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Well I got the call last night and we have our slip for 2005

Old 02-02-2005, 05:07 AM
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Is everyone else all set for where they are keeping their boat in the water for this coming year? I pretty much always get a bit jittery until I get the call and I know I am locked in. My big fear is now that I hope I don't get a person right next to me that has no clue with what they are doing! We had a guy next to us last year (at least he was on the other side of the finger pier and we had a dock to separate us) that was clueless to everything. If we were already out and they went out after us they would totally entangle their lines with ours so that if we came back before them it was a b&$%h to dock because his line were all wrapped up with ours. This is just one of the thing never mind them actually trying to dock… people would RUN over to help because I think they all knew that they were scary and didn’t want to see anything happen to anyone’s boat around them. PLEASE don’t let me be right next to them again… I was afraid for my boat just knowing they were close by.

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Old 02-02-2005, 05:52 AM
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Maybe a cup of coffee or a friendly conversation could help ease the pain with this other boater. Maybe they have never been taught the right way to do certain things...

Some marina's have a dockmaster who over see's this type of thing/s you are talking about...Remember it's all about information and communicating with others....for a safe boating fun filled day.

Just a thought.....
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Old 02-02-2005, 06:53 AM
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Hi Grady,

Where are you staying this year?

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Old 02-02-2005, 07:57 AM
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Approach the situation with an open mind...the person who has the slip beside the one you are getting may be apprehensive as well. I was once a rookie, and the help I got from the experienced folks tied up around me was invaluable. If you do have a doofus beside you, then it would serve you well to offer guidance and assistance to them.
This will help the both of you.

I tip the dockhands at the marina where I berth well; they are great about keeping an eye on my boat when I'm not around and tell me who I need to steer clear of.
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Old 02-02-2005, 08:52 AM
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Davidd, I will be at Shennicossett in Groton.
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Old 02-02-2005, 09:02 AM
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Oh that's right, I believe we had this conversation last year.

I'm across the bay at Pine Island in one the slips that face Shenny.

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Old 02-02-2005, 09:07 AM
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Great Advice!!!! Last Summer I rented a slip for a couple weeks and had a 42' Grand Banks moored next to me. That big boat made my little 18' look even smaller, anyway, the people that owned the boat were wonderful!!!! We both had our lines coiled on the dock, they let me use their fresh water hose for washing; we could come and go at the same time, never a problem, help each other out. Bruce the owner was as smooth operator of those twins as you'll ever see. Bruce and his wife were always helpful when I had a rookie question concerning docking etiquite (sp); more than once, they had me aboard their beautiful boat for a beer after I washed down my "yacht" and cleaned salmon.

They taught me so much. I know they liked the salmon and dungies I passed on to them too :-)
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Old 02-02-2005, 09:15 AM
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We usually invite our slip neighbors over for dinner or some refreshments, if we hit it off we like to take them out to dinner. I dont mind answearing a lot of questions and I havent met anyone who didnt need a spring line for docking. Sometimes though you are just going to get stuck next to an a$$ and you make the best of it
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Old 02-02-2005, 09:15 AM
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We were all newbies at one time. I try to assist othe boaters in my marina by passing them the lines or helping them fend off . Some people are more open to assitance than others. One guy at my marina had a brand new boat and put a few dings in it. He got some lessons in boat handling and practiced. By the year end he got pretty good at it.

Another boater was backing into their slip one day. The wife was trying to fend the boat from the dock and was putting her hand between the two while the boat was under power. I was on my way over to assist and saw this. I pointed out how dangerous this was to herself and that if it came down to it let the boat hit the dock. She gave me this nasty look like just mind you own business. I just walked away and now just let them dock by themselves.


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