Originally Posted by rainlax
Hello! I'm a 30-something female, very interested in the live aboard life! I live in Vancouver, BC, and am having a hard time finding (A) a live aboard to rent and (B) a marina that allows live aboards. Since I bike commute to work, I have a small area that I can live in, but am looking at Vancouver, North Van or West Van. Does anyone have any suggestions or tips on where to start looking? This has been a dream for me for over a decade but only now have I been settled in one spot and able to take it on.
A) not likely to find, at least one with a reasonable rent, that isn't a disaster waiting to happen. Much harder to steal a suite, and a simple mistake is unlikely to send the suite to the bottom.
Other reasons include cost, moorage is often as much as rent, add boat
upkeep and depreciation and you're looking at close to double rent costs in the area.
B) they exist still, wait lists range from 5-28 years and costs from 12$/ft to a 55, 000$ buy in and 6$/ft per month plus utilities.
None really left in n van, except grandfathered Liveaboard
slips. Mosquito creek and Lynnwood are off limits.
Sadly, capt. Phil has it right. Living aboard
is being crushed here in the name of the environment
Wrong they are, but when you feel righteous it is easy to force rules upon others despite the logic. Some Liveaboards, just like some land dwellers are indeed awful and make a mess, but the city, like most has chosen a solution grounded in feel-good principles instead of actual facts. Driving away the good ones or driving them underground.
Best look farther away(squamish, or south of the city) and increase your transport capabilities. I'd recommend a car(mobile dry storage
locker). Or an e bike if storage
is no issue, I love mine, though I do not buy it's environmental benefits entirely.
After the articles in the paper today, it looks like the journalists are wrecking and exposing another interesting place to live(Finn slough).
Live aboards exist, but must stay below the radar
, lest the city come hunting for us in the name of the greater good (we are naturally much worse than the large luxury yachts and booze cruises that I know pump sewage overboard