A. The Ricochet Rabbit is really the Victoria, a yacht which is usually docked near Alamitos Landing, in Long Beach, CA.
But for these scenes, they sailed the Victoria to two different locations.
The first set of scenes
are of Holly arriving at the yacht, of her being caught by
Travis, and of Travis later pulling the boat out of the marina.
These first scenes were shot at the Rainbow Harbor marina, west of Shoreline Village, in Long Beach, CA.
To be more specific, the boat was docked next to Pierpoint Landing,
a particular section of the marina (dedicated to sports fishing). It's
located south of the Aquarium of the Pacific, near a semicircle of
small buildings, with the address of 200 Aquarium Way. (See a map.)
That's right next door to Shoreline Park, which is where they filmed the 3rd Season scene of police finding the Skinner's second victim. It's also just a short walk from the party boat dock
where Masuka brought Dexter for his bachelor's party (also in Season
3). And between those two locations, you'll find the Aquarium where Dexter met with Lila (in Season 2).
Walk a little farther east, and you'll be at Shoreline Village, where they've filmed numerous times: most recently, the scenes where Gellar & Travis went to a nightclub, where Travis failed in an abduction attempt, and where they finally abducted Holly Benson.
Here's a Google StreetView of the Victoria in its usual dock, near Alamitos Landing, in Long Beach.
Here is an aerial map showing both locations where they docked the yacht.
*** Click here to read about the other Ricochet Rabbit location.***
How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I went to the marina the morning of September 9, 2011, after hearing that they were filming there. Rick had suggested I look for a yacht named the Victoria,
which they had reportedly rented for the scene. But when I got
there, expecting a busy shoot, I was surprised to find very little
activity underway, and just a few hints of filming in the area.
I didn't see a boat named Victoria at all. Instead, I noticed a yacht docked nearby named Ricochet Rabbit.
At the time, the name of the episode hadn't been announced, so that
name meant nothing me. I assumed it was just one of the local
boats at the marina.
However, as I looked a little closer, I happened to notice that, just under the name Ricochet Rabbit, in small print, it read "Coral Gables Florida" (as you can see below, in a blow-up of one of my photos above).
Florida? I realized then that the boat was almost certainly part of the Dexter scene. And taking a second look, I recognized the yacht as the Victoria in disguise. (They had actually hung a matching banner over the boat's original name, rather than re-paint it.)
It was before noon, and they must have been just starting to prep the ship for the
scene, because there were no cameras in sight and only a handful of
people on the boat itself. So, I shot the photos you see above.
I was amused, later in the year, when the title of the 10th episode was announced to be "Ricochet Rabbit."
By the way, if you were born after the 1960's and are wondering about the name Ricochet Rabbit,
it was the name of an animated cartoon character from Hanna-Barbera,
the same studio that gave us "The Flintstones", "Yogi Bear" and
"Huckleberry Hound". "Ricochet" was a minor effort, though, a
satire of the TV Westerns that were popular at the time. If you've
got a masochistic streak, you can watch one of the episodes here. (But don't say I didn't warn you...)
(Click here to read about the other Ricochet Rabbit location.)