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i'm quite sure most sailors who have done lots of cruising have experienced some of this,even with having a SUPERIOR attitude and a flawlessly mantained boat,maybe if i scarped some of the bird poop off my boat,put on a little pair of white shorts and started grinning when i came into sight,maybe that would make a difference,nah having a millon dollar boat,that would make a difference[yes sir,no sir what can we do for you today]
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Here's my theory........

A big powerboat is going to be at that gas dock a LOT more than a sailboat. Therefore, they'll become a "regular" and be better know by the marina staff; more opportunities to develop a rapport etc.....
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I don't think there is anything inherent about a sailor that is cheap, but the cheap would naturally be more inclined to sail.

I try to give as much as I take. I will spend an extra few dollars on a gallon of motor oil at the marina, rather than only buy at the deep discount stores. I would like that marina to succeed and be there next year. If you notice yourself saying "I paid for my slip/mooring and don't owe them anything, they owe me", you are probably the tenant they have a problem with.

There are also marinas that have a bad attitude, period. Reviews, both positive and negative, on activecaptain.com are the best way to both reward and expose behavior.
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On Portugal you are always very well welcomed. On the med only on some marinas that are turned to the luxury market and big boats you feel, that they look at you in an odd way. I would not say badly treated but I guess they are thinking why the hell is a not rich guy (like me) with a 40ft boat is going to pay 200Ä to stay a night in this Marina?

On those places (not that I have been in many) I found always the staff very welcoming. I guess OP is talking more about marina management and I guess that has to do with profit, but I don't think that, even on that particular, they would be less well served by a 100ft sail boat than for a 100ft motorboat.

I think what matter to management on those marina is the size of the boat and also its quality because that gives them money and prestige that will attract other prestige and big boats.

And by the way, in Europe we don't tip unless we found that the guy is doing more than what it should be expected to do, or payed for. Of course, I am not talking about rich guys in big boats. I don't know if they tip or not. Probably they do.

In some cases people can even felt insulted by tipping. If someone refuses you a tip do not insist.

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............grinning when i came into sight..........that would make a difference............
Hey sawingknots, maybe you've hit on an answer here. Are you leading with that same scruffy frown that we all have come to enjoy in your avatar? You've been around long enough that we've become adjusted, but at first sight, that could be a shock! Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Hey sawingknots, maybe you've hit on an answer here. Are you leading with that same scruffy frown that we all have come to enjoy in your avatar? You've been around long enough that we've become adjusted, but at first sight, that could be a shock! Take care and joy, Aythya crew
hey,god and life gave me my pleasant countenance,at least my mother loved me...i think
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I take note as to the welcome I recieve on the rare occasion I enter a marine and express my satisfaction w/ the service and staff the way I think they best can understand, w/ my wallet.
If I get a warm and fuzzy I tip and frequent the facility accordingly and spread the word. If I get a snub and an attitude I just spread the word.
As per buying overpriced products on sight thinking a $2 profit on a quart of oil will somehow keep a poorly managed or poorly staffed facility in bussiness (or a good faciliy), thats just wishful thinking.
It would only work if you were /are the only customer. too many other factors involved in the survival of a marina. Just look around at places like Bucksport Marina and other small marinas that were once iconic for stopping places that are now closed or changed into condo or other.
Nothing lasts forever. best to stay current and change it up a bit anyway.

Oh and a shiny ,clean,bristol boat as well as a smile does usually get a warmer welcome.
I know the first impression I get from customers who come into my place of bussiness often sets the tone for the entire bussiness dealing. I try to be fair and treat all the same but some folks seem to show up acting very guarded, I would guess that would be influenced ,perhaps, by the experience they might have had at other places, or they are just generally miserable to everybody. Of course I adjust the prices acordingly.
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