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Old 09-01-2016, 11:05 PM   #1
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What's with it with Bay Area Marinas?

Background: my home-base marina is operated by the City of Vallejo. They are closed on weekends (no fuel service, guest registration, or whatever).

Requested a guest berth this coming Sunday night at the Berkeley Marina. They're closed on Sundays! What about Saturday night? The staff can't accept monies on the weekend, can you bring money Friday? We also need a copy of your boat registration and photo ID.

Just forget about it! Maybe some future weekday night.

Have scheduled a land cruise to Bodega Bay, staying overnight at a hotel Monday.
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:39 PM   #2
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Background: my home-base marina is operated by the City of Vallejo. They are closed on weekends (no fuel service, guest registration, or whatever).

Requested a guest berth this coming Sunday night at the Berkeley Marina. They're closed on Sundays! What about Saturday night? The staff can't accept monies on the weekend, can you bring money Friday? We also need a copy of your boat registration and photo ID.

Just forget about it! Maybe some future weekday night.

Have scheduled a land cruise to Bodega Bay, staying overnight at a hotel Monday.

It is obvious they don't want transients.
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:59 PM   #3
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Why go to a marina? Just anchor out. It's much more romantic!
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:06 AM   #4
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Why go to a marina? Just anchor out. It's much more romantic!
Perla prefers a professionally-cooked meal Wanted to treat her to a prime-rib dinner. Hopefully, we'll find a satisfactory meal in Bodega via automobile.
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:25 AM   #5
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Think civil service retirements and you'll begin to develop an appreciation for the limited service......

Who would ever think a recreation facility should be manned on the weekends when the "funders" would want to use them?

That would mess up the weekends of the employees. Can't have that....
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:32 AM   #6
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Go up river to Napa Valley Marina....they will be there....oh I forgot they are a privately owned marina.
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Old 09-02-2016, 05:49 AM   #7
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To name two alternatives: South Beach marina in SF is nice and has a bunch of eateries within easy walking distance. Ditto Jack London Square. I could see where Berkeley would have almost no transient biz anyway.

Depending on your budget and tastes, the best restaurant in Bodega Bay right now is the italian place at the Tides Inn across the road from the Tides main restaurant. Next would be the Sandpiper. Spent a lot of time eating in BB the past 3 years, when out there looking after my dad in his last years. Personally, I' suggest going further up the coast and to the really excellent River's End in Jenner (our family place is at Goat Rock). Great views to match the food.
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You could cruise to the PNW and Canada. They will take your money.....
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Weekend closures of publicly operated marinas are probably budget related. Not all publicly owned marinas are publicly operated however so there may be a lessee involved. Before settling into a series of misleading distractions from the question you might want to suggest some solutions and if you are really curious as to the reason, make some phone calls.
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:06 PM   #10
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You could cruise to the PNW and Canada. They will take your money.....
Or to Bodega Bay for that matter.... just not this weekend, though

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Background: my home-base marina is operated by the City of Vallejo. They are closed on weekends (no fuel service, guest registration, or whatever).

Requested a guest berth this coming Sunday night at the Berkeley Marina. They're closed on Sundays! What about Saturday night? The staff can't accept monies on the weekend, can you bring money Friday? We also need a copy of your boat registration and photo ID.

Just forget about it! Maybe some future weekday night.

Have scheduled a land cruise to Bodega Bay, staying overnight at a hotel Monday.
Would agree... anchor out. Can you take a dingy in? That might be an option.

BTW, I've NEVER been asked for registration and it's really none of their business. They clearly don't care.

Fortunately, here in FL most all of the marinas are very good and accommodating, as are the anchorages.
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If no one is there to take your money who is there to stop you
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Old 09-02-2016, 05:00 PM   #14
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Anchor out adjacent to the Berkeley marina? What are you folks smoking?
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Poach - my experience tells me Riley hit the nail on the head. My state operated marina is staffed 0900-1530 M-F - minus the myriad state holidays, federal holidays, and "oh, we've got all hands training at the central office" days. Evenings, weekends, holidays (you know - the days/times people who pay the freight have to use their boats) - not a chance.

The public marinas I have used that have hired operators - they're there at these times because their paycheck depends on providing a service to customers. If they aren't there's a phone number that will roll somebody out to accomodate.

Guess I should call the Governor or the civil service commissiom.
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Old 09-02-2016, 07:18 PM   #16
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My sentiment exactly
I'd find locked gates a problem. ... Are Berkeley marina tenants easy to bribe?
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I'd find locked gates a problem. ... Are Berkeley marina tenants easy to bribe?


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My sentiment exactly
Or, if conscience would spoil your sleep, just tie up and go to your dinner, then move off elsewhere and anchor out for the rest of the night.

Mark's concern..."I'd find locked gates a problem. ... Are Berkeley marina tenants easy to bribe?"

You would usually find someone coming or going from another boat on the finger to let you in or out, surely..?
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