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tipping the splasher

So our boat is finally going back in. Do any of you tip the travel lift operator? This person has a lot of responsibility in doing it right the first time.. no second chances. Just wondering...
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Re: tipping the splasher

I always do right before he blocks it up. 50 bucks is cheap insurance and since most people don't tip them they really appreciate it and will bend over backwards helping you with any of your yard needs. T.I.P.S. to insure prompt service.
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Re: tipping the splasher

We will tip the guy when our boat is safely back in the water. You know the song... Don't pay the ferry man......
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Re: tipping the splasher

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We will tip the guy when our boat is safely back in the water. You know the song... Don't pay the ferry man......
Well the only thing is that if they do not know it is coming then you don't gain anything. If you have tipped them in the past then they would expect it and do perhaps a better job, or get you ahead in the line. I think the fear of insurance claims is likely to insure a safe splash though. Not that I am opposed to tipping, many places around here the lift operator is the owner (as in small marinas) and I think they may actually be insulted by a tip. So be sure to know who he is first!
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Re: tipping the splasher

I worked in yards in high school and college. Someone appreciating my efforts was always nice.
We wet store and do short hauls every 3 years for new paint.
I'm always present when the boat is in the lift. I ask the guy that will be running the lift what beer he likes and have a 24 pack sitting on the hood of my truck at haul out and at launch. Goes a long way. Never had a problem getting splashed when I wanted including on a Sunday.
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Re: tipping the splasher

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Not that I am opposed to tipping, many places around here the lift operator is the owner (as in small marinas) and I think they may actually be insulted by a tip. So be sure to know who he is first!
Ditto
(one manager i use gets squat/notta. He's a d**k.)

I usually leave a drink (beer) of choose.



I treat the guys on the canal good as well. leave them beer as well. They have actually gone forward to open locks for me so i can get to where i'm spending the night. (Most of the lock operators know me be now, i ferry a few boats)
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Ditto
(one manager i use gets squat/notta. He's a d**k.)

I usually leave a drink (beer) of choose.



I treat the guys on the canal good as well. leave them beer as well. They have actually gone forward to open locks for me so i can get to where i'm spending the night. (Most of the lock operators know me be now, i ferry a few boats)
Well I suppose the manager should get the empties. He can at least cash them in for $.05!

I have found beer to be an excellent tip medium. As long as they are of age. I have worked for tips (actually my highest paying job per hour was tips in a Mobil 5 star restaurant) and generally over tip when I can afford it and feel it was good service. Food also works well, especially pizza and homemade cookies. Not sure why a $10 pizza seems to be more effective than a $10 bill but it often is. Same with beer, they really seem to appreciate it more than the $10 bucks cash.
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Re: tipping the splasher

Yes I do. I used to do the beer thing, but don't think it's PC these to encourage the possibility of drinking at work or even if they were to be found with it on the premises. And cash lets them buy what they want. I hope they buy a nice lunch or two for the two of them.
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Re: tipping the splasher

I try to spring for a dozen doughnuts and leave the box open to everyone there. It's what America runs on!
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Re: tipping the splasher

Never heard of this my self. But I use a port operator. not sure tipping would be appropriate for a government worker! Many times they can not except it. Private operation maybe, public, doubt it.

But then, I live in an area that does not have winter living on the hard, spring in the water, so maybe this is not done here vs there.......or I am out of it!

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