>Are there any year-round liveaboards here from Charleston, SC?
Yes, there are some full timers living at the marinas.
>What are your monthly costs for a slip or mooring
$2/foot for a day. There are people who own slips that you can do a year-rental from. Ive heard from $550 to $500/month w/ an annual agreement. They provide water, cable, electric
, & there's indoor showers & laundry
too. The showers are nice at the Harborage. The water is nice & hot, but it an take 5 minutes for the hot-water to actually start flowing once you've turned on the faucet.
BTW: This is a great feature for indoor showers. As an ex-trucker, Ive used many a much colder shower
& luke-warm showers can make you sick when it's freezing outside. I've heard these extras were included in the rent, but I also heard electric
is extra. Depends on who you're renting
>Do you feel you have everything you need within easy reach?
At the harborage you do. They have a bike rack & there's even an Earth-Fare maybe 2 miles away. EF sells water for $.40/gallon. West Marine
is also 2 miles about 2 miles away & K-mart is a little further. Walmart on Folly Island is much further, & the road there is not friendly to bikes, very busy, nut always side-walked. Many grocery stores w/in 2 miles. It probably takes me 30 mins to get there on the bike.
>winter, etc. Do you use heater, A/C, or just deal with the changes?
Winter can get into the teens w/ windchill. But 2 small electric-space heaters are do fine, or so I hear. A heat-pump does good too, but mine stayed on a lot, which makes vibration... & noise
& on a boat it doesn't make for restful sleep, neither does a fridge.
>How is the tide? The wind
In Charleston, the tide can be particularly strong. Don't enter the marina when the tide is moving or the wind blowing. The tide is stronger going out to sea.
>What other information do you have as far as good and bad of living aboard
Well, the fish
aren't biting much in the dead winter & neither are the crabs, even though my fishfinder
says they're down there.
The Harborage marina can put your slip near a busy bridge, & there's a hospital nearby & an airport
, so, sirens & roarings...
Lots of dolphins
Recently they're requiring city bike permits to be able to park your bike on the rack.
is one of the worst I've used as a trucker, & that's a lot. You can have a full-bar connection, but you'll still be unable to use it 70% of the time. It's wifi
. Sometimes, when it works, you can get a good download rate & watch youtube, but that only happens maybe 3% of the time. I use T-Mobile's 3g wireless USB device ($45/2 months & 2.5 gigs - if I recall
Best to you