I think this is a simple case of respect. If someone has a child with a violent allergy to peanuts and you tell guests up front to just not bring any peanuts on board, but they do..., well, this is a lack of respect. If you say no alcohol is allowed, same thing.
If you have a no-smoking rule
, and they smoke, I think it is totally acceptable to throw them off the boat. It's not as bad as safety
rules violations, but it does rate right up there with putting paper towels in the head
I smoke. And I throw butts overboard
. But, I smoke non-filters, so they are totally biodegradable (Just for you, S/V Antares
I don't smoke IN the boat, however. And I don't allow people to throw filters overboard
(I provide old film canisters). If someone lights up in my boat, I go off on them. But, I make it VERY clear before leaving the dock
that I'm militant about it.
To take this further, I DO smoke in my truck. But if I have a rider, I think it's rude for me to light up without asking them if they mind. Once again, just a simple case of respect.
On the boat, it's a little harder to arrange being by myself, so I tell my guests up front that I reserve the right to smoke on the flybridge. If no one is in the cockpit
, I'll smoke there. If people are both places, the people on the flybridge either have to move or deal with it.
I get equally annoyed with militant non-smokers and inconsiderate smokers. However, while I can try to ignore the militant non-smokers, I have to live with the backlash from the inconsiderate smokers.
BTW: Nothing said about smokers in this thread so far has annoyed me in the least. So, if something I said above sounds like it was aimed at something someone said negative about smokers, it wasn't. Just giving the opinion of a (hopefully) respectful smoker.