Just starting out in the boating world? Respect these marina etiquette rules, and make your down time as pleasant as possible for everyone…
Don’t ask, don’t get!
Never board another boat without permission from the owner first.
Try to keep your speed down when entering the marina. Not disturbing your new neighbours will keep them happy.
Food left out in the cockpit or on the dock could attract cats, rats, roaches and flies. Don’t do it!
Consider the level of your music and the sound and exhaust smoke of your generator in an otherwise peaceful setting. Also shut off all your electronic equipment when you leave your boat… And that includes your VHF radio.
Make sure that you move your boat from the fuel dock or loading float as soon as you’re done. Do not exceed the time limits without the dock master’s permission A big no-no in marina etiquette.
Everything in its place
Make sure that all your lines, cords and hoses are neatly stored. Remember these can be tripping hazards, especially at night.
Don’t stow your gear on the dock. It’s a trip hazard and an obstruction to those trying to move carts
and other supplies down the dock.
If possible, don’t let your bow extend out over the dock. It can be dangerous, particularly if the anchor is protruding. Learn how to use your spring lines.
All tied up
Make sure your boat is tied correctly. If you are unsure how to do it, ask a dock boy, or one of the other boaters to avoid bashing into your neighbours.