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Rafting Boats Together

(An Educational Cruise!)
August 6-7

Rafting boats together can be one of the most intresting
 evolutions in boating.  Rafting gives you the opportunity to join your friends and fellow sailors in the cockpit over a drink and snack at the end of the day.  Simply put, a raft is the joining of two or more boats alongside one another with dock lines, often times at anchor.  The raft allows crew members to freely circulate from one boat to another and helps create a sense of community for those who venture on the water.


But getting involved, especially for the first time, can be a daunting experience.  It can be great fun while you’re on the raft, but getting your boat on and then getting it off again can be stressful and sometimes even dangerous.

We’re going to try an "educational" cruise that involves both “classroom” time, discussing how to raft safely and properly, and on-the-water practice to actually do it.

We'll begin in the Club where some basic rafting concepts will be presented and then discussed in light of the attending Skippers' practical experience.  Questions will be answered about both technique and safety, and undoubtedly some sea stories shared. 
Possible groupings of boats will be identified for practice on Saturday.

The next day we'll meet in the Harbor on our boats and actually put some rafts together, and then, take them apart, again, and again.   The advantage of using our very own Gig Harbor is that most of the time can be spent actually practicing, with very little time in transit.  And the holding at anchor is usually pretty good!

Registering for this event entails being willing and able to attend both sessions, the “classroom” discussion and the on-the-water practice.  We’re looking for skippers with rafting experience who are willing to share that experience, and those who don’t have any experience or maybe just a little bit.  Anyone who has done it in the past or would like to in the future.  Doesn't matter if you have a powerboat or sailboat, everyone is welcome to participate!

Registering for this event assumes that you are willing to raft to other boats or be rafted against by other boats.

Discussion Friday 8/6 Gig Harbor Yacht Club  7 PM

Practice Saturday 8/7 Gig Harbor 10 AM

Rafts will be built and taken apart based on boat groups identified earlier at the Friday night discussion.

There may be the opportunity to critique what we learned at the Club bar later that afternoon.

Fleet Captain
Jim  Nixon

The remaining cruises for 2021 have just been approved and their descriptions posted on the website.  Sign-ups are open now.  The schedule is as follows:

Cruise Calendar As of: 6/11/21
Start Date End Date Location Status Cruise Captains


8/6/2021 8/7/2021 Rafting Boats Together
          an "educational" cruise
9/3/2021 9/6/2021 Labor Day 
reserved volunteers needed
10/8/2021 10/10/2021 Poulsbo reserved Pam & Rick Gordon
11/5/2021 11/7/2021 Bell Harbor reserved John Sasser
12/17/2021 12/19/2021 Kingston reserved volunteers needed

Fleet Captain

Our monthly cruises offer a great time to have fun with friends and visit interesting locations throughout Puget Sound.  GHYC hosts monthly cruises year round.  There is even the occasional impromptu informal cruise where members gather at a favorite marina or drop the hook and raft up at a favorite anchorage. 

Cruise Captains and their Assistant Captains plan the scheduled cruises and ensure that members are aware of available activities and attractions.  The Fleet Captain takes care of the moorage planning, leaving the Cruise Hosts to plan all the fun! 

Even when the weather is less than perfect, a good time is virtually guaranteed.  

The Covid-19 pandemic dramatically altered our cruising in 2020 and continues to do so in 2021.  Masking protocol, social distancing, and limited social gathering requirements have changed the nature of cruising as we adapt to the "new normal" in social behavior.  Within those guidelines though, our Cruise Captains are only limited by their creativity and ingenuity to develop new alternative activities to keep their fellow cruisers interested and excited.  How creative can you be?  Come and join us!

Going forward, I'd like to try to get at least four members to volunteer as Cruise Captains for each cruise, two with prior experience and two not necessarily with any.  This should minimize any anxiety on the part of newbies and will hopefully get more people interested and involved.  We have an extensive group of experienced people, let's help them extend their knowledge to those with less!

Be sure to check out the cruises using the links on the Cruise Calendar on this page.