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Old 08-07-2016, 15:49   #1
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Liveaboard Marina's around Destin, FL area..

Anyone know of any? Searched threads and most of the places I've contacted no longer allow liveaboards... I can travel as far east as Panama City and as far west as Pensacola.

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Many that don't want live aboards allow transients.
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Re: Liveaboard Marina's around Destin, FL area..

Yeah, but transient isn't going to work for me considering I live on the boat full time...


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Liveaboard Marina's around Destin, FL area..

Many marinas that allow live aboards have minimum length requirements >30'.

I always register transient and, if planning to stay more than a week, pay a month at a time.

I have yet to be turned away from a marina that has transient slips available.

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I have been living aboard since 2012.
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Re: Liveaboard Marina's around Destin, FL area..

You know that you're paying way more for transient slips though right? Liveaboard rates are usually between $8-11 per foot plus electric per month.


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The rates for month to month are usually $68-80 more than leased slips.
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Re: Liveaboard Marina's around Destin, FL area..

As a liveaboard in Pensacola for the past 16 years, you have a number of options. Palafox Pier doesnt technically allow live aboards but they dont keep track and take long term transients as well. I know several liveaboards there. I was in a sister marina in the same basin called Baylen Slips. They allow liveaboards.

Several of the marinas in Bayou Chico also allow liveaboards.

If you want to go up the Escambia River (and can clear the bridges) Smiths Fish camp and the Swamphouse Marina allow liveaboards. I was at the Swamphouse for a couple years following Hurricane Ivan and have friends living aboard at Smiths. These are probably the two cheapest places around


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Re: Liveaboard Marina's around Destin, FL area..

My marina in PCB, Bay Point, has liveaboards. Not sure they admit to it.
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Re: Liveaboard Marina's around Destin, FL area..

There are several live aboards in the City Marina in PC, $150 extra I think, but call to check


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Re: Liveaboard Marina's around Destin, FL area..

This forum gets these questions weekly. The thing to know is marinas like to know and sometimes see who and what they are renting a slip to, especially on a long term basis. It is hard for them to do that over the phone. And as previously stated, some have minimum length requirements. But, if they have space and your boat doesn't look like the African Queen, you can rent a slip for a week or two. At that point hopefully you have befriended the dock master and the office staff. That is when you ask if it would be possible to rent month to month. You see a pattern forming here? They may require you to pay for a 30ft. slip.
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Liveaboard Marina's around Destin, FL area..

All to often folks will rent a slip sight unseen and someone will tow the boat in after hours. High rent marinas aren't wild about tenants that don't keep their boats in good condition.


The Harbour master here acts rough but is pretty softhearted sometimes. He let a young man come in with a 24 ft sloop to live aboard short time. Towed in after hours, mast down, cockpit looking like the floor of an 18 yr olds bachelor pad. Cabin was worse.

2 months later he heads out for parts unknown and leaves the boat. Leaves it for the marina to deal with.

I rebuilt the rudder and tiller. Got the 40 yr old 6 horse running. Stepped the mast (with help before the kid left). Hung the boom. Repaired the mainsail and the sail cover.

I did enough work on it the asst harbor master thought I had slipped a new boat in without telling anyone.

The marina might get 1k for the boat.


That's one of the reasons it's hard to get a LOB slip on the phone.
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