For all intents and purposes there is no public dinghy dock
, or at least there was not on any of our visits, which is one of the problems with that basin.
If you are planing on using some of the facilities at the Vinoy--e.g. your wife has an appointment at the Spa, or you have reservations for a meal in one of the restaurants--you can usually contact the Vinoy Marina harbor master on 16 (or better with a cell phone) and get permission to tie a dinghy
on the floating dock that parallels the seawall on the north side of the basin, between the seawall and the dock. If you return after hours, however, you will have trouble getting onto the docks because everything is locked up tight.
Alternately, there is a very small area at the northwest corner of the basin near the main entrance to the Vinoy where you can run a dinghy in and tie up but be sure to have a sturdy cable lock. There are several locations at the southeast corner of the basin where visitor's tie-up to the seawall fronting the park on the east side of the Museum but getting into and out of the dinghy can be athletic event and going through that park at night leaves a lot to be desired.
Take a look at Google Earth
for a better sense of the place.
In any case, use a cable lock, be sure you've got locks on your outboard
if you use one, and leave nothing you can't afford to loose in the dinghy.