All of the Bay Area Marinas we looked at had set footage for dock
rates. If they only had a 40 foot slip and we had our little 28 foot tsunami
we were going to have to pay the 40 foot rate. Curently we pay for 30 feet, which isn't too bad, only two extra feet.
They also had mobility requirements, as in you had to move in under your own steam, no tow ins. Many of them stipulated the boat must leave dock quarterly. I can't say how effectively that is being enforced.
Many of them noted limited size liveaboards, 30 foot or more, and most had no live aboards allowed, or none currently available. The SF Bay
has some regional environmental board that has decided liveaboards are bad for the bay. Hence all the *sneakaboards* we see.
At our marina there are a heartbreaking number of boats that have not moved in YEARS. some of them ten or more... just derelict. We met one of the owners for the first time yesterday two slips down, an old wooden power cruiser that is rotting away. he brought it in in 2002 as a *project* that he has never started. and clearly never will, as it looks to only be good for salvage
at this stage. He spoke about his attachment to the boat like it was some kind of badge of honour, and made some offhanded reference to a quote about "How many different definitions of 'cruising' there are".
We just smiled polietly and moved along the dock, but after I couldn't help commenting "gee, do you think SINKING
is another definition of cruising? After all at least it would show MOVEMENT!"