Here's a copy of the post I made on Schoooner Chandlery's thread about guests aboard opening lockers, etc. which they felt would be more appropriate to this thread. To me, it all comes under the rubric of invasiveness, but in that thread, these stories were thread drift:
I'm wondering where (regionally) these unwanted boardings occur.
I know of only two in Australia
, and both of those incidents were alcohol related. In one, the boat was anchored quite close to shore. It's after 10 pm. One of the guys swam out and untied the dinghy
and took it to shore, and rowed his mates back. They commenced boarding, with all their booze: a bottle of rum
, another of Galliano, and two six packs of beer
. Of course, this woke up our friends who were asleep nude in the aft cabin
of their center cockpit ketch
. They jump out of bed
, she grabs a machete, and he goes out the companionway
, and grabs the first guy they get to. The drunks mostly dive off and swim for shore, but the guy is still holding this guy, and the latter is pretty frightened, when the buttons come out of the button holes in his sweater and he, too, falls into the water
. Later on, we shared some of that grog. This one occurred in Sydney
The other, again, alcohol related one, was some guys at night, very drunk, rowing across the Burnett R., near the entrance. One fell in the water, and the guys came over to the boat anchored near us in the river, to get help for their buddy. The came aboard without invitation, and insisted the skipper
put his outboard
on their dinghy
, and then go search for their buddy, which he did, leaving one of the drunks aboard with his wife. This turned out to be a very bad decision, 'cause the drunk sorta went crazy, the woman was terrified, and he did a little damage, as well. Eventually, the missing drunk was found alive, he had swum to shore.
And the last, we didn't even wake up for, but anchored off the Botanical Gardens in the Brisbane
R., got up one morning, to find the fuel tank
upside down in the dinghy, and a mess. Surmised that a drunk had gone swimming, and stopped to rest in the dinghy, but really don't know what happened.
Maybe the reason we've not suffered much invasive behavior is that usually we anchor
than most, and usually, Jim vets people before they ever get invited aboard.
Mrs. SC, I think keeping them in the cockpit
until you're happy with them is an excellent solution. You have an interesting boat, so folks are interested. The guy who let the grandchild chew off the antenna
wasn't doing a good job on his own boat: there you are lord and master. I would not allow ANYone's kid to damage anything on my boat. I would interact directly with the child. Including picking him up and giving him back to parent empty-handed. "If you don't want to watch him, go hire a sitter, but don't bring him here to damage my equipment
, a replacement antenna
for that radio
is (pause to look it up) $75.00."
Looking in lockers w/o permission, off the boat so fast their head
would swim. Our boat is also "homey" below, sort of like a cheery mountain cabin
, and to strangers feels more like a home than a toy, that may also be a factor in the lower invasive behavior. Maybe a sign that says, "This boat is our home--PRIVATE PROPERTY. No entry without permission of the skipper
," would do the trick. I think wrwakefield is right, most dirt dwellers haven't a clue that one's boat is a home and that we expect it to be allowed the privacy we would be allowed on land.
And that was the big difference between SC's incidents and ours: their most inappropriate behaving people were other boaties!!!!!
Ann & Jim, U.S. s/v Insatiable II, Macquarie Hbr., Tasmania, Australia
, waiting for weather