This does not impress me!
Never approach a dock faster than you are willing to hit it. That was advice that we heard early on in our boat-handling education. That and the mantra “Slow is Pro” stuck with us and we try to operate our boats accordingly when around hard objects and/or other people’s expensive vessels. Unfortunately, not everyone has had the same education.
Over the last few weeks we have watched numerous boat handlers moving vessels around marinas at much too high a speed. Frequently they will come flying into a slip and throw the engines hard in reverse to stop. While that may look impressive to their buddies, it makes them look like irresponsible idiots to me. There are far too many things that can go wrong in that scenario. A failed engine, a strong gust, an improperly secured painter caught in the prop could all spell disaster for the boat they are driving and/or someone else’s property. In addition to that, I’ve learned that the way they throw the engines violently from forward to reverse and back without stopping in neutral can damage the clutch cone, not a cheap piece of kit to replace!
Yesterday afternoon we watched one cowboy bring a Leopard 4600 into the slip opposite to us. It was a complete clusterf#*%! and he barely got the boat secured without smashing something. No sooner was that fiasco over than another boat handler bringing a 4800 into the slip beside us bumped into our boat! Now to be honest, it was only a little bump but it was still hard enough to leave 4 new gouges in the topsides where before there were none. Were we pissed? Yes, but mostly because it could have been prevented with more planning and better line handlers.
Fortunately for us, this was a Moorings employee who did the damage so when we return to Hodges Creek later this morning, they’ll fix the damage. I really hope the bareboaters around here on their charter vacations who are witnessing the careless antics of these guys don’t think that this is the proper way to handle a boat.
Note: The guy that bumped our boat is actually very good and in talking with him, I could tell that he was very upset about the incident. He blamed it primarily on inexperienced line handlers and knowing how important that job is, I could see his point.
Rebecca spent a couple of hours polishing the stainless on One Love. First, Ospho to remove the rust. Then, a fresh water rinse. Lastly, Collonite Metal Wax and buff to a shine. She did a great job!