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Old 05-24-2019, 10:15 AM   #1
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Is there a Universal Greeting ?

As we all know, boaters are a social group. We are also a traveling, rambling bunch. We spend many mornings at new and different marinas and various social gatherings.

So...what is a good common greeting between boaters who may not know each other, as in a strange marina where you may be passing on a pier or they may pass your boat while you are on the aft deck enjoying a morning coffee or evening sunset?

Some Considerations:
"Get Boating" or "Go Boating" sound like an order, perhaps too "RAH, RAH"
"Happy Boating" or "Happy Sailing" sound pretty trite
How about "Good Morning Captain" or " Good Morning Admiral" or maybe just "Hi Captain (or Admiral)"
"Great day for Boating!" (even if it might not be) Or more tongue in cheek, "Always a Great Day for Boating"

I'm looking for suggestions, not exactly a secret handshake but more of a universal greeting.

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Old 05-24-2019, 10:20 AM   #2
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I rotate between "Good Morning", "Good Afternoon" and "Good Evening". Once in a while I'll slip up and use "Good Grief".
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Old 05-24-2019, 11:00 AM   #3
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I usually say hello.
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Old 05-24-2019, 11:15 AM   #4
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Sailboaters seem to prefer a one finger salute
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Old 05-24-2019, 11:21 AM   #5
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I thought that was just how many times they have enjoyed boating...
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Old 05-24-2019, 11:31 AM   #7
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How about
"Second best looking boat in the harbor" ?
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Old 05-24-2019, 11:58 AM   #8
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Sailboaters seem to prefer a one finger salute
Careful... there are sailors lurking here.
Is this thread like the "do you wave at every boater?" thread? Boaters don't need a secret greeting. If you see someone on the dock who is old, that person is a boater
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:40 PM   #9
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My marina is fairly large (600+) slips and in an urban environment. We are also right next to several bars, restaurants and night clubs.

There are many times where I don't say anything at all. But I always try and smile at least and make eye contact.

Now, when I get to my dock its different. I know many of the folks there and have even become friends with some. I've been there for 3 years.
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:56 PM   #10
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If I'm passing them on the right I'll whistle once.

If I pass them on the left I whistle twice.
If I'm walking backwards I whistle three times.
If I am in doubt of their intentions or they are walking into danger I whistle five times.
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Ahoy can be appropriate.

"Ahoy (/əˈhɔɪ/) (About this soundlisten (help·info)) is a signal word used to call to a ship or boat, stemming from the Middle English cry, 'Hoy!'.[1] The word had fallen into obsolescence before rising from obscurity as the sport of sailing rose in popularity. 'Ahoy' can also be used as a greeting, a warning, or a farewell."
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To a trawler owner, I usually give a hand gesture, eye recognition, or tip or the hat. If a sailor, I usually point and snicker.

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If I'm passing them on the right I'll whistle once.

If I pass them on the left I whistle twice.
If I'm walking backwards I whistle three times.
If I am in doubt of their intentions or they are walking into danger I whistle five times.
My signals are a bit different and based more on visual appeal than the direction either of us is walking.

If they look like this, I will nod, say hello and move on...

If they look like this, I'll nod say hello, ask if I can help them with directions, etc....


If they look like this I'll give them my card. A guy can never have too many deck hands....


If they look like this I'd say "Honey, you look as great as the day I married you!"
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I'm looking for suggestions, not exactly a secret handshake but more of a universal greeting.
If it's a guy coming towards me I usually say "Hi." If it's a good looking gal I usually say "WOW" Hi!!

Believe me, we have some great looking gals on our dock.
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It depends but I notice that Ted points and snickers to the boats that don’t approach his degree of shine (which is all).
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I usually say hello.
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Honey, you backed over the ski tow rope! Who left the brass clock out again?
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Our boat looks like a commercial vessel,

so neither the rag baggers or marine motorists give us a glance.
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