Windward and leeward confusion
When I go alongside another craft, the radio chat on approach will establish whether I will go on his leeward side (preferably) or get beaten up by the wind and waves on his windward side. I don’t say I want to come alongside using my windward or leeward side. The same should apply to a pontoon, which has its own windward or leeward side, and by extension to the marina staff.
I don't know any East Coast sailors who will really be concerned about the pedantic use of windward or leeward, to which your ‘many sailors and experts’ should really attach the words ‘to my’ and therefore avoid ambiguity.
All we want to know is ‘Is it a wind on or wind off berth, and if it is the latter can I have someone to catch my lines before I end up leaning on the boat next door?’ Grenville Savory