Smokers and boating.....

Discussion in 'Announcements & FAQs' started by jbruere, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. jbruere

    jbruere New Member

    Aug 30, 2010
    2006 Sea Ray 220 Select
    350 Mag MPI w/Bravo III Drive
    I was hesitant to post this question, but I'm going to do it anyways. How do you all handle smoking guests on your boats??? I am NOT a smoker and quite frankly the habit disgusts me. However, I realize that it's inevitable that we will have smoking guests on our boat. I haven't ruled it out yet, but last weekend someone was smoking and ashes were going everywhere. I LOVE MY BOAT and take very good care of it. And...I pay for it.

    Is it rude to tell guests that there will be NO SMOKING for an entire day on the lake? I'm curious to know how others handle this situation. Do you allow smoking when you are anchored and tied up? Do you only allow smoking off the swim deck (which I struggle with because the gas tanks and fumes are right there and that seems a bit dangerous and stupid to me).

    The boat is a 2006 Sea Ray 220 Select so it's an open bow sport boat. I'm really looking for input here please! THANKS!!!
  2. Bucit

    Bucit New Member

    Mar 12, 2010
    St. Petersburg Florida
    2005 280 Sundancer
    2004 SPD-104 Achilles w/ 8hp Yamaha
    Twin 4.3 MPI's with Alpha drives.
    It's the captains rules. I smoke and do allow my passengers to smoke but make them aware of burning my seats and carpeting. If soemone is drinking too much I tell them to wait until we get to the island and they can smoke whiel we float around in the water. No right or wrong answer here.
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I'm with jbruere. I don't smoke and don't allow it on my boat. If people ask if they can smoke I tell them that to comply with WA state law they have to be at least 25' from the boat. I do it in a joking way, but they get the point.
  4. Pseudomind

    Pseudomind Active Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    2011 Hurricane with Magic Tilt Trailer
    115 HP Yamaha Four Stroke
    No Smoking. I smoked for years, but when I did, I did not smoke in my house or in my cars, so since I did not smoke in my cars I am certainly not going to allow someone else to smoke on the boat. I tell folks well beforehand and this means no sneaking a smoke in the head or elsewhere on the boat.

    I am a to the point person, not into PC and those who know me will also tell you this, so if you have to smoke, do not plan on going out with me.
  5. aqua*holic

    aqua*holic New Member

    Jan 27, 2011
    New Mexico
    210 Sundeck 1999
    5.0 EFI Alpha
    I let my wife's idiot sisters smoke on the boat. Got home and was cleaning the boat and found a burn in the carpet. No more smoking on the boat. Period. They can put on a life jacket and smoke while they float in the lake.
  6. Georgia SeaDawg

    Georgia SeaDawg New Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Savannah, GA.
    270 Dauntless
    Twin 225 verado's
    No smoking on the boat at all for me. If they want to smoke that bad, they can go on another boat. My boat therefore my rules.
  7. Bugsy24

    Bugsy24 Active Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Freehold, New Jersey
    2008 310 Sundancer
    T-350 Mag,Br3's W/Axius
    Your Boat... Your Rules!! I smoke and do not smoke anywhere except on the Fantail! I don't smoke in the House and when we're at the Pier I go down the ramp away from others! I like Scott's new Rule, "Put on a life Jacket and Smoke and Float". Ha Ha that's great!!! :thumbsup:
  8. mddickens

    mddickens New Member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Pickwick Lake, AL/MS/TN
    2005 320 Sundancer
    T-350 5.7L Mag MPI V-Drive
    I solved this by not having any friends who smoke, but if on the off chance I had a smoker on board, I'd simply tell them NO SMOKING. People who know me well know I despise the practice and wouldn't be surprised in the least by not allowing it.
  9. VTSeaRay

    VTSeaRay Active Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Northern Vermont / SW FL
    2007 210 Select w/5.0L 260HP MPI Mercruiser Alpha 1
    8 cyl 5.0 Merc mpi, w/alpha 1 with 19" prop, with the speedo hole on the leading edge just above it
    No smoking on my boat... and they can bring their own damn life jacket to burn/stink up while they float in the lake smoking away.
  10. tdschafer

    tdschafer Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Long island , NY
    1997 330 sundancer
    twin 454's, Carb, V-Drives
    Absolutely no smoking on mine either!! I never let it on my boats in 20+ years. We are usually at the beach docks though so if someone is so inclined they can go for a walk.
  11. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    I don't smoke... never have. No smoking on my boat! You have to tell friends/family upfront so there is no surprises.
  12. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    I'm with everyone else -- absolutely no smoking within 30 feet of my boat. If you can't go without a smoke then you won't be on my boat.
  13. JediJD

    JediJD Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Feb 14, 2009
    Cartersville, GA
    '07 42SS Carver, full electronics array
    '03 380DA, RL80C+, ST7001, Kohl 7.3,4kw o/array sold
    8.1S Crusader express drives
    I have a bifurcated set of rules. I can smoke my cigars where ever and when ever I choose (actually, its when ever and where ever the Only Mate permits)...anyone else, its the swim platform or the water.
  14. tbirdvet

    tbirdvet Active Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Previous boat: 2008 330 Sundancer
    Vetus Bow Thruster
    Kohler Gen.
    Twin 496 MAG, 375HP Bravo III,
    No smoking allowed. No discussion.
  15. Active Member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Old Saybrook, CT
    2012 45 Yacht
    D6 Volvo Penta IPS
    It has never come up - it would seem to me that, since we aren't smokers, our guests know that it's not allowed. If it were to come up, it would not be allowed anywhere on the boat. With the fuel vents/fillers/tank for outboard in the vicinity, I would discourage smoking anywhere near the boat while it is docked, but there is not much you can do if someone walks down the dock with a lit cigarette.
  16. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    97 270 Sundancer
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    8.2 Mercs,
    7.4 BII
    260hp Alpha 1
    For me it is when the Admiral allows otherwise, DITTO. :grin:
  17. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    No smoking on board.......(or swimstep)
  18. gnephew511

    gnephew511 New Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    270 Sundancer 1987, Lowrance HDS-5 Gen 2 Chartplotter/ Finder
    Twin 165 Mercruisers w/alpha one drives
    Absolutely no smoking on my boat. Just curious about marina's allowing smoking on the docks. My marina doesn't allow using grills in the slips, I'm going to have to check about smoking on the docks. Seems likely that some idiot would not hesitate to throw his lit butt in the water.
  19. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    Negative. No smoking, no exceptions. You'll be lucky to drink red wine or any red colored beverage on my boat.
    A cigar every rare once in awhile....but that's on the dock.
  20. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    Now the other side of the coin..... Once while enjoying a cigar ON MY BOAT, and on the swim platform I was told by a guest that the smoke was bad for his daughter. I was respectful and put the cigar out, but ended the trip ASAP.

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