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Re: Boarding and rafting to stranger's boats.
It should be pointed out to folks who are new to rafting that hanging bouys is not the only concern to mitigate damage. Another, and I think a far larger concern, is mast swing. Boats need to be staggered otherwise the boat on the outside hit by a large wake will roll first and the mast can swing and hook the shroud/mast of the inside boat.
That said, I think rafting up is an age old custom of the sea and if it is the last option available to me it is one I will take with the usual qualifications of it being public (i.e. free) and would not cause damage to the other boat.
I have rafted up to strangers in a number of countries and while the raftees would prefer it not be done they were resigned to the fact it was the only option. The last guy I rafted to actually only moaned about having to work the lines for the tide while I got a free ride up and down next to his boat.
Originally Posted by rockDAWG
'It is only money, we can always make some more.'
Originally Posted by casey1999
'Try telling that to the mother of a starving baby in some third world country.'
I will give it a shot when I raft up next to her yacht