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Old 07-28-2019, 08:40 PM
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Default Downtown Tampa Dock 4 Overnight Needed

We will be staying a few nights at the Vinoy (St. Pete) and wanted to spend a night in Tampa. I checked the waterway guide and it shows 3 options for docking downtown. The Marriott Waterside looks nice.... $4/foot is a lil pricey, but an option. There was one review for the Westin's dock and it was not a good review. The Tampa Convention Center is listed as another option but I wonder how busy it would be there at night. Are there any other options for an overnight slip in downtown Tampa? We are wanting a secure spot where we can leave the boat for a few hours while we go to dinner and walk around.

Is there another website like the Waterway Guide? Maybe they would have additional options listed. We are 38' in size and need around 10' clearance for bridges.

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There is a public dock by the historical center/arena that we use if we go to the Columbia restaurant there. I'm not sure on overnight rules. It's an honor box system so it may be possible. There are slips by Jackson's but I'm not sure who manages them. There's a Freedom boat club there so you might be able to call them and see if they can point you in the right direction.
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If you don't need shore power, you can anchor in the seaplane basin at the south end of Davis Island. Tie the dingy to the side of the dock, and its about 1 1/2 mile Uber ride to downtown. There are some interesting characters who live down there, and I would make sure your dingy motor is locked up (if you have one), but don't think you would have any issues. I kept a sailboat down there for about 2 years and never had a problem.

As for the Convention Center - those docks were pretty empty when I lived in Tampa. This was a few years back, but unless they were having a boat show, nobody used them. You could always give them a try, and if they happen to be full, use the seaplane basin as a backup.
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Thank you for the input. I think we are going to spend the extra day at the Vinoy and take a day trip up to Tampa and see if we can find a dock for lunch somewhere. Appreciate the help.

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https://www.tampagov.net/parks-and-r...l-areas/marina

Marjorie Park on Davis Island.
Old 07-31-2019, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by LattitudeAdjustment View Post
Thank you for the input. I think we are going to spend the extra day at the Vinoy and take a day trip up to Tampa and see if we can find a dock for lunch somewhere. Appreciate the help.

Vince
You can dock at Water Works park and eat at Ulele or Tampa Armature Works.
https://www.tampagov.net/parks-and-r...rks/waterworks

Docks on the other side of the river at Julian Lane Park.
https://www.tampagov.net/parks-and-r...riverfrontpark

Convention Center overnight docking:
https://www.tampagov.net/tcc/docks
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Great! Lots more options. TY!
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In the cooler months (can't really call it winter) you can stay at Vinoy or the St Pete Municipal (which offers much calmer waters when the wind comes from the East) and take the Ferry from the park over to Tampa. Buy tickets in advance. Walk on not really an option. Plus from either location you have all the cool spots on Central to eat and party. And Saturday markets plus good coffee spots. Also check out the Magnuson at Pinellas point to break up a longer weekend.
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" You can dock at Water Works park and eat at Ulele or Tampa Armature Works "

Check your height for the first bridge after the convention center.

Never had an issue at convention center with docking.
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Sail pavillon right next to convention center is fixed price AND best location

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