It’s been quite a few years since I’ve written about yachting etiquette. Frankly, the sting of former dock mates railing at the hypocrisy of my past efforts put me off the subject. I’ll admit formal yachting is not for me, so I will skip the first chapter on blue blazers, crisp khakis and a proper cap. My focus is more the meat and potatoes of etiquette, the useful stuff — in simple terms, how not to look and act like an idiot on the water. Please read on, and if you find my suggestions personally insulting, by all means tear out the offensive section, frame it and post it near your helm.