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Old 12-05-2012, 13:34   #31
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Re: With Locked Gates, How Does One, "Walk the Docks"?

Wow, you want to walk the docks you gotta buy the Santa Barbara Yacht Club? Just kidding. I got what you meant. Good. I know exactly the bench out front!
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Wow, you want to walk the docks you gotta buy the Santa Barbara Yacht Club?
SBYC says club member "candidates must be proposed by one current member and sponsored by two current members, all in good standing. Introductions for qualified candidates who don’t happen to know any members can be arranged for you."
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Old 12-05-2012, 15:19   #33
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Just sit on the wall buy SBYC and wait for someone to open the gate at Marina 1. You will have boats to look at for days.
Crap I did write that didn't I!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 15:36   #34
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Crap I did write that didn't I!!!!!!!!!
a lot of billionaires have this philosophy,if they won't let me in i will just buy the place
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Old 12-05-2012, 15:47   #35
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a lot of billionaires have this philosophy,if they won't let me in i will just buy the place
The problem with your theory, at least in Santa Barbara, is most of the billionaires are already members!!
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The problem with your theory, at least in Santa Barbara, is most of the billionaires are already members!!
then i would have to advocate the docksiders,polo shirt with yachting logo,and raybands approach,and just walk in casually as if you were supa yot crew.......................
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Re: With Locked Gates, How Does One, "Walk the Docks"?

The first boat I lived on was at a marina where there were no gates. I used to love people coming by and asking questions and I miss it now. In those days, (30 years ago) they were a hell of a lot politer too. I've never had anyone set foot on my boat back then. They'd come strolling along, perhaps walk down the finger for a look at the cockpit and I'd be sitting there nursing a beer and reading. Conversation started, and half the time it ended up with two new kids or a young couple working the lines and figuring out how to hoist sail as we headed out for a couple hours of impromptu lessons. Once we got out far enough to allow for the dipsy doodles of a virgin at the helm, I'd hand over the tiller and sit back and instruct.

It was the same thing to walk the yard in spring and summer. I got to know the intimate details of a lot of boats that way, and now find that while I'm working on SD that having visitors from among the new members is a hoot. A lot of the new members are social and don't have boats. So if they come up and want to get greasy, I'll take them on any time. I liken it to passing down the lore to the new generation.

I figure I probably turned a hundred or so onto sailing over the years. Some of them I've met over the years, now with their own boats, and its been a reward all on its own. I sometimes think its the one useful thing I've done over the years. God knows the stuff I do for a living ain't.

As for the new gated docks. I find that if I want to dock walk at PC Marina, I just go up to someone and ask. It generally works unless the person is a snob.
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Old 12-05-2012, 16:33   #38
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Re: With Locked Gates, How Does One, "Walk the Docks"?

Well done, Sabrekai!

We've had similar experiences over the years, especially when in foreign ports. Met a hell of a lot of nice folks, became friends with many, never had one take advantage of us.

We all started out as newbies, and having someone take the time to educate us a bit was really encouraging to us way back when. We like to pass it on when we can.

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Re: With Locked Gates, How Does One, "Walk the Docks"?

I just dropped by a marina that was associated with a yacht brokerage.

If I wanted to see the inside of a boat I just stopped in front of it for a few minutes until a salesman rushed over to see if I wanted it.

Having just walked a locked dock. I found just asking if I could look at a particular boat as someone opened the gate worked just fine. As long as you don't touch anything, most people don't mind looking. Also if I asked an owner questions, most were happy to provide a tour of their "home" even offering a detailed view of engine room, etc...
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Re: With Locked Gates, How Does One, "Walk the Docks"?

Generally, I show up in my worst mis-matched gym short and t-shirt with holes, pushing a shopping cart with green garbage bags full of "stuff" and a crescent wrench out of my back pocket and a weeks growth on my face.
...Works for me...
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Generally, I show up in my worst mis-matched gym short and t-shirt with holes, pushing a shopping cart with green garbage bags full of "stuff" and a crescent wrench out of my back pocket and a weeks growth on my face.
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So you mean pretend to be a liveaboard?
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So you mean pretend to be a liveaboard?
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Don't forget in-water boat shows with new and used boats
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Geeez!!!...was I that obvious???...
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