Marina Etiquette Tips

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Presentation, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. fasttoys7619

    fasttoys7619 New Member

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    Sep 25, 2011
    IL
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    So what are you implying ? boat mechanics are beer guzzling drunks ? lol
     
  2. Carver370

    Carver370 Active Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    New Buffalo Michigan
    1994 Carver 370 Motoryacht
    Twin Crusader 454 - 350 HP Each.
    I was in a marina this summer getting fuel (180 Gallons). I tied the boat up, I had to find the attendant to turn the pump on, and I pumped the fuel while checking the gauges for level. I even coiled up the fuel hose and shut down the pump AND I had to walk up to the office to pay for my fuel. The attendant comes down and watches me start to depart one line at a time and sticks his hand out before I untie my last line while giving me a puzzled look as to why I didn't tip....

    If he would have literally done ANYTHING I would have tipped him but he did nothing but text on his cell phone the whole time and then gave me a dirty look for not tipping and muttering something under his breath while walking away (still texting).

    In my opinion THIS is what makes me not want to tip, if I am getting a service for something I have no problem for tipping when somebody goes the extra mile. Michigan City fuel dock has some good guys there and I always leave them with 5-10 bucks in their pockets.
     
  3. Sea Ray 215

    Sea Ray 215 New Member

    127
    Sep 7, 2011
    Lake St. Clair
    1996 215EC,
    5.7L 250hp Alpha drive
    At my marina, I tip the Wiggins driver...$50 at the biginning of the season and $50 at the end. I get great service and after all its my boat they are carrying. They see my pretty face drive up and before I can get my gear out of the car they are dropping it in the water. They have even broke the rules for me on occasion, so I'd say it pays.
    Here is a photo of it being put away for the winter.

    Wiggins.jpg
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2011
  4. spfortjohn

    spfortjohn New Member

    640
    Jul 31, 2011
    Orange Beach, AL
    2014 219FS Keywest CC
    F200 Yamaha Outboard
    That is a good idea. I will give the guy 10.00 when I return from a day on the water. Boat gets a good wash and flush. They also put the cover on befor they put it up.
     
  5. spfortjohn

    spfortjohn New Member

    640
    Jul 31, 2011
    Orange Beach, AL
    2014 219FS Keywest CC
    F200 Yamaha Outboard
    That is a good idea. I will give the guy 10.00 when I return from a day on the water. Boat gets a good wash and flush. They also put the cover on befor they put it up.
     
  6. Aguyindallas

    Aguyindallas New Member

    108
    Apr 11, 2012
    Lake Lewisville Texas
    2004 320 Sundancer
    8.1 Merc with BIII
    Interesting post.

    The dock hands at my marina are awesome. If they see you coming in to your slip, they help. If you are coming to the fuel dock, they tie you up, fill you up, pump out at request....they do all the work. I always tip 5.00 and I always get treated like I'm one of the owners there.
     
  7. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    You guys are so spoiled. We don't have any dock hands, we don't have anybody at the fuel pump to help or to help pump out. It's all self-serve out here.
     
  8. rondds

    rondds Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    I prefer self serve!
     
  9. dwna1a

    dwna1a Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Ok, I have a what if question to throw into the mix. At Jamestown the mariena is owned and operated by James City County. Would you tip the county employee, even after paying taxes on your boat? A tax that's meant to pay their pay?
     
  10. electricaldoctor

    electricaldoctor Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 14, 2008
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    1988 390 EC
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    Not trying to be argumentative here, but what difference does it make who the person that just helped you works for? :huh:
     
  11. rondds

    rondds Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    I don't think it matters who they work for. If the service was good, you tip. When I go to the fuel dock at my marina, I do my own pumpout (I prefer to do it) and, of course, I pump my own gas. The kid gives me a shove off when I leave. I still give him a few bucks, for basically doing nothing. Live and let live.
     
  12. Xplicitlnck

    Xplicitlnck New Member

    Jan 2, 2012
    Long island ny
    330ec
    Twin 7.4 straight drive
    When I had my jet boat it was in a high and dry. Everytime I used it I left 20$ on attached to the flush hose. Everytime I returned it was spotless no matter what the condition I left it.(pretty dirty sandy)20 bucks is def worth it. The fuel Dock I use ties me up fills me up and gives me cookies everytime not to mention the dock master is a beautiful girl just about my age so ofcoarse I tip her well..
     
  13. wadaman

    wadaman New Member

    2
    Mar 14, 2010
    Wisconsin
    47 Sedan Bridge
    Diesel
    You are all so spoiled. Not only do we have to do everything ourselves, the marina does nothing to maintain the docks. We do all our own maintenance and repairs and there is never anyone available to pump out for you, ever. So I guess you could say, tipping is a non-issue for us.
     
  14. Bugsy24

    Bugsy24 New Member

    Jun 25, 2010
    Freehold, New Jersey
    2008 310 Sundancer
    T-350 Mag,Br3's W/Axius
    That's 'Cause Your Cheap!!!
     
  15. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    97 270DA 5k Kohler A/C,
    85 Monaco 197
    7.4 300hp BII,
    260hp Alpha 1
    Marshall, think he will see it? His post was last year. LOL

    Here is a free bump...

    MM
     
  16. Do Over

    Do Over New Member

    981
    Aug 9, 2014
    Lake of the Ozarks
    2002 340DA
    8.1 Horizons
    I have to reply to this thread even tho it's over a year dormant.......no issues here tipping at my home Marina and gas dock....it's "manned" by 20-30 year old bikinied girls....money FLIES out of our boaters pockets.

    secondly......if your not tipping at least 20% to waitresses and servers who do a decent job while owning and maintaining a boat of ANY size you should be ashamed of yourself.


    :huh:
     
  17. molson9

    molson9 New Member

    33
    Jan 14, 2015
    Leaward Marine James River Newport News Virginia
    1988 300 Weekender, 12' dingy 8.8 merc, Garmin 2010c - card.
    2 merc 5.7's
    Dwna1a
    Dude I'm down the James River at Leeward Marina "owned and operated by the city of Newport News. They can not/will not take tips. There is laws against city employs taking tips. And I think there probably are laws against offering them. Funny thing is I think they deserve them.
     
  18. Woody

    Woody Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    The key is in how you define a 'decent job'.
     
  19. Do Over

    Do Over New Member

    981
    Aug 9, 2014
    Lake of the Ozarks
    2002 340DA
    8.1 Horizons

    acknowledge me quickly....get me a beer....get me another beer.....get my food to me hot....get me a another beer...get me outa there when I'm ready. Pretty simple stuff....these are places I frequent a lot on the lake....I don't want the reputation of being a cheap bastid....they ARE in control of my drinks AND food...if ya get my drift. :grin:
     

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