Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Oceanside Marina, Stock Island.

There was decidedly a plan to go large when Oceanside Marina was conceived.

The place is huge and solidly built with, as you can see, wide docks and berths for boats.

Even the parking lot is like an airfield with relatively new apartments built a few years ago on the south shore of the marina.

It was all part of the turn-of-the-century economic boom. Boat slips sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars to people who thought that living on a boat in this area could be as permanent and as sound an investment as buying a condo.

Of course living on a boat limits space and most people "need" more space than they have so life spills over onto the do k under the sun.

Not everyone lives here that has a boat here. Commercial and recreational fishing boats rent space.

And facilities intended to provide for aft boating recreation line the docks. The restaurant has not been open for as long as I can remember though the bath house fortunately has.

Not many people who live on their boats shower on them so living in a marina involves wandering around with a shower bag and towel. Not everyone's idea of condo living...

And the views in a marina built amidst the industrial life support system for the city of Key West can be rather...industrial.

Summer brings heat and humidity which involves running power lines, creating shade and living below decks to avoid the blanket of heat.

It's a big place is Oceanside, like an aircraft carrier or a tanker where bicycles are door-to-door transportation.

So many boats and so little movement under the torpid southern sun.

A sunset porch at the back of the boat.

There are services for boaters lining the marina, storage lockers, a self sufficient little community.

A gate to the rest of the world.

I went to talk to the outboard mechanic who was away on an apparently unscheduled lunch. I'll bring my business back later and try again. Thanks anyway, it was fun reminding myself why I no longer live on a boat.

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Cycle Shell

I've seen a few of these canvas erections around town.

This one was in the shade under an empty building at Oceanside Marina on Stock Island.

Cycle Shell Website

I like these contraptions and priced at between $400 & $500 delivered they come in three different sizes for bikes with or without windshields and saddlebags. They can also be pinned down though they will withstand a hurricane is a question! The cool thing is they can be folded flat and caries away easily...

In a town where covered parking is at a premium under the baking southern sun and corroding salt air...

...you'd think every motorcyclist would have one! I wish I'd bought one years ago to protect my hard working Bonneville.

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