When you visit someone’s home, most people are very dedicated to being a good guest. Being a good guest means taking off your shoes, saying ‘please,’ using a coaster, and so forth. Being a good guest is how we show respect to the person hosting us.
When you’re a guest on someone’s boat, it is important to understand how to be a courteous, educated guest.
Boat rules are a bit different from house rules: here are some tips!
Understand the Rules
Every boat has slightly different rules, and a lot of them depend on what type of boat you are on to begin with. All boats have different safety concerns, making the rules vary depending on the situation and the type of boat.
Before you hop on board, be sure to ask the captain what you need to be aware of. For example, should you wear boat shoes? Where are the life jackets? Where should you store your things? Can you drink or eat on the boat? Asking for a run-down of the rules will give the captain a chance to keep you informed. Plus, they’ll certainly appreciate you asking.
Be On Time
It is important to keep in mind that many marinas and docks have strict rules when it comes to time: so, don’t be late. You don’t want to keep the captain waiting for you. In some cases, he could be incurring fees or breaking some kind of marina rule. Make sure to get to the marina on time or a few minutes beforehand. If you can’t get there or you’re running late, call them to let them know as soon as possible.
Sometimes, a captain will have to tell you what to do in certain situations. For example, if they need you to sit still in order to safely dock the boat, listen to that direction. If water gets rough and the captain needs you to remain sitting, make sure to do so! The captain will provide directions in order to keep you safe, take them seriously.
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