Transient slip etiquette

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Knotayat, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Knotayat

    Knotayat Member

    Jul 27, 2018
    98 Trojan 440 Express
    Cummins QSM-11's
    My boat is 44', plus a 3' swim platform, and about a foot of dinghy overhang, making me 48' overall.

    South Haven municiple, MI only has a 45' slip available for a weekend I'm looking at in July. How ill advised is it to hang into the fairway a bit? (I think I already know the answer, but need to hear it outloud...)

    What other options are in South Haven for dockage on a weekend?
  2. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    Ask the marina, they might surprise you.
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  3. Knotayat

    Knotayat Member

    Jul 27, 2018
    98 Trojan 440 Express
    Cummins QSM-11's
    Honestly, a great idea. So used to doing things on-line, when picking up the phone is often forgot about.
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  4. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    I know ours will allow you to hang over a little bit, but they will charge you for the extra few feet.
  5. WV 320 Dancer

    WV 320 Dancer Active Member

    Oct 28, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundancer 320
    Twin 350 MAG - V Drive
    We allow 6’ overhang at our marina.
  6. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Agree. Marina is deciding where they are going to put you. They know what the situation at the slip is.
  7. tc410

    tc410 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 9, 2006
    Charlevoix, MI/Jupiter, FL
    2005 550DB
    MAN CRM-900
    Your plan to call is going to get you your answer. Depends on marina. My marina in Florida allows 0 hangover past the outer most slip piling. In Michigan, my marina allows 10% over slip size. Other marinas we cruise to don’t care how far you stick out.
  8. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    My marina rents by the slip size and no charge for hanging out into the fairway. We have some boats sticking far out. Everyone accepts it.
  9. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
  10. Ricochet

    Ricochet Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 10, 2009
    West Michigan
    1990 390 Express
    454 Mercrusier
    Normally I would say get a slip that matches your overall length, when traveling I see so many people who reserve by their boat length and hang out 4-5’ in the fairway making the fairways smaller than they already are and subject to damage for everyone....there are some exceptions depending on the marina layout but normally not a good idea in my opinion.
  11. Knotayat

    Knotayat Member

    Jul 27, 2018
    98 Trojan 440 Express
    Cummins QSM-11's
    Thanks everyone. I called, and they said no. There is a marina on the other side of the river (north side), called them, got a message to check slips on line, but, can't find any good info on line. I'll try again tomorrow. Thanks again, this site is always a great resource!
  12. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Another thing about South Haven. The dockmaster carries a steel tape measure and determines the actual length of your boat. They apply the transient rate to the what the tape says. I believe the slips across the river are a part of the city marina. They are nice, but a bit of a hike to town.
  13. ENstig8or

    ENstig8or Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 4, 2013
    New Jersey
    2003 Sea Ray 450 Express Bridge.....

    2016 Sea Ray 21 SPX BR
    Cummins 480CE (450)
    Mercruiser 4.3L (21 SPX)
    Every marina seems to be a little different. I stopped at a place in MD for a couple of nights. Told them I needed a 50ft slip as my boat is actually 51'4". They put me in a 40 ft slip and said "it's ok, don't worry about it". At least it was good practice docking in a tight spot. lol

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  14. J.Wilt

    J.Wilt Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 29, 2010
    W. Mich. / Lake Michigan
    420 Sundancer 2005
    Cumming 6cta V Drives
    Highfield 310 , 20hp Suzuki
    I have stayed in South Haven several times in the 45’ slips and they have not said anything to me. I am 45’ + 4’ extra for platform & dinghy.

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