I called the marina on VHF upon arrival and they gave me a slip assignment. I asked where the slip was located and no response. Most of the slip numbers on the docks were unreadable. I was finally able to get the attention of marina staff tieing up another boat. They directed me to a slip. I told them I wanted to be in the basin and they said nothing was available. After going to the slip I had been directed to the staff said there was a mistake and that my slip was in the basin. The marina staff did a great job tying my boat. They say the vhf radio goes out regularly.