April 22 2015
We were more than ready to leave Riviera Municipal Marina. There were no issues getting out of the slip or the marina. This marina gets a -we won't go here again. We met several other boaters at the marina who told of multiple times they had seen or had issues with the current and minor crashes just like ours. It would have been better if they had forewarned us of the current and if they had not tried to put us in a slip so close to another boat. We too should have declined that slip and requested another--but we were tired from a long day and didn't think about that until afterward.
After a long day, we chose an anchorage in Melbourne. It is a 5 star anchorage as rated by Active Captain. It is near a dinghy dock and a lovely park and just a should walk to Melbourne Beach.
We saw some interesting sites along the way.
On this work boat above we saw day shapes. (Look for the circle-diamond-circle configuration in the center of the photo) Day Shapes are signals to visually share the status of a vessel on navigable waters during daylight. These signals apply whether the vessel is moving, anchored, or aground. There are 4 shapes: ball, cylinder, cone, and diamond and are hung from the mast is a prescribed sequence is defined by the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. The Day Shapes above designate that the vessel is restricted in ability to maneuver.
Love that we learn something new almost every day when boating!