All right so...when last I posted anything I had just gotten my Catalina
27 out of repair at San Francisco
Boatworks. They did a general overhaul
of anything related to seaworthiness along with 1 or 2 bigger things. She's got new bottom paint
, prop and shaft, filters, through hulls, and so on.
Last week I swapped out the original Jabsco head
for a new one (I know this model tends to last about 2-3 years but by that point I hope to just remove the whole system and put in a composting head
I'm at a marina in South San Francisco
and realize that I haven't left myself a lot of room for one very important thing: finding a live aboard spot at a Bay Area marina. My apartment lease
is up November 11th. At my particular marina there are a LOT of sneakaboards but I know myself and I really just can't handle the stress of doing that. For me, my living situation needs to be 100 percent on the level or I don't sleep well.
The harbormaster is a really good guy and I had a conversation with him and the news was not good. According to him, the live aboard waiting list at the marina was years long already. When I asked him if he knew any places that might be taking liveaboards he shook his head and said, "Maybe way north up by the Delta
." Apparently in the last 2-3 years liveaboards have skyrocketed due to the escalating rents in the city and the closure of a couple of marinas
in East Bay.
All of this is, of course, research
I should have done quite awhile before dumping as much money
as I did into my boat. :bang head: California marinas
allow non-liveaboards to stay overnight on their boats up to 3 nights a week. I suggested to the harbormaster that I get a slip at another marina and move the boat twice a week and he said 1. I'd still eventually get cooked for that 7th night as it's 3 nights within a 7 day period that matter, and 2. I'm not a very experienced sailor and having to move the boat twice a week every week including (potentially) in bad weather
might not be the safest choice to make early on.
SO...with my apartment lease
expiring I'm now looking for a commuter room 4 nights a week and planning to spend the weekends on the boat. Because of my own mismanagement I can't afford to have an apartment of my own and the boat. I'm going to crank the marina search into high gear
this weekend starting with Sausalito, Berkeley and Alameda but the other thing that now concerns me is the minimum foot requirement at some Marina's even if they have any open spots. Oy vey.
Anyway, I just needed to share my sob story. Living on a boat has been a dream of mine since I was a kid so I'm going to make this happen. I suppose even if I do end up up in Delta