Earlier this summer, Dockwa boater Susan C. posted in our Facebook Group that there should be rules against running a generator the entire night in a tight mooring field. Which got us wondering: if someone is new to boating, what might he/she be doing without realizing it's sending the harbor into a silent rage?
We're experimenting with a new blog series format. In it, we look to boaters and marina teams ( 👋that's you) to relay their experiences, anecdotes, and advice on boating topics from navigation and day trips to harborside events to marina etiquette. Some posts will focus on a specific harbor or type of boating, other times we'll focus on a topic to which boaters in all harbors may relate.
Talk to me, Goose: share your favorite marina/harbor event below in the comments, chime in on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org – and we’ll add your comments in the post.
Regarding the generator noise, we already have a few thoughts:
I get it, but honestly last week when it was still close to 90 at night I probably would have run my generator all night to keep the AC on. – Gail S.
Great Salt Pond at Block Island has an ordinance - 8am-8pm. And most people abide by it! – Lisa S.
When it's too hot to anchor overnight. We go to a marina, pay the man and plug the boat into shore power. – Ron W.
Do other harbors have noise ordinances? How are they enforced? How do marinas let visiting guests know what behavior is frowned upon or strictly forbidden?