Boating Etiquette

Boating as leisure has been around for centuries, and as a means of transportation for as long as history remembers. Therefore, it is not surprising that humans have developed many traditions related to this activity. There are too many curios customs, odd terms and strange norms to list here, and most are not relevant for the chartering business. We will only deal with two main activities – overtaking and anchoring – because they are about the interaction with other boat users. Boating etiquette related to overtaking and anchoring should always be observed, to ensure reciprocal enjoyment by everybody on the water.

First, when overtaking another boat, one should always slow down so one does not create a horrendous wake. Overtaking at high speed can not only disturb other boat users, but also their dinner, drink or games. Even when being overtaken by another, bigger boat, you sometimes have to slow down yourself. Moreover, when overtaking a sail boat, be sure to block its wind as little as possible. As for anchoring, you should always approach the anchoring spot slowly not to disturb the people aboard other anchored boats, if they are present. Anchor Courteously. Unlike cars parked neatly side by side, anchored boats and yachts pivot around the anchor and occupy large circles centered around their anchors. Anywhere these circles overlap, there is a risk of collision. So make sure you know what you are doing. You should also think about the amount of noise, smoke, smell you are planning to produce, and lower the anchor at an appropriate distance from other boats.