So, you’ve been invited to go boating with your friends. Folks with boats know that people will start coming out of the woodwork the moment they buy a
Here are a couple of rules to ensure you’ll receive future invites.
Don’t be the guy that brings one bag of pretzel rods for a full day of boating. Eventually, you will get hungry (especially after a few beverages) and when you do, you will have to depend on the kindness of others to be fed properly. Consider bringing sandwiches, chopped fruit, veggies, chips, or perhaps even a cheese platter. Be gracious when someone does offer you their food, and don’t take for granted that the host/hostess is supposed to feed you unless this was specifically implied.
Always bring twice what you can drink. Boating is a communal affair and you may have to share some of your
Did you tell the captain you were bringing a friend/dog/child on their boat? Inviting
Absolutely nothing goes into the water that is not seaweed. Orange rinds, peanut shells, and such are no big deal but be mindful of your trash. Litter is destructive and disgusting. In fact, if you find a piece of garbage in the water, pick it up and put it in a trash bin. Don’t be lazy.
Always ask before lighting up on someone’s boat. Once again, these are expensive machines, and just because they’re open air, doesn’t mean it’s ok. Owners always fear that some drunk may put a burn hole in the seat. Be considerate, ask first, and NEVER throw your butts in the water.
6) BE PREPARED
Be sure you’ve brought all you need for fun in the sun. This includes sunscreen, sunglasses, chapstick, and a towel along with your food and drinks. Trust your friends when they say you need sunscreen or a water.
7) THE CAPTAIN
OK here’s the deal: The captain is in charge of the boat. (The captain may not always be the one in the driver's seat). If he/she says it’s time to go, it’s time to go. If they ask you to move, sit down, or shut up, do it. As fun and relaxing as boating is, it is the captain's job to ensure the safety of all the people on their boat and they are liable
If you feel a “Hold my beer and watch this” moment coming up, just say no. Do not push anyone out of a moving boat or jump out of a moving boat. Do not hang out by the motor of a running boat. Don’t try a double back flip off the platform. Don’t sit on the rails at high speeds. In other words, don’t be dumb.
9) PASSENGER ETIQUETTE
Respect the boat! Don’t step on seats—only hard surfaces if possible. Don’t play with any buttons or switches. Don’t try to start the boat while the captain is away. Don’t try to “help” unless the captain asks you to. Spray sunscreen before getting on the boat. Sunscreen spray makes seats sticky and hard to clean. (The lotion kind is better for your skin and the environment anyway.)
10) DON’T BE LATE
Nothing is more tiresome than sitting with a boat full of people waiting on that one person who didn’t plan ahead. We could be out having fun, but no—we’re still at the dock because you just texted “On My Way!” from inside the liquor store. Have some respect for your friends and get there when you are supposed to.
Don’t stand up until the boat is fully secure. Make sure you grab everything you brought with you. Ask the Captain if they need help wiping down the boat!
Oh, and if you get invited out regularly, offer to chip in for gas.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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