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Newbie Questions: How do you lock the boat?

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I'm very green right now and trying to learn about the "little things."

Safety: How do you lock the door to your boat? Is there a set of keys and lock just like a residential home or is it just a latch?

Soundproof: are boats relatively private if I want to say sing inside my cabin? I'm just trying to get an idea of what is being "too loud" at dockside. (i.e. TV too loud, conversation too loud)

"Homeowner's Association"-type rules: In general, are there any rules I should know like not to carry laundry out in the daylight since it might bring down the appearance of the marina
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Re: Newbie Questions: How do you lock the boat?

Most boats either have a companionway lock (in the top dropboard and locking into the sliding hatch or vice-versa) or a simple hasp with a padlock. Some people add sliding bolts for additional security while you're below - it's also a way to lock dropboards in place in rough weather.

Given that your neighbouring boaters don't 'share a wall' like condo and apartment owners often do, I think the noise issue is less of a big deal as long as we're not talking cockpit speakers or on-deck parties.

Can't see carrying your laundry in daylight being a problem.. but hanging it out to dry on the lifelines might be! I'm sure there are general rules of etiquette and more organized liveaboard communities like co-ops very likely will have written guidelines for newcomers. I'd expect something similar to strata council rules and regs in that case.

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Re: Newbie Questions: How do you lock the boat?

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Re: Newbie Questions: How do you lock the boat?

Every marina is different. When going to a new marina, keep a low profile and keep your eyes and ears open to learn the nuances of the marina...what is and isn't acceptable
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Re: Newbie Questions: How do you lock the boat?

Also, moving things in or out. Are multiple trips from the boat to your car unetiquette?
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Re: Newbie Questions: How do you lock the boat?

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Also, moving things in or out. Are multiple trips from the boat to your car unetiquette?
Is that really a word??? ... 'inetiquitious', maybe

Methinks you are overthinking this whole thing at this point....

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Re: Newbie Questions: How do you lock the boat?

haha, yah I know. I just really want to be a good candidate and not get kicked out of the marina. It sounds like dockmasters can be anal about things.
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Re: Newbie Questions: How do you lock the boat?

Well it really depends on where you are. I am about 40 miles north of New York city and most folks at the marina I am in do not lock there boats. One would think it would not be that way so close to NYC but security is pretty good. Different boats will have different methods of locking. My current boat has just a simple padlock hasp that I locks the companionway hatch boards to the hatch when leaving the boat for any time. I am considering putting some sort of barrel latch on the inside to be able to lock myself in. Funny thing was the first weekend I spent on my boat I did not notice that the companionway hatch did not have a handle on the inside. I closed it, then later went to go out and realized it was hung up on the hatch boards, and I could not get out! I had to open the deck hatch over the vbirth to get out! I brought an handle down with me next time and put it on.

Soundproof- Boats are not very soundproof. I don't think normal conversation is really going to be heard outside of the boat, but an argument will be heard like it is happening on the boat next to yours! Keep radio and TV volumes down to normal conversation level and you should be OK. Loud music will be quite likely to make you unpopular in any marina. Remember there are lots of different ages and backgrounds so what you think is good others may, and probably wont. Week nights you should keep it quiet early as many may have an early departure, like going fishing before daylight.

Rules - Really depends on the marinas. Some don't allow you to be on the boat more than three nights a week. Some will have a fit if you hang your laundry to dry on the life lines, but I doubt they would have an issue with you carrying a basket of laundry, after all they want you to stuff coins into the laundry machines! Generally they will expect you to keep up your boat to presentable levels and not keep extra stuff on deck, but there are some workman like marinas that just want slip rent and don't care. Unfortunately those are also the ones that seem to have the most derelict and run down boats.

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Re: Newbie Questions: How do you lock the boat?

You're way ahead of the curve if you start off thinking you "want to be a good candidate and not get kicked out of the marina."

Welcome to my dock any time!

The rules (written and unwritten) vary tremendously from one marina to another. I've been in some marinas where a towel hanging on the lifelines to dry will bet you a warning, and (unfortunately) am in a marina now where plastic tarps and moss appear to be the topside paint of choice. In general, it is pretty easy to just observe and follow the crowd in most marinas, staying one step "more courteous" than you observe is generally a good rule of thumb for the new person on the dock. If there are a lot of rules and requirements, most dockmasters will have those either posted or listed when you check in.

As for sound, I agree with others that boats are not very soundproof, and keep in mind that sound seems to travel far at night in a quiet marina. It is not unusual to be able to overhear an entire conversation from 2 docks away if the hatch or windows are open.
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Re: Newbie Questions: How do you lock the boat?

How many of you who say boat's aren't soundproof have tried to complete a task (say rebolting a stanchion base) with one person outside and the other inside without having every hatch open? "What?? turn which one?? which way?? What'd you say?"

Of course on-deck clamour will quickly fill the marina but given the general separation of most boats and barring a 600W headbanging soundtrack, most of what goes on below will be relatively muted, esp if the 'listener' is closed up below on their own boat.

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