So I bit the bullet, and am now renting a berth at the marina, although my boat isn't launched yet, I launch in a matter of weeks and wanted to secure a berth for the summer.
I am on holiday at the the moment and have been parking at Westhaven, displaying my permit, and going sailing on a mates boat. Went up to Gulf Harbour couple nights, sailed back this evening.
I get back this evening, after the marina has closed, and their is a letter under my windscreen wiper.
It starts off like this: "We noticed that you parked your car before leaving Westhaven to go elsewhere".
Really? You noticed wrong, idiots. I was sailing, you know, out there on the Waitemata, that place full of saltwater.
Are they hiding in the bushes at 6:30am sussing out people".
It goes on... "Although you are a berth holder, and displaying a permit, we wanted to let you know that under out terms and conditions, permit holders , and all using the Carparks at Westhaven, are only entitled to while they are here for Marina related activities".
Well, actually I was. But - even if I went off somewhere else - what business of it of theirs, and more importantly - where is their proof? So, that presumably means you can't wander off to Swashbucklers and have a beer and a meal after a days sailing because that would presumably not be classed as "Marina related activities"?
What the f**k is going on here? We pay these buggers ENORMOUS amounts of money each month to rent a berth, and now they are trying to scare off people who are entitled to park their with a permit from not being able to park there!
If they were to start ticketing berth holders displaying their permits - then I think they would have holy hell to pay.
By the way, this week there have been ACRES of parking spaces, both permitted and unpermitted - at least when I arrived. In fact, during the week I don't recall seeing the place anything other than practically deserted during business hours.
I really am not sure I want to continue renting a berth with these people if they are going to start acting like Nazis to people that actually have a godammned parking permit!