Be Vol Navy Ready
Right now we are helping several clients get their boats ready for football season in Tennessee! Many of our clients are Volunteer Navy members who arrive at the stadium by water. They want their boats to look as beautiful as possible when they tie up to relax with friends before heading into the stadium for the big game. This got me thinking about the rules/protocol for tying up at Volunteer Landing to spend a long weekend on the water. I mean, do you just show up and tie up to a stranger’s boat? I imagined there must be some etiquette that is typically followed. So my research began and this is what I learned:
- The Vol Navy is a loose knit community of people who tie their boats outside Neyland Stadium prior to games at UT. There is no membership required but this group is very friendly and family-like in nature.
- No reservations are needed. Dockage is on a first come basis.
- Boats as small as 4 foot kayaks and as long as 110 feet are welcome.
- Larger boats should try to come out early in order to get dockside mooring. Some begin arriving as early as Tuesday of game week.
- Boaters should try to tie up to like-sized boats.
- When you approach a boat, please approach slowly. If the boat is occupied they will help you tie up to them. If the boat is not occupied, feel free to tie up anyways and get ready to make some new friends!
- The main rule is to be courteous to others at all times. Be aware that there will be noise but most try to settle in by midnight.