So aside from actually signing over the money, the last step is to find a slip. Good luck. So far all the marinas I've called have waiting lists well over a year--some said at least five!
The best ones I've found are built into the backs of hotels. These ones have some of the best locations on the bay, and even better, offer full access to all the amenities of the hotel (room service right to your boat?), and best of all they have bars in them. I could essentially be living at one of the nicest hotels in town, and be able to sail whenever I want. However...waiting list, waiting list, waiting list.
I forgot to mention one other thing. Those marinas are a little pricey. $20 to $30+ per foot per month. Plus, you can add $200 to $500 per month to any of these for "liveaboard fee." On the other side of the spectrum, I found a marina that is only about $5 per foot, but of course it's not nearly as nice and still has a long waiting list. But, just imagine how much extra money I'd have left over to spend on repairs and upgrades!
In the meantime, though, I just need a place to put my boat. I'll go for just about any marina with an opening for now.