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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    Engine(s)
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    Posts
    4,504

    Marina Etiquette Tips

    Marina Etiquette Tips

    Based on personal experience and observation I have come up with the below list of etiquette tips for getting along at the marina. If you have additional suggestions please add them.

    - At areas where multiple boaters need to use the same location like the gas dock, waste pump-out station or launch ramp, do what you need to do then move your boat. If you need to go to the bathroom, talk to another person or purchase some supplies do this after you have vacated these areas.

    - Keep dock lines, water hoses, power cords and other such items neatly coiled and placed in such a way that they are not a tripping hazard or mess to other people using the docks.

    - If it’s a windy day or tight quarters it’s considered polite to help another boater dock. Normally this means someone that is docking within a couple of slips from where you are. This often requires nothing more then holding a line if tossed to you until a person form the boat is able to tie it off the way they prefer.

    - Obey no wake inside any marina with plenty to spare. If you are going to error, error on the side of going too slow.

    - If you are tying up along a guest seawall do so in such a manor that your boat does not hog more room then it should. If there is a 60 foot wall and you have a 28 foot boat don’t take your 28 feet out of the middle. Pick one side or the other.

    - Along a sea wall use a spring line in each direction so your boat does not move in either direction causing your boat to hit another boat.

    - Turn your VHF radio to LOW power so if you make a call when close to other boats you do not damage other boater’s radios.

    - Do not use the VHF radio for boat to land based communications unless it is with a licensed shore station like the marina itself. Not only does this clutter the airways its illegal per the FCC. Use a family frequency hand held or cell phone for this purpose.

    - Keep music / TV volume at a reasonable level. Sound travels very well over the water. Keep this in mind when talking too.

    - Keep your kids off other people’s boats and under reasonable control. Don’t let them grab and play with other boater’s water lines, dock lines, etc.

    - Respect quiet hours. This varies marina to marina. Mostly I see this posted as after 11:00PM but varies from marina to marina so check.

    - Return dock carts to their proper location when finished using.
    2003 280 Sundancer twin 5.0 BIII
    Westerbeke MPV Gen added Feb '08
    Presentation

    Where we're going we don't need roads-Emmit Brown a.k.a Doc

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    Sea Ray 460 Sundancer Hardtop 2001 - SOLD
    Engine(s)
    Cummins 450 Diesels
    Posts
    1,547

    Marina's, Kids & Pets

    More and more I see boat owners going off and leaving kids and or their pets run the docks unsupervised.

    Recently I saw a boat close by let their dog off the boat on to the dock and watch him take a dump ... the dog jumped back on board and the ower when back below decks and never came back ... leaving a lump for the world to deal with.

    I called the dock master by VHF and comlplained about the dump a dog took and they sent a dock boy with a shovel and scrubbers ... which he used to clean up the mess and the dock master walked over and asked whose dog was the culprit, I snitched.

    The DM rapped on the offending owners deck and a head popped out and a quiet discussion followed and the owners head was shaking left and right in what appeared to be denial ... and the dog again jumped ship and ran to the now clean spot and after giving it a good sniff, took a pee on it. The owner now red faced and the dock master in a much louder voice said in a firm and no doubt left statement, "Be gone in an hour!"

    The DM walked back to my boat and gave his appologies and explained that they'd been trying to catch a culprit for days, but never got a complaint or caught the offending guest ...

    Pet owners that enjoy boating with their pets should make extra effort to make sure their joy is not other boaters bane.
    Chad on Asureyez
    That's Blue Eyes for Ya!
    460DA 2002; Cummins 6CTA 8.3 M-3
    Westerbeke 8.0BTDA

    Cruising South Florida Waters as a Life Style!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Cleveland Ohio
    Boat
    Four Winns
    Details
    298 Vista
    Engine(s)
    Twin Volvo 350 duoprops
    Posts
    8

    Re: Marina Etiquette Tips

    great tips I especially like the one about the dock carts it drives me crazy

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Williamsburg, VA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2003 480 DB Zodiac ProJet Dinghy Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    Engine(s)
    QSM-11 Diesels
    Posts
    10,650

    Re: Marina Etiquette Tips

    Well Chad... at least I now know who turned my dog in. Next time I'm going to have him take a dump on your swim platform.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Newport, RI
    Boat
    Azimut
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    2016 50 Fly
    Engine(s)
    Volvo Penta D11
    Posts
    2,720

    Re: Marina Etiquette Tips

    There is a difference between etiquitte and civility. The majority can easily learn etiquitte. It's a matter of lack of knowledge. They appreciate it when someone explains the expected behavior.

    The rare minority will never demonstrate civility, let alone etiquitte. Often it's a matter of ignorance. They resent others and think they are elevated above them by not conforming to the expected behavior. Often, they feel victomized for being different, are angry, in denial, and surround themselves with negativity.

    Don't get yourself crazy over people's behavior. Craziness is contageous. There will always be one of those on the dock.
    Do svidanya

    Previous Boats

    2007 Sea Ray 290DA Twin 5.0 Bravo III
    2008 Sea Ray 330DA 496 Mag SeaCore Bravo III
    2005 Sea Ray 48DA QSC540


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Williamsburg, VA
    Boat
    Sea Ray
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    2003 480 DB Zodiac ProJet Dinghy Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    Engine(s)
    QSM-11 Diesels
    Posts
    10,650

    Re: Marina Etiquette Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by JuliaValentine View Post
    They resent others and think they are elevated above them by not conforming to the expected behavior. Often, they feel victomized for being different, are angry, in denial, and surround themselves with negativity.
    Much shorter if you would have just said "act like teenagers..."

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Charlotte, N.C.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2006 185 Sport
    Engine(s)
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Posts
    3,916

    Re: Marina Etiquette Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Four Suns View Post
    Much shorter if you would have just said "act like teenagers..."
    Or you could have went with "act like Gary"
    Wesley
    2006 Sea Ray 185 Sport; 4.3L 190HP
    Alpha One
    Charlotte, North Carolina


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Williamsburg, VA
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    Sea Ray
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    2003 480 DB Zodiac ProJet Dinghy Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    Engine(s)
    QSM-11 Diesels
    Posts
    10,650

    Re: Marina Etiquette Tips

    ouch...

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Charlotte, N.C.
    Boat
    Sea Ray
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    2006 185 Sport
    Engine(s)
    4.3 L 190 HP
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    Re: Marina Etiquette Tips

    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas (just in case FC3 is watching) too buddy
    Wesley
    2006 Sea Ray 185 Sport; 4.3L 190HP
    Alpha One
    Charlotte, North Carolina


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    West Chester, PA / Bohemia Bay, MD
    Boat
    Sea Ray
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    2000 380 Aft Cabin
    Engine(s)
    Twin 454 Mag MPI Horizon MerCruiser
    Posts
    845

    Re: Marina's, Kids & Pets

    It wasn't me, I didn't do it. I swear. My owners walk me all the time and I even have to stand there and watch them pick it up with a bag. Yuuchh! Humans are weird.
    Buffy.
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