Yep this is the first time Wandering Dolphin has been tied to a Marina dock in 18 months. One and a half years anchored out in some of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean. We still fondly remember our last stay in a Marina in February of 2008 at Rum Cay in the Bahamas with our friends on Sailing Vessel Salt and Light. That time we decided to pay the piper for a marina stay because the anchorage at Rum rolled so badly it was like being offshore. This time we came in to tie up at the CruizInn Marina in Trinidad so that Amy and Ellie can catch their morning flight on Sunday without having a wet dingy ride for a half hour first.
A lot of people are surprised that we can go so long without stopping at a marina, but consider this as well, we have only actually tied to a dock two other times in that whole 18 months. Once was for fuel in St Thomas (our first fill up in 13 months at that time) and the other here in Trinidad at the customs dock when we arrived.
When we first started cruising we thought we would be staying at a marina a couple of times a month at least but now we just look at them as a colossal waste of money. The air doesn’t blow through the boat like when you are anchored out and to us a shower from a hot black shower bag in the cockpit is at least as good as a shower in a stall where 14 other people have showered that morning. That being said it will be fun for the kids to swim in a pool again and it is nice to be able to connect to the internet whenever we want to.
I will try my best to get Ellie to blog before they leave. We have really enjoyed having them and hope they come back to see us in another spot somewhere along the way.