Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Coast Ontario
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Re: Where are the younger people?
kids can kill your dreams ... or be a part of them. if the kids kill your dreams, then it WAS only a dream. If the kids become part of the dream it is no longer a dream- it is a lifestyle.
north, sorry to hear you're not getting a real friendly reception. I don't know whether you are in introvert or an extrovert, but sometimes people view their boat, and their slip as their home. Just as most folks don't rush out and greet the neighbours every time they pull into their driveway on the dirt, you have to make the first move. when you show up at a new marina.
I know you are a non-drinker, but someotimes it helps to keep a 6 pack or two on board. Climb out of the cockpit, onto the dock, wave to a likely looking neighbour with a couple of beers in your hands and say,
"Hi, I'm new, mind if I ask you a couple of questions about the area?" or
"That's a beautiful boat- what can you tell me about her?"
THAT question will start at least one evening's worth of conversation.
As far as docking, ...maybe nobody comes to help you, because you don't look like you need help?
Again sometimes it helps to be proactive. Yelling "a little help here??!!?" gives some folks the hint.
My experience has been different- I have never had trouble getting volunteer dockhands on a tough landing...sometimes too helpful.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere:
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