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10-24-2012 07:38 PM
Re: marina etiquette question

Uhhh. YEAAA!!!
09-10-2012 01:42 PM
Re: marina etiquette question

Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
It's my understanding that tipping is more of a U.S. thing. Maybe I'm wrong.

So, there is a marina on the Bay that in the summer hires young ladies for the fuel dock who perform the service in bikinis. Would that make a difference to tipping?
Liberty Marina on the South River. The young ladies don't really perform any "services", though.

As to the OP - I don't tip for pump outs, since whenever I pump out, it is me handling the hose, etc. All the dockhand does is hand me the hose, turn on the machine, and hand take the hose back. That's if there is a dockhand there at all.

I do tip dockhands that assist when we dock at a marina, if they actually assist.
09-10-2012 12:21 PM
Re: marina etiquette question

Originally Posted by VallelyJ View Post
Thank you all for the replies.
--though I can't tell an exemplary pumpout from a mediocre one--a
John V.
Well I think you would know a bad pumpout for sure! If it winds up on the deck, or worse you should be able to notice!
09-10-2012 12:18 PM
Re: marina etiquette question

Donna, if you give 15% for exceptionally poor service then you are accepting that as the standard. If that be the case how much should you give for exceptionally great service? 5% extra or 15% extra?

If you give a really poor service/servor 15% I hope you at least complain to management on the way out the door so they can improve the situation. If I get poor service I will ask for the manager. I won't stiff the server without the server and the manager knowing why...otherwise I am guilty as well.

On the OP question I take good care of marina personnel and they take good care of me. It is worth the dollars spent to get the extra good service.
09-10-2012 11:28 AM
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I'd like to think that I'm an exception but only due to my incompetence in math. It's just easier for me to figure out 20% than 15% or 18% in my head.

If the service is exceptionally poor then I will haul out my calculator or pencil and leave 15%, but never less.

But I do appreciate the fact that waiters are dependent on those tips augmenting their paychecks.
09-10-2012 11:16 AM
Re: marina etiquette question

If it weren't for people too cheap to tip, tipping wouldn't work. For those that argue against it, keep it up.

p.s. the best tippers are typically those that have made a living on tips (waiters and bartenders themselves). The worst are those that have zero pay grade difference based on competence or effort (teachers and municipal employees). No offense intended toward the exceptions to the rule.
09-10-2012 10:56 AM
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If they offer to flush the tank with fresh water - sure I'll tip. If it's a kid who only does the minimum and resents having to do it - nope.
My last 2 pump outs were at Magothy Marina - friendly staff that goes the distance to take care of you. The girl (hefty, rubber boots, can't miss her) there offered to flush the tank until clean water came out - took her 15 minutes of fill and pump to get there. She got a 20.
Whether she spends it on cell phone bills or credit hours at college is up to her.

Pump out in Md is regulated at 5 bucks - no Marina makes money on that.
09-10-2012 10:31 AM
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If the job is a tipping job like a waitress then the money she gets for wages in this country doesn't pay the gas to get to work. Now I know in other country's employers either pay a living wage or go out of business Darwin style. But here either tip or don't eat in the restaurant. Most places around the water with tourists like Florida just add it to the bill to help those who don't know any better.

And if you want Johnny on the spot service from someone working less than a living wage then tip up front like I do. Go to a busy nightclub and make the bartender wait for a tip see what happens.
Sometimes a few bucks up front to the server or dock boy makes all the difference between a great stay and a lousy one. Hey at 160 dollars plus plus a night for a 40 footer in KW maybe the 10 bucks up front will let you get close to your moneys worth.
09-10-2012 09:58 AM
Re: marina etiquette question

We've always tipped for pump-outs. The cost for the pump-out itself is usually $5-10 and depending on the level of service we give the person $3-5. Haven't had anyone refuse it yet!
09-09-2012 10:51 PM
Re: marina etiquette question

I try to carry a stash of fives for this stuff. Marina guys and gals go the extra mile to give you an extra push, an extra long reach for the hose, fend you off the bad piling, or whatever. In FL, in the summer especially, you should tip because the guy or gal will be breaking a sweat no matter what. You know they don't get paid squat and they can keep you from getting another ding on the rail, or can keep you from looking like a dumba$$.

Just's only like .005 of a boat buck.
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