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How to enjoy a SRBCNC cruise

How to Enjoy a SRBCNC Cruise

Our club is one of the most active and enjoyable boat clubs on the Delta.  It is all about cruising with friends.  The following introductory tips will help make the cruises and raft ups fun for everyone.

There is a list of cruises in your roster.  Each cruise will be publicized in the Quiet Hailer just prior to the scheduled date.  Follow the directions on the website when you are ready to sign up for a cruise.

For most events there is no organized travel to the site, although individual members docked in the same marina often arrange to travel together.  If you get lost or are uncertain about a location, just call “Sea Ray Boat Club” on Channel 71 of your VHF radio and someone will give you directions.

Rafting Up the Easy Way

Once you have found the cruise, announce your arrival by calling the “Sea Ray Boat Club” on VHF channel 71.   The cruise leader/ dock master will give you instructions on how to rig your lines and fenders.  Please wait for them to let you know when it is safe to enter the raft up.

The cruise leaders will assign positions to incoming boats in the order that they arrive.  In some situations, they will position the boats by size in order to make the raft up more secure or to maximize dock space.  Please accept your assigned position, even if you had another preference.

As you arrive, your friends will be stopping their activities to help you land, so please have your boat ready with lines both fore and aft, and fenders positioned on the docking side.  Even though it may be difficult to get out of the canvas and up the side of your craft, remember...it’s the incoming boat’s responsibility to have fenders out and lines ready.   

When you receive the OK to enter the raft up, have one person positioned on the bow, ready to toss a line to the anchored boat.  Once alongside and in ideal conditions, the skipper may then quickly step down from the helm to toss the stern line and then return to the helm until the boat is secured.

When not at a dock, each boat will need anchors, fore and aft.  The cruise leader will usually request alternating boats put out stern anchors and have the others tie forward.  In heavy wind or current conditions, it may be necessary for each boat to deploy both fore and aft anchors.

Please delay greeting friends long enough to make sure that your boat is properly secured. Each new tie up should in turn assist in the docking of the next boat to arrive.

Good planning by the cruise leaders, a cooperative effort by the members, and some luck, will result in a secure raft up which will still be in place the next morning and for the length of the stay.

Enjoying Your Weekend

Upon arrival, you will receive an envelope with the schedule for the cruise and a list of fees (if any) for the weekend.  You are now ready to participate in the activities!  Don’t be shy. We are all together because we love boating with our Sea Rays, so you will have plenty to talk about even before you know everyone. 

When there are no organized activities underway, standard procedure is to grab a soda or a beer and start walking across the swim platforms - or dock - stopping to talk along the way.  Introduce yourself and start some new friendships.  It’s safest to wear boat shoes when traveling between boats as bare feet and fiberglass sometimes result in unplanned dunkings.  The dunkees are known as “mud hens” in the club.

The standard group food activity is a social hour in the afternoon where each boat supplies hors d’oeuvres for the community table.

Unless there is a planned dinner activity - always identified in the cruise flyer - each boat crew plans and cooks their own meals.  Small groups sometimes get together to share a meal or to attend a restaurant.

After dinner, it’s usually an informal “watch the sunset” atmosphere with small groups socializing, playing games, and sometimes having parties.  Do what you enjoy, whether it’s a group activity or some quiet reading time.

Each member has his/her own idea of enjoyment on the delta, but one common desire is to get away from the stress and noise that prevails in our everyday life.  Some generators are quieter than others, so please be aware of the potential for disturbing others, especially late in the evening and early in the morning when your friends may be trying to sleep.  Suggested generator hours are between 7:30 am and 10:00 pm.  AND, although everyone loves music, it’s best not to inflict your neighbors with loud music - your taste in music may not be what others want to listen to all day.

The official club cruises are limited to Sea Ray boats, so if you have a friend with another brand who wants to come to a cruise, invite them to travel with you and stay on your boat.

The Art of Leaving

Hopefully, you’ve had a great weekend and can’t wait for the next cruise.  Depending on the wind and current, departing to go home can be a challenge.  In order to insure everyone’s safety and protection of our valuable boating assets, the dock master will give instructions for departure that involves releasing one boat at a time from the raft up.

If you have a bow anchor deployed, have your windless turned on.  Check with the docking crew to see when you can retrieve your stern anchor. The docking crew can assist as needed.                                                 

With the skipper at the helm and first mate on the bow...
...at the command of the docking crew...the stern will be released first and then the bow line. 
The docking crew in a dinghy will follow you out as you pull your bow anchor, making sure there is space between you and the adjacent boat.  Once you have your anchor up, leave the final clean up of your anchor, lines and fenders until you are clear of the raft up.  This will allow the next boat to be released in a timely manner.

Finally, if you enjoyed the cruise, be certain to thank the cruise leaders who put their time and energy into making sure you had fun.  If you really had a good time, sign up to assist on a cruise or do your own cruise on a future date at your favorite site! The cruise planning meeting takes place at the Halloween Cruise.