Thursday, October 3, 2019

Hampton - Exploring the features of Downtown Hampton Public Piers

Downtown Hampton Public Piers has always had a selection of herbs for use by visiting boaters. They even have tomatoes and peppers along with makings for a fresh salad. I picked up a tomato daily for lunch and a few peppers for Ann. She intends to take full advantage of the garden before we leave on Saturday morning. 

Another perk of the marina are the free bikes. They have about 5 bikes they keep for visiting boaters. Notice the basket on the front for carrying goods. There is a Food Lion supermarket about 1.6 miles away, a bit of a hike but handy if you need some things. 

If you anchor out, the marina maintains a dinghy dock at no charge unless you want to use the showers which you can for a nominal fee of $1.00. 

A new sign notes that there’s no docking without a reservation. They had experienced people coming in at night without an reservation and blocking the docking of late arrivals that had a reservation - hence the new policy. I think it’s a good idea. Temporary docking is at a rate of $10 for four hours (note that this does not apply to those that anchor out and just want to come to shore in their dinghy and use the dinghy dock - it’s marked as such). 

As for docking fees, it’s $2.00/ft unless you have BoatUS where it’s $1.75/ft. If you select the $2.00/ft rate, then the fourth night is free. Electric is extra at $5/night for 30 amp, $10/might for 50 amp and $20/night for 100 amp. 

We were successful in ascertaining that we still had an aft cabin - we can see the cushions now! Before (no photos!!) it was just a blob of stuff as far as the eye could see - and your eye couldn’t see very far. It almost looks like a cabin again, almost. It looks like Monday is a good day to cross the Albemarle so we’ll leave here Saturday morning and take the free dock by the Great Bridge and then move on to Coinjock for Sunday. Ann’s looking forward to the prime rib dinner at the restaurant there! 

When walking Hoolie tonight, I came upon crew putting shells away. They use the protected, flat waters of the river to train on. Meanwhile, I found a way to download routes and track in iOS 13 by deleting all the navigation apps I did not use. Once I pruned my app list to only four apps (Aqua Map, Navionics, etc.), the “Open In” dialog showed the remaining nav apps. So now I’m back in business! I have yet another call with Apple on Friday since I don’t know if this is a permanent fix or not. Stay tuned.