|Maroon Bimini center is our old boat in the slip|
|Blue boat on the right hit us.|
We had been looking at other vacant slips in the marina for a while and are on the "move up" list hoping for a rare 50 ft floating slip further down the dock. This little crash galvanized us into action. There is an old racer that is stripped down to bare decks sitting in a primo spot on dock 6. We inquired about it and were told that the boat CAN"T move. It has a 8 ft draft and is sitting in a hole. The surrounding depths are less than 8 ft. It couldn't be moved even if it's owner wanted to. It would have been perfect. Straight shot in with a long pier on one side.
|Middle dock third boat from the end on the rt. side would be our new slip|
Now I wish to make it clear that we aren't just whiners who aren't up for a challenge. I've docked this boat many times leaving witnesses glad it wasn't them who had to do it. I know that we'll face docking conditions far more difficult than this while cruising. I will even say that having experienced the changing conditions docking the boat in this slip has made Bruce and I better able to handle this boat. But we're tired of having to do it nearly EVERY time we go out.
The new slip is on a fixed (not floating) pier which is not optimal. It really doesn't even have any cleats for our lines, so we'll have to go over and work something our before we take the boat over The dock doesn't run the length of the boat which will make it more of a challenge to step on and off of the deck. All of these things we've weighted against the fact that we will be much more willing to take the boat out sailing... the sailing won! Plus, an added bonus - the slip rent is cheaper! Woo Hoo!
So, today we say goodbye to the folks on our dock. Maybe Merlin will take a shot at our slip. It can be US who helps THEM get in and out.