Devil’s Cove Etiquette

We wrote this because it seems that more and more people are too stupid to, not only own boats, but to pilot them near any other vessel on the water. The following are helpful hints and some requirements for taking part in the party at Devil’s Cove or any place where numerous boats tie together to have fun. If you don’t see the humor in this, then you probably should anchor your boat away from anyone.

Tying Up

  1. Bring your OWN Fenders
    • This is REQUIRED. IT IS NOT AN OPTION.
    • You should have (at least two of them)

We know all the dipshits that don’t have real fenders try to use innertubes, life jackets, beer cozies, blow up dolls, et al.

If this is you – YOU’RE A FUCKHEAD.

Go spend the $48 bucks to buy decent fenders so you don’t fuck up other people’s boats. You own a $30,000 to $80,000…THOUSAND dollar boat, but can’t spring  50 more dollars. You’re a TOOL, don’t ask to tie to ANYONE!

(Exception: Pontoon boats these will quickly destroy your precious wake board boat, thus making the boating event even more fun for the rest of us. Pontoon Boats are encouraged to tie to Wake Board Boats for this reason.)

It is nice to have 2 extra fenders, we would suggest only using these when there is boat of EXTREMELY HOT WOMEN that want to tie up and don’t have fenders.
Put out your fenders before you attempt to tie up. Do it when you get within 100 ft. of any boat. This makes you look ‘friendly’.
Get others in your boat to help with the tie up. Have them ready to throw ropes.
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(Exception: Pontoon boats these will quickly destroy your precious wake board boat, thus making the boating event even more fun for the rest of us. Pontoon Boats are encouraged to tie to Wake Board Boats for this reason.)
It is nice to have 2 extra fenders, we would suggest only using these when there is boat of EXTREMELY HOT women that want to tie up and don’t have fenders.
Put out your fenders before you attempt to tie up. Do it when you get within 100 ft. of any boat. This makes you look ‘friendly’.
Get others in your boat to help with the tie up. Have them ready to throw ropes.

2. Bring ROPE (Dock Lines)

The is REQUIRED, not an OPTION.
Usually TWO Dock Lines and ONE Anchor Rope, with anchor.(see #3. How to tie up)

This is similar to the fender issue. Don’t bring shoe string, kite string, dental floss, or bungee cord – ROPE (Dock Lines), and good stuff at that! (Dock Lines does not include any of the following: Anchor rope, lassos, phone cords, electrical cords, or dread locks.)
Have the rope out and on the cleat.
Always put the FINISHED end of the Dock Line on the BOAT THAT OWNS IT. (Finished end is the one with the manufactured loop in it)
Don’t be digging for Ropes (Dock Line) when your floating next to someone, they came to party not fuck around waiting on you. So be ready when you get to them.

3. How to tie up
Once you find someone you would like to tie up with, don’t just assume they want you to. Come up slowly, and get their attention, then ask if you can (yelling is fine because you should be around 40-50 ft away). We also use a hand signal, like you are mixing something in a bowl with my finger (pointing down), then point at their boat.
If they bobble in ANY WAY, or have ANY excuse, move on. Trust us on this. They are dicks and you don’t want to be there anyway. Whatever their excuse, it is meaningless to you, go find a different boat – and a more friendly party.
Once you find someone that says it is fine to tie off to them, come in slow, at a 30deg angle to their boat, nose first. Get your person on the bow of your boat to throw them a line, then reverse and pull the back around. Well before this your fenders should be out. Make sure to adjust your fenders for maximum cushion between the two boats.
At this point your ropes should already be tied to your boat. Tie of to their boat. Keep the lines loose until the boats are perpendicular and then apply equal pressure to the bow and stern (front and back) lines. It is easier to tie the back the back of the boat first then tighten up the bow. There should be equal room front to rear between the boats, not a wedge or triangle.

ALWAYS leave the manufactured end of the rope (one that is looped) on your boat. This lets anyone know when untying, that it is your rope. CAN I REPEAT THAT? THE FINISHED END STAYS ON THE BOAT THAT OWNS THE ROPE!
Try NOT to tie up to anything except a CLEAT or SKI HOOK, if you do, let the owner or operator of the OTHER boat do it (You don’t want to rip off something because you tied it wrong).
NEVER EVER tie KNOTS in ANY ROPE, if you don’t know how to do a tie off on a cleat, learn, or learn to use self-cinching slip-knots (There is nothing more that pisses us all off than to have a knot in a $30 15 ft rope). Knots are difficult to remove. It is like tieing a knot in your friend’s dick. Just a No-No.

An anchor is required nearly every time you tie up. Because of the chance of wind, a long tie-up of boats will drift and even break anchors and anchor ropes loose. It is recommended that EVERYONE throw and anchor into the wind to keep the boats from drifting. At a minimum, every other boat needs to anchor. There is no reason to be bashing into other boats, or crushing swimmers because some ASS Clown cannot buy a $30 anchor.

Once you are tied up, this is a good time to introduce yourself to the boat next to you, offer them a beer or smoke if they are in need.

4. Boarding other Boats
It is usually cool to board other boats, and use them to walk over to boats far from you. BE COURTEOUS!

Don’t WEAR SHOES!

Always ask “”Can I come aboard”” – If they say YES ONCE, there is no need to ask again.

Always bring a beer or drink with you.

They will usually offer if you run out, but don’t go empty handed.
If they tell you something about their boat, like don’t SHIT IN THE BATHROOM. OBEY THEM! (Retaliation is bad, but that is another story)

Don’t just assume you can do anything on their boat you do on your own.

LIKE SMOKE, ask first!
Help others on and off your boat as well as other people’s boats.

House Boat Boarding
Be especially careful on Houseboats, these are either rented or can be the persons home on the lake. Don’t snoop around and ask before you do anything, such as go in the cabin, on the roof deck, or to the bathroom.

5. Listening to Music
This is probably the hardest part of this whole event. If you want to listen to your stereo, fine, but don’t assume that everyone wants to hear the shit you’re listening to.
If you turn your radio on and the boat next to you turns theirs up, assume they are dicks or don’t like your crap.
Our tip is to listen to theirs, then your battery won’t be dead when you decide to leave.
If you have yours on and most of the people around you are not playing theirs, then look to see if they are dancing or parting to your music, if so, ADJUST the volume ACCORDINGLY! Remember some people just want to talk, other’s just don’t what to hear the shit you’re playing.
If you do run your stereo, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR BOAT RUNNING TO KEEP THE BATTERIES CHARGED. The exhaust is behind the boat and too many people are breathing it in. (If you’re a wake boat, with a tower, with three thousand speakers on the tower, just go fuck off. Too often your boats are full of homo’s and you listen to some ecstasy induced rave music that EVERYONE thinks is shit anyway.)

Untying

1. Untying from the Boats
When you decide to untie, tell the two boats on each side of you. Let them tend lines over you so when you pull out they can pull themselves back together.
Make sure when you start your motor there is NO ONE swimming near you!
Make sure your fenders are still tied to your boat, not someone else’s.
Make sure you have YOUR ropes (Dock Line)
Make sure you PULL UP the Anchor.
Mind the NO WAKE zone until you pass the markers!
Leave the Rope with the FINISHED END on the BOAT it is on, the FINISHED END owns the Rope. (Never tie the finished end to any boat but your OWN)
And NEVER, we repeat NEVER just throw a rope at the boat and let it fall in the water. A rope wrapped around a prop can cause $1000’s in damage.

Thanks to all of you on the water!

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