We don't liveaboard
yet, but have been doing a lot of research
in to it. From our research
on the internet
and friends that live on the Lake 1/2 the year, I believe most Lake Michigan marinas
do not officially state they are "liveaboard-friendly" but it doesn't seem to be a problem at many marinas. I've heard your are not supposed to say you are planning on being a liveaboard
, you just buy or rent your slip and stay there as much as you want.
Again, I'm just sharing what I've learned so their may be more detailed info on the topic, but I don't think living on Lake Michigan is advised year-round. Most seasonal dock
slips go from May to October. Or you can buy transient slips if you want to move around. What type of boat are you thinking of?
The website below has a list of Michigan marinas. Our friends stay at a marina in South Haven that they love. Some of the marinas on Lake Macatawa (by Holland
& Macatawa) are very nice. It's attached to Lake Michigan if you go up the channel but also provides a little shelter when you're docked from the spontaneous rough weather
of Lake Michigan.
Michigan Marinas | Lake Michigan Sailing and Boating Destinations
A book that's also been very helpful in getting prepared is "The Essentials of Living Aboard
a Boat," by Mark Nicholas.
Hope this helps some! Any tips you have would be appreciated as well. We're hoping to start living on Lake Michigan 1/2 the year hopefully by 2010.