It’s simple, but it still needs to be done right. Typically, the first boat on the scene stakes out its territory, setting an anchor off the bow and another off the stern to keep the boat in position. It then puts out a minimum of two fenders on both the port and starboard sides. At AquaPalooza, some of the pricier rides wisely hang more. Between two Sundancers, for instance, we spot a veritable flock of fenders. Those that come alongside typically lower the bow anchor, and then back in and tie up side-to, cleat to cleat. Etiquette dictates that newcomers look around and make sure they’re not jumping in amongst a group of friends trying to stay together. Beyond that, it’s pretty much like a neighborhood block party. If you don’t know the new neighbors, chances are you will by the end of the afternoon. And if you don’t know the intricacies of rafting up, you’ll know those as well, thanks to the new neighbors.