If you have been invited to your friend’s boat for an outing, there are protocols to act as a good boating guest and show your friend that you respect their boat. It is even better if you ask what you can and cannot bring.
First, find out what kind of boat your friend owns. Ask for the make and model and look it up online to get familiar with the boat. Not only does this gesture go a long way to ensure your onboard comfort, you will have some interesting questions to ask your host on your trip.
It’s also a good gesture to simply ask “what can I bring?” before the trip.
Wear the Right Shoes
Second, wear the right shoes or no shoes at all. Boat shoes specifically have non-slip and non-marking soles. You do not want to lose your footing on a slick deck or leave nearly indelible blemishes on your friend’s boat.
Dress for the Elements
Third, when you are out on the water, it can feel cooler than it is when you’re on land because of several factors, like the wind and if you’re on a powerboat, which will lower the temperature, Check the weather forecast, and if warranted, take along extra towels, blankets, long sleeves, or other layered clothing options
Offer to Lend a Hand
Fourth, a good boat guest volunteers to help with onboard tasks. If you know your way around boats, you already know what to do. If not, ask your friend in advance if there are any tasks they might need help with on your outing and ask how to help.
BYOB, Snacks, and Personal Care Items
Fifth, don’t leave it up to your host to supply everything. Bring your own sunscreen and other personal care items. Make sure you have everything you want to drink, and plenty of water. In fact, bring enough to share, and communicate ahead of time about coolers – sometimes too many can take up too much room in the boat. Even in the fall and spring, staying hydrated is important. You will be exposed to the elements, so be prepared.
Pitch in Some Gas Money
Finally, boating isn’t cheap! Offer to help out with gas, and make sure you can follow through on that offer with cash or digital apps.