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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I have spoken to many marina managers who quote prices as you describe. We don't keep our boat at any of those marinas.
Our marina charges $x for a 30' slip and $y for a 40' slip. Doesn't matter how big the boat is. Electicity is metered. There is a rate sheet in the office, and pretty much everything is covered. The pumput is $5, unless you're a sliphoder, in which case it's free - period. Liveaboards pay a fixed fee, and a liveaboard is defind ans anyone who meets x criteria. My point is, the marina is professionally run, with published price schedules, and lots of happy tenants.
Generally, it costs a little more to run an organized, professional business. Straight answers, a meaningful contract, and reliable facilities have a cost, which must be passed on to the customer. That doesn't mean that there is a correlation between cost and service, just that it is easier to find ambiguity at the lower end of the price spectrum.
Personal experience, YMMV.
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