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Old 15-01-2021, 14:11   #1
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Common Etiquette screw ups for novices

Hey All

I am one of the many aspiring new sailors, keen to get a boat and start cruising.

Like all enthusiast communities there seem to always be things that new people do that slightly annoy to full on piss the veterans in the community off.

What are some of the common ones? Feel free to rant a bit if you need too, they make for good internet.

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Re: Common Etiquette screw ups for novices

Are you talking about while using your boat, or while posting to this forum? The latter, well let's see
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Old 15-01-2021, 14:48   #3
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well, anything different than how I do it :-)
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Lol, definitely using the boat.
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Re: Common Etiquette screw ups for novices

Just like any other community, doing stuff that interferes with with my enjoyment. The nice thing about cruising is the separation or independence of our boats. If you don't clean your galley and the boat is infested with roaches, don't maintain your rig and it comes down on your head, play country music, etc. - your problem, not mine. As long as your problem does not reach over the water to my paradise, I could not care less!
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Re: Common Etiquette screw ups for novices

Leaving the dinghy outboard up at the dinghy dock (cuts tubes).


Making other people listen to your music.


Crowded anchoring because you want to be near the dinghy dock.


Slapping halyards.
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Re: Common Etiquette screw ups for novices

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Leaving the dinghy outboard up at the dinghy dock (cuts tubes).


Making other people listen to your music.


Crowded anchoring because you want to be near the dinghy dock.


Slapping halyards.
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Lol, definitely using the boat.

Glad you got the humor in this. Welcome to CF! It is a great place to ask questions and sometimes respond with a dumb answer.
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Hi..welcome

Coming into my slip after a 10 hour trip only to find out someone in their dinghy decided to park it there to visit their friends.
Loud drunk people playing music at an anchorage where it is suppose to be peace an quiet.
Idiots in the marina with their dinghy, kayak, or board in the middle of the channel expecting that you can easily stop or go around them in in your 20,000 lb sailboat. Oh....and then they decide to block the entrance to your slip because none of them look behind them.
Sailboat racing you to get into the harbor before you ...squeezing you closer an closer to the breakwater.
Big motor boats who do not know rules of the road....Sailors who do not know the rules of the road.
Big motor boats who anchor next to you in a 1;1 scope ....and drag taking out one of your anchors as you are double anchored close to shore.
Those who decide to anchor right next to you in an anchorage that can hold 100 boats....geeezzz stay away. Oh...and when they drag there anchor it is your fault, never theirs.
Friend sailing couple who invite to their boat for a drink....only to found they were swingers (and much older than you and your wife)
Very loud generators at an anchorage.....spend the money and buy a Honda 1000/2000.
Ugly people who think they are beautiful and entitled.

All of the above is from real life experience....and I can go on.

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Leaving the dinghy outboard up at the dinghy dock (cuts tubes).


Making other people listen to your music.


Crowded anchoring because you want to be near the dinghy dock.


Slapping halyards.
These right here,

Additionally, not honoring traditional quite hours while at anchor with others within hearing distance, ie; Generators/ petrol water makers etc.

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Old 15-01-2021, 22:00   #11
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Re: Common Etiquette screw ups for novices

If you refer to being a guest on OPB’s, then I’d say good etiquette would want a guest to comply with the following1) asking permission to come on board, (2) removing shoes before stepping on unless captain says otherwise, (3) paying attention to captain’s instructions especially while sailing, and (4) not asking “when do we arrive?” These would make my day!!!
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Re: Common Etiquette screw ups for novices

tying the short dinghy painter to the dock ladder, thereby insuring that no one else can use the ladder without having to climb over your dinghy

sailing into a huge bay and then dropping your hook 20 yards from me (the bay is otherwise empty)

starting your engine at 6 am to charge your batteries

starting your engine at happy hour to charge your batteries
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Leaving the dinghy outboard up at the dinghy dock (cuts tubes).


Making other people listen to your music.


Crowded anchoring because you want to be near the dinghy dock.


Slapping halyards.
These and running you generator.
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People who were invited for a day sail showing up with a) others, b) their pets, c) work computer, d) all of the above.

Guests who were adamant about going for a sail calling at the hour they were supposed to be at the dock saying they will be "a little late" only to call 1-2 hours later to cancel.

Both types, years later, are still probably wandering why they don't get invited for a sail.
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Hi..welcome

Coming into my slip after a 10 hour trip only to find out someone in their dinghy decided to park it there to visit their friends.
Loud drunk people playing music at an anchorage where it is suppose to be peace an quiet.
Idiots in the marina with their dinghy, kayak, or board in the middle of the channel expecting that you can easily stop or go around them in in your 20,000 lb sailboat. Oh....and then they decide to block the entrance to your slip because none of them look behind them.
Sailboat racing you to get into the harbor before you ...squeezing you closer an closer to the breakwater.
Big motor boats who do not know rules of the road....Sailors who do not know the rules of the road.
Big motor boats who anchor next to you in a 1;1 scope ....and drag taking out one of your anchors as you are double anchored close to shore.
Those who decide to anchor right next to you in an anchorage that can hold 100 boats....geeezzz stay away. Oh...and when they drag there anchor it is your fault, never theirs.
Friend sailing couple who invite to their boat for a drink....only to found they were swingers (and much older than you and your wife)
Very loud generators at an anchorage.....spend the money and buy a Honda 1000/2000.
Ugly people who think they are beautiful and entitled.

All of the above is from real life experience....and I can go on.

Abe
Does this happen often? asking for a friend...
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