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Boating Etiquette

Learn proper boating etiquette 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.

When you're a guest on somebody's boat, a little bit of etiquette can go a long way. First and foremost know the weather and how you should dress. The skipper of a boat doesn't always want you borrowing all their foul weather gear as they have a limited supply on board. And also make sure to wear white soled shoes. Any black soled sneaker is going to mark up the deck something fierce on a sailboat. And the skipper is not going to want to clean it. If you know you're going for an afternoon sail and stopping at the owner's yacht club, leave your Led Zeppelin shirt at home. Wear a nice collared shirt or something presentable.

Once you're underway, make sure to follow all directions given. Listen as there is a lot to do on a boat and you'll often be asked to do something. Even beer cans or bottle tops, never throw anything off of anyone's boat. Make sure to say thank you when the day is done. And always offer to help clean. First and foremost always bring food.

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