has long been known as a state "not friendly" for long term live-aboard boaters, but all that has changed with adoption of a new rule
by the Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resource Division.
Now boaters can legally stay up to 90 days without submitting any paperwork. Live-aboards wanting to stay longer can fill out a simple one page application at certified marinas
and stay without any additional fee. And the application is free!
The new live-aboard rule
sends a clear message that Georgia
has shed its black-eye status associated with the restrictive policy of the past 20 years and is ready to back up the claim that this is a boat friendly state. Live-aboard owners need to be aware that DNRís Coastal Resource Division and the certified marinas
are very serious about preserving the fragile coastal environment
and Georgiaís treasured barrier islands and will strictly enforce the no discharge law.
More information can be obtained at Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resource Division web site for Extension of Live-Aboard Privileges or by contacting certified marinas. Live-Aboard Extensions | Coastal Resources Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Currently there are five of Georgiaís 30 marinas with unlimited pump out capacity. They are Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles at St. Simonís Island, Jekyll Harbor Marina on Jekyll Island, Brunswick Landing Marina in Brunswick, Bull River Marina and Isle of Hope Marina in Savannah.