location: The Boating Store.
What is it supposed to be on the show?
boating / sporting goods store.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 8 (of season 3), "The Damage a Man Can Do".
Miguel Prado has discovered Dexter's dark secret, and is eager to get in on the action. A reluctant Dexter takes the seemingly friendly Prado under his wing, and tutors him in the fine points of killing.
In this scene, Dexter takes him to a boating store, where they go on a shopping spree for tools to be used in the upcoming killing of one Billy Fleeter.
As they push a shopping cart through the small, blue & white shop, Prado is like a kid in a candy store, eagerly suggesting items for the cart. But he seems a bit miffed when Dexter ignores his suggestions and shows him the tools they will really need, including duct tape and a large knife...
Or as Dexter says: "I'm going to put together a starter kit for you."
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. An actual boating store - but not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. In real life, it is the West Marine store at 4750 Admiralty Way, in Marina Del Rey, CA.
You'll find it at the west/northwest corner of Admiralty Way & Fiji Way, about a half mile east of Fisherman's Village, and about a half mile of Burton Chase Park (where you'll find several other Dexter locations, including Dexter & Rita's wedding, and Mario's stakeout).
is in the southwest corner of an upscale Mediterranean-style shopping center
I shot the photos below in 2009
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. This one took a lot of legwork - or perhaps I should say, a lot of gasoline.
At first, I thought it might be an easy one. I spotted a sign on one of the store shelves that said "West Marine", and when I checked the Yellow Pages, sure enough, West Marine was the name of a boating store chain with outlets in the L.A. area.
That is where the problem arose. They had several stores in the local area: Long Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Marina del Rey... most of them areas where Dexter has filmed before.
So I studied the aerial photos. Unfortunately, most of the stores looked alike, and the only thing I had to go on were interior shots of the store, and one brief glance out the windows (that didn't reveal much).
My first guess was San Pedro, so I grabbed my camera and headed down there. But once in the store, even though the interior looked a great deal the store in the question, I couldn't match the exact signs and aisles seen in the episode.
So, I moved on to the West Marine store in Long Beach, some 15 miles to the east. But once inside, the interior still didn't quite match.
at home, I studied the scene in greater detail and noticed some columns
outside, through the store windows. Studying the aerial photos, my next
best guess was Marina del Rey - a 30-mile drive from the Long Beach store.
And this time, it paid off. Once inside, the interior matched perfectly,
so I shot some matching photos (above) to prove it.
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