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08-15-2013 07:41 PM
steel
Re: Someone tied up my boat.

I tied up a pontoon boat once. The stern was tied up to the handrail with 1/4" line. The handrail is much higher than the dock and it make quite a large angle. Well it broke and the stern swung around. So I got some line that someone gave me and tied it directly above the pontoon. Two weeks later nobody had done anything with it!
08-15-2013 07:01 PM
carl762
Re: Someone tied up my boat.

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No one here has a problem with a boat in peril being boarded, and lines being adjusted or added, or halyards tightened or tied off if required. It's neighbourly boatkeeping, that keeps us low on the marina's radar. the more we tend to ourselves, the less we have to worry about the redshirts sending nasty letters about additional dinghies and kayaks or unapproved dock improvements like beer pong tables and umbrellas.
Precisely why we take care of each other, and only if absolutely necessary will anyone board somebody's boat, even though the marina guy is awesome, but he's getting old, and he hurts a lot, from war injuries. .. however, there was this one time last year, somebody helped themselves to my BBQ gas off the back rail and left me a nice set of sunglasses in the cockpit. Well worth the price of a small canister of propane.
08-15-2013 06:23 PM
bljones
Re: Someone tied up my boat.

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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
I don't touch anyone's lines unless they are at risk of damaging my boat or they are currently damaging theirs.
Those are the only logical reasons to touch anyone's lines. As per the OP, if someone has stepped aboard and ADDED two lines, with nothing being REMOVED from the boat, nothing being disturbed, nothing missing, then, logically, they were there with the intent of solving an evident problem, not causing harm- it was apparent to someone that your boat needed two more lines. Someone will likely own up in the next couple of days, in which case , say "Thanks." they may have saved your bacon.

No one here has a problem with a boat in peril being boarded, and lines being adjusted or added, or halyards tightened or tied off if required. It's neighbourly boatkeeping, that keeps us low on the marina's radar. the more we tend to ourselves, the less we have to worry about the redshirts sending nasty letters about additional dinghies and kayaks or unapproved dock improvements like beer pong tables and umbrellas.

Sometimes after storms the booze fairy stops by our boat, and anonymously leaves beer or wine in the cockpit. Apparently adjusting lines pays off from time to time.
08-15-2013 04:10 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Someone tied up my boat.

That is why, I have a rule now that I don't touch anyone's lines unless they are at risk of damaging my boat or they are currently damaging theirs.

People are funny about how they tie up their boats. I am no different. And when I move your lines, I feel that I now become responsible for it.

My opinions.

Brian
08-15-2013 04:02 PM
carl762
Re: Someone tied up my boat.

I'm so glad I have finger docks, port and starboard. Docks are getting old though. Was there a couple weeks ago, worked on the boat, retyed her off - two at bow and two at stern. Couple days later I come back down to get something and noticed my starboard bow line in the water, and port side bow line laying on the dock. Boat only secured at the stern. The cleats were gone - just ripped out of the dock and went to the bottom of the deep blue sea. Tied off to neighboring boat owners' cleats, called my marine landlord, and next day had nice new cleats and he tied me off.

I'm very thankful to have a very attentive, and helpful, landlord at the boat.

Personally, if I see a problem with others' boats, I'll take the time to either contact the landlord or take care of it myself. I don't think anybody down there has a problem with that, and we are all equally as helpful. Thanks for that.

08-15-2013 02:01 PM
Alex W
Re: Someone tied up my boat.

I've added spring lines to a neighboring boat that was on a linear dock. They barely used the boat and would never tie it up correctly. In waves (just wakes from nearby boats) it would push forward until it was banging up on my solar panel or outboard engine.

Since they only used the boat a few times per year it was cheaper for me to use scrap lengths of line to add a spring to their boat then to let their boat damage mine.

If you want to see where your boat can move then push it around by the shrouds. Without springs of any sort it can probably move forwards and backwards by a couple of feet. Even on a dock with fingers this could mean that your boat was moving forward into the main dock and making it harder for people to get by.
08-15-2013 01:48 PM
pdqaltair
Re: Someone tied up my boat.

A wild guess is that your boat was moving more than you think. Perhaps it didn't hit but was VERY close.

I've had to retie a few boats when the owner was new and the boat was NOT secure in some state of wind or tide. For example, one I did not catch (the slip next to me, not something I dug up on the net):


Could be a busy body, but there could have been a good reason. Right now I have a new neighbor I'm going to need to speak with; one of his fenders--the one taking most of the load in a cross wind--is supported only by the dock power cable (Romex, not conduit), which is scaring me. He has pilings he could use to hold the boat off, but he is to new to figured that out, and I guess they are hard to reach.

I HATE mucking with someone's tie-up; personal property, liability and all that. I contact them or the marina office if possible. But is it better to watch a smash-up you could have prevented? I can't do that.
08-15-2013 12:56 PM
abrahamx
Re: Someone tied up my boat.

theres a fence that divides the dock just to the left outside the pic.
08-15-2013 12:54 PM
abrahamx
Re: Someone tied up my boat.

here's the slip before the boat went in.

08-15-2013 12:50 PM
abrahamx
Re: Someone tied up my boat.

I guess, but one can only walk along the front of the boats. the backs are 30' out on the water with only little 4 foot docks between boats. Plus mine is at the very end at the fence. even if you stand on the dock at the front of the boat you would not see the cleats where the lines tie off. Unless some one on a boat or dinghy noticed something wrong. My sailboat neighbor has not been out on his boat. I know because he has had a dead bird on his boat for three weeks now. Feathers pouring down the side, its almost a skeleton by now. I barely know the guy and did not want to board the boat or pick up a dead bird.
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