Tipping

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ronjon, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. ronjon

    ronjon Member

    38
    Jan 19, 2013
    Chesapeake, VA
    2001 Sundeck 240
    Lowrance Chart Plotter/Fish Finder
    5.7L Merc w/ Bravo III
    So, I'm new to the dry storage marina, do you guys tip the staff when they launch your boat? My initial feeling is no if it is just a launch but when gassing up or pumping out then yes. Thoughts please.


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  2. tc410

    tc410 Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    783
    Oct 9, 2006
    Charlevoix, MI/Jupiter, FL
    2005 550DB
    MAN CRM-900
    I occasionally dry store my Regulator in Florida. Always over the summer months especially. Fork lift driver always gets at a 5 spot on launch then again on haul out. Probably equates to the fact that I never wait on either end.....


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  3. electricaldoctor

    electricaldoctor Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 14, 2008
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    1988 390 EC
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    We tip for everything. These seasonal workers up here well appreciate it and we find that a little goes a long way when you need something that they can help you out with. The grouches and cheapskates go to the end of the line around here. Like it or not, a little here and there paves the way for great frienships with the staff. You tip the waiting staff in restaurants to show your appreciation for how they made your dining experience enjoyable, so why not do the same at your marina?? :huh:
     
  4. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    I'm in dry storage. Some people tip, some don't. At our marina the lift operators are full time, the dock hands are mostly college kids. I typically tip the dock hand that helps me in, get tied up etc - he is usually the person that is managing boats coming in and getting them moved around and on the lift - he usually gets $5. I have noticed a lot of times the dock hands will wave me over to the lift area when I am coming in - I think they know I don't like my boat sitting, waiting for the lift after I leave and that a $5 is coming for about 3min work. Plus, I am inside a building on the bottom, so lot's of times I let them put it away, then I go in and unload, cover etc. When getting fuel, again they are very helpful and efficient, if I want the boat fueled, I can ask for it to be launched and fueled and it's waiting for me when I arrive. Usually $5-$10 for fuel, depending what they did.

    It's a small operation, I know all of the staff - I little small talk, an hello, thank you and a couple of $$ goes a long way I think.

    The boat is usually in the water waiting for me when I arrive, so I don't tip when heading out, just coming in. For me it's awkward to find the lift operator and hand $$ up to him, plus they are my age, just seems awkward tipping them. So, for them I put $$ in an envelope every month with a thank you and hand it to them.

    Watching those guys on a busy weekend day - it's not what most would think, it's hot, the lift never stops running and the dock hands hustle, constantly moving boats around. I think they launch 40-50 boats on a busy weekend day.
     
  5. Joel_MD

    Joel_MD Member

    210
    Jun 20, 2016
    Chesapeake Bay
    390 Motor Yacht, 2005
    Cummins 480 CE
    Years ago I had a boat in a boatel-type marina. It was a family-owned marina with a lot of college age guys helping and a couple of full-time forklift drivers. The service was really good. To make it easier I just gave a $150 tip at the end of the season to the marina manager, asking him to divide it up amongst the fellas.
     
  6. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    I've yet to see anyone tipping at our Marina for dry storage boats.
     
  7. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Not dry stored but I always tip the travel lift operator and thé guy that washes my bottom. They are always friendly and willing to helpe when I need a favor or something done on a short notice. There is a lot riding on the guy handling my boat so a few bucks helps but some extra care IMO.
     
  8. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Active Member

    271
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    I'm not in dry storage but on haul out at the end of the season, and launch, I always bring breakfast or lunch for the guys. They still come up to me and comment on the Tim Hortons I brought them this spring!
     
  9. tcason

    tcason Member

    330
    Apr 21, 2008
    Maryland
    240 Sundeck
    5.0L 260 HP
    I tip with beer - seems to be more appreciated.
     
  10. hakunamatata

    hakunamatata Member SILVER Sponsor

    181
    Aug 18, 2015
    Southport Marina - Kenosha WI - Lake Michigan
    410 Sundancer
    Caterpillar 3126
    We don't have dry storage but tip the gas dock attendants when they pump the holding tank/gas. Usually $5 per what they're doing so if I do both, they get $10. As far as haul-out the person whom I store with is the owner and does it all himself and he charges a premium for storage so I don't tip him. He gets enough of my business though, so don't feel bad.
     
  11. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Pretty much the same here as long as they dont put the gas in to my holding tank :wow:. (Yes, it happened.)
    When we make the journey in the spring from the storage facility to the dock, I always buy a couple dozen donuts for the storage facility guys and the hauler.
    At the end of season for haul out, more donuts for the guys that pull her out.
     
  12. In Two Deep

    In Two Deep Member

    237
    Aug 23, 2007
    Long Island Sound
    2001 340 Sundancer
    8.1 Mercruiser
    My son worked the gas dock for the season. He learned very quickly, the bigger the boat, the smaller the tip.
     
  13. wayne0

    wayne0 Member

    362
    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    We're on a slip all season. I tip $5 to the pump out boat.
     
  14. PMC

    PMC Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    2001 40 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 6CTA
    Typically we tip 10 for pumpout or fuel up, it is mostly dependent on what denominations i have in my pocket. The service is always the same though, all they do is hand over a nozzel......owner / operators end up doing all the work.
     
  15. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Active Member

    574
    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2002 Cruisers Yachts 3870
    2003 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    Twin 425hp Crusaders
    I tip 10 to the kid for pump out, and 100 to the two guys that do my annual wax. Maybe I'm a mizer, but I don't tip for gas.
     
  16. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    As the one guy stated above, if all they are doing is handing you the nozzle, I can buy that.
     
  17. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    I tip the fuel dock, pump out, and restaurant dock hands. The marina owner forklifts my boat. I tip him big once a year.
     
  18. electricaldoctor

    electricaldoctor Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 14, 2008
    Thousand Islands, Rockport, Ontario.
    1988 390 EC
    454 Mercruiser Gassers
    I would never tip someone if all they did was hand me the gas hose!! I think that sends the wrong message to them. Do some actual work and you will get a tip every time. Tip them for doing nothing and you end up with a kid that expects the world owes them a living. :smt021
     
  19. ronjon

    ronjon Member

    38
    Jan 19, 2013
    Chesapeake, VA
    2001 Sundeck 240
    Lowrance Chart Plotter/Fish Finder
    5.7L Merc w/ Bravo III
    I'm tipping the dock hands that help when returning or pumping out. They gas me up on the forklift prior to launching so I don't usually see him fill it up.

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