Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Our club does not allow tipping. If it did, the guys with the deepest pockets would get fawned over. Some of them can afford to drop $20 each way in the launch and $50 for delivering a block of ice. Everyone else (like me) would notice they were at the back of the line (see post above) and they'd then join other clubs where they were treated as members, not cash machines. We think banning tipping provides everyone better service. During the winter, members are asked to contribute to an employee holiday fund, which is distributed among all the employees without them knowing who contributed.
When we are off cruising, I do sometimes tip a launch driver or dock assistant if they've been especially helpful. I expect marina or club staff to do their jobs, however, since I'm already paying for their salaries to some extent. Other times, such as with the Carousel Marina in Boothbay, ME, I'll just spread the word about the great service they offer. When I needed to refill our propane tanks, they offered me the marina loaner car (a new Chrysler) to make the trip. Now THAT's a tip!