It's a cunning plan, but needs thinking through. In early Jan 2014 my wife and I are transferring to Brisbane
. I am hoping some kindred spirits could share their experiences with the live-aboard life in the area.
From internet research
, ( I haven't actually rung or emailed individual marinas
yet ), it appears several marinas
in the North to Southport Yachtclub, in the, ( you guessed it )... South, permit
long term live-aboards.
My main question is : How are long term live-aboards treated by various marina managements ?
The reason for my question is that here in New Zealand
, for reasons I don't really understand, liveaboards are treated somewhat akin to pond scum in the great ziggurat of life. Most marina management I've dealt with over the years seem to struggle to be civil when asked (very politely, ) if liveaboards are permitted. At best I've found their tolerance to be begrudging. Most Kiwi Marinas just do not not cater for the life. Curious really, as boating
is a big part of the culture.
I lived, under the radar
, in the Tauranga Bridge Marina for a couple of years, two to three nights a week, but was usually made to feel like some sort of criminal.
Not so of course, by the other liveaboards, who were a great bunch of people. Some good times had, and much rum
So has anybody here got some experiences they would like to share, good and bad please.
Manly would seem the most convenient from a work perspective. ( I fly night freighters for a crust ), but something further South on the Broadwater would possibly have better cruising within shorter distances. As I am fortunate to only have to work about 15 days a month, we envisage getting a lot of use from the boat.
Which brings me to my next question. Although we have always been keel-boat sailors, I can remember when our kids
were little, spending a few embarrassing hours on the mudbanks of the Broadwater, so we're wondering if, in our early sixties ( growing older not up ), a shallow draft
houseboat might be the way to go.
Never even been on one, so curious to know if two rear-mounted outboards are sufficient to manoeuver say a 40 foot houseboat in the confines of a marina, or is a bow thruster mandatory rather than nice to have ?
All replies gratefully received. Cheers !!