I was just reading this thread
about looky-Lous and it reminded me of all the crazy things people want to look at on our boat. Ours is an old fashioned boat, pre-WWII built in 1931 and yes it has a few interesting things aboard. We live aboard and cruise
with the boat. We do not keep it in boat show
condition inside nor will we ever do so. We do frequently chat with passers by on the dock
and sometimes walk people around the deck
showing them how the rigging
is run, the gaff, the interesting worm gear
in the steering
housing (since you don't stand behind the wheel
but next to it) and similar things all visible from the dock
or outside the boat.
These are the questions from complete strangers on the public dock that I just DO NOT get though:
"Can I show my (6 year old) son your boat interior
? Answer to this and all the public dock ones below "no, I'm sorry that's not possible."
"I would never own a boat like this, you must be crazy or rich because it's too much work. I'd love to see the inside--may I?" ditto,
"Can I have a tour of your boat?" ditto,
"Can I see your bedrooms?" ditto,
"Can I see how your boat is built inside?" ditto,
"Who is crazy enough to have a boat with that much varnish
to do? Can I come aboard?" ditto,
"You did a good job covering up all the rot
on this old boat--can I see how you've hidden it so well?" Seriously? are they nuts? HIDE rot
Once people are aboard the boat--friend of friend, person in the same marina, someone that has a reason to be aboard, I've been surprised by guests I hardly know asking or doing the following things:
From stranger who we were entertaining in the boat because we were sharing an anchorage with them. They did an uninvited self-tour of the boat and then said "Can I open up the bilge
and take a look?" Answer was "no, it's dirty down there." Ran into the same fellow about a month later. His question was "Can I open up the bilge
and take a look?" We visited his boat and never dreamed of asking for a tour, didn't get one, and would never have asked to open the bilge and look below.
From a fellow sitting in our cockpit
for drinks (he was staying in the same marina but essentially a stranger with no particular knowledge of engines or reason to look at ours):
"Can I take a look at your engine
?" Answer "no, there's nothing special about it." Got that question from him about 3 times over the course of seeing him in different places over the years. He's never offered a look at any aspect of his boat.
"Can I tour your boat?" this, right after a 700 nm passage
when we were exhausted and just sitting in the cockpit
thanking God for our safety
Then there's the things some of them do without asking permission:
1. Open the oven
door to take a look inside. Why? who knows...
2. Open lockers or drawers to look inside. Seriously, would you do that in someone's home?
3. Start a self-tour of the boat. So many do this that we've taken to entertaining in the cockpit and don't even let people inside the companionway
Why do they do this stuff? And--have any of you had similar experiences? What do you say/do?
My husband doesn't care much but I'm very private so I just don't even want people we know only casually inside the boat because these questions just pop out and it's uncomfortable to say "no, you can't look in my underwear drawer..." We actually only have a "partial" interior
with some of it refitted and some of it a series of cargo nets and shelving. It's nothing beautiful. When we first relaunched the boat it was even emptier and we'd let people aboard who'd just begged to "see below" because they're sure it's going to be so nice and we say "it's not, really." and finally after they badgered us we'd show them below decks and they'd say "oh, it's not finished..." or "oh, it's not as nice as the outside..." duuuuh....we TOLD you that!