It’s not illegal to consume alcohol on a boat in Florida as long as you are of legal age and not operating the boat. The consequences of navigating a boat under the influence are similar to that of a motor vehicle DUI offense.
Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Laws in Florida
Under Florida statute 327.25:
- If you were operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could be found guilty of boating under the influence
- The legal BAC limit is under 0.08 for a boater over 21, which is the same limit as for a motorist
- Individuals under 21 cannot operate a boat with alcohol or drugs in their system
You can also be arrested for a boat DUI if the officer believes you are operating the boat under the influence of a controlled substance that has altered your normal faculties. This is true even for prescription drugs if they can alter your physical capabilities or perception.