Dexter Filming Locations: The Deserted Boathouse

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The location: The Deserted Boathouse

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A deserted boathouse.  (The computer description Dexter reads lists it as a "Marine Storage Warehouse.)

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. 1920 Waterworks Blvd, in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 11, of Season 7, "Do You See What I See?"

    LaGuerta is convinced that Dexter may be the Bay Harbor Butcher, and is intent on clearing Doakes' name by proving it.  She has even brought former Chief Matthews into the investigation.

    Dexter finds out, and attempts to put a stop to it by planting definitive evidence that Doakes was indeed guilty.

    First, Debra plants evidence in LaGuerta's garage (among the items taken from the cabin where Doakes died) including deep sea fishing tackle (implying Doakes had a boat, after all) and a hidden key to a marina boathouse.

    In this scene, LaGuerta and Matthews go to that deserted boathouse, looking for clues.

    Matthews finds a stash of trash bags and plastic wrap in a cabinet, and tells LaGuerta to call out the forensic team.

    She does, and they tell her that a fingerprint on one of the knives found there belonged to Doakes.

    LaGuerta still refuses to believe it, insisting that Dexter might have planted it.

    But that does it for Matthews, who tells her that he is finished - and that he expects her to keep her promise to get him his police retirement.

    She replies that he will get what's coming to him.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

A. A boathouse.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. This was shot down at the Long Beach docks, at Curtin Maritime, a tugboat operator located at 1500 Pier C Street, Berth 57, in Long Beach. The shed/boathouse is real - you can see it in the aerial photos.

It appears they repainted the front of the shed to give it a more rusty, aged appearance...

They also used this same location for the later scene of the kill room (where LaGuerta almost catches Dexter in the act of killing Estrada).

The later flashback of Doakes on a dock was shot just a few yards away.

And a nearby refinery wall next door (and some CGI) was used to create Estrada's prison.

Not far away from this spot are the locations where they filmed the Christmas tree lot, and the scene of Estrada meeting Dexter outside a bar.

    Here is a Google aerial photo of the boathouse (looking north):

    Here is an aerial photo of the location.   And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of them.

    This tip came from Rick.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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