Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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When I back down the fairway and have to slip into the middle of a long peer, it is very helpful to have one person on the dock to take one line and tie it to one cleat. At my last marina, I actually had a different color line on the dock that they just needed to hand us, but this approach is not into a finger slip, so it doesn't work well.
We sail a lot, estimate 60 days last season. Tipping the kids each time is a pain when we don't have the right cash aboard, but we do tip. It is not a requirement that they come help. Fueling, cleaning bathrooms and other yard duties come first. When they drop what they are doing, I feel they are making a rewardable effort. We can and do get in ourselves, but it takes a lot of pressure off to have one set of hands. There was one kid on duty this past season that you got to know would ignore you. The others were tipped more. I would substantially prefer to be able to make one big donation to an end of season fund, which other clubs I've belonged to will do.
The only tipping quandary I got into this past year was when we raced a thunderstorm to shore and had to dock in a foreign marina, down a complex fairway and into a double fingerslip that was 2/3rds the length of our boat in 30 kt wind and a 2kt river current. They brought 8 dock hands and the dock master. We did it without a scratch, but I had no idea who to tip, most scattered as soon as we were secure. Ironically, it was the most deserving of the year.
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