Day 15- 17 March 2018

Overnight the wind calmed down at around 4am so the morning was calm and beautiful for us to move on to St Petersburg. We headed out around 8am because daylight savings kicked in a few days back and those very early mornings from before are now too dark. 

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It was much nicer in Tampa Bay this time through.... no bouncing around like the other day.

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The temps today are quite cool in the wind- low to mid 50s. But the sunshine helped a lot. It was an uneventful cruise into the St Pete municipal marina. 

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While here we toured the Dali museum. What an incredibly unique artist. Here is a picture from inside the atrium...

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The St. Petersburg Yacht Club was located right  within the marina so we saw little Optis and J-boats racing every afternoon right in front of us just beyond the breakwater. What a view, huh?

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Oddly enough there was also a small airport to our immediate right. Yes, that is a control tower right in front of us.

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Small planes, helicopters and sign planes zipped on by from time to time.

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It was cool to see how the sign planes pick up and drop off the signs. 

 ... and pretty runway lights at night....

... and pretty runway lights at night....

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Here we are on our last morning getting ready to head off to Sarasota. What a beautiful start to the day.

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Before I finish this post, for all of you who might consider docking at the St Pete municipal marina be forewarned! When you make your reservation you will receive some emailed information. You will think “this is one prepared marina”. Don’t let this fool you. Since the transient face dock was full, we were assigned a slip. No problem, right? True. But.... we were denied the knowledge of port or starboard tie. We asked repeatedly. They were clueless. Ok... prepare both. Again, no problem. I do that most of the time anyway. Then the one completely useless “dockhand” repeatedly refused to secure my first line (and subsequent lines) as instructed. It wasn’t that he didn’t listen, he repeatedly refused and said “we don’t allow tying to the finger piers”. Say what? At least he held on to the line so we only drifted over to the sailboat beside us 3/4 of the way. Hello? Anybody home?

There were 2 cleats on the finger pier but we were not allowed to use them. We were required to use the very far apart and very far forward pilings only and cross stern lines on the main dock structure. The finger pier was only to be used with a small light duty line left loose to pull yourself in to board/deboard. In all that useless emailed information, and other communication, there was no mention of any of this. Trust me, catching those pilings while already in was a hell of a chore and could have been avoided if only we’d been informed. 

As for electric- we only ever saw 100v. It’s a good thing the weather was chilly. We would have had to run the gen set for A/C.  And we were paying for this!

Oh, and by the way, when we asked about WiFi, they nearly laughed at us. All in all, if we come back we will likely consider another marina location. That’s all I’m sayin’......