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Old 02-10-2011, 12:53   #1
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Do Liveaboards in the US Ever Intend to Leave ?

We are British live aboards but have been cruising France for the last few months. We intend to go via Spain and Portugal into the Med for a while beore going across the atlantic and then Pasific.

There are people in the UK who will never start their engine, some who intend to do so but never will and then the few who do it.

Is it the same in the US and what are you.

Europe is a wonderful cruising ground so have you or will you ever leave to cross the atlantic.

I say this as we see very few Americans on this side.
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Re: Do liveaboards in the US ever intend to leave?

Yes. Some of us wander about. The Bahamas, Caribbean, South America, Central America and of couse, the US's lengthy coast makes wandering much farther afield a major task few choose.
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Re: Do liveaboards in the US ever intend to leave?

I've been in 3 different marina's in the past 3 months I've been living aboard. From what I've seen, the vast majority of liveaboards are simply living aboard, and not cruising. I've only met one 'cruiser' who has real plans to leave and cross the atlantic.

A lot of people go on weekend cruises around the bay (chesapeake) and there's the occasional story of a bahamas trip or the ICW cruises...

I fully intend to leave, maybe not to cross the pond, but to atleast head south and do the island thing for a while. But as a liveaboard, I haven't been doing very much local cruising, not counting the cruise here... I work (to fund the trip south), and although I love to sail, i just haven't been out much... The marina I'm right now, is full of big, fancy boats that are fully capable of crossing oceans, but nobody is going anywhere...

If it makes you feel any better, there aren't a whole lot of Euro boats on this side of the pond either. I suspect most EU boats go to the caribbean, and most US boats (that actually cruise) also go to the caribbean. Lots of coastal cruisers here in the summer, but I think the typical american liveaboard is pretty stagnant, for whatever reason.
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Re: Do liveaboards in the US ever intend to leave?

Liveaboards live aboard

Cruisers cruise
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Re: Do liveaboards in the US ever intend to leave?

there are both euro boats who gave up and usa boats who gave up down here-- for sale and newly purchased.......and many whose owners own condos also and do not take the boat out anymore but like having cocktails on board in winter. there are also cruisers down here....... not so many in summer months, tho
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Re: Do liveaboards in the US ever intend to leave?

Liveaboards don't go anywhere except on weekends or vacations because they have jobs etc. still holding them to land.

Cruisers on the other hand sometimes just ............STOP!
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Re: Do liveaboards in the US ever intend to leave?

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Liveaboards don't go anywhere except on weekends or vacations because they have jobs etc. still holding them to land.

Cruisers on the other hand sometimes just ............STOP!
Stop working?...
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Stop working?...

stop sailing/moving
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Re: Do liveaboards in the US ever intend to leave?

Be thankful most people don't leave the dock. Can you imagine the hell that would arise if every one left? I am in Golfito right now, and only yesterday after a month here. Another boat came in. If everybody left the bay would be bumper to bumper topside to topside. Count your lucky blessing most stay put!!!!!!!!!!!!!.........i2f
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I have met lots of us/Canadian cruisers while I was cruising the East coast of the US. I agree that most of them have no urge crossing the pond, given they have the Caribbean so close.
Have a look at this paper, regarding anchoring in the US (Florida)
Fulltime active cruisers, who live on their boats with no permanent residence on land are no longer considered live-aboards according to Florida law.
Live-aboard vessel means: Any vessel used solely for residence and not for navigation.
Ref.: http://www.boatus.com/gov/pdf/GA005F...gPaper2011.pdf
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Re: Do Liveaboards in the US Ever Intend to Leave ?

floriduh has gotten worse than kalifornikation....
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