In December, fierce storms damaged one of the Bay’s more popular stops: Pier 1½. Though not completely closed, the outermost half of the 180-ft public dock has been roped off, leaving only the inner portion available to boaters. But Patrick McIlwain of Pacific Waterfront Partners, the firm that manages what’s known as The Piers — Pier 1½, 3 and 5 — says the free dock should be open soon. "We’ve removed part of the damaged dock and are replacing it today," he said. "We hope to reopen it by May 7."
Pier 1½, open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, only has a few rules — no rafting, no boats over 40 feet, and stays are limited to three hours are the biggies — and lots of benefits. It’s a great place to pick up crew, stop for lunch, or drop off seasick in-laws. When your daysail is over, walk up the ramp to La Mar Cebicheria Peruana and enjoy a gourmet Peruvian meal prepared by celebrity chef Gastón Acurio. And don’t pass up the interesting drink options, such as the Cholopolitan, the Pisco Sour, or the Bloody Lorcho — just be sure to read the ingredient list before ordering!