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How to Get Dockage in a Foreign Port

Learn how to get dockage in a foreign port in this Howcast boating video with expert Toby Stull.


Hi, my name is Toby Stull and I'm captain with Out in the Water Sailing. We're an adventure sports sailing company, providing charters, sailing lessons, vessel training and consulting. Please visit our website at We're here today in Liberty Harbor to talk about boating. There's little in sailing or boating that's more fun than sailing to another destination. There's a lot of ports on both coasts that provide all types of restaurants and activities and safe anchorages for boaters. When going to a port that's not your own, otherwise known as a foreign port, there's a few things that can absolutely help you get along just fine. First off, make sure you have a cruising guide. Go to you r local marine store and there's a variety of cruising guides that will tell you all about the destination you want to go to, everything from restaurants to proper anchorages to the channel that the marinas. Pump out boats and other services monitor. Once you get to your destination, make sure you have the proper charts to navigate that harbor. You want to know where you can and cannot go. Showing up by running around is never fun. Doesn't make you the most popular either in the anchorage field. When you go into the anchoring field, look at the other boaters. What are they doing? People on the water are generally friendly and if you ask them, they'll tell you where the best anchorage spots are around. Also, see how they anchor their boats. If one boater anchors one way and you see the rest of them are, you're going to want to anchor the same way. If you want to know a little bit more about your port, pull into the fuel dock. Get some ice. Get some water. Take on some fuel. Talk to the kids on the dock. They're always happy to tell you and always know the best places to go in town. Going away to a destination is one of the most fun things you can do in a boat and having the right local knowledge can make it all the more fun.

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