Have you ever secured your boat to a ball in a completely empty mooring field, only to have the next boat to arrive tie up to the ball immediately adjacent to you? Perhaps you’ve even been the one to commit that faux pas? If you don’t see a problem with what I just described, I want to draw a parallel, one that I know at least the guys reading this will get.
Imagine entering a public restroom with a row of urinals along a wall, all of them empty. In this case, you have the option of choosing whichever one you like. If, however, one of them is already occupied, which one would you take? The one right beside the other guy? Of course not, unless you want to be the recipient of some very strange looks. You do not what to be “that guy!”
I don’t know why but this parallel came to me as we approached the snorkel park the other day, finding one lone sailboat already there. Needless to say, I did not take the ball right beside the other guy, even though it was a bit closer to the underwater statues. I respected his privacy, and chose a ball at the other end of the field. No weird looks, and everyone remained happy.