You’re at the dock, you haven't moved in a while and you’re feeling a bit shack-wacky. You’ve heard every black water story the Engineer can muster, have reorganized your room three times in the last month with your bunk-mate and as much as you love your deckie, you feel like throwing him overboard because he still can’t get how the trash bag needs to have the air pouffed out from under it before sealing it around the rim of the bin! You eventually realize just how small a mega yacht can feel and it’s time to get out.
You have a few neighboring boats who’ve been around for a while and as difficult as it can be to go knock on your neighbor’s door to see who wants to come out to play, it might just make your day! Chances are, the crew on your neighboring boats have been together a while too and are looking for some different interaction with different people too. And you never know what kind of connections you might make (your new best friend? Future wife? That guy who pointed you to a new job?)
Barbeques with open invites to your neighboring boats can be an awesome way to break some ice, get some dock conversation going and mix up the personality pool a bit. You can ‘sponsor’ the event with BBQ-ables, a cooler of beer and host a mini dock party! Or you can invite everyone to BYOB and provide the heat for meat. Have a few lawn chairs, pick a warm dry night and you’re off. That’s not so hard now is it? For those of you who have gone to the neighboring boat’s dock party in the past, you’ll know the evening can go anywhere and everyone involved generally has a great time! Getting to know your neighbors is a great way to make your time awesome, where ever you may be docked :)