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Old 10-12-2013, 12:46   #1
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My wife and I traveled for 5 years in a motorhome and did our share of "campground hosting" where we exchanged work for a camp space.

Are there any such things for marinas? We are fulltime liveaboards who are constantly on the move and wouldn't mind volunteering in a state or county run marina in exchange for a slip.

Oh, we are currently on The Great Loop making our way down Kentucky Lake after having spent a week at Green Turtle Bay waiting for Cleon and Dion to make their way through.

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Old 10-12-2013, 13:25   #2
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Re: Hosting?

This is an interesting idea. Although I'm not aware of any volunteer opportunities, I'd be interested in hearing about any that you find. The only such opportunity I know of is in the Bahamas where you can often volunteer at the Exuma Land and Sea Park in exchange for a mooring.

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Have seen a few hosting situations in mooring fields/marinas, but not nearly so common as in the RV world. There are however plenty of owners who will gladly pay you to run their marina/resort/ they can escape from "paradise".
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:30   #4
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Re: Hosting?

Some people have gotten jobs as assistant harbormasters or marina managers.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:31   #5
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Re: Hosting?

In the US, a lot of lighthouses have been turned over to "friends of ___ light" organizations. They often solicit part-time keepers for a week or two at a time. Many have a mooring assigned to the keeper. I think you'd have to spend some time training, and probably sign up well in advance.
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