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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Beacon, NY
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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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