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Re: Opposition to liveaboards

Let me contest some of your assumptions: If you've done your job pricing properly, the marina with more use all week long is going to give you more profit. Metered electric for liveaboards. As a transient, I've begun to see metered electric in several marinas we've visited, even where we stay as little as a week. More often though, it seems to be flat rate based on the power requirement, $7/night for 30 amp and $10/night for 50 amp, etc. Haven't seen anyone in the US bill for water yet; we seem to be a bit behind in that department.

And who's to say you won't find "bad apples" at a marina full of weekenders? These are the ones who come down Friday night and start drinking - loudly - and throwing the cans overboard. Hey, they're on vacation, right? They should be expected to cut loose. And trash? What do they care, they're going home again next week. They're not very experienced on their boats, so they bash into things, do damage, need help from the dockhands EVERY time they enter or leave their slip, etc etc.

This is an extreme example, of course. Inconsiderate boaters - "bad apples" - are bad apples, Minne. I don't believe you find proportionately more of them in one population than another. As the marina manager, you just write your slip leases to allow you to kick out the people who are losers no matter how many nights they do or don't sleep aboard.
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