Here is how we like to do it:Originally posted by Danny_Ocean
Not trying to hijack the thread, but...what is the protocol when rafting at a dock? Do you just tie-up and stomp through everyone's boat to get to the dock? Do you ask permission?
I've never "double-parked" before, but plan on it soon (Shooters).
Thanks in advance,
Pompano Beach, FLA
Raft Up Etiquette for CBPBA Events
Smaller boats, please hover and wait for larger sized boats to run in closer to bulkheads. Rafting up several boats is easier and stronger when we run larger boat sizes out to the smaller sizes.
Raft up only with boats of similar size and type to avoid damage caused by rubbing between dramatically disparate sizes (i.e., a 22' up against a 42').
NO SHOES!!!! Remove shoes before traversing the raftup, and try to walk "swim platform to swim platform" if available.
Worth repeating, walk only on swim platforms to cross the raftup or crawl across sunpads on boats with no platform area.
Place guests/mates at positions on the bow and stern for raftup approach, have lines and fenders ready.
Use a minimum of 2 fenders for rafting up, 3 is preferred.
Always assist incoming boats joining the raftup. There's really very few times where we have "too many people helping".
Request permission to board bow areas before jumping over to assist, bare feet only.
Always approach at idle speed and angle approach into the wind or current.
Use VHF Channel 69 for boat-to-boat communication or to contact a CBPBA event coordinator for advice or help with anything.
Hope that helps-a lot of damage could be avoided if more people knew how to raft properly.