Having just moved "Off The Grid
" 500+ miles from Alabama
to central W. FL., and spending about 1/2 the travel nights at marinas, we noticed a trend that is disturbing to say the least in Marinas that are charging
upwards of $1.80 a foot for the privilege
of tying up for the night, using a couple dollars worth of electricity, and water
. They are connected to WI FI, but it is an additional subscription fee, and for short stays they want $5 to $10 PER DAY for a password. Most US motels now include it as part of the night's room fee, and the marinas seem to either put in a wireless router OR hire a company to "wi-fi" the marina, but at that fee mentioned above. Not very user friendly to cruisers, to say the least. Considering that a Marina's investment is no where what it costs to build a hotel/motel room, and they don't have laundry
and housekeeping to provide for the slip like a hotel
room does.... Can you say "Rip Off" the wealthy (You and Me) boat owners? Comments?