I've been throwing this around a couple of different places but it goes over the heads of most people I've told as they're not part of the cruiser life. Just wanted to vent a little here and get a little feedback, opinions, share some stories to hopefully make me feel a little better!
My husband and I are liveaboards, have been for some time. We've been at our current
marina for roughly a year, and a couple of months a go we had a new owner take over the place. The previous owner didn't do a very good job of up-keeping the place so the new guy had a lot on his hands when he took over.
Owner, let's call him Bob gets his buddy who owns a boat here, we'll call him Jim, to become the marina manager. Jim moves onto his boat and begins work fixing the docks.
A couple of weeks in and Jim has finished building the first new dock
, which is going to replace where our boat is. So they move this big concrete sailboat whilst the owner (liveaboard) is in work, and they move the rest with the help of the owners, and then they ask us if we could raft up to the concrete boat for the night. This is Sunday night, we move, they tell us we can go back to our spot Monday night. Fine.
Monday night the dock
is in but there's no cleats
for us to tie up to, or anything for that matter. So we stay where we are until they put something in for us.
Wednesday night, husband and I come home from work to see that Jim has moved his boat into our spot!! We were both gobsmacked. I should point out now, that we had the outside spot in the marina because 1. We're a 42" sailboat that can't get into the tighter inside spots and 2. We're the ONLY boat in the marina that regularly goes out. In being here a whole year not one other boat has left the marina once.
I'd also like to point out right now that Jims sailboat, is a sailboat without a mast
, and as far as I know, an engine
, as he hand bombed it around into our spot. That thing is never ever going anywhere.
That night was pretty heated, Jim came over to us and in his own words told us "I built that dock, I have the biggest boat, I pay the most moorage and I'm the marina manager, I'll pick wherever I want. I wanted that spot so I took it".
calls and meetings with the owner followed. With a bunch of excuses like "the piling was leaning over onto his boat so he had to move it and he wouldn't fit anywhere else" and then eventually "he just made a bad call". All of which ended in us settling on the deal that he'll fix the leaning pilings within a month and will move back to his spot, and we'll get ours back.
And I'd also like to point out that since then, we've had to squeeze in and out four times for weekend trips. Barely making it in and having a bit of luck as two other boats were out (from the marina next door) allowing us more room to manoeuvre, both of which are back now, though. We were also kind enough to move again for them to bring in another new dock, and ended up rafting onto Jims boat for a night.
So, the month is up in a couple of days and they haven't even looked at the pilings yet. Jim is too busy fixing up his mighty Titanic to even be fixing the docks like he's paid to do the last two weeks, and my husband and I are busy looking for a new marina as it's clear Bob and Jim aren't going to keep to their words.
Sorry for the length, I tried to keep it as short and to the point as possible. What do you guys think? Is it just us or is this completely disregarding any kind of boating
etiquette? Of which, by the way, Jim has none.