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Old 30-09-2014, 06:44   #1
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Tipping Line Handlers

We've had our Hunter 460 since July and am curious re: tipping line handlers or deck hands in the marina.

Do you always tip? Never tip? In your own marina or only when visting other marinas?

What would be considered a normal amount? $5.00? what if there are two guys/gals yanking on the lines?

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Re: Tipping Line Handlers

Yes I tip line handlers and dock hands who actually help secure the boat not those who show up after the vessel is secure. Typically $5.00
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Re: Tipping Line Handlers

ShaktisBoy yep, that's about what we do as well. Sometimes we'll give more if they are extra good at their jobs (i.e. they keep me from having to scramble around throwing lines and jumping onto docks, etc).
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Re: Tipping Line Handlers

It is third thread in last few days about tipping...
Looks it is a serious cruising problem...
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It is third thread in last few days about tipping...
Looks it is a serious cruising problem...
No, on this I agree, if the winds/ currents are bad and I ask for help, I'll gladly pay for their services, now if they just walk over un-asked and watch, no I don't pay.
When I first got my boat, I asked and paid for help with lines docking, once I got used to what I was doing, we don't ask for help anymore
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Re: Tipping Line Handlers

Maybe I live in the wrong end of the world. Here in the Baltic, people on neighboring boats typically get off their boat and walk over to take your line as you come in.

I always help incoming boats.

Don't all cruisers?
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No, on this I agree, if the winds/ currents are bad and I ask for help, I'll gladly pay for their services, now if they just walk over un-asked and watch, no I don't pay.
When I first got my boat, I asked and paid for help with lines docking, once I got used to what I was doing, we don't ask for help anymore
Good stuff! It was just me and the wife on Sunday, motoring back in a dead calm. Right as we got into the marina, winds kicked up to about 8 kts and we usually back our 460 into a tight berth (pretty much parallel parking). I didn't want her to jump on the dock, I'd rather have her pushing off against the pylons when needed. A couple of guys from the marina were there to catch lines and hold the stern close while I tried to get the bow to swing into the wind. They were a big help.
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It is third thread in last few days about tipping...
Looks it is a serious cruising problem...
Indeed. It's a multi-faceted problem with variables including class and income that if discussed honestly and openly would unleash a firestorm of disagreements. A focal point of disagreement will be different perceptions of what's fair and the tendency of some to be overly 'generous', which drives expectations by the so-called line handlers for bigger tips upward for everyone else.

Quite frankly, if you imagine which boat owners could possibly need 'line handlers' to help, they're not going to be sailors like me who owns a 27' boat easily tied by none other than myself.

The same scenario drives costs higher throughoutt the cruising environment for most things.
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Re: Tipping Line Handlers

We usually tip $5.00 for docking assistance. At out own marina, if we are on the boat or dock we will often go to help someone else coming in or going out but we back off if the dockhands show up. We don't want to get in the way of their tips.

I often wonder why so many people resist tipping a guy or gal who runs down the dock in the rain and catches your lines and protects your $150K boat but then tips a waitress or waiter 20% of the cost of a meal for bringing them food someone else cooked.
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Maybe I live in the wrong end of the world. Here in the Baltic, people on neighboring boats typically get off their boat and walk over to take your line as you come in.

I always help incoming boats.

Don't all cruisers?
I'll usually show up and ask if they want help, usually the answer is no, and now that we know a little more about what we are doing. I have found out that a well meaning helper can often cause more problems than they prevent, but I do always thank them at least.
Lending a hand docking is a good way to meet people.
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Maybe I live in the wrong end of the world. Here in the Baltic, people on neighboring boats typically get off their boat and walk over to take your line as you come in.

I always help incoming boats.

Don't all cruisers?

Yes! All real cruisers do!!


Why the hell do people tip someone for doing their bloody job?

If they did something extroadinry outside the perameters of their job I might tip but as a day in day out occurence when you are paying the marina to do the service then you pay them again! Why?


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Maybe I live in the wrong end of the world. Here in the Baltic, people on neighboring boats typically get off their boat and walk over to take your line as you come in.

I always help incoming boats.

Don't all cruisers?
That is the habit here in Canada. The States are far more legalistic; if I tripped and fell on the dock on the way to help a cruiser by taking a line there, maybe I would feel entitled to sue the cruiser!
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That is the habit here in Canada. The States are far more legalistic; if I tripped and fell on the dock on the way to help a cruiser by taking a line there, maybe I would feel entitled to sue the cruiser!
Well, you should be surprised to know then, American boaters assist one another all the time without fear of being sued. But, since you mentioned it some folks in Lake Charles, Lousiana refused my request they help me recover a boat adrift and close to being damaged against a jetty. Their excuse was they could be held liable if something went wrong with the effort. So, I managed the recovery by myself.

Over all though the good folks outnumber those who turn a blind eye for fear of being sued.
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Yes! All real cruisers do!!


Why the hell do people tip someone for doing their bloody job?

If they did something extroadinry outside the perameters of their job I might tip but as a day in day out occurence when you are paying the marina to do the service then you pay them again! Why?


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Yes! All real cruisers do!!


Why the hell do people tip someone for doing their bloody job?

If they did something extroadinry outside the perameters of their job I might tip but as a day in day out occurence when you are paying the marina to do the service then you pay them again! Why?


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In my case it was because I was asking the person who manned the fuel dock to walk a couple of hundred yards to help me, plus to be honest I wanted him to always find an excuse to come over and help me as he was going to get some extra money, if he got nothing, well it's just the reverse isn't it, he would maybe find an excuse why he couldn't come over.

I'll tip if I'm asking someone to do something not in their job, something that I'm asking for extra effort, but the tip thing has gotten out of hand, many places where you stand in line to order food and when it's ready your expected to get up and go get it now have a tip jar and if you pay by credit card, there is a blank spot for you to include a tip. Now the way I feel is if I sat down and they came and got the order and delivered the food to me while others waited, then hey they deserve a tip as they went out of their way and did something above and beyond, but just doing the min? No way.
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