problem many of those who do drink to excess are not worried, as they'll never come back...

and BA is not going to blockade the rivers to do random breath tests

Re: Why Is Drinking Permitted On The Norfolk Broads?

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 2:36 pm
by Miles
Broads Beat could be though.

Re: Why Is Drinking Permitted On The Norfolk Broads?

Posted: August 13th, 2018, 6:41 pm
by John
Who can you contact to report someone in charge of a boat and drunk? Or anything that is a danger to others.

Re: Why Is Drinking Permitted On The Norfolk Broads?

Posted: August 15th, 2018, 9:24 am
by BEN
The Broads authority, are the responsible body to report Drunk drivers to, they'll call the police if they need assistance.
01603 610734

Re: Why Is Drinking Permitted On The Norfolk Broads?

Posted: August 15th, 2018, 9:54 am
by Miles
Problem there is after hours it is an answerphone.

Re: Why Is Drinking Permitted On The Norfolk Broads?

Posted: August 18th, 2018, 11:38 pm
by JohnnyC
Call the coastguard if you think someone is dangerously drunk and in charge of a boat.