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In May we made reservations for a slip (at higher slip fees) After a 6 hour trip we arrived and ended up waiting for over 30 minutes for our "slip assignment". We were instructed to tie up to the fuel dock. After 20 minutes of confusion and head scratching on the dockhands' part, we were finally able to tie up with the help of friends who recently arrived. Before we could get settled another boat was instructed to raft against our port side. Hardly a "slip" situation. Had we known we'd be rafted we would have asked for a mooring. Furthermore, our sailboat was stern to stern with a 60' power boat. The exhaust from the power boat was less than 3 feet from our cabin entrance. When the power boat left, after waking us at 6am, we were literally smoked out of our bed by diesel fumes! We felt we should be somehow compensated for being gagged awake and for the change in "slip" so we spoke with Andrew (Dock Manager) who informed us Dodson's "doesn't really have any slips per se" and since they "accommodated us" they would be charging the full rate. The boat owners who were forced to raft with us attempted to get some sort of satisfaction, as they also reserved a slip, and were basically told they could leave if they weren't happy. Dodson's lists itself as a Marina/Boatyard - CLEARLY they are simply a working boatyard. NOT a Marina. Dodson dock staff are clearly not knowledgeable in simple tie up and line handling. Management is rude and has an obnoxious attitude. We had never been to Stonington, CT before and, as a result of this terrible experience, will probably not waste our time or money going there again.

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