Originally Posted by denverd0n
I think the lesson here, for others reading this, is to be sure that you know the rules ahead of time, and also know the office hours.
Just pay before the office closes, and you can leave anytime you like. I'm finding it hard to work up much sympathy, sorry.
You could also have just left, and then called them the moment the office opened the next morning to pay by phone
. Then you could never be accused of jumping the bill.
Around here (Atlantic Europe), departure and arrival is often strictly tide-limited, so boats come and go at all kinds of odd hours. If you arrive after office hours, they will often not charge you for the first night at all, as if you came for a short stay only. The rule
on the books
is usually that you should depart by noon or pay for another night (or short stay), but in practice I have never seen or heard of this being enforced as long as leave before evening, as long as you don't interfere with someone coming in, and if you have reasonable cause -- like waiting for a tide.
This is very different from my experience in U.S. marinas
, where hours are usually strictly enforced, as is sometimes even length overall -- which is often really LOA
and so forth, and not the length on deck
which figures in the boat's model name.
Midnight to midnight sounds really harsh -- does that mean that if you arrive at 18:00 and leave at 09:00 you have to pay for two nights?? Never heard of such a thing. In my experience in the Med it was always noon to noon.