Hal, given your plans perhaps we should be offering one general comment in case you're not sure about it. On arrival at any port, you should feel comfortable pulling into a designated guest slip, the transient dock
or, if there is no such place, an open slip that does not appear to have dock
lines in place. If first hailing the marina by VHF
, ask where you can temporarily tie up to see the facilities. Assuming it isn't blowing like stink, do a temp tie-up, and you & the crew get out and visit the office. Inquire about rates, visit the showers, and ask what other amenities are included with the slip. This is just as appropriate as e.g. examining a motel room before signing up for it.
Bob, C Young and similar guides can be useful but, like all guides, you can't expect them to reflect current
conditions...and their opinions may not concur with yours. If convenient and the 'marina stop' is important to you or the crew, pulling in and visiting the office for info/rates/a look around is entirely OK.