In my marina, there are very simple rules (HISWA - most marinas
follow these contracts): if you don't want to renew your contract
, you have to cancel in writing, at least 3 months before the end date. If you don't, it's automagically renewed.
Last year, I had a full 12 month (in the water) contract
from April 1, 2015 - April 1, 2016 -- so the contract renewed on Dec 31, 2015 since I didn't cancel it.
I was about to cancel in Oct for several reasons, one of them being I might lose my slip and would have to move to a lonely (very few liveaboards, and not the social kind), separate part of the marina (cos I'm but a little boat) which doesn't have internet
- only guest wifi
(which is down most of the time and slow as sh*t the rest of the time).
Since I make my living online, I kinda need internet
so ... I paid for wired internet. Which the other slip can't offer since it's separated from the rest of the marina by a road, a bridge and 4m deep water
at low tide
Anyway, the harbor master kindly agreed to let me keep my current
slip cos my fees
did cover the minimum 80% required to keep it and most all liveaboards are in this part of the marina. So with that sorted, I happily let the contract renew.
What I didn't know at that time, is that the marina was being sold. And when I did find out (around Christmas) I didn't really expect any problems, especially since the new owner already owns 4 high end marinas
that allow liveaboards (very unusual in these parts).
Anyway ... we didn't really notice anything changing, until I was told recently I had to leave my slip and go to the lonely corner by April 1st. Why? Cos the new owner has decided he can fit bigger boats here so the small ones have to leave. Since he figures these slips are OK for larger boats then the previous owner had planned, I suddenly lost
the 80% minimum requirement.
They never said anything, I should have noticed it on the invoice. I hadn't, to be honest, nor did I really check since we had already agreed on the slip for this year. I renewed a contract with this slip on the invoice, which renewed at Dec 31st. The new invoice, from the new owner, was sent Feb. 12.
Anyway -- long story short: the harbor master has amnesia and doesn't remember agreeing to anything and I will end up on a very lonely, separate-from-the-rest part of the marina -- sans internet. No internet = no work, no work = no food
And yes, I did ask how much it would cost me to keep this slip, but they never gave me a number. I just have to move.
There's nothing I can do about it, but this year is gonna suck
I could leave, but €1640 is way too much money
for me to just sail away from - and pay again at another marina, if I can even find one on short notice. Liveaboards aren't usually welcome and a lot of marinas are in the middle of freaking nowhere, and I don't drive. It'll take me a while to find a new home. And a new way to make a living, cos that won't be easy either and there are bills to pay ... and I would like to eat too, every now and again.
Sorry, just needed to get it off my chest and since I'm alone aboard today so you guys are it
Marina is sad enough as it is this weekend, as a lot of people are leaving -- last weekend before the April 1 deadline, most people have 4 days off -- ah well, we all know how these goodbye moments go when you live afloat
Thanks for "listening", haha! I know there's no question here, nor any solution, so pls just agree with me that live can really suck sometimes