Would you board another boat without permission?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Presentation, Jun 10, 2009.

  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
    Well I did and I got told I was in the wrong, not from anyone official, but by another boater.

    The boat was in a slip. No one from the boat was around from what I could tell. It was a windy day.

    A boater was coming in started backing up and was trying to trun around and it was obvious the bow was going to hit the back corner of the boat in the slip. The boat was about a 24’ ish express cruiser.

    I stepped on the boat tied in the slip on the swim platform, stepped across to the other side and pushed off the other boat then I got back off the boat.

    I never did get to tell the boat’s owner what I did. I never saw them.

    Was I wrong? What would you do?
     
  2. 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
    You're fine.
     
  3. everthing's irie

    everthing's irie New Member

    889
    Jan 20, 2008
    Georgia
    2006 290DA
    Twin 6's
    This is a different situation than just boarding a boat. You were preventing an accident. I would appreciate someone protecting my boat while I was not avaiable.

    I have done the same thing and would do it again in hopes that someone would do the same for me.

    You were not just roaming aboard someones boat you were helping. It seems as though the guy that said you were in the wrong would have just stood by and watched the crash offering no help. That stinks.
     
  4. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    You can step on my swim platform anytime to avoid someone hitting my boat.... GOOD JOB !!
     
  5. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    I've done the same. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  6. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Member GOLD Sponsor

    607
    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2007 320DA
    Twin 350 Mercs/V-Drives
    I agree. Please don't let someone hit my boat.
    Mike
     
  7. Groucho

    Groucho New Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Albany/Lake George NY
    2006 290 DA
    496 B111
    You should be applauded...Too many people in the world today just turn thier heads.
    I would do the same would hope others would as well.
     
  8. MExcelsior

    MExcelsior Member

    482
    Oct 23, 2006
    Iowa
    2007 310 SeaRay DA
    Kohler
    Twin 6.2 MPI Bravo III
    You can be in my foxhole anytime! Good job. Did the driver of the boat slipping give you a thanks?

    The only reason someone might be PO'd is if they were looking for a reason to re-gel their transom and swim platform.
     
  9. hack4alivin

    hack4alivin Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 18, 2008
    Joppa, Maryland
    320 Dancer
    Twin 350 V Drives
    I would have done the same thing, in fact I have already, tell your boating “buddy” that you will not board his boat to safe it!
     
  10. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    &
    2012 185 Sport
    &
    2007 Pro-Line 20 Sport
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1 & 135 Honda OB
    Been there, done that, and will again if needed. Non-marking boat shoes of course!!!
     
  11. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    Just once a couple of weekends ago when the high water alarm went off for about 2 hours between 5:30AM and 7:30AM. It woke everyone sleeping in the marina up and prvented any of us from getting back to sleep. Another boater and I finally had enough and boarded her.

    The only other option was to just get it over with and sink her. I think the owner probably appreciated the fact that we chose option "A".
     
  12. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Boarded a boat last week to fend off a towed 32' Sailboat being pushed back it in, at night, in the wind, at low tide with not much room to work.

    Saw the owner a few days later. 'Splained that if he saw foot prints, they were mine and why. Last night, he came back with HUGE Red Snapper as I was grillin' for my family at the dock. I grilled some for him, and some for me. It was a good evening.

    If someone gives you crap for boarding to stop an accident or a sinking, they are an insurance risk. We have a boat in our marina that most of us are convinced is an insurance claim waiting to happen. We won't let it sink!
     
  13. 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
    Thanks guys!
     
  14. SillyKnot2

    SillyKnot2 Member

    177
    Mar 30, 2008
    VT
    1998 370DA
    454's
    Been there, done that, would do it again, every time. It is what we do, help other boaters in times of need. Two needs this time. The guy not around and the guy backing in.
     
  15. Jersey Mike

    Jersey Mike Member

    140
    Jun 27, 2008
    Barnegat Bay, NJ
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L Bravo III
    Done it many times without much hesitation, adjusted lines, hung loaner fenders, used my SeaRay master key to close some hatches when the owner was gone for the week. So far it has netted me many thanks and a few bottles! On the flipside I have a friend who would not set foot on a boat unless it was a very good friend or life-threatening.
     
  16. Vince_nj1

    Vince_nj1 Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Aug 25, 2008
    North Barnegat Bay
    2006 320 V-Drives 6.2s, Bow Thruster, Generator, Raymarine C80, Radar, Fish Finder
    6.2 Horizons 320HP
    I wouldn't board someone's boat to fish off of it, but if your trying to help your fine.

    I boarded a few boats in my marina this year. Once to assist Sea-Tow get a dead boat into a slip, once to pull the loose end of a dock line out of the water and another time to put someone's chairs in the back of their boat that were going to get blown off the dock. I hope someone would do the same for me.
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2009
  17. Skuza

    Skuza Active Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Lake St Clair, MI
    400 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizons
    Your fine. I have and will board another boat to retie a line or to save it from damage by another vessel. I would hope someone would do the same for me!
     
  18. gnealon

    gnealon New Member

    570
    Apr 8, 2009
    West Babylon, NY
    2005 280 DA, Garmin 4208
    "Ship Faced"
    Twin 5.0L Merc BIII
    I think you did an admirable thing, and I hope someone would do the same for me.

    Now... with that said... would you open a car door and turn the lights off if the owner left their lights on??? I always thought it was a touchy thing. :huh:
     
  19. dpvandy01

    dpvandy01 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 6, 2007
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    2003 320 Sundancer
    &
    2012 185 Sport
    &
    2007 Pro-Line 20 Sport
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1 & 135 Honda OB
    Bigger question, would you move or unplug another boats POWER CORD?:grin:


    wait, we already answered that one
     
  20. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
    This is listed in my signature
    This happens all the time in marinas that have slips that are not protected by fender pilings. It's the norm.
     

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