One of the great things about Chartering a boat is that if you want to have a few drinks at the sandbar and get home safe, your Captain is always your built in designated driver!…but, we still have to comply with the laws in Ontario, and very few people have it straight, so I’m gonna lay it out for you.
Nobody…on any boat…no matter what size or configuration, can drink while the vessel is moving unless it has a licensed bar on board. And just like in your car, it’s needs to be stowed out of reach when underway. In order to have open alcohol on board your boat or yacht needs 3 things. 1. A toilet with pump out holding tank. 2. A space designed to sleep in…and 3. A Permanently mounted means of cooking food. Basically the ingredients needed to stay overnight. And, if you have those 3 things, alcohol can only be accessed and consumed when anchored or tied to a dock.
So alcohol on a pontoon? Forget about it….wake boat? Nope. Most bowriders under 25ft? Probably not. Both of our boats? Absolutely! But when the Captain says it’s time to pull up the anchor…sorry….bottoms up, we have to put the drinks away.