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Old 09-11-2017, 09:47 PM   #1
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San Francisco Bay Area question. Proper etiquette for dropping off or picking-up....


What is the etiquette for dropping off or picking-up a couple of passengers at a marina that isn't your home base?

I am berthed on Oakland side of the Bay, but I would like to pick-up some friends in San Francisco, take them on the water for a couple of hours and then drop them off and be on my way.

Are some marinas more welcoming than others for that?



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Old 09-11-2017, 10:02 PM   #2
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If you know where you are going to pick them up and drop them off, call ahead and ask if there is a guest slip available for temporary use. Most harbor masters are really nice about that. Also, if you aren't going to tie up for very long, most gas docks or pump out stations will let you "sit" for a bit.

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Old 09-12-2017, 01:57 AM   #3
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Pick up & drop off

I use the pump out areas as pick up & drop off zones.

They are provided for people with boats that tie up for 10 minutes at a time, so perfect for this type of boarding & disembarking.

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First, if the guests will be arriving by car and need a place to park during their cruise, you certainly want to make advance arrangements with the marina because there will not only be picking up and dropping off passengers, but parking foe a few hours. This could be an issue at some marinas.

If there is a public dock or boat ramp near where you plan on picking them off, that would be much simpler.

If you choose a marina, be sure to tip the dockhands.
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