And just so there is no confusion I fully respect anyone doing their job, be it a commercial
boater or the person writing me a parking ticket. Everyone has a job to do good or bad.
However, the facts I was given were.
1. Public Dock.
In my area anywhere commercial
use docks, Private docks are all clearly marked. So as a public use dock
which is to be used by the PUBLIC, why would one expect it to be used for commercial purposes?
2. A sense of entitlement. In a public area, what makes 1 person more entitled then another. It is like saying I have more money
then you get out of this park because I want to picnic here with my family
My work parking lot gets plowed in the winter, does everyone have to move their car so the plow can do the entire lot. Sorry no they do what they can during the day and come back at night to finish the lot when everyone has gone home. If there is a car there they get out shovel around the vehicle then plow the rest of the lot.
Again I wasn't there so I don't know how things were said.
But I have been told myself because I have a deep loud voice, I can sometimes come across louder an angry sounding, even though I am cool as a cucumber.
Perhaps the tone of voice. or the way the other boaters were asked to move, was taken the wrong way, misunderstandings do happen. They could have felt there were aggressively being told by some arrogant commercial boater this is my spot because I have a commercial license
so piss off you useless recreational boater you.
Again I wasn't there and unless we can hear the other parties response we are just getting one side of this.
I can say my response to someone is effected by there initial contact with me, if someone comes attacking me, I will get my defenses up and if a situation gets heated I may react or respond in a way I would not have had things been cool
Ask me nice, you will get better results.
You were able to dock, just not to the level you would like to dock at, and none of the people docked there know or care about your previous achievements.
And I have seen some "commercial" boaters do some really really stupid things, so saying because they are a commercial boater doesn't mean they are any better at boating
then a recreational boater.
My grandfather has been sailing/boating "recreational" since he was 5, so after 81 years at the rudder
, I would say that he if far more qualified and professional, then some commercial boaters. Some of whom have never been out of the lake or channel they work in.
If there area was marked or designated as commercial use, then you are correct, the non commercial boater should get out of there or be towed away, as as my vehicle if I park in a loading zone outside a building