This is a much more tricky issue than one might believe.
I am constantly torn over this conflict. I have taken steps to attempt to save someone's boat, knowing full well, that I could get in trouble over it. I am willing to take that risk.
However, I will not board someone else's boat to silence halyards, as that is clearly trespassing solely for my benefit.
It is the nature of many people (myself included), to offer help unsolicited.
Notwithstanding, boarding a boat without permission is trespassing.
Nobody has any right to board anyone's boat without permission.
If you board someone's boat, you could get shot, if they mistake you for an intruder. Fortunately, we don't have many boaters packin' heat at our marina, or I'd likely have holes. ;-)
When I leave my boat, I tie off my halyards (usually).
If I am sleeping on my boat, I may leave them untied.
First, I enjoy the sound of lightly slapping halyards, as I do wind
Second, I use them as a wake-up alarm
that the wind
has picked up, so I should check the lines and fenders.
When a slip neighbour mentions my halyards were noisy, I politely explain my reasons, and that is usually that.
They actually have no god given right to absolute silence.
slap is a far cry from imminent risk of damage; it would generally take quite some time in very high winds. In the kind of wind that would cause rapid damage, nobody is gonna be sleepin' anyway.
In many cases, I don't believe boarding someone's boat to prevent halyard
slap is for the noble purpose of helping the owner. It is more likely solely for the boarders own personal comfort.
Another, non-invasive solution without boarding someone's boat without permission, is to put in ear plugs. Or if one doesn't like the sounds of boats in a marina, they can choose to be somewhere, or do something, else.
Even the best of intentions can go wrong.
If one adjusts lines because a boat is bumping a dock
and that boat comes loose in the night, (or is left hanging at low tide) then the question is whether it damaged because they touched it and did something wrong.
All I can say is, nobody is welcome to board my boat to prevent halyard slap.
I would be appreciative if they fixed a problem that would cause imminent damage, as long as they did it right and didn't cause even more damage.
Once I was launching a boat on a steep ramp
. I backed to the crest of the ramp
and stopped. I had already removed the security
chain on the bow eye.
A fellow I knew who was watching, hollered forward that we would trip my winch
lock, AS HE DID IT!.
My boat then slid off the trailer and skidded down the concrete ramp into the water
to the end of my winch
I was very upset, and questioned why he did that without ask permission to mess with my property first, and give me the opportunity to say NOOOO!
When we first started boating
we had a few occasions while docking
, where strangers (and even friends unfamiliar with our docking
procedures) offered to take docklines, who have caused way more harm than help.
We have had "The Docking Talk", with our slip neighbours, who now know what to do to "help us" when we come in to our regular slip.
When we come up to a dock
and a stranger offers to take a line, we ask them to stand clear, up forward and "fend off the boat" if it comes too close to the dock. They feel like they are helping, and we don't have somebody pull a boner that hurts rather than helps.
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