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I just read a memo from my marina stating as of 2009, that any contractor who comes to work on my boat has to either pay a hourly fee of $15.00 or a yearly fee of $250.00. As far as I am concerned the just about locks out anyone other than the in house maint. people who do various boat job's at the marina.
Do anyone out there have a marina that charges outside boat contractor a fee?
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It depends on how much business the outside contractor has. If he's going to be there more than a single week, the $250 for the year is chicken feed. That's less than a buck a day. It's a scheme by your marina to drive more work to their in-house maintenance people...and a bit of rip-off IMHO... but they're allowed to do it if they want to. If you really have a problem with them doing that...vote using your feet and move your boat to a marina with a different, more reasonable policy.
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Yep.
You have to get permission from the Marina to use anybody that is not already on their approved list and any outside work has an additional fee that the contractor has to pay the marina. The Contractor than passes that along to the boat owner.

Just another way for them (The Marina) to make sure you use thier labor before getting any work done on your boat.
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You have to get permission from the Marina to use anybody that is not already on their approved list and any outside work has an additional fee that the contractor has to pay the marina. The Contractor than passes that along to the boat owner.

Just another way for them (The Marina) to make sure you use thier labor before getting any work done on your boat.

Yup, same thing here. The Marina wants 10% of the bill. When the marina put this in effect they said they were losing revenue to outside contractors. The funny thing is most of the time the outside contractors are preforming work the marina staff can't and contractors are quicker getting to it.
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It's the work that the in house people can't do that makes me Pi**ed. Like having someone scrape the bottom of the boat. I can get it done for about $40.00 and there's no fuss at all. I guess I'll have to wait and see what the spring time brings.

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It's the work that the in house people can't do that makes me Pi**ed. Like having someone scrape the bottom of the boat. I can get it done for about $40.00 and there's no fuss at all. I guess I'll have to wait and see what the spring time brings.

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Well with all the new EPA rules all the cleaning and painting has become or will real soon the number one PITA for all yards

Because its OK for god knows what to run off a parking lot every time it rains BUT everything on your boat is now haz-mat
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Jeez does the mafia run some of these marinas? My marina doesn't skim off the top of my contractors as far as I know, if they did I'd have a serious problem with it. I'm paying for that slip it's my own damn business who I have come in and work on it, if it's not harming the marina property or other tenants then they should keep their hands out of my pockets. I could understand a flat fee for bottom cleaning that went towards environmental cleanup but not a straight-up skim scheme. I wonder if this is even legal. Definitely abusive.
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As far as I know, ours only requires the contractor to provide a proof of insurance, as of now!
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I'm paying for that slip it's my own damn business who I have come in and work on it
All your doing is renting space from a private company or individual. They can put what ever they want to in the contract.
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Jeez does the mafia run some of these marinas? My marina doesn't skim off the top of my contractors as far as I know, if they did I'd have a serious problem with it. I'm paying for that slip it's my own damn business who I have come in and work on it, if it's not harming the marina property or other tenants then they should keep their hands out of my pockets. I could understand a flat fee for bottom cleaning that went towards environmental cleanup but not a straight-up skim scheme. I wonder if this is even legal. Definitely abusive.
A lot of marinas on the East Coast are more than just marinas, as we know them here. They are really boat yards that offer marina facilities. Here on the West Coast, most boat yards and marinas are separate entities, both financially and geographically. But back East, outside service providers may actually be competing with the marina to provide services, which generally doesn't happen here.

That being said, as a marine service provider, I can tell you that if I were faced with having to pony up to the marina just to be on thier property, servicing their tenant, you can bet that cost is going to get passed right along to the customer.
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