June 5, 2024

The Art of Beach Boat Parking

Welcome, intrepid travelers and curious minds, to another tale from the shores less traveled. Today, we’re diving into the world of coastal fishermen—those salty sea dogs who know the ocean’s moods better than anyone.

We’re talking about why these crafty mariners park their boats way up on the beach and the wild, sometimes hilarious methods they use to do it. So grab a drink, kick back, and let’s set sail on this little adventure.

Why Park Boats Up the Beach?

  1. Avoiding High Tide Damage: Picture this: you’ve got a boat, your pride and joy, and you don’t want it smashed to pieces by a rogue wave. High tides can be like the ocean’s bad temper tantrum, and parking your boat safely up the beach keeps it out of harm’s way.
  2. Maximizing Beach Space for Tourists: Nothing says “welcome to paradise” like a beach cluttered with boats, right? Wrong. Tourists love those wide-open sandy spaces to frolic in, and fishermen know this. Giving the tourists their sandy playground ensures they come back, wallets in hand.
  3. Safety and Accessibility: Storms, high winds, rough seas—these are the things that can turn a boat into driftwood if left too close to the water. Moving them inland means they’re safe and ready for action when the seas calm down.

Unconventional Methods of Beach Boat Parking

Now, let’s get to the fun part. Fishermen have some pretty ingenious—and downright entertaining—ways of getting their boats up the beach.

  1. Using Wooden Logs or Rollers: Ever seen an old-school log rolling contest? This is sort of like that. Fishermen place logs under their boats and roll them up the beach. It’s labor-intensive, sure, but it’s got that old-world charm.
  2. Pulley Systems: Think of it like a giant fishing reel, but for boats. Ropes, pulleys, a bit of muscle power, and voila! Boats inch their way up the shore. It’s like watching a big, slow-motion fishing trip in reverse.
  3. Manual Labor and Teamwork: Here’s where the community spirit shines. Picture a bunch of burly fishermen, maybe with a few curious kids in tow, all heaving and ho-ing to move a boat. It’s teamwork, it’s sweat, and it’s a lot of “heave, ho!” moments.
  4. Use of Tractors or Vehicles: Modern problems require modern solutions, right? Some savvy fishermen use tractors or trucks to tow their boats. It’s quick, it’s efficient, and it’s got a bit of that “Mad Max goes fishing” vibe.
  5. Inflatable Rollers: Now, this is where things get really interesting. Some fishermen use inflatable

rollers—think giant beach balls for boats. Inflate them, pop them under the hull, and watch as the boat glides up the beach like it’s riding on a cloud. It’s part sci-fi, part circus act, and 100% effective.

  1. Windlass Systems: The windlass is a mechanical wonder. Imagine a big winch, cranking and pulling, slowly but surely dragging the boat up the beach. It’s like a slow dance with the shore, and it’s mesmerizing to watch.


Parking boats up the beach isn’t just a practical solution; it’s a spectacle, a slice of life in coastal communities that’s as fascinating as it is functional. These fishermen are masters of their craft, blending tradition and innovation with a touch of humor and a lot of heart.

Next time you find yourself wandering a beach with boats parked high and dry, take a moment to appreciate the skill, the effort, and yes, the sheer ingenuity that goes into this practice. It’s a testament to human creativity and the timeless dance between man and nature.

So here’s to the fishermen, the beach, and the boats that ride the tides. May we all find our way, whether on the water or safely up the shore. Cheers, and happy travels!

Charlie Hardcastle
Charlie is Editor-in-Chief of Sea Magazine
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