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Old 02-06-2010, 17:38   #1
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Average Liveaboard Cost / Foot

When we lived in San Diego we were paying about $1150/month for our 38 ft sailboat (I think it was a 45' slip). It was 16.75/ft plus $225 liveaboard fee for one person and an additional $175 for a second. You might as well rent an apartment right? So here is my question: what do you think the national average $/ft is and what is the average live aboard fee? More importantly though, what is it like to not live in a major metropolitan area? Can you drastically reduce your costs by leaving the cities? I am interested in hearing stories from people who do not live in traditional marinas. What is your special arrangement? How many of you are living on the hook or on a mooring?
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Old 02-06-2010, 17:54   #2
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Old 02-06-2010, 18:01   #3
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Old 02-06-2010, 18:17   #4
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old island marinea key west.
started out three years ago for flat 12 ft plus pump out and elect. very clean and well run
now 14 ft + 80 +25 +50 = 645.
place sux. wifi dont work mud docks no piles and rotten bouy lines. bigest thieves are the security guards, well, not the one pimping the crack monsters!!
Ya get what ya pay for or is it you pay for what they can get you to pay?
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Old 02-06-2010, 19:23   #5
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$325/mo 2 miles South of Annapolis on the South River. Not perfect but way affordable.
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Old 02-06-2010, 20:44   #6
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On the Texas coast decent marinas with floating docs run $5 - $10 per foot. My Marina is about right in the middle of the range. I paid $260 for a 36 foot slip. Now I am in a 42 foot slip and pay $320. There is also a $75 / month live aboard fee.

The best deal has to be the Corpus Christi marina. The rates are great (Official web site for City of Corpus Christi, Texas) and they give you 4 months free if you prepay 8 months. That means for a 40' boat, your first year is $2600 ($217 per month) with electric included.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:34   #7
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For Florida, I'm seeing a lot of marinas outside of the major cities costing from 10-14 a ft on average. Liveaboard fee can range from nothing to 100 or 200. Right now it's off season, so the places I'm visiting are a lot of "call the manager and he can probably work you a deal".

I've been to 1 or 2 marinas that aren't even on the map or advertised that are cheaper than the above.

Inside the major cities and premium areas, prices seem to go up pretty quick.
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30' slip for $240. electricity runs 30 to 40 a month depending on the temp. live aboard is another $150.

Free pump out and nice shore facilities, baths, laundry.

south end of San Francisco, on the bay.
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We're paying $509/month for a 45' slip at a "fulltime use" (liveaboard) rate for our 41' ketch not including metered electricity that is about $0.10/KWH. This cost is competitive with the rates and many marinas in our area on the St. Johns River in the Jacksonville area and includes pool, basic cable TV, laundry and two pumpouts/month. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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You might as well rent an apartment right?
...yeah but the view isn't as great!

We live in a old rundown Marina , our dock is literally falling down around us, yet we pay as much as the really nice marinas.
We stay because its really quiet and the people that are here are pretty damn great.
I don't need fancy gated parking lots and amenities , just give me a view and I am happy. Although...recently BP has set up a staging sight right across from us....quiet now but I have a feeling it will pick up very soon.


BP staging area moved to Bayou Chico | pnj.com | Pensacola News Journal
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$350 for a slip, unlimited electricity. The thing is it's only a 26' boat!

$13.47/ft
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$258/mo for liveaboards for up to 35', which includes unlimited electric. About half that if you don't live aboard. Location is Virginia side of Potomac River right at mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
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anyone can chime in with rates near melbourne/ coco bch FL ?
we gotta go!
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Lauderboy is right. downtown St Pete Fl you really don't have time for the 9 month wait. Plus the fees and the footage. Gulf port marina which is not far on the gulf protected in the ICW 288.00 a month plus live aboard fee. So less then 500.00 a month.
Find the out of the way places and i think you will be okay.
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We're in Cape Coral, Fl and pay $451/mo (for a 37ft boat) which includes $35 flat rate electric and a liveaboard fee. We're considered "resident long-term transient". We're in a city park which includes a tennis court, pool, racketball, fishing pier and boat ramp.
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