Marina Etiquette Tips

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  1. Presentation

    Presentation Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    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.
     
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  2. Asureyez

    Asureyez New Member

    Apr 22, 2007
    Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
    Sea Ray 460 Sundancer Hardtop 2001 - SOLD
    Cummins 450 Diesels
    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.
     
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  3. drballard33

    drballard33 New Member

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    Sep 21, 2007
    Cleveland Ohio
    298 Vista
    Twin Volvo 350 duoprops
    great tips I especially like the one about the dock carts it drives me crazy
     
  4. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    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. JV II

    JV II Active Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    Newport, RI
    2016 50 Fly
    Volvo Penta D11
    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.
     
  6. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    Much shorter if you would have just said "act like teenagers..."
     
  7. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Or you could have went with "act like Gary" :thumbsup:
     
  8. Four Suns

    Four Suns Head Pot Stirrer TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    2003 480 DB
    Zodiac ProJet Dinghy
    Yamaha 110vx WaveRunner
    QSM-11 Diesels
    ouch...
     
  9. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
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    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas (just in case FC3 is watching) too buddy
     
  10. Jack380AC

    Jack380AC Member

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    Jan 28, 2008
    West Chester, PA / North East, MD
    2000 380 Aft Cabin
    Twin 454 Mag MPI Horizon MerCruiser
    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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  11. gwa348

    gwa348 New Member

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    Jul 22, 2008
    Lake Lanier, Lake Burton GeorgiaSea Ray
    24 Laguna
    225 Mercury
    Kudos to Chad for taking a stand. Two days ago I witneed a similar incident involving 2 black labs. I hope these losers don"t wreck our pets being at the marinas.

    22 Pachanga, 24 Sorrento, 24 Laguna, 290 Sundancer
     
  12. chollyjohn

    chollyjohn New Member

    126
    Sep 27, 2008
    Richmond & Morattico, VA
    1992 Sea Ray 310 Sportbridge - Only 41 Made by Brunswick
    Twin 8.1L Mercruiser; 370HP each; Inboard Zurth Str8 Drives
    Now there's an IDEA!!!! Ask Captain Andy columnist; Dear S. S. Abbegale; Emily's Standing Post & Boating Ediquette. If all goes well, boaters can gather to have the states adopt such in their boating regulations in efforts that, in later years, we can have a bill passed by Congress and make it law. Wait! that wouldn't be wise since many boaters today seem to enjoy breaking laws. Ouch, did I say that?
    At best, I will just watch my own behavior. As a Southerner would say PROPERLY...some boaters can be just plain idiots...God Bless Em. (use the last phrase and anything you say will always seem OK)
     
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  13. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
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    [​IMG]
     
  14. tmhudson2

    tmhudson2 New Member

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    Aug 30, 2007
    Nashville, TN
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    Down South you can say almost anything critical of someone, but if you follow it with "...bless his heart..." it won't be taken as a malicious personal attack.
     
  15. Captain Don

    Captain Don Member

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    Oct 18, 2006
    Rhode Island
    1988 340 Sundancer
    7.4 MCM Gas
    I swear I didn't do it!!
     
  16. Hellman Huddle

    Hellman Huddle New Member

    510
    Nov 6, 2009
    Lake Wateree/SC Coast
    2005 260 Sundancer
    2000 F-350 Diesel
    350 Mercruiser Bravo III
    This past weekend we got to the marina at 10:00 pm.(marina was closed everybody gone) By the time we got tied up and settled in I wanted to take a stand up shower in the marina facilities. When I got to the door you need a code to get in. I searched the docks for someone still awake. Found one guy in a blow boat. Guess what? He would not give me the code! Now how's that for marina etiquette? :smt013
     
  17. Jack F

    Jack F Active Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    Cape Cod
    2008 240DA,
    Garmin 545s,
    North Star NS100ss.
    MMSI#338093894
    350 Mag Seacore BR3
    Guys in blow boats don't take showers :grin:
     
  18. Presentation

    Presentation Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    That dude messed up.

    I would have given you a long series of number that I made up, at least 12 digits, and not written it down. After you walked all the way to the showers and could not open the door and you came back to me I’d flip two of the numbers blaming you on being dyslexic. I’d keep repeating this to see how many times you keep coming back.


    LOL!

    Just kidding.
     
  19. cdodds

    cdodds New Member

    12
    Sep 13, 2010
    pittsburgh pa
    1983 360 aft cabin,
    1984 formula 23ls
    twin 230s (305in.) in the ray
    454/bravo in the formula
    i agree with the fact that some dog owners need to pay more attention to their animals at the marina.always remember, just because you think your dog is cute that doesn't mean everyone else does too. there is absolutely NO excuse for an animal off its leash at a strangers marina. or on any other dock with people who don't know you or your animals even if its your home port.
     
  20. Pack66Dad

    Pack66Dad New Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Browns Point, Washington
    1997 41 Convertible
    Caterpillar 3126 Diesels
    We take our dog everywhere with us and she loves it. She is always on a leash and we carry an ample supply of poop bags at all times to clean up just in case.
     

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