Getting over to the entrance to the Marina at Pier 39, the current is ripping through the marina as there are only pilings surrounding the marina, so current can flow through them. Needless to say, after the other experience with the wild current , we decided to tour the bay for a couple hours and enter close to slack – not a lot of room to maneuver in the marina! Plus we will be right in view of a restaurant or two, and a ton of seal lion spectators. We were moored right behind the famous Pier 39 Sea Lion floats, which has become a major tourist attraction.
Later we enter without issue and get tied up in a very rough marina. Perfect timing on our return to the marina though, the first military vessel (an aircraft carrier) was coming in with the Police, Coast Guard, and fire boats giving them a formal greeting! Police kept us far away. This was our first experience pulling into a slip where both fingers are ours. These vessels that do it everyday are quick to move and make it into these types of spots. Captain Steve did a great job of getting us in there! We had three very rolly (I know this is not a true word but it was reality) and noisy (dock lines groaning from the movement) nights along with the sea lion docks to our stern, but it was well worth it.
|Freighter coming out of the fog as we motor to Pier 39 Marina|
|Military ship coming in for Fleet Week|
|From Coit Tower, Pier 39 Marina (our boat) and Alcatraz. See it? Blue top catamaran, to the right of it and bow facing us.|
|Coit Tower (statue of Christopher Columbus too)|
|Adagio and the Pier 39 West Basin Marina|
|All of us at the gates to China Town|
|Kathy's cousin Kristen, Stephanie, Hunter, Kevin and Cindy in China town|
|Ice cream at Ghirardelli's, yummy!|
|Zoltar gave us a very appropriate and positive fortune, one for this trip - a keeper!|
|Yes, Kristen bought this one, looks great on her!|
|Another military ship coming in for fleet week, from our Pier 39 slip, Sea Lions dock as well...|
|Kevin and Steve with pedal power at the Exploratorium|
|Kevin is being silly at the Exploratorium|
|My infrared family!|
The kids had no boat-school for a week and now we are trying to get them back into it!