Still a bit breezy in the morning we got off the ball quickly (which is the one plus balls have over anchors -- it can take a bit to get the anchor home). To get to New Smyrna we travel north up the Indian River which widens. Then you cross through Haulover Cut to get to the north side of the river. I saw a number of manatees there, so the observation deck to watch them is well placed.
As the day cleared off the winds remained stiff. Reservations for the New Smyrna Beach City Marina awaited. Docking today was the first real effort since Longboat Key.
We were given a slip number, which was fairly useless since you couldn't see them from the marina's fairway. The dockmaster told us when we turned in we'd see the open slip straight ahead. It was 19 feet wide with a 48 foot long finger pier, so bowing in (an easier maneuver in the wind) would be fine. We made the turn and saw, against the wall of the marina, the only open slip. Slowly we headed for it while Russ was trying to hail the marina on the radio. It didn't look 19 wide to me, and Russ pointed out it certainly didn't have a 48 foot long finger pier. Over the radio came "inQuest, do a 180." I do, battling a bit of wind and current, then head back to the channel. Now the dockmaster is out, pointing to a slip. It's huge, and wide open. How did we miss this?
|inQuest, next to Tricky|
However, it's right next to a big blue boat named Tricky. If the dockmaster had said right at the start, "You'll be docking next to the big blue boat named Tricky" then we wouldn't have needed to take the marina tour to begin with, we'd have just hailed him and said, "Hey, there's already a boat in the slip next to the big blue boat named Tricky!"
Someday, when I grow up, I'll be a useful and informative dockmaster.