Land Yachts at Sea
Day One of our testing session went very well. After three hours in I-4 traffic, we finally arrived on the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier in Tampa Bay, and set up for the night with our friend “Sneaky Barry” (and his 1972 Overlander).
Now, it’s a little known secret that one of the best boondocking sites in Florida is right here on the South Pier. For $14.91, three of us and an Argosy parked overnight about a mile offshore and fifty feet above the waves.
I hate to say too much in favor of this spot, because it’s beautiful on a sunny day and waking up to the ocean breeze, the sound of seagulls, and the waves lapping on the pylons is magical. If everyone finds out you can park your Airstream up here, it might get crowded. So let me say instead that it’s not a good spot for small children, there’s the occasional whiff of fresh bait, sometimes there’s you get an obnoxious person disturbing the peace, and if the wind blows the wrong way the traffic noise from the Skyway Bridge can be annoying. So don’t come over.
So far V.T. has performed wonderfully. We had a taillight issue but testing revealed it to be a fault of the tow vehicle. We still don’t have an oven but a Coleman stove will serve until the work session next weekend. We definitely have the ugliest vehicle on the South Pier, but the fishermen don’t seem to care. Boondocking above the water is fun! We’ll be sorry to leave today, but the next stop should be excellent as well.