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04-15-2010 06:42 AM
eryka As BoxedUp so articulately pointed out, I WANT them to remember me and my boat (especially when I'm not around). Besides, I figure I'm out playing while they're working. A couple of dollars goes a long way.
04-15-2010 06:12 AM
Minnewaska You don't have to tip huge to get to the front of the line, just treat them fairly. In fact, just being nice goes a long way. That $50 tipper will often be the same guy that feeds the dock hand to the sharks for one slip.

You also engender a good reputation if you are trying to support the place, which most recognize is keeping them employed. Buy stuff from the ship's store, take on fuel, etc, even if you could save a few dollars by clicking on the internet or stopping on your way home at another marina.

I dare say that the guy that saves $10 on docklines by ordering them online instead of supporting his own marina is probably the same one that refuses to give the kids a couple of dollars once in a while.

Finally, and this is just me, I am more generous to students working part time or summers than I am to adults working full time. Not sure that is good logic, but I've assumed the kid is getting paid much less and I like to see kids with a good work ethic and reward the effort.
04-14-2010 10:56 PM

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!
04-14-2010 10:51 PM
Snboard976 I was a launch operator for 6 years through high school and part of college. Without the tips the base salary would not have been enough to keep me at the job.

I wouldn't expect a tip every ride, but I did not look favorably at those who would use the launch the most often and never leave a tip. I was also happy to go out of my way bailing dinghy's, carrying batteries, delivering ice etc. to the members that would give us a tip. I don't really understand the tip at the end of the year. The should be an incentive for better service. It doesn't work if it all comes at the end.

Now as a yacht club member I usually tip $2 on the return ride, or $5 a week if I have made several trips back and forth and extra if I have made a special request. No tip if the launch operators are not monitoring the radio or leave me sitting on the boat for a long time.
04-14-2010 09:55 PM
Minnewaska If you would like to be at the front of the line, the price is higher. If you are okay with waiting behind those that pay, no charge.
04-14-2010 03:32 PM
bljones I don't tip gas dock staff, but I always tip pump-out staff.
04-14-2010 03:03 PM
sailingdog It also depends on whether you're at your home marina, where you might just tip the launch drivers once at the end of the season, or at another marina, where you're a transient and should tip for services rendered.

I'd point out that the launch drivers are often the first line of defense when something goes wrong with your boat as BoxedUp points out. They're also the first line of defense when it comes to thieves and such.
04-14-2010 02:21 PM
Originally Posted by HHJ View Post
At my club, where I use them regularly, it''s $1 per person on the homeward trip. Anywhere else, I generally tip $2 each way, more if I have a lot of baggage or am in some other way causing additional trouble.

s/v Hesper
Rather than starting a new thread, I revived this old one.....

Here's my $.02:

Tipping on the homeward trip is OK as long as the launch operator is the same for the outbound trip or if all the operators pool the tips. Otherwise, the guy that takes you out is getting shortchanged.

I think it would be best to check with your club regarding customary tipping practices or with the dockmaster.

...and to the poster who is missing something and feels that tipping has become expected, I would rather invest a few dollars to gain an ally and have an extra set of eyes on my boat when I'm not around, than for someone to turn a blind eye and think "that cheap SOB, I hope his boat sinks"...
05-06-2003 01:19 PM
Launch guy tip?

I wouldn''t tip the gas dock guy any more than I would the gas station attendant ashore (i.e., $0). However, like many waitresses, many launch drivers are college kids being paid a minimal amount in the esxpectation that tips will make it worth their while. Saves their Yacht Clubs money and spreads the expense to those who use it most.
05-06-2003 04:25 AM
Launch guy tip?

While there are jobs where tipping is part of the setting of the base pay, ie: waiters/waitress''s, I don''t know that dock help is one of those. That said, if someone goes beyond what is required, then a tip may be appropriate. Personally, I pay someone to do a job based on the price they give me, not a price plus tip. I wouldn''t pay extra, unless they did extra.

Fair winds,
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