Crew be warned… we run a dry boat when underway!
Rebecca and I have long had a rule that we don’t drink alcohol on the boat when we’re underway. On the days when we’d be moving the boat several times, common when we were chartering, we also wouldn’t drink alcohol if we were going to be getting underway again. Our guests are always offered drinks when we travel, and on charter that often started early, at breakfast, with Mimosas or Bloody Caesars on the menu. As much as we wanted to, we just never joined them*.
After we’ve anchored for the day though, and have no expectation that we’ll be moving again (you never really know though — things happen), I may enjoy a post-passage beer (that’s actually part of my anchoring ritual/strategy), or wait for sundowner time to enjoy a cocktail.
Sundowners. Definitely at anchor!
What do we do on a multi-day passage? Simple… we don’t drink alcohol. Period. And yes, that includes beer. Others, no doubt, have different rules, but that’s what we feel is the best practice. As there is always the chance for some type of drama when underway, I’d rather not have alcohol influence my reaction time, or my decision making ability.
When we are doing an overnight passage, as a treat, Rebecca and I will typically still celebrate the setting of the sun with a mock-tail, a virgin cocktail (club soda or sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice, on the rocks). Since we often follow the same no-booze protocol during weekdays, it’s not a big deal for us.
*As you might imagine, sometimes it’s fun for us to be the guests (not crew), and not in charge. 🙂