Originally Posted by Vasco
Don't want strangers aboard? Stay out of marinas
. At an anchorage folks will still come up and talk (usually friends but sometimes strangers) but they will stand up in their dinks, hang on to your toe-rail and talk to you while you're in the cockpit
. Sometimes these conversations go on for quite a while. They will not ask permission to come aboard. That is the convention. If you want them aboard you will ask them to come aboard.
Rick has it right, many an hour spent shooting the breeze over the toe rail
And I think you will find that cruisers don't take offense like "land people" do. I know I would not take offense and most people I know wouldn't. You just figure that the boat is a mess or they are too busy to have visitors. Many of my discussions have been interupted buy me saying "I need to get back to my project
I am in the middle of" Or just some body is naked below
The last option is you can blame it on your spouse!!!!!!!!