Originally Posted by barnakiel
Well, if a hose is cheaper than a boat then why live on a boat. And if you do want to live on a boat then why not say hell that's my fancy and I will pay for it.
Where we are, keeping a small boat at the dock costs us roughly 30% of what it would cost us to rent a house, so ... b.
I assume your "hose" should be "house." I did not speak to a "house" but to an apartment which can be anything from a condo to a tenement. Houses are rather expensive to both buy and maintain and even rent. Witness the huge numbers of people losing their houses/homes in today's financial crisis. Per square foot a maintained boat is most likely more expensive. Few if any houses come in 150-200 sq feet sizes. Apartment/tenements do.
- - Also I spoke directly to "static live-aboards" which is a group of people who have the idea that because a boat floats, it is free of rent and repair. If in a marina there are considerable costs and an on going barrage of bureaucratic restrictions being imposed to root out static live-aboards that, more than not, end up in disrepair and as derelicts. There are several threads on CF about being run out of formerly economical marinas
by new restrictions, requirements and the marina being converted to up-scale condo marina status.
- - There is a long history
of static live-aboards in the Dinner Key area of Miami
that goes back to the founding of Miami
. Homeless people would appropriate abandoned boats and set up house in them. Some were even partially sunken and cement blocks and planks put inside to keep the folks above water. Over a decade the city has tried everything to get rid of them and has been slowly successful. Static live-aboards are pretty much legislated out of existence in Florida
and probably by a lot of other States/major Cities. That is unless the boat is kept in operating and clean condition which is not inexpensive these days.
- - So the old idea of an "affordable live-aboard anywhere" is an old idea that rarely exists in the modern world anymore. However, dirt cheap
apartments do continue to exist and eventually become tenements.