Boat Guest

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Jay Lloyd's Getaway: Boating Invite 

June 14, 2018 - 11:56 am

By Jay Lloyd

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Between the Jersey Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, area boat owners by the thousands are inviting friends and acquaintances on weekend cruises. Here are some tips for becoming the perfect boat guest.

Being a guest at a summer home and a boat are like night and day. The boat moves, has limited space for baggage and has alien systems - like nautical toilets and showers. Here's how to keep from giving your host heartburn. First show up on time. Lou Smith, an old boat owner friend, cautions guests to pay attention to the skipper's instructions.

"If they don't listen something bad will happen," Smith explained.
On a sailboat, the skipper will tell you to keep your head below the boom. If you don't and it swings, you go for a swim with a headache. Know where the life jackets are stowed. If the toilet - called a head - don't ask - is unfamiliar, get instruction in the dials and levers. Bring beer, wine or food as a boat gift -- and as a parting gesture.

"Offer to stay to help to clean up at the end," Smith said.

That alone can yield a return visit.

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