Taking the fenders on and off or moving them up and down. There's a knot you can use which slides up and down so you don't have to untie the fender to move it. Paul (the lockkeeper at Chertsey lock) showed me how to do it ages ago, but I've forgotten.
I've seen a leaflet somewhere recently which was for inflatable fenders. These fenders are mounted in the side of the GRP sort of in line with the port holes. Basically you inflate and deflate when neccessary. When deflated they retract into the hull.
Miserable, mainly raggies, who come on here, just to cause abuse.
People that have not got a clue how to drive the boat, Leaving every body else trying to fend off 12 tons and 800 horse power. Untill they've got there nose 45% out to sea before they can steer the thing.
Fishermen and yachties who think I'm telepathic and just know that there going round in circles.
Any racing dinghy/yacht unless about fifty miles out, and not across the river or harbour entrance.
Jet ski's. Full stop unless upside down in a skip!
Cardinal marks in rivers and harbours. telling me to go South when the river/ chanel goes North!
I dont necessarily dislike rowers and narrow boaters.....
I absolutely detest and despise boaters on the Thames who take up more space than they need on EA moorings and who get ever so upset when I ask them ever so politely to shuv up a bit cos theres enough room for at least three more if they werent so bloody inconsiderate..........
No1 far ahead of all others. I have a chip on my shoulder about others - mainly stick and hankies brigade (and a small proportion thereof) who have a chip on their shoulders about powerboat owners. Cue space and time to remind you all about my recurrent moan about some sailors ability to drive a sterndrive boat in a striaght line and more time to allow the majority of sensible raggies to recover.
No2 and here I'm with Graham_Wignall. Do boat "designers" never live on their design of boats? My "favourite" example. It rains quite a bit around the UK, Med boaters can start reading from here on, there's quite a bit of water around one when on a boat at sea or not and sometimes the wind blows and even sometimes the boat going through the water splashes it up. The sum total of this is that most boaters know it can splash up and have waterproof clothing that gets wet. Can boat designers not have a collective brainwave and design a draining oilskin locker? There, I'll even donate the name for it!!
I know two owners who tiring of drips on the floor/carpet have rerouted/added a heating outlet into the heads solely to dry out their wetgear.
Must stop lest you think I am a MOB (maybe I am) ;-)
1) Deck shoes. If ever a product needed crucifying under the Trade Descriptions Act, the Deck Shoe is it. They're not remotely waterproof (I mean it's not as if your shoes get wet when boating, is it?), they leak dye over your brand new cream saloon carpet, the laces come undone at unfortunate moments (such as during that elegant 10 foot leap onto the pontoon clutching the bow line which ends up as a belly flop into the marina), the laces break and you cant thread any new ones, those rivety hole things always come loose and they make yer feet bleed if you walk more than 100 yds in 'em. They're all made in China for 3.5p a pair, stamped with a name you never heard of and sold for more than the price of a pair of Churchs
2. Guests. You have a meticulous Friday night plan to to creep over the Bar, take advantage of the tide and get to your destination just before dark. They arrive 2 hours late with enough clothes for a round the world cruise on the QE2, 2 bawling brats, a packet of crisps, NO BOOZE and wondering why you are'nt pleased to see them. The brats immediately get their felt tip colouring set out whilst parents take root in the cockpit with your best bottle of wine smiling sweetly as you wrestle the boat out of the berth. You arrive at your destination to find the brats have puked all over the saloon - well at least it covers the felt tip stains
Everyone has a good time except you because you end up paying for everything. After all, you're the host and you must be rich because you've got a boat (never mind that you're not rich because you've got a boat). The second you arrive back in the Marina, they're off leaving you to spend 3 hours unblocking the loos, dry cleaning the upholstery and staring at an empty booze cupboard
Sound familiar, anyone?
People of the rag & stick ilk that think because i use a power boat, i dont know what i am doing and that i have no seamanship skills whatsoever, if thats the case why is it i'm the one pulling them off the mud or giving them a tow because they broke their boat