Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 20-01-2013, 18:39   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 11
Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Hi Everyone -

My searches on here have been coming up short - so your help will be much appreciated - so here goes:

Yup - you've got one of those people who always wanted to do this - but has still been weighing the options - so here's what's needed and what's needed to know...

What is the best "walk-able" marina anywhere in the US? (and I mean all 50 states - AK and HI included) ... I can work from anywhere (am not retired) ...just need a good high-speed wifi - (but let me not get ahead of myself as I have many requirements - so let me explain this "walk-able" thing first) What does "walk-able" mean to me? The following:

-Near everything - meaning restaurants, stores, public rail transit (if buses - okay but so long as everything else is available - but rail is ideal/optimal) - walk to town - or walk to a light-rail/subway etc. so I can get to everything else (like city-center, airport or where things are "happening").

A really good example is the the "Emeryville Marina" in the SF Bay area. If you look at it on Google maps - you can see how one can walk to anything - from Starbucks to Trader Joe's to Target to Men's Wearhouse (lol - hey still need clothes right?) to Best Buy ...plus BART rail. This is almost exactly as ideal a situation as you can have (plus tons and tons of other things). This makes living aboard not only completely self-sufficient and sustaining - but eliminates the need for any kind of vehicle - even a bike (as walking is my form of exercise).

So all of the above said, here's what else is needed:

-Looking for something for a 28-36 (give or take)' saildboat (am in the market to buy - havne't found anything yet - some stuff on Craigslist)
-Shower/Laundry facility
-WIFI
-Free to BBQ on onboard grill (some marinas prohibit this)
-Great community of folks who are friendly.
-won't be "years-long" waiting to get a slip (I'm open to trying to make offers to people who may want to sell there sailboat/slip)
There's more - but I'll post this now and then just edit/add later ...

Again folks any help with this would be great...thanks to all in advance

Best,

Johnnie
__________________

__________________
johnnie101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-01-2013, 12:35   #2
Registered User
 
S/V Blondie-Dog's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Marco Island
Boat: 28 ft Intrepid, hull #13
Posts: 102
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

My suggestion for the best "walkable", live-aboard marina as you describe is the City Marina at Dinner Key Harbor, Miami. (Coconut Grove). ... many fun times...
__________________

S/V Blondie-Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-01-2013, 13:06   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 11
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Thanks S/V ... always wanted an excuse to check-out Miami. Had thought it was tough to get around though per my list of wants - but will take a look at your recco - thanks again!

J.
__________________
johnnie101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-01-2013, 15:14   #4
Registered User
 
wingNwing's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: subject to change
Posts: 270
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Check out Charleston, SC and St Augustine, FL, if you're willing to look at the US East coast.
__________________
Shameless self-promotion - my blog for the Annapolis Capital newspaper Life Afloat is having some formatting glitches, till then I'm posting at Life Afloat Archives and Life Afloat on Facebook! And a new project, The Monkey's Fist: Collecting Cruisers' Perspectives
wingNwing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-01-2013, 15:54   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 11
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Heck yeah I'm willing - grew up on the East Coast - and have heard incredible things from other boaters about Charleston (though they didn't know about my criteria - was more about the town itself and the female population )

Will put both on the list to research... thanks much.
__________________
johnnie101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-01-2013, 16:04   #6
Registered User
 
CaptLinda6pack's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: RockPort, ME
Boat: Pearson 303
Posts: 48
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Quote:
Originally Posted by wingNwing View Post
Check out Charleston, SC and St Augustine, FL, if you're willing to look at the US East coast.
Very Nice Idea! Looking forward to visit the south next year. Right now our vessel is in Lewis, Del for the winter and will be back to sail it up in the spring. We just purchased boat Pearson 303 and ran into "Sandy" and decided to pull it out and not try to outrun her like Bounty tried to.
I see your sailboat and is beautiful. We will see you on FB or Blog??
Capt. Linda and Rob
__________________
CaptLinda6pack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-01-2013, 16:14   #7
Registered User
 
ReMetau's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Marathon, FL
Boat: Hans Christian 33
Posts: 648
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Maybe check out St. Pete municipal marina.
__________________
Don & Diana
s/v ReMetau - a Hans Christian 33
http://www.remetau.com
ReMetau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-01-2013, 16:18   #8
Registered User
 
Tim R.'s Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Portland, Maine
Boat: Caliber 40LRC
Posts: 604
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

How about Portland, Maine? DiMillos Marina.

Walk to trader joes, whole foods, dozens of bars restaurants, shops, chandlers. Low crims, great weather and some of the best cruising in the world right in your back yard.
__________________
Tim R.
Our Carina is sold
1997 Caliber 40LRC
TKR on a Boat Website
Tim R. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-01-2013, 16:30   #9
Registered User
 
CaptLinda6pack's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: RockPort, ME
Boat: Pearson 303
Posts: 48
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim R. View Post
How about Portland, Maine? DiMillos Marina.

Walk to trader joes, whole foods, dozens of bars restaurants, shops, chandlers. Low crims, great weather and some of the best cruising in the world right in your back yard.
Your Right On there! Our home-base in Rockport, Me. To-die-fore sailing here too. Linda
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	SAM_0347c.jpg
Views:	135
Size:	346.5 KB
ID:	53277  
__________________
CaptLinda6pack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-01-2013, 04:28   #10
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 11
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Hey thanks to everyone - you've given me a lot of great directions to go - am saving them all in a spreadsheet and will make notes/do more research... just have to put this plan into action! (on that note - I see far too many folks on this board in their 60's and later saying "I wish I had done what all of you are doing - but sooner")

...if anyone has more recco's - feel free ... let's keep this thread running.

Johnnie
__________________
johnnie101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-01-2013, 04:37   #11
Registered User
 
capttman's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Satellite Beach Florida
Boat: Bruce Roberts 434
Posts: 716
Send a message via Skype™ to capttman
Ahhh So many to chose from.. 1st would be Dinner Key in Coconut Grove in Miami. 2nd city Marina Charleston SC.
Ok so I listed two I'm over achiever.
__________________
Capttman

"When the bow be in the trees we'll be running out of seas"
capttman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-01-2013, 05:00   #12
cruiser

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Tampa to New York
Boat: Morgan 33 OutIsland, Magic and 33' offshore scott design "Cutting Edge"
Posts: 1,594
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Not seeing the walkability of charleston. Pretty goodhaul to the pig from city marina carrying groceries. I stayed at both downtown and folly river. I second St pete. Publix is only 3 blocks away. Bus service is good as well as a couple of trolleys that run around downtown. Bike friendly with many bike lanes. I would add biking to walking. Sure expands your area. Beaufort SC is nice and boater friendly, then again the grocery store is miles not blocks away.
__________________
forsailbyowner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-01-2013, 05:27   #13
Registered User
 
ranger42c's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Maryland, USA
Boat: 42' Sportfish
Posts: 2,981
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Several marinas in downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor area might work. Including trains to BWI airport... Check Active Captain for specifics...

-Chris
__________________
Selby Bay, South River, Chesapeake Bay, USA.
ranger42c is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-01-2013, 05:27   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 11
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

FSBO -

Thanks for the pov on Charleston ...that's the kinda' first-hand info I need. And adding a bike to the walk is fair (used to bike everywhere and haven't given it up yet) ... my point on walking is simply that one should be able to get to at least some sort of stores/restaurants without having to rely on any form of transportation other than your feet. The idea of a bike expanding on that is ideal - but completely relying on a bike to get to anywhere is one level outside what I'm looking for, if that makes sense.

Thanks again... (and yup - St. Pete's on the list) ...

Johnnie
__________________
johnnie101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-01-2013, 05:32   #15
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 11
Re: Best "Walkable" Live-Aboard Marinas+

Quote:
Originally Posted by ranger42c View Post
Several marinas in downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor area might work. Including trains to BWI airport... Check Active Captain for specifics...

-Chris
Chris - yup - used to live in Baltimore ... it fits the scope (almost: for some reason they have a lack of supermarkets downtown - but that was changing when I left) ... but B'more is a step backward for me ...also, would like to avoid anything south of Philly and North of NC though (mid-atlantic - just not my cup of tea)...NY would be incredible, but I've read other parts of the forum on trying to find anything live-aboard there being too expensive and too difficult...

Thanks either way.

Johnnie
__________________

__________________
johnnie101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
marinas

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:07.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.