Yachting Monthly - - EXPERT ON BOARD -

Sooner or later we’ll raft-up, and this is the big­gest nest of vipers in the hand­book. Raft rage is as yet un­known to have led to phys­i­cal vi­o­lence, but it’s only a mat­ter of time. Get every­thing right, how­ever, and a raft-up can make you some life­long friends. Here’s an ex­am­ple from last sea­son. On the har­bour­mas­ter’s in­struc­tion, my wife and I se­cured our boat out­side two other yachts in Wey­mouth in the early evening. It was blow­ing hard, rain­ing, we’d had enough for one day and the great god Tide said we had to slip at 0500.

ʻI havenʼt al­ways been so open-handed and I vowed then and there to im­prove my actʼ

A happy raft needs com­mon sense, good grace and con­sid­er­a­tion

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