Before coming down from Portland we did a little research (we actually means Charing did it and I took credit as the captain.) . The Chula Vista Marina seemed to be the best place to moor from a cost and services point of view.
First there is Mike Sullivan the harbor master who keeps a great eye on the marina, seems easy going, and professional. There is a reason for it too, with 552 slips to look after. The marina was opened in 1984. Most of the staff has been there a long time.
The marina and RV park is separated by Chula Vista Bayside Park. The separation park is basically a walkway to the park which terminates at south bay. On the south side of the park is a fishing pier, and on the north side a large walking park with picnic areas. The parks walkway is alway full of people strolling, running, and walking their dogs. From the cockpit of the CarolMarie we have a great view of the fishing pier.
|Looking back at the pier at sunset|
Both the marina and the RV park are fenced and gated with locked gates. Security patrols from the marina staff patrol the docks at night.
The concrete docks designed in upwind/downwind configuration, with single berth configurations each with a dock box, water, and power. Every four or five slips is a trash can fixed to the dock, so you don't have to haul the trash all the way to the dumpster. There are free boater education classes every weekend in the boater lounge. The restrooms are very clean, and nice showers. There is a pool and hot tub as well. The laundry room has a row of washers and dryers which always seem to be unused when I pass by.
One of the best parts about the marina is the Boater Concierge Service. Although this sounds expensive it's not and very much worth the price. The service offer a once a month boat cleaning above the waterline, a once a month bottom cleaning, and a pump-out service. Although the slip fees is on par with California prices, the service isn't. I get the service for the price of what I paid to just have a diver clean the bottom. The boat has never been cleaner on the outside.
Pump out guy - aka the Pump Out King comes to your boat for $10.00 if you don't have the concierge service. His dog Shaddy usually lies on bow of his service boat as he does his business.
|Pump Out King|
What's unique here is the payment method for the Pump Out King. The preferred protocol is to run out to life lines, clip on the fee (and a tip for Shaddy), then text the POK your marina, your slip number, and your boat name. Sometime in the few hours to the next day, you'll find your tank is clean, and the fee is collected.
|Fee for the Pump Out King|
|Soup and Salad at the Galley|
Every weekend I journey down to the CV to spend the weekend on her. With the help of Charing's Uncle Keni we've done a few major projects.
Nearly every weekend boaters gather on the docks; camping chairs out to watch the sunset. Afterwards we sit around, have a few drinks and debate the finer points of cruising.
On August 5th (8-5) was the "Five O'Clock Somewhere" Party - lasting from 5-8. (get the numbers theme?) . Mike through a great party, with a band, free beer, and BBQ sandwiches.
|Party at the marina|