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Old 31-03-2016, 23:29   #16
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Re: I need to add 13" to live aboard.

I'm liking the retractable bowsprit. It looks like I could even build my own with a little investigation. However buying cost isn't to bad either.

I'll be looking into this one!
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Old 31-03-2016, 23:32   #17
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Re: I need to add 13" to live aboard.

I have no idea if I'd want that, but it would add a little length! Maybe sraps to keep stuff level.

It would be cheap too!

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This might get you there. Don't laugh, because I have no idea if this is proper hardware for a sailboat. It extends and retracts but there does not seem to be a lock to keep it horizontal. Wouldn't that lend to alot of rattling around in seas ? Attachment 121817
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Old 31-03-2016, 23:41   #18
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Old 01-04-2016, 06:26   #19
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Re: I need to add 13" to live aboard.

Do they actually measure?


Just tell them it's 35'. Lots of model numbers don't quite match the length.
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Re: I need to add 13" to live aboard.

I suggest sitting down with the marina manager and asking him or her what you need to do to qualify to live aboard. Obviously, adding a long anchor or such silliness isn't going to make the boat more "livable".
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Yep, I found a marina that allows live aboard. However only if your boat is 35 feet long or more.
Are you sure the boat has to be 35', or is the minimum charge is for 35'?
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Re: I need to add 13" to live aboard.

It's very livable. The propane range is brand new. The Composting head is brand new. It had a refrigeration unit in the cooler box, but that old thing s dead. So, I plan to buy a new one. However, being single, I can keep fewer refrigerated things until I get that dealt with.

It did have a propane heater, but I took that thing out. It's in my trailer. I plan to buy a diesel replacement.

Still good advice. I'll put in my application on Monday, which I'm already filling out. Then go and talk to them when I go out to do the deck beautification.
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Re: I need to add 13" to live aboard.

When I talked to them a few days ago, the woman didn't sound very worried about me getting in. I told her I wasn't quite sure if I reached 35', and might have to add a swim platform. She just giggled and acted like I'd be fine.

So I think the number fudging might be the ticket.

Well,.. After some serious ass busting on deck work and paint!

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Most likely, it's something they keep in their back pocket to discourage what they consider undesirable liveaboards.


If you come in clean shaven, with a nice shipshape boat and your check clears with no issues...generally are a desirable customer, they "forget" to check the length as long as you are close (plausible deniability if someone asks)


If you show up in a 28' boat with sails made of old tarps, smoke belching continually from the exhaust and clutter everywhere on deck...just generally don't look reliable, they politely say they are sorry but there is 35' minimum for liveaboard.
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Most likely, it's something they keep in their back pocket to discourage what they consider undesirable liveaboards.


If you come in clean shaven, with a nice shipshape boat and your check clears with no issues...generally are a desirable customer, they "forget" to check the length as long as you are close (plausible deniability if someone asks)


If you show up in a 28' boat with sails made of old tarps, smoke belching continually from the exhaust and clutter everywhere on deck...just generally don't look reliable, they politely say they are sorry but there is 35' minimum for liveaboard.

Well I'll have to think about that too then. My hair is long, blond and flowing (Like Fabio! lol). Then I'm currently sporting a thick blond (starting to gray) beard. The first I've ever been capable of growing (and I'm 45!). My family thinks it looks very "Seaman like" .

Maybe I'll need to grow the beard back later.

The positive thing is,.. I planned to pay the first 6 months in advance. Just to ease the transition. Moving from Colorado, onto a boat. Then finding a job in a new state, is quite the shift (This data could be fudged too).
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Re: I need to add 13" to live aboard.

Do you have to *be* that size, or just pay the rate for a boat that size?
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Well I'll have to think about that too then. My hair is long, blond and flowing (Like Fabio! lol). Then I'm currently sporting a thick blond (starting to gray) beard. The first I've ever been capable of growing (and I'm 45!). My family thinks it looks very "Seaman like" .

Maybe I'll need to grow the beard back later.

The positive thing is,.. I planned to pay the first 6 months in advance. Just to ease the transition. Moving from Colorado, onto a boat. Then finding a job in a new state, is quite the shift (This data could be fudged too).
Maybe append that to neatly trimmed beard. The point being if you look like you will scare off other customers, they will be less likely to look the other way.
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Do you have to *be* that size, or just pay the rate for a boat that size?
All she said was that they required live aboard to be 35 feet. I plainly told her I wasn't sure I was quite 35 feet, but maybe? She giggled, as though it wasn't an issue. I even told her I could add some length. Then she said they could put me in a 37 foot slip, for my added length later on.

So, you got me buddy!??
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Do you have to *be* that size, or just pay the rate for a boat that size?
+1 that question... no one actually measured my boat, I pay for a 36' slip with my HR 35' boat that measures 35.5' anchor roller to pushpit

If you really need to add length, how about:
- a steering windvane
- pushpit mounted propane grill
- aft mounted solar panels
- aft mounted dinghy davits
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Re: I need to add 13" to live aboard.

This must be Marina Del Rey. Double-back tap down a piece of Home Depot wood to the deck protruding 13" off the bow. If they measure...fine. Later remove it...you'll be old news.
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