Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marina Shopping

It's been nearly a month since I last sailed. My gills are dry. I need to feel a salty breeze while coated in sunblock. Twice in the past month my plans to visit Miss Marisol were cancelled.

I'm actively looking for a marina closer to home. I've visited marinas in New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach, Titusville, and Melbourne. These visits are funny. I have no idea how other sailors choose a home port. My instincts are to go to the marina and ask a lot of questions.

I strike up conversations with boat owners and marina staff. The boaters are usually very chatty. They tell me all about their watery homes. The staff can be odd. At more than one marina, the marina staff seemed suspicious. Like I was trying to hoodwink them by paying for a dock space.

I'm not sure how others approach a Dock Master. Am I missing something?