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Old 03-22-2011, 09:09 AM
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Part of owning a boat is being legally and morally responsible for the safety and well being of those on your boat as well as others on or in the water around you.

Here are the rules if you want to fish on my boat:
  • You are a guest and as such I expect you to be cheerful and supportive of everyone on board . . . have fun
  • You will listen to and participate in the safety briefing that will be provided before leaving the dock
  • No drinking or drugs on my boat . . . if you arrive drunk or high at the dock you will not come fishing with me
  • Smoking is only allowed at the transom when we are underway or when trolling
  • No excessive or abusive language
  • You will not enter the engine room without prior permission . . . it is small and potentially dangerous
  • You will not change the rigging of the rods and reeels and tackle without prior permission . . . suggestions are always appreciated and I am very open to trying new things . . . don't cut my wind-on loops because you like to tie on swivels
  • If asked to put on a life jacket you will do so immediately because the captain has decided that the conditions warrant it . . . safety over ego anyday
  • You will wear safe clothing while fishing . . . you can go barefoot if you decide but absolutely no flip flops
  • You will not change the settings on the electronics without prior approval (the exceptions being the autopilot, switching between screens, and zooming in and out)
  • You will perform basic tasks when asked such as washing down the deck after a fish has been landed
  • You will return all knives and gaffs to their designate spot as soon as you have finished using them
What are your rules?

Yup I am a bit of a tyrant (ya right ) and if you don't like my rules than you can fish on your boat.

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Old 03-22-2011, 09:12 AM
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Gas, Grass, Beer, or .................................
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:18 AM
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On my old boat I had a "No sunflower seeds" rule. They would clog my scupper and since they weren't serviceable and would hold the ball open they had rot out.
No throwing cigarette butts overboard but if your smoke cloud surrounds me I'll throw you and the cigarette over.
Don't turn the steering wheel or trim the motors unless asked.
Don't cut bait on the gunnels that's what a cutting board is for.
No drunks. I'm okay with drinking but not drunk.
NO ILLEGAL DRUGS
Have your own health insurance (one person has an exception).
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:20 AM
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Sit down, shut up and hold on.

Just make sure you have a fishing license or ID if over 65

No Cheetos or Fritos. One makes the boat orange and the other if spilled makes the deck slippery.

No spray-on sun block. Turns the cockpit into a skating rink.
Don't drink my last beer. Should be obvious

Thats about it.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:26 AM
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I like the "excessive Language" I can't stand people who come on you boat and can't stop talking and keep asking questions. You know the ones, How deep is it here? What are the other boats doing? How was the fishing yesterday? What time do the fish bite? Whats the fish finder show? Looking at the sounder they will ask is that the radar? How does it work? BLAH BLAH BLAH!!
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I guess when you have the same core group of friends to select from, rules can be a little bit different. None of friends smoke and there is no smoking on the boat....PERIOD. Most of my friends either don't drink at all, those that do will drink once we are underway and headed home. We dive more than anything, everyone has their own gear and how they like it set up. It's nice to have responsible friends who respect your property and treat it as their own.
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Originally Posted by 49erJim View Post
I like the "excessive Language" I can't stand people who come on you boat and can't stop talking and keep asking questions. You know the ones, How deep is it here? What are the other boats doing? How was the fishing yesterday? What time do the fish bite? Whats the fish finder show? Looking at the sounder they will ask is that the radar? How does it work? BLAH BLAH BLAH!!
They're usually beetching about my fully functional HPDIs. of course they're doing that whilst their electric fuel pumps on their 4 stroke are corroded from water in the fuel and their boat's at home.. TRUE STORY.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:29 AM
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This one is simple:

Capt never makes his own drink;
Capt never fetches his own beer;
No one but Capt can push, pull, press or click ANY button, valve or switch;
No bitchin' whinin' or complainin';
Have fun, be responsible and realize how incredibly blessed we are to be able to do this, or it will be your one and only trip.

Anything else just gets in the way of the experience
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by auguste View Post
Part of owning a boat is being legally and morally responsible for the safety and well being of those on your boat as well as others on or in the water around you.

Here are the rules if you want to fish on my boat:
  • You are a guest and as such I expect you to be cheerful and supportive of everyone on board . . . have fun
  • You will listen to and participate in the safety briefing that will be provided before leaving the dock
  • No drinking or drugs on my boat . . . if you arrive drunk or high at the dock you will not come fishing with me
  • Smoking is only allowed at the transom when we are underway or when trolling
  • No excessive or abusive language
  • You will not enter the engine room without prior permission . . . it is small and potentially dangerous
  • You will not change the rigging of the rods and reeels and tackle without prior permission . . . suggestions are always appreciated and I am very open to trying new things . . . don't cut my wind-on loops because you like to tie on swivels
  • If asked to put on a life jacket you will do so immediately because the captain has decided that the conditions warrant it . . . safety over ego anyday
  • You will wear safe clothing while fishing . . . you can go barefoot if you decide but absolutely no flip flops
  • You will not change the settings on the electronics without prior approval (the exceptions being the autopilot, switching between screens, and zooming in and out)
  • You will perform basic tasks when asked such as washing down the deck after a fish has been landed
  • You will return all knives and gaffs to their designate spot as soon as you have finished using them
What are your rules?

Yup I am a bit of a tyrant (ya right ) and if you don't like my rules than you can fish on your boat.
no offense, but your rules seem to set up a bark out orders situation. I'll fish on my own boat.
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Female guests are clothing optional
Male guests are clothing manditory!
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No smoking
No telling the Captain how to run the boat
If you get a drink, ask the Captain if he wants one
Topless is welcome
Bottomless- ladies only
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:34 AM
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Don't be on time, be early. If I say the boat is leaving at 6:00, at 6:01 it will not be in its slip

No smoking and no drugs

When docking/undocking - please sit and stay where I tell you to. 12Klb's, your hand, and a piling is not a pretty site, for your hand

Don't bring anything but yourself. Yes, gestures of food and drink are nice, but really, I don't want to carry your 100lb cooler around

Have fun
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Originally Posted by Capttater View Post
They're usually beetching about my fully functional HPDIs. of course they're doing that whilst their electric fuel pumps on their 4 stroke are corroded from water in the fuel and their boat's at home.. TRUE STORY.
SURE! All the noise and smoke from those gas smelling VST plugged engines. I bet it drives them crazy when they see you trying to find those "hidden Top Secret Filters"!!
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:39 AM
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Everyone must know were the safety gear is.
Everyone must know how to initiate a DSC emergency call.
If you take something out, stow it afterwards. I'm not responsible for your gear.
Garbage goes in the garbage can.
If you come out with me on a regular basis you must know how to operate the boat.
I also reserve the right to make up any rule at any time.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:40 AM
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No spray on sunblock, I hate that stuff too
Don't ask me to slow down unless it's an emergency, I don't care if you are scared
No beverages that require to be drunk out of an open top container, ie wine
Dont use the windshield as a grab point
Dont let the boat hit anything, dont let anything hit the boat
Bring in/deploy all lines and fenders when asked to do so
Push the cushions back into position if they come loose
Dont stand on my stripe
Dont stand on the engine hatch
Throw trash in the trash bag, not back in the cooler
Dont complain
Dont have anywhere to go in an hour after getting out on the water
Dont ask to drive the boat (donzi only)
Dont give me advice on how I'm driving my boat
Dont ask to go faster
Girls tie your hair so it doesnt get in other's faces in the wind
Be on time to the dock, I dont want to wait for you, if we sail at 4, we sail at 4 with or without you
Bring your own damn sunglasses, just because I have two pair doesnt mean you should get to borrow one, but you probably can
Use the facilities when we come to dock or dont complain about it later
Dont drink yourself until you are passed out
Dont complain about exhaust smoke/noise
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no offense, but your rules seem to set up a bark out orders situation. I'll fish on my own boat.
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No rules really. No shoes in salon and staterooms and nothing but toilet paper in toilet.

I don't want any money from anyone.The boat is for enjoyment and if there a all kinds of rules,where is the enjoyment?. I expect it to get dirty,but do not want anyone to clean it,I am extremely particular.

As long as you don't intentionally break something,I'm happy.
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no offense, but your rules seem to set up a bark out orders situation. I'll fish on my own boat.
I am with you. I would not fish on a boat with a tyrant as a captain. I will stick to my own boat or to more friendly type skippers.

Let's see now. You are expected to be cheerful and supportive while being given many direct orders that are to be obeyed immediately. Is there a gang plank on the boat or some rope for a good keel hauling? Seems sorta contradictory to me.
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Simple. If I'me wearing a lifevest, your wearing a lifevest.
Don't throw anything except fish guts overboard from the boat. Put it in the garbage bag.
No booze till we're docked and sitting at the bar.
If the Captain (me) says to do something, do it. PS: That sometimes doesn't work with the wife. Shes always in question mode. Retired teacher....
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I am with you. I would not fish on a boat with a tyrant as a captain. I will stick to my own boat or to more friendly type skippers.

Let's see now. You are expected to be cheerful and supportive while being given many direct orders that are to be obeyed immediately. Is there a gang plank on the boat or some rope for a good keel hauling? Seems sorta contradictory to me.
Haha, yeah. I told you to have fun...now sit down and do as I say!
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