I've had similar experiences over the years with different vessels in varying locations.
My sense is [and this is what we are all saying in various ways...] most non-boaters have no clue that our boats may also be our domicile [it doesn't matter if it is full time or not...] I believe they have more of a mindset that it is a weekend RV, or like an old car you restored and drive around to willingly show-off; or want a glimpse of the lifestyle of the perceived 'rich and famous'...
I have been in mostly commercial
the last 25 years or so. These folks- for the most part- are polite, and very busy. Like everyone here, they wouldn't hesitate to help anyone, or step onto any vessel if they perceived a problem. [e.g., Smoke, shrinking freeboard, chafed dock
lines in a blow, etc.] But they would never step aboard or even glance into the ports
the rest of the time. Why? Because- like us- they understand vessels can be domiciles [their working boats are part-time homes...] They get it. [Even though they may not understand why we would want a non-work boat with all the associated maintenance
, but no income
I once absent-mindedly left a heavy toolbox sitting next to the driver's door of my locked truck in the parking lot in Valdez, Alaska
and promptly went boating
for several weeks. It was still there when I returned [with all its contents.] Someone had even kindly slid it under the truck to keep it out of the rain...
It is different if you are unfortunate enough to have to be in a marina with lots of non-boaters. For us this is when the day fishing charter
boats are in full swing in some areas. They often depart in the wee hours of the morning, and the non-boater charterers don't have a clue someone might be sleeping on the boat with the anchor
they are slapping as they walk by, or yelling to their friend at the top of the dock gangway
to remember the beer
These are the ones I've had cup their hands and peer in through a friend's trawler
windows as we were all having dinner. [It isn't dark at dinnertime in the summer this far north...] I know they were utterly shocked to see us eating dinner, and totally embarrassed and apologetic to have intruded. My point is they know better than to do this to someone's home, but never considered a boat as a domicile.
This segues back to the other thread you mentioned with Redhead having people invite themselves onboard.
Just as locks keep the honest people honest, a sign near the boarding area declaring a boat as a 'Private Residence' will elucidate the decent folks...
We will be faced with this conundrum with a remotely located 'cabin' we plan to build soon. It is 'off the grid' accessible only by water
or extensive hike. We will have to make sure any hikers/hunters that may find it know it is a 'Private Residence' [and not one of many State and Federal recreational cabins...] and hope they treat it like they would have others treat their home...
As for the rest, I guess we have to blame their parents...