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Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

If the music was barely audible in the cockpit, how can people across the fairway hear it?
Sounds like you had the volumn up a little too much.
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Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

Bubblehead, when I have young ladies in the boat, which is much of the time, I do my best to accommodate their wishes and demands. Most of the time, I'm not playing music, just letting them sail the boat, while I prepare their food and mix the Green Coconut Margarettas. Yes, I'm a galley slave, and damned proud of it!

One of the best aspects of sailing Chesapeake Bay is weekday sailing. I usually try to schedule at least one day off in the middle of the week for sailing, mainly because weekend weather and boating traffic usually suck. It rarely rains on Wednesdays or Thursdays, and the winds are usually better, west to northwest, or maybe east, all of which allow me to put the sails up as soon as I get south of the Amtrac Bridge at Havre de Grace. Then I just give the wheel to one of the ladies, go below and break out the chips and snacks, mix a couple cold drinks, and enjoy a beautiful, quiet day on the bay.

I guess because I play music for living nearly every day of the week, and lots of nights, the solitude of sailing and not hearing the music anyplace but in my head is kinda a respite from my day job. No different that anyone else that enjoys a day away from their regular routine.

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Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

Many marinas do not allow using a grill – even a small propane Magna type – on your boat when docked there. Are you sure that wasn't the culprit?

We have great Bose outdoor bookshelf speakers mounted on the davits and totally exposed – they still sound fantastic after 7 years. They're always on when we're there, but we keep it pretty quiet and never have had a complaint or an "eyeroll" at the dock, although we anchor mostly. (Maybe we just have excellent taste in music?)
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Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

You folks have obviously not met the owners of these kinds of boats... our WHOLE lake gets to listen, because they usually run about 200+ watts, because you know the wake boarder has to be able to hear it (over the 5000+ hp motor)...
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Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

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When I was about 19 one of my budies pointed out that it was inherently rude to play music loud enough that others had to listen to it, as though you had some right to expect them to listen to your tunes. That was the last time I played music with the windows down. How would you feel I came over and changed the channel, since we share the same air and I'm forced to listen to them too? Don't I have a right to chose your tunes? I bet you wouldn't like that.

Unless the cabin is closed up, or at moderate volume when well separated from other boats, I don't think there is a place where it is polite to play music. As for the notion that marinas are inherantly loud, you are only perpetuating the problem.
Hm...let me clarify a bit:

I don't have cockpit speakers and will never install them. My cabin stereo barely outputs at a level that can be enjoyed up in the cockpit and I have no plans to change that.

In a marina, I would not feel as if I had a right to contest the "Big Dog" powerboat from blaring his music, until the theoretical 10pm quiet hours that Dave alluded to.

I have neighbors that raise a loud racket right up until 10pm in my neighborhood. I don't like it, but I can't do anything until "quiet hours" so I don't hassle them, in order to preserve harmony in the neighborhood.

That doesn't mean that I reciprocate and blare my own music.
My behavior is the same on the boat.
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Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

We were in Friday Harbor for a week (used that as "home port" while visiting other locations). Pretty sure grilling was not outlawed as everyone was doing it and the port had their people all over the place.

Not wanting to start any serious debate about music, or tastes. I turned it way down to the point of their voices and "cackeling" drowned out what I could hear in my own cockpit.

Understand and respect all points of view. Thanks.
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Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

At home I have a nice sound system and enjoy listening to it. On the boat, I just don't feel the same need. I do have cockpit speakers, they came with the boat - I suppose one day I might try them to see what they sound like :-)
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Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

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If the music was barely audible in the cockpit, how can people across the fairway hear it?
[QUOTE=catlady;2038385]Many marinas do not allow using a grill – even a small propane Magna type – on your boat when docked there. Are you sure that wasn't the culprit? [QUOTE]

These two posts support my point: David E does not know why the neighbors were looking at him or even if they were looking at him. I understood him to say he had his music at low volume, so I assume that music wasn't the cause for attention. Talking with people directly is much more fun and effective than making assumptions about them.
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Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

So all I need to do to get a young lady down to the boat is tell her "hey, come down the dock with me and tell me if you can hear this."

Cool. I now know a new, surefire pickup line.

Y'all want music? Go to "the river" (lake mojave, havasu, etc...) There you get multi-thousand watt amps to giant speakers on the wakeboard towers. All playing something different, all playing as loud as possible. Even beached feet from each other. Just don't understand that too much.
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Re: Music Etiquette at the Dock

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So all I need to do to get a young lady down to the boat is tell her "hey, come down the dock with me and tell me if you can hear this."

Cool. I now know a new, surefire pickup line.

Y'all want music? Go to "the river" (lake mojave, havasu, etc...) There you get multi-thousand watt amps to giant speakers on the wakeboard towers. All playing something different, all playing as loud as possible. Even beached feet from each other. Just don't understand that too much.
We get the wake boarders on our lakes also. They are maybe a small step above jet skiers. I think the speaker thing is an adolescent "Look at me" thing, like their big pickup trucks with huge tires sticking out of the wheel wells & jacked up 2 feet off the ground. The trucks have probably never even been on the dirt.

Playing music where other people have to listen to it is rude.

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