"He told me he takes the boat out every day to avoid LA rules. " Really? HAULS a 34' boat every day? That sounds either terribly unique or terribly pricey, I'm thinking the odds are that you are getting your leg pulled. Could be an expensive trip. But then again, I'd a card-carrying skeptic and I'm required to bring these things up.
The homeless are homeless for a variety of reasons. Giving them all derelict boats and expecting anything except a batch of sunken boats six months later, is unrealistic. Yes, one or two or five out of the hundred may get fixed up, but the majority will become submerged wrecks, because just giving away "shelter" isn't what many of the homeless want =or= need the most. And then there's the question of where to put all those boats.
Far cheaper and simpler to give them all tents on the village green. No, wait a minute, that has been done, here in the US, right in DC actually, when homeless veterans camped on the Mall after WW1. And the government
eventually called out troops to route
And in NYC
, where there were shantytowns in what is now Central Park (routed by brute force) and Pelham Bay (also moved by force).
Changing from tents and shanties to derelict boats will only add to an environmental disaster when it comes time to clean them up.
Flying to LA (LA? SF?) to see a boat that is hauled(?) every day....I hope that's a short flight for you!