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Last summer, I pulled into the yachting center at Newport, RI to top of my diesel before heading home. I told the dockhand, I was a little embarrassed becasue it would only take a few gallons. He said not to worry, they were not busy that day and went on to tell me of a 150 foot motor yacht that filled up there the prior week, taking 15,000 gallons of diesel. He said the bill came to just under $40,000. what kind of a tip do you think they left? And yeah, I'm cheap!

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I,m cheap but cheerful, works for me along Irelands East coast.
Most, but not all, of our harbour masters are helpful once they see you are not going to be a nuisence. Often give a free night if you are staying two or more.
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?..... a 150 foot motor yacht that filled up there the prior week, taking 15,000 gallons of diesel. He said the bill came to just under $40,000. what kind of a tip do you think they left? And yeah, I'm cheap!
Under $2.66 per gallon? I've got to get me a huge stink pot.

Tips at marinas are for service, not based upon your tab like a restaurant, IMHO.


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For the record, if I'm at the marina and you toss me your bow line and I tie you off, you can always hand me cash. I won't be offended. Any denomination will do, and I can usually make change if needed. So, go ahead.......show me the money.

Oh, and a final point, I like to consider myself "frugal" since "cheap" is such an ugly word.
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$2.66 per gallon?
When you buy a tanker truck full, I think you get a volume discount.

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And my wife delights in telling everyone that our boat is named Blue Bird because I am "Cheap Cheap" !

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I had a friend like that. I called her frugal until I saw her re-use a teabag. She's officially "cheap" now.

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For the record, if I'm at the marina and you toss me your bow line and I tie you off, you can always hand me cash. I won't be offended. Any denomination will do, and I can usually make change if needed. So, go ahead.......show me the money.

Oh, and a final point, I like to consider myself "frugal" since "cheap" is such an ugly word.

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So Far, No. We pump our own fuel and climb the stairs to pay, so there is no one to tip. We do smile a lot. Maybe that helps. Pat
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yeah,i think i need to work on that smiling thing,kindof like a used car salesman
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btw i posted a pic of my home marina on my profile page,i tryed to post it here but it wouldn't let me
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