Nevada's State Boating Laws - Boating and Alcohol

Boating and Alcohol: The Laws

It is illegal in the state of Nevada to operate any boat, or manipulate any waterskis, surfboard or similar device while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.

Boating and Alcohol in Nevada

In Nevada, a person is considered to be under the influence if:

  • They are impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of such substances.
  • They have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)  level of 0.08 or more.

In Nevada, a person convicted of operating a boat while under the influence will be subject to the following penalties:

  • Jail time for up to 6 months.
  • A fine of up to $1,000.
  • Court costs.
  • Testing fees.

The penalty for boating under the influence (BUI) causing death or injury is:

  • Jail time from 2-20 years.
  • A fine from $2,000-$5,000.