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Cityfront’s Best Kept Secret

Pier 1 1/2’s 180-ft public dock has been open for a year but is practically deserted. The high-end Peruvian restaurant La Mar Cebicheria Peruana is conveniently located at the head of dock.

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Tucked in next door to the Ferry Building on San Francisco’s Cityfront is what may be the Bay’s best kept secret, at least where boaters are concerned. "I just heard about it last week," said City Yachts’ Chris Kaplan of the free public dock at Pier 1½.

The 180-ft dock, christened last December by San Francisco Waterfront Partners to complement a $55 million restoration of Piers 1½, 3 and 5, was originally touted as a potential stop for a yet-to-be-running water taxi service. Until such a service actually exists, boats under 40 feet can tie up for three hours at no charge while visiting the Piers.

The dock, open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, only has a few rules – no rafting and no boats over 40-ft are the biggies – and lots of benefits.

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