Originally Posted by NoobSchoolBus
Allowed to live aboard long term (Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Australia):
- New Quay Marina -> The only marina so far found to allow live aboards (one email, which needs confirmation). [great location but prices around AU$10,000+ per annum].
Does anyone have any experience living aboard
in Port Phillip Bay? or around Australia
Just a couple of points/thoughts.
1) Lived aboard in Lovett Bay, Pittwater, Sydney's Northern Beaches area for 2 years, about 18 years ago. And no, it wasn't allowed back then either. But business had gone pear shaped and it was a choice between living in a cheap
rental unit above a store on a busy street somewhere, and becoming a depressed grey person, or taking a punt on water
police being too busy chasing real badies to worry about a quiet, trouble free battler trying to find his feet again with a wife and two early teen kids
We chose to be on the bones of our backsides in paradise where we could still feel lucky with a $3 bottle of red and a bag of peanuts on a beautiful summer evening.
We weren't the only ones there, there were 2 other boats with older single
guys, but we all kept a low profile, didn't hang washing
out etc... and the water
police were great. After a while they used to come around asking if we, or the kids
had seen anything when they were looking for stolen boats/motors etc.
In the same circumstances I'd take a punt and do it again in a flash.
2) If you're both working, $10,000 per annum isn't bad to be on a marina with power and water and security
included. It's about $190/week. If you were renting
a unit in the centre of Melbourne you'd have to be up for $400+ per week, and this is less than half. Plus you'd have electricity and any other levies that may be applied. If you've got skills that can be easily used in a cheaper, more remote
area you've got good options, but if you've both got good jobs in Melbourne New Quay Marina could be perfectly ok.
Maybe it will take you a couple of years longer to pay off your boat, but if you're having fun along the way and living where you want to, just enjoy the experience...