Too much going on here to not chime in. My take is that this was originally about folks who aren't cruisers or even sailors specifically, who happen to live on sailboats at anchor
. The discussion seems to have veered toward what makes one a "bum/hobo", and at which point they have paid sufficient dues to society to utilize public anchorages
Yes, I fully understand that derelict boats are an issue. Same to the floating hulls that some camp on indefinitely, whether by choice or by circumstance. However, I see nothing wrong with someone who wants to live on the hook, on the margins of society, while still being responsible citizens of their country and our planet.
I feel like some posters here would consider me a "hobo" or similar. I served in the US military and received an honourable discharge after completing my contract
. At that point, being single
and without financial obligation, I didn't feel like buying
into the American Dream. Housing is so outrageously priced here in the SF bay
area that many working class folk throw the vast majority of their money
at rent. I have an off grid place in the so-cal desert, on which I pay property taxes
for no services whatsoever. I cut my own road. I truck in water
. I could live out there in absolute comfort at minimum wage, paying less that 1 cent per gallon of water
at the fill point and running my fridge, lights, and AC for free on solar
. This doesn't work in the Bay.
I love the SF bay
area, I grew up here, and many of my friends are here. However, it is near impossible to live economically. Studio apartments for 1k/month are a good deal. I pay $300 per month to keep my Triton in a berth in Sausalito, but living aboard
wouldn't have the blessing of legitimacy. Would doing so anyways make me one of the untouchables? I pay taxes
, (sales, income
, and property), own over an acre, and have reliable, legal
wheels. I'm also below the poverty line. I work hard to make a living. Why throw away $12,000 a year on rent? I'd rather spend it at west marine
and on healthful food
Am I a "bad guy" if I were to choose to be a sneakaboard at a marina? Would It be worse if I moved 300 yards from my slip, dropped an anchor
, and cast my lots with the other folk who do so, saving $3600 a year?
I'm interested in everyone's take on the matter, especially as it applies to the difference between someone who camps on a floating hull
because it is better than the lee of a bridge vs. those who live aboard because they love the sea and can't afford to own and maintain a small vessel while paying obscene rent.
Cheers, and if you're around Sausalito let me know so I can get a cocktail ready.