Originally Posted by Mainstreet
As the initiator of this huge thread, let me try to pull us back to the original query; what is a REASONABLE tip for marina service
providers. This seems to be a uniquely North American issue. Frankly, I feel that unless they do something significantly above and beyond the expected, they should receive our thanks and that's all. When that unique event DOES occur, tip an amount consistent with the deed and your conscience.
We can dock
our boat and tie the lines without assistance in all but the worst of conditions. If we see a boat coming in we offer to help.
We recently had a line-handler UNTIE our spring line while it was being used to dock
. This was in a high-cost marina. His act, and my failure to respond quick enough to his unexpected action resulted in some minor gellcoat rubbing. I wanted to hunt him down and beat him but I'm pretty sure that would have been frowned upon.
If Marina staff are in the area I think that they should offer to help as part of their normal duties. I do NOT depend on them to know how to secure my lines.
I've only tipped for line handling once and that was for unrequested assistance in a downpour.
As for waitstaff, we do a little research
when preparing to visit our next destination
to see what the local customs
are and tip, or not tip, as appropriate.