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Old 06-03-2019, 06:27 AM
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Wondering how many people have experienced this. Appernetly if I am gone from my slip for more than two days, they can rent my slip out to daily transients. I have my shore cords and hoses, secured to the dock w cushion clamps, my filet table, deck chairs and I have my dock lines set for easy come and go. I take the boat out of the water often for maintenance or service. I also trailer her to the keys and East Coast a few times a year. I really don't like that they do this and just wondering if anyone else has this policy at their marina?
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:30 AM
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I don't know if it's common but I'm like you. I wouldn't like it at all.
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I would not feel comfortable with that arrangement either. You paid for the space and have personal belongings in that space even when the boat is gone. Is it in the fine print of the contract? Sounds illegal to me.
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Read your rental agreement. They may be allowed to use your space but not your equipment.
What does the agreement say??
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It's in my contract. You're supposed to let them know you'll be gone. What they don't know won't hurt them.
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Is it in your contract they can do this?

Have you approached the marina about your concern?
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Do they discount or pro-rate the days they sub lease it? I wouldn’t be happy with the double dipping. Like someone renting out your apartment while you’re on vacation.
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:36 AM
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that's a common practice in my experience
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i think that's very common in rental contracts. if you bitch about the equipment and ropes they would say take them with you, its an inconvenience to the transient they put in the spot.

as above " read your agreement" . also have a plan if you complain and they say 'don't like it, leave"
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:39 AM
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Tie up a little raft in center of slip while you are gone. Preferably a $10 WallyWorld variety. Then you are never gone.
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yeah, it's not your slip, it's theirs. You just get to use it.

Every Marina contract I have ever read says they can do this. They also say they aren't responsible for lost or damaged items; like shore power cords. If they let you keep a dock box, lock up what you can and hope your dock lines are still there when you get back.

It's a mixed bag not telling them you will be gone. Some would notify the coast guard you didn't return. I'd be pizzed also. But my marina doesn't do this. I suppose they might if I was going to be gone a week over a major holiday like the fourth, but I've been gone 4 days and nobody was in my slip.

Short answer, don't sweat the small stuff.
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As others have said it is common to sublet a slip, very common in Florida.
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Is it in the fine print of the contract?
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I have used transient slips before, but I never use other peoples stuff. Bring my own lines and power. I have my lines set for quick in/out, I would be pissed if someone altered them. As for legal, if its in the contract it is...many marinas in high volume areas will do this..
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Originally Posted by BoatHaus View Post
Wondering how many people have experienced this. Appernetly if I am gone from my slip for more than two days, they can rent my slip out to daily transients. I have my shore cords and hoses, secured to the dock w cushion clamps, my filet table, deck chairs and I have my dock lines set for easy come and go. I take the boat out of the water often for maintenance or service. I also trailer her to the keys and East Coast a few times a year. I really don't like that they do this and just wondering if anyone else has this policy at their marina?
although its probably in your contract, I would do a couple of things, if it really bothered me. I'd play a game, and leave, when someone shows up in the slip, I'd show back up in my boat at the marina, call them and say someone is in my spot. or If I saw someone in my spot, I'd just go down and hang out in my deck chairs etc and act like I pay for that spot!!! Maybe they wouldnt be so quick to sub lease it out next time.
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Drop a 1/2” chain with lock across the 2 pilings. Reason, what if you need to come back sooner, it’s an emergency and you can’t get a hold of the marina.
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Old 06-03-2019, 07:29 AM
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Common practice here in the Northeast., Its written into all of the contracts but rarely has ever been an issue.
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If it is that common, is it also written that if the contractual slip renter returns and finds a transient in the slip that the transient has to vacate immediately? Middle of the night? Has to happen from time to time. I envision a guy having to return early due to whatever problem and major chaos ensuing.
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Common practice here in the Northeast., Its written into all of the contracts but rarely has ever been an issue

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IF you press the issue they will tell you it is THEIR slip and you only rent it. It is very common up here.
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Nothing you can do to change the agreement. Next year you can strike out the provision if they allow it. I would just neglect to notify them if I was going to be gone for a while.
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