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Old 26-03-2013, 10:14   #121
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We've lived aboard for thirty-seven years; we arrive at a marina; we pay the monthly rate. We don't hesitate to admit to being "fulltime cruisers" that don't own anything that is not on the boat. Our legal address is St. Brendan's Isle at Green Cove Springs, Fl. This legal residence is on or driver's licenses, passports, checks, voter's registration....everything!....We've spent years at marinas thart "don't allow liveaboards". Our vessel does not appear diffferent from those that are only weekend sailors. We have kept long term slips in Florida, Maryland, & South Carolina. We might call ahead to a marina and ask if they have a transient slip for a couple of months, but we never ask on the phone if they have slips for liveaboards. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
I lived aboard eleven months at a marina in Miami that didn't allow liveaboards, and the harbormaster knew and was okay with it. I did it by having a land based address and a job, and telling him I would be staying on my boat a lot, but keeping my boat looking like I didn't live on it.

I am now keeping my boat at a marina that officially doesn't allow liveaboards, but tolerates several who keep a low profile, and a neat looking boat.

I think this is probably the case with a whole lot of marinas.
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Old 26-03-2013, 10:28   #122
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I totally agree and I don't think there is a marina owner or dock master that doesn't realize that having liveaboards is having another set of eyes for security and helping with other boaters.
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I totally agree and I don't think there is a marina owner or dock master that doesn't realize that having liveaboards is having another set of eyes for security and helping with other boaters.
Absolutely. I thought that was a bit of an exaggeration until the first time a neighbor's nearly new boat tried to sink.
Now I make it a policy to introduce myself to my boat neighbors on all sides, let them know I am here on my boat a lot(code for I'm a live aboard really these days). Many of them live out of town, even out of country. I get their cards, write the boat name on the back and if I see an issue, I call them.
Make yourself useful, keep your boat clean and life is good.
Neighbors on your side goes a long way.

I think marinas like the status quo, keeps live aboard boats clean and under the radar, instead of infesting the dock with junk. They get the benefits of having live aboard boaters without the expense of additional amenities, taxes, etc and if the owner chooses to cause problems they have a perfectly legitimate reason to terminate their slip lease(no live aboard)
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