That way, a list could be compiled of ‘offenders’, which could be consulted before mooring up so boaters could see if they were likely to be disturbed in the night. This could be a very useful list which would help to preserve the sanity of sufferers.
It is such a shame that boaters feel the need to break this very social rule. My friendly boater was woken up at 10.45 the other night when his neighbour started his engine, for what ever reason, and he was unable to get back to sleep. I once had a neighbour that ran a very noisy generator every night ‘til midnight just so they could watch the TV? When I mentioned that this was not a very social thing so they started running the generator inside the boat, can you believe that!
Sometimes we moor in very special places. Only the footfall of a passing fox can be heard. The sound of the breeze through the trees and the hoot of an owl are relaxing and comforting. For most, it is why we are boaters. To have this relaxation and comfort raucously disturbed by an inconsiderate neighbour is an affront to common decency and sanity. Maybe all boaters need to dispose of their remaining connection to the land a get shot of power hungry TV’s. They could read a book, learn to paint or embroider. Learn a musical instrument (AGGGH not the Bagpipes). They could study (not politics coz you need a TV for that) invite the people in the next boat over for a glass of something and a chat, anything but stagnate in front of the ‘box’ when you could end up pissin’ the neighbours off. If you need to constantly run your engine after 8 then there is something wrong with your system or it is not big enough for your usage. GET IT SORTED
Unfortunately I am the wrong person to ask about getting this list together. I have been known, on occasion much to my neighbours displeasure, to fall asleep with my engine on and would have to put myself at the top of the list. That would never do!