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Naked feet

Postby boaterbob » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:34 am

I'm getting delivery today on a 2007 Regal 4060 to replace my 3360. The previous owner of the 4060 has a sign on
the swim platform "naked feet only" and has anyone boarding to remove their shoes. I haven't had my friends do
that and am wondering what you do and why. I also have a Meridian 459 with carpet and have never had them do
that in that boat either. What has been your experience with this?


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Re: Naked feet

Postby kdubya » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:10 am

We do the same, no shoes on board. We try to reduce the amount of dirt and grit carried on shoes. We do not use carpet in our boat. The amount of dirt that is tracked onto the boat is still surprising and very evident with carpet out. Why would we want anymore dirt from shoes? We store shoes in a bin at the back of the boat.

Disclosure: I am a bit OCD about boat our cleanliness. :D :lol:
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Re: Naked feet

Postby ImRich » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:48 am

Street shoes don't just track dirt, sand and grit on board they grind it into the fiberglass gell coat.

If you don't care about this, then just ignore it. But IMHO a boat that has been treated this way will look much better in 5 or 10 years, than one that wasn't.
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Re: Naked feet

Postby On Holiday » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:37 am

No shoe rule on my 2400. I also have guests sit on towels to keep the oils off the cushions.
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Re: Naked feet

Postby cbsmith » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:15 am

Growing up every boat I have been on has been no shoes and I do the same with my boat.
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Re: Naked feet

Postby kdubya » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:30 pm

On Holiday wrote:I also have guests sit on towels to keep the oils off the cushions.

Good one....definitely sitting on towels as well! We have also banned the use spray-on sunscreens on the boat as it is heck to get off glass, gel-coat, and vinyl.
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Re: Naked feet

Postby promiseskept » Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:06 pm

I never asked guest to take off their shoes or to sit on towels on my 3860. If you stay on top of keeping your boat clean it not a problem. I do not ask for guest to remove shoes in my home nor would I ask anyone to sit on towels in my home. I respect the wishes of boat owners so if that is their policy I don't have a problem following the rules.
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Re: Naked feet

Postby Batchski » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:15 pm

I try to have few non-safety rules when it comes to the boat. I have enough things to worry about, a little dirt on a carpet is not high on my list. We keep our boat clean and tidy, and occasionally have to do a little more cleaning from our guests. But that's just how it is, and I'd rather have good friends accompany us and be comfortable, without worrying they are upsetting me. So we don't ask guests to take off shoes or sandals, just like we don't at home.
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Re: Naked feet

Postby Kikaboo » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:55 pm

This seems like a good survey question.

We enforce a no shoes rule on my boat. we even wipe the dogs feet if it was wet or dirty outside before she gets back in the boat. Only other rules are no red wine and Chocolate must be eaten on the swim platform. The red wine rule is for the adults as I've been in too many situations where people get a bit tipsy and the red wine ends up places you don't want it to be. The Chocolate rule is mostly for the kids.
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Re: Naked feet

Postby 40GT » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:36 pm

Personal choice - your boat your rules.

On my buddies boat it's a rule to always wear closed in shoes as his wife once slipped and seriously cut her foot open.
Had she been wearing runners or similar, the results of that particular accident would have been minimal if any.

On my boat it's all about the enjoyment.
If you want to run around with no shoes or no clothes, no difference to me, if you want to keep your shoes on, that's ok too.
It's all about having a great time.
If a little mess is made in the process, wine, chocolate, bait, fish guts while fishing - so be it. I try not to sweat the small stuff, it can all be cleaned.
If a little spilt wine or shoes scuff marks on your deck are the biggest problem you have in your life, I'd say life's pretty darn good!
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Re: Naked feet

Postby aviator1 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:33 am

I have engraved into the seadek material "NO SHOES" as you first walk into the boat.
Where we boat, there are alot of islands with pine trees and sap, there is no way we can have shoes track this stuff into the boat.
No one seems to mind
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Re: Naked feet

Postby gofast24 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:09 pm

As we are slipped about 2 boats from the end of our dock (about 140' feet from the first slip) most guests with dirt on their shoes has fallen off prior to getting to our slip. Also, the parking lot to access our dock is paved so not dirt on anyone's shoes from the parking lot to the boat. Most of our "dirt" problems come from spider crap or bird stuff even though we are completely under a full roof. Roof is nice when it is raining or really hot sun. sometime we just stay on dock under those conditions!
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Re: Naked feet

Postby boaterbob » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:39 pm

Boy, these are good answers. I'm still mulling over this but I've heard some good opinions. THANKS to
everyone that contributed to this topic.
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Re: Naked feet

Postby Texdoc8953 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:32 pm

Half the people on my boat are wearing 4+ inch heels, the other half flip-flops.
Plus if the six year old takes her's off it takes 10 minutes for her to find them and get them back on.
I have seagrass mats so the mess is minimal.
100% no red wine on the boat though
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Re: Naked feet

Postby Rpontual » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:06 pm

I am pretty relaxed of what people wears. The only comment I make when inviting guests is to avoid spray sunscreen. I keep a couple of types of sunscreen on the boat in case someone needs it. Once I had a guest in the boat using spray sunscreen and it messed up cushions and was much harder to wash windows, etc.

When guests ask about shoes I suggest not using black soles.

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Re: Naked feet

Postby JNelson90 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:11 pm

We have a mat at the entrance to our boat that says "Lose the Shoes and Expose those Toes!" and agree with people removing shoes before boarding our boat.
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