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IMHO, the only time it is proper to step aboard somebody else's boat w/o express permission is to save life or property. I would never even consider stepping aboard even a fellow club member's boat, even one of those upon which I've crewed, without permission or good cause. What in God's name is the matter with people, anyway? A boat is private property. For some people it's their primary or secondary residence.
To the OP: If your marina operator is blowing you off, I'd start looking for a new marina.
Boasun: Booby traps are probably a Bad Idea, non-lethal or otherwise. Some states have very strict laws against "set traps."