Tipping on an overnight boat.

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Hi I am getting ready to go out on an overnight boat and need to know what the normal tip is these days. 10-20% of the cost or a flat fee like $50 or $75 per day. I haven't been on an open party boat in the last 15 years. All the boats I have been on since then the charter master set the tip amount so everyone would know up front. Let me know.

Thanks,
Dan
 
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    Everytime a deckhand touches something equals $5 each time. So if you need knots, drag set, gaff, fileted, etc. Add em up and that's what you tip.
     
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    No doubt. If the deck hand needs to tie your knots you need to tip excessively. Also turn your man card in.
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    woodfish330

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    Personally... I tip as a "whole".... meaning crew and Skipper. BUT..... and its a big one..... if ANY crew member or the Skipper ....steps up.... and has to help me considerably more than the others.... I will "side" tip them individually... away from the others.....AS WELL AS the usual "boat tip". My way of saying thanks for going waaaay above the usual call of duty. Normal trip....normal tip. Extraordinary trip.... Extraordinary tip. Follow your common sense... and your heart.... you'll do the right thing. Good luck on your trip.
     
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    Hi I am getting ready to go out on an overnight boat and need to know what the normal tip is these days. 10-20% of the cost or a flat fee like $50 or $75 per day. I haven't been on an open party boat in the last 15 years. All the boats I have been on since then the charter master set the tip amount so everyone would know up front. Let me know.

    Thanks,
    Dan
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    NoLDR

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    20 percent of the ticket price IMO. Just got home this morning from a 1.5 cost was $435 for the trip, then 20% for the crew, add in fish cleaning, gas to and from along with line and this trip is more like $700 all said and done. FYI my bonito were bigger than my BFT. Not upset AT ALL, fishing is fishing, just want to pass on the information. Have a great trip regardless as conditions were fantastic the last few days.
     
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    matt fe2o3

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    ....another tip thread.... So my kid and I did the Excel 3 day Father's Day and with the help of the crew and others - we simply nailed it first time for Tuna, great crew and Masters. We had some decent maritime swag for a few of them to give out and we left 225 each for a pp 1,090 trip. Basically 20%. I got no frown, no ask, no pressure prior to that. True professionals in every aspect.

    Beer tab and such was very reasonable and I owe a few fishing guys some beers and line for helping us as well - see you next year! Time to settle was for tackle and beer tab, no pressure, no ask on tip - 20% was well deserved and fair and I put it forward immediately.

    Technically I do owe the boat a dollar - LOL - as the bill for tackle came to x$1 plus a few beers that evening so probably 5 bucks. I'll toss it back when I settle up for the next trip. Really these guys were first class.

    Since first time out of San Diego, and first time long range, another angler we respect very much just laid it out plain and simple 20%. Worth every penny. GO EXCEL!

    I'm sure other boats are the same, similar, whatever - but pay your tab, 20% and really that's the ticket.
     
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    Nothing they get paid enough already tip the bloody deck moderators they get paid nothing
     

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    Hi I am getting ready to go out on an overnight boat and need to know what the normal tip is these days. 10-20% of the cost or a flat fee like $50 or $75 per day. I haven't been on an open party boat in the last 15 years. All the boats I have been on since then the charter master set the tip amount so everyone would know up front. Let me know.

    Thanks,
    Dan
    Whatever you can afford.
     
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