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Observations on the water in New England this year -
Is it just me, or have others noticed that there are new boating rules this year?
Boats leaving harbor must immediately do a radio check on Ch. 16.
It is obligatory to leave fenders hanging overboard and considered poor showing if they are only deployed on one side of the vessel. If multiple fenders are not available, dragging one at the quarter will comply with this regulation.
Boaters must wear baseball hats when boarding the vessel and hats must be worn with the brim toward the back of the head at all times.
The scrawniest person on board must be employed in picking up moorings, dealing with the anchor and tossing docklines. The loudest person on board must be stationed at the wheel.
Anchoring in weed is preferred to resetting the anchor in the sea bottom. Dragging in weed is an astonishment.
Opposing wind and current makes for interesting anchorages. Boaters confused by this situation are expected to use loudhailers to ask "what's going on here, we are all facing in different directions?"
Crews in the best physical shape wear clothes. Crews in the worst shape seem to prefer the state of undress.
Magma forgot to put in their instruction manual that bbq's don't float...
With the boating accidents of this summer, you have to spend your entire time underway (and at anchor or in a mooring field) wondering which of the vessels in sight might become a problem.
There were an awful lot of accidental distress calls this year. So seriously, I think that radio technology and gps technology (since I have one in my car/I can now go out on a boat which has a gps) have put a lot of people on the water who might have stayed home in the days of paper charts, radio direction finders and the like.
I love being on the water and am never happier than when I'm there. It just seems there's much more worry and much less common sense.
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