in Juneau, Alaska
. I am the Port Director for Juneau and am responsible for running Juneau's harbors. I am also the President of the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators, an organization comprised of thirty municipal harbor entities.
Nearly all harbors (marinas) in Alaska are public and are run by local governments. Overall we have very good harbor infrastructure. Our harbor rates are very low compared to the rest of the US. For example, we charge $3.42 per foot per month in Juneau. We are on the higher end of the rate scale in Alaska.
We welcome liveaboards in Juneau and you will find that most of the Alaska harbor jurisdictions have the same philosophy. I currently have about 125 liveaboard
vessels in my harbor system, about 8% of the vessels in the water
Liveaboards are most common in Southeast Alaska. From Prince William Sound on north, it is just too cold to liveaboard. For example, most of this week the temperature has been close to zero F at night. Up north it has been below zero.
My harbors are designed with winter freeze proof potable water
systems. The practical limit for these systems is about what we have been experiencing this week. Potable water becomes the limiting factor. Obviously, heating
the boat and preventing condensation
is a major issue too.
Because of my work, I am familiar with liveaboard philosophy throughout the US and I believe that Alaska is very pro-liveaboard compared to other areas of US.
I would be happy to talk with anyone interested in moving or visiting up here. We have plenty of slips, some of the best coastline in the world, and great fishing
and wildlife viewing.