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Old 09-29-2021, 12:47 PM   #21
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I'd never raft at a marina by choice. However, have rafted many times in locks and on this trip in Europe have had a few occasions where rafting was mandatory. However, on those occasions it was well planned and logical with boats well equipped and protected and arranged intelligently, so presented no problems. So, I'd avoid ill prepared rafting like the plague, would never raft at anchor in some party attempt, but am ok with well thought out rafting. We are not good rafting partners because we do go to and from land from the boat a lot.
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Old 09-29-2021, 01:35 PM   #22
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I have rafted in BC at docks. Usually this is rafting next to commercial boats as the marina attempts to accommodate the seasonal recreational boaters. Never had an issue. Rafting at a marina isn't my first choice, but there often can be little options.
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Old 09-29-2021, 03:36 PM   #23
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I was wondering about this very topic this past weekend.
Wife and I were at a water front restaurant in the ICW. We were there by car not boat.
These were all small open boats, not liveaboard...although a few were some monster 600 HP and 900 HP multi-outboard center consoles.....
but this was a busy place and pretty much every spot along their dock was two boats deep.

I've never taken my small boats anywhere like that where I needed to raft along a dock, but it made me wonder about the protocol for such a thing...if nobody is aboard the boat tied to the pier, is it considered kosher to just tie up to their boat?
And if I did...they would have no clear way to contact me if I'm mid-meal and they are ready to go....other than perhaps if I write my cell phone number on a sign in the window.
I don't know...it all just seemed sketchy to me.
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Old 09-29-2021, 04:15 PM   #24
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The reason I raised this topic is though my boat is in Comox BC, I am a French Creek Marina groupie, this was especially true when my boat was in for a nearly two year refit. French Creek is just a five minute drive from my home.

The French Creek Marina is primarily a commercial fishing dock but there are also many pleasure boat spots for moorage. But if you visit the marina overnight in the summer with your boat, odds are excellent to certain you will be rafted up. And I have watched folks try to take their boat on the inside out to cruise as they manipulate the outside boat around. Most are quite good at it and are very conscious of the need to move the visiting boat beside them gingerly back into the now vacant spot.

But I have also occasionally watched as the outside boat was almost lost as those handling the lines weren't really paying attention to what they were doing. The busiest time for this marina is during the short herring season sometime in March. Lots of commercial boats in and out as the fish drop location is also at the marina. And the visiting sea lions know it.
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Old 09-30-2021, 10:29 AM   #25
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I kind of have a basic mistrust of rafting up in marinas when visiting. I'm always wondering about the damage done to my boat if I'm away from my boat when the inside boat owner decides he wants to leave.

Have any of your experienced damage to your boat due to others moving your boat around as they leave the marina?
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Iíve been rafting up at your local marina for 10 years and have not suffered any damage, just a few streaks of dirty bumper crud that cleans off easily. Marinas such as this are not for boaters that stress over a scuff on their gel-coat or dirty boot prints on deck.
The main issue that causes me to check the boat every couple of days is to check if the boat is still tied up properly, due to many boaters not understanding the basics of this. I also use Scotsmanís as well as bumpers so I am well protected from boats with too small or popped bumpers.
Most boaters are considerate of others boats in my experience, although I have heard it is a bit of a sh*t show during the commercial herring opening (I take my boat out in the winter months).
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Old 09-30-2021, 10:50 AM   #26
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A Memorial Day yacht club raft-up.
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I've never had to raft in the States, but on both of our trips across the Atlantic, we rafted in the Azores as there were far more boats than dock space. Here's Fintry at Horta in 2005. The marina was very intelligent about it -- attempting to make certain problems didn't happen. And, of course, conversations with your neighbors are essential.


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Old 09-30-2021, 11:44 AM   #28
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Other when forced to won’t raft and then only to commercial craft. Don’t appreciate the lack of privacy and additional worries. Will admit a rafting of zillions of dinghies together at one of the salty Dawg Caribbean functions was great fun but beyond that just not my thing.
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Hey rsn48,
I’ve been rafting up at your local marina for 10 years and have not suffered any damage, just a few streaks of dirty bumper crud that cleans off easily. Marinas such as this are not for boaters that stress over a scuff on their gel-coat or dirty boot prints on deck.


Then I have walked by your boat many times as I strolled the various areas. My usual was to park beside the coast guard building, eat snacks, watch boats in and out, as you know, the pleasure fisherman are the most active of all the "types" in the marina. Often will sit by the "put in area" and watch the occasional show, and oh yes, take many a nap, my favourite being during storms much like we've had in the past couple of days. And during herring season and the visitation of so many sea lions, happy my house in the Eaglecrest area is far enough away that I can barely here the sea lions barking at night.
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Hey rsn48,
Iíve been rafting up at your local marina for 10 years and have not suffered any damage, just a few streaks of dirty bumper crud that cleans off easily. Marinas such as this are not for boaters that stress over a scuff on their gel-coat or dirty boot prints on deck.


Then I have walked by your boat many times as I strolled the various areas. My usual was to park beside the coast guard building, eat snacks, watch boats in and out, as you know, the pleasure fisherman are the most active of all the "types" in the marina. Often will sit by the "put in area" and watch the occasional show, and oh yes, take many a nap, my favourite being during storms much like we've had in the past couple of days. And during herring season and the visitation of so many sea lions, happy my house in the Eaglecrest area is far enough away that I can barely here the sea lions barking at night.
Yes government docks can be very entertaining and are usually our preference over yacht club docks when we are out cruising.
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