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Old 07-26-2021, 10:26 PM   #1
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Looking for a slip? How I found a beautiful one for our Uniflite 41 - Woo-Hoo!

My heart goes out to all those boaters searching for that perfect slip, (heck, ANY slip) because until last week that was US, too. On about every waiting list in our area (Seattle) but nothing except the usual "2-5 year wait & getting longer" routine. We were resigned to keeping her at her present moorage 40 miles away or maybe even anchoring out. Then on a whim I walked into the one place I'd ignored, the (really very nice) Marina. and casually inquired about how long their waiting list might be, and WALKED OUT WITH A BEAUTIFUL 50-FOOT SLIP!!!



"Just became available today" the lady at the counter said with a wink. (In the background, I could hear other employees taking calls from boaters looking for slips and being turned down...)


Well, after I picked myself up off the floor, I didn't ask too many questions - just paid up and signed on the dotted line!


So it pays to be a squeaky wheel and keep checking in with the places you want to tie up. Go there in-person, if possible. Unexpected things do happen. Be ready when opportunity knocks!
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I think showing up in person is sometimes the best way to connect with folks, especially when on the wrong end of a supply/demand extreme. I called four places in my local area looking for a professional to splice our new anchor chain and rope. Three of them never called back (or returned an email), and the fourth had to wait a week to let me know whether they could do it in the next few weeks or in the fall! On a whim, I decided to take the chain/rope and just showed up at Brion Toss Rigging in Port Townsend. Likely the most famous rigging company in the USA. I never called them as I figured they'd be busier than everyone else.

Anyway, because they could see me and in a way quickly get to know me, they ended up taking my stuff and said they'd get it done in about a week. I'm convinced that had I called I would not have gotten very far...
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Old 07-27-2021, 05:36 AM   #3
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Wow, people interacting with people. That's the world coming to? We have become so lost in our phones and computer screens that we think it's the world.
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Old 07-27-2021, 07:20 AM   #4
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Old 07-27-2021, 07:27 AM   #5
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I wonder how many people were on the 2-5 year waiting list that will have to continue waiting.
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Old 07-27-2021, 08:14 AM   #6
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perhaps the word ignored should have been ignored in your post. The nice lady may be reading here.
Never understood the 2-5 year wait lists. WHY. There must be a lot of boats without slips to park in, maybe on the hard. Just seems they are parked somewhere and it should be musical chair as one moves and vacates another moves in.
Of course if everyone wants to be at the same places.
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Old 07-27-2021, 08:35 AM   #7
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I would strongly recommend you having the moderators remove all reference to the specific marina. You just sorely compromised all the goodwill the lady showed you. I don't even want to imagine the trouble this could cause her and the marina.
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Old 07-27-2021, 08:40 AM   #8
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I would strongly recommend you having the moderators remove all reference to the specific marina. You just sorely compromised all the goodwill the lady showed you. I don't even want to imagine the trouble this could cause her and the marina.
Especially since this is a government marina and what has just been written is some one breaking government policy.
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Old 07-27-2021, 08:45 AM   #9
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Wow, people interacting with people. That's the world coming to? We have become so lost in our phones and computer screens that we think it's the world.

This online post drips with irony
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:12 AM   #10
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On about every waiting list in our area (Seattle) but nothing except the usual "2-5 year wait & getting longer" routine. We were resigned to keeping her at her present moorage 40 miles away or maybe even anchoring out.
A 2-5 year wait list doesnít translate to a lot of boats without moorage. It just means the estimated turnover of annual moorage spaces has enough people on a list to take up those spaces.

As previously mentioned, (many?) names on the list are duplicates from multiple marinas and many in more expensive, monthly moorage, or inconvenient locations.

Even JLTís boat had an existing spot, just not a convenient one. Many buyers in our area are in that position; grab the moorage with the purchased boat and hope to find something closer.

For the marina, itís just so much easier to sign up a walk in, than waste time with a phone list.

Fortunately JLT was thinking for himself; a lost human trait
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:21 AM   #11
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Totally agree. Good old-fashioned face to face contact just can't be beat!
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:23 AM   #12
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I don't really understand how wait lists work, either. Seems there are different kinds for different situations...
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:46 AM   #13
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I don't really understand how wait lists work, either. Seems there are different kinds for different situations...
If its in the South Marina and a 50' slip chances are its one of the old skinny slip docks. I think its 30' wide for a shared birth. There are not very many 50' boats that are under 15' wide and that still gives no wiggle room for fenders. So yes there is a wait list, but if your over 14' wide they will not squish ya into the slip. They kind of sit and wait for the right boat combo's to show up. Don't quote me but I think a 41' Uni is about 13-6 wide.
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Lucky. The marina is pretty busy. We inquired about a 40' slip and were told 1-2 yr wait list.
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We inquired about a 40' slip and were told 1-2 yr wait list.
How was your enquiry made?
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I would strongly recommend you having the moderators remove all reference to the specific marina. You just sorely compromised all the goodwill the lady showed you. I don't even want to imagine the trouble this could cause her and the marina.
As this thread progresses I am wondering if she still has a job. How many more are on the long wait list going to read this before complaints start flying. Thread should be deleted.
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How was your enquiry made?

Emails and phone call. We ended up not purchasing the boat.
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Our State Park marina is full up. We bought another boat before we sold our old boat (donít do this). Luckily there was another marina 40 miles north that had room on their ďsale dockĒ . We let them list the boat and also got a small discount on the slip. Itís a pain driving up every couple weeks to clean and check on the boat, but it beats no slip at all .
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Old 07-27-2021, 01:05 PM   #19
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I think you're right. Our 41 is really the 36DC with the factory 5-foot hull extension (it's the Yatchfisher model) so her beam is a tad under 13'. Now I understand why I got the slip so easily...
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Lucky.The Marina is pretty busy. We inquired about a 40' slip and were told 1-2 yr wait list.
After doing some research and talking to other folks, I think the reason I got it so easily is because of the 15' beam limitation in this part of the marina. They actually had 4 openings in that category. Guess it pays to be skinny!
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