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Docking and Dining Done Right

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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It’s so much fun to bring your boat alongside a restaurant and stroll in for a meal. Yet we hear some boaters are unsure about the dos and don’ts when it comes to waterside eateries, so here are some tips to avoid dockside difficulties and dining delays:


  • Study navigational charts for the best route.
  • Check the low water depths along the route and near the restaurant’s dock.
  • Call ahead to confirm that the restaurant can accommodate your boat’s length and beam.
  • If you’re traveling with other boaters, make sure there are enough slips.
    • Find out if a guest with limited mobility gain access to the dining area without climbing a ladder or encountering a steep ramp at low tide.
  • Ask if the restaurant has a dockhand to assist you.
  • Inquire if there’s a fee and/or time limit at the restaurant or a nearby municipal dock or marina.
  • Make a reservation for both table and docking whenever possible.


  • Wait for a slip to open by blocking other thru-traffic (instead, find a place to drop anchor or temporarily tie up).
  • Leave your boat at the restaurant’s dock to explore the sights unless you’ve made prior arrangements.
  • Make sunset reservations unless you’re comfortable with navigating home after dark.
  • Drink alcohol if you’re the captain or crew. Passengers need to stay sharp, too!

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