Being part of the boating community means knowing and following good etiquette; traditions that, over generations, have become the unwritten rules of the road. Just like being on land, we need to be good neighbours; help others when they need it, tidy up after ourselves and be respectful the people and environment around us.
Lend a Hand:
- It doesn’t matter if you prefer power, sail or paddle - boaters help each other out. It could be as simple as offering to carry something on a dock, offering a seasoned word of advice or something more serious like placing a distress call for someone in trouble; it’s your job to look out for your fellow boaters.
- It goes without saying – you need to know and follow the rules of the road and safety on the water.
- When overtaking a vessel, allow for as much room as possible and travel at a speed that won’t unnecessarily rock their boat.
- Slow down when being overtaken.
- If possible, overtake a vessel under sail well to leeward or pass astern in a crossing situation, so you don’t block their wind.
- Watch your wake; think about the wash you create for people out fishing, kayaking, enjoying time on a moored boat – and even those on shore.
- If you see someone in trouble, always stop to help.
At the Marina:
- Don’t just park anywhere - make sure your slip hasn’t been reserved by someone else.
- Make sure you return carts, wheelbarrows and other shared marina equipment.
- Tidy up your cords, equipment and personal items on the dock so they’re not hazards for someone else.
- No swimming! There are a number of safety reasons not to swim in a marina unless, of course, it is a designated swimming area.
- Offer to help others with their lines when docking.
Anchoring + Mooring:
- Slow down when entering an anchorage or mooring area.
- Select your anchorage carefully – giving yourselves and your new neighbours ample room. Remember winds change, anchor lines tangle and hulls and dinghy’s can easily bang into each other. If you’re traveling with a lot of people and plan to be very social, you should anchor a little further away.
- Be thoughtful at night; don’t run your generator around the clock, paddle rather than motor to shore and back and be conscious of your activity and noise levels.
At the Ramp + Fuel Dock:
- Ramps and fuel docks are not a place to linger or socialize – wait your turn, do what you need to do and get out of the way!
Wherever you are: take your garbage home with you!