Wifey B: Wow. Now, I read sailorboy's first post in this thread and have little wonder why he's not happy with the marina. He sure did look for a lot of things to upset him and rant about.
So, I'll offer another view. I've spent approximately 1200 nights at marinas
around the US, Canada
, Central America
and a couple in Spain
, over the last 5 years. Normally 2-3 nights but sometimes just 1 and sometimes a week or even left the boat
there a month as i flew home. Here's what I've experienced.
No major issues with marinas
or the people there.
Pleasantries exchanged freely.
If I had a problem with the marina and we expressed it privately, it was addressed most of the time.
Too much alcohol consumption
at marinas which does lead to disagreements but I stayed away from them.
I didn't attempt to discuss politics or religion with people at marinas as I learned long ago not to discuss those topics with people you don't know.
We have generally chosen marinas with good reviews
We tried to be courteous and polite and respectful of marina employees and when that wasn't returned we had a private conversation with them to correct it.
We didn't expect more from them than promised or reasonable.
We asked, didn't order.
Even though we paid, we still tried to conduct ourselves as guests.
Maybe I'm just out of this world lucky or could it be something else.
My opinion is that marinas are only the political world described when one chooses to make the world political.
1-Complaints are taken as complaining.
2-Suggestions made loudly, in anger, or in front of others aren't well received.
3-You indicate you've done something questionable it's interpreted as you did.
4-You demand what they can't offer, it's problematic.
1-Don't talk politics
2-So people disagree on batteries
. What do you expect? Don't talk about them if that's a problem.
3-Same with anchors.
4-Don't go into any business and start telling them how they should run things.
5-Don't talk ugly to other boaters there about the marina. You don't come into my business and start bad mouthing it.
6-I am a pleasure boater. I don't go to marinas to listen to people complain about anything, including the country we're in.
7-Way too much alcohol so I stay away from the drunks. If necessary, they're told politely but firmly to stay away from us.
8-"Cliques" is the word. So people tend to associate more with some than others. I don't care whether I'm in the popular girl clique or not.
Relax sailorboy, remember the people rules, but just don't take any of it so seriously. I could make a list like yours of things I don't like anywhere, but I prefer to concentrate on the good. See, I've found if I act happy and expect I'll be treated well, then that's what will happen, or at least I'll believe that is what happened.
Oh and we've been treated well at many marinas, but the most shockingly incredibly we were ever treated at a marina as guests into a country was at a marina on the west coast
, Puesta del Sol. Maybe I walk around with rose colored glasses, but doing so sure makes life more pleasant and some of the most pleasant times come where you least expect it. So, enjoying the marina where we are today, love it here, and we'll move on a couple of hundred miles south on Thursday to one I've never been before, but I already know I'll love it.
Forever young and happy.