I've never had the "opportunity" in a marina, but I wouldn't expect to leave without paying. Must admit that phoning up to pay by card hadn't occurred to me as an option; I'll know now.
For whatever reason, I'm much more relaxed about leaving a visitors' mooring without having paid though. And I definitely wouldn't make an effort to give someone money for merely anchoring, in those places that want to charge for it.
If any of you guys can make it up the Tyne to Newcastle City Marina before the end of May, not only do you get 3 nights free (would be £28 a night for us) but free for the rest of the year!
Not bad eh, and no need to 'catch the tide'
I arrived at about 11:50pm at Malahide marina intending to stay 2 nights. I went into the office where the night watchman took my details and filled in a visitor's card for later payment when the day staff were around. He said that I should go away for 10 minutes and come back, because then the date he'd put down would be the next day, and I would only be charged one night. What a star!
Andersen 22. The best winch never made.
I rarely use marinas...I don't like them....and, to be frank, if I felt I could get away with it, then I probably would. Having said that I have always found I've been able to pay when I have arrived.
Staying on club moorings and pontoons is entirely different. I always pay and, if necessary, send a cheque after the event. It usually ends up with a nice letter back.
I like the arrangement at the visitors pontoon in Campbelltown. You pay your fees at the tourist office. A chap goes round and takes names of all the boats in the evening. If you don't pay they post the name of your boat on the notice board at the end of the pontoons under the heading "boats that have left and forgotton to pay" or words to that effect.