We have now been to two marinas that have pump out at each slip that you do yourself. I was impressed when I heard that at the first marina in Fort Lauderdale. How convenient…no need to go to the pump out dock. Now I am remembering that do it yourself is not always all that great. At the first marina, they had misplaced the hose, so we had to wait until the next day. When we tried to get the hose then, the office was closed early. After a phone call, they promised we could do it at the pump out station the next morning before we left. We ended up needing to leave earlier than they were open so we skipped emptying our holding tanks. With two heads on our boat, we can function ok if one tank gets full. Now we are three days later at Dinner Key Marina where once again they flout dock side pump outs. The marina has 582 slips and only two hoses…one 25 feet long and one 15 feet. We finally managed to secure a hose today. One tank was overflowing, and I had the lovely pleasure of opening the valve and holding the hose while James had to be on the dock and press the button. We pumped both holding tanks and then when we put the hose in the water to clean out, the pumping station quit necessitating a phone call to the marina office. I’ve concluded that I would rather have them pump me out at a station…certainly more reliable.
This afternoon we walked into Coconut Grove. I left James at the Coconut Grove Yacht Club “strange talking” with some sailors about sailing through the Keys. After a bit of window shopping, I actually bought a dress that was on sale (the only kind of shopping I really like) that I think I might wear to a wedding later this summer. James then met up with me, and we shared a meal and dessert at The Cheesecake Factory. We skipped supper since we both were so full-even with sharing. James walked the docks this evening while I colored my gray roots. When he returned we ate popcorn and watched a movie on our computer. Every day is not exciting.
Dinner Key Marina used to be the site of the PanAm Sea base. I am copying James’ post on Facebook about this PanAm.
We spent the last few nights in Coconut Grove in Key Biscayne which is about 7 miles southwest of Miami. The marina is Dinner Key, and it is huge. At one time is was the base of the PanAm clipper fleet. They needed sea planes because they serviced Cuba and South America which had no runways. The old terminal is now used as part of Miami City Hall and one of the hangers is used for various city functions and in the filming of the TV show “Burn Notice”.