5 Tips on Boating Etiquette

Posted on Jul 20, 2017

5 Tips on Boating Etiquette

Boaters have laws and regulations they must follow. But, as with many activities, boating also has its own set of unwritten rules that help boaters to share the water. Here are a few boating etiquette tips to keep in mind.

  1. Be quick on the boat ramp. Always be quick and efficient at the boat ramp. Other boaters will likely need to use the ramp, so be courteous and limit your time on it. Anything that can be done away from the ramp, such as loading your boat, should be done away from the ramp.
  2. Watch your wake. When navigating a crowded area like a channel, anchorage or mooring field, keep your wake under control. If you throw up a sizeable wake, not only can it rudely disturb other boaters, it can sometimes damage other boats – damage you’re responsible for.
  3. Use courtesy when overtaking or being overtaken. When overtaking another boat, provide as much room as possible between you and the slower boat to avoid having your wake rock and disturb it. If you’re being overtaken by another boat, slow down if necessary to make it easier.
  4. Respect others in an anchorage. Enter an anchorage slowly to avoid disturbing other boaters. The first boat in the anchorage gets to determine swing radius. Follow the lead of other boats already there in how you tie off, anchor and how much line you use. Keep noise down so as not to disturb other boaters.
  5. Don’t mess up the dock. When you tie up at the dock, make sure your lines are not strewn across the dock, creating a tripping hazard for other people. Also, don’t leave your gear all over the dock.