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Monday, November 9, 2015

No Respect

It's autumn and the French cruiser migration has begun. The transient dock is cluttered with interesting and unique steel sailboats skippered by equally idiosyncratic owners. It's like turning the clock back 30 years. I don't speak French and have no clue where they're going.

reception dock in Peniche

Speaking of steel boats and winter cruising. Here's a flick about a couple that has been living aboard their home-made steel boat Emerald Steel for over 30 years. The video starts as the usual "here we are sailing" flick until the adrenaline starts to flow at a stormy anchorage. If you're in a rush, just skip to minute 10.

Now forgive me but I'm going to rant about the lack of respect for my naked boat. Despite the "Private, no parking" sign on the transom, I'm nonetheless victim of boaters who see Jakatar as a good docking pontoon. 

A friend of mine used to keep his shiny new Beneteau 50 on a hammerhead berth jut like mine and nobody ever tied up to him. I guess money talks, and real loud too. Everybody knows the score. If given the choice would you tie up to a shiny luxurious boat or to an older scuffed-looking boat?

The result is shown below. I'd love to "speak" to the ass who tied up to Jakatar using tar-encrusted fenders. No respect, I tell you. Assholes should be blacklisted from marinas.

Dirty boat fenders

More bitching. Because my berth's south finger is falling apart, I'm now tied only to the north finger and the pontoon. That's because when fingers break away from the pontoon, they flip on their side. And when that happens, the mussel-encrusted floats or, even worse, the jagged metal attachments will continuously bash against the hull.

Hammerhead berth
The bolts connecting the finger to the pontoon are incredibly sloppy because the connection plates (not visible) have rusted to hell. The finger is so wobbly I nearly fell in the water the other day. Luckily I have enough space to move Jakatar forward. That way I eliminated the strain on the finger and also moved out of contact range in case it goes belly-up.
On the positive side, it's a beautiful warm calm sunny day and it's the 9th of November. 


  1. Hello,
    As it seems to me, those french sailors can't read your "No Parking" sign, my suggestion would be for you to secure the services of a professional translator and have a sign printed in french - Just kidding.
    This is Luis Castanheira in Toronto, I have read your blogs from the beginning and sometimes I leave a comment.
    Best wishes.

  2. Hi Luis,
    Maybe that's it. But then I'd have to place a sign 10 feet long with "Private, no Parking" translated to 15 languages. That would cost a fortune to translate!!!! Maybe I should change the sign to "Beware, boat owner has leprosy".
    I haven't gone back to Toronto, or Canada, since I brought the boat in 2002.
    Good to hear from you again.

  3. Boom! Another reason I haul out for the winter. I've seen similar crap going on over here. No respect whatsoever!
    Plus that video is spooky!

    1. Hauling out in winter is not an option for me. I'd be paying the marina plus the yard, have no part-time office to work at and I've discovered fishing. Let's say I found another reason for sailing. All about that in the next post.