I lived aboard in Dana Point
for 8 years in the 90's and have kept my deposit in to be kept on the list. This is the 600 list others talk about. Just because there are 600 people on the list, does not mean we are truly waiting for a slip. We recently inquired about slips between Santa Barbra and San Diego
and there are many that advertise limits on liveaboard
slips, but a lot of the time if they find you are a person they want to keep around from the condition of your boat to even the car you park in the parking lot, they tend to make exceptions from looking away on quiet sneak aboards to giving you liveaboard
status. The list in Dana Point
has been around as long as the marina, what has changed is the costs and taxes
. Your mileage may vary.
What you will find very different from the East Coast
is most of the marinas
have double fingers and concrete floating docks and larger bathrooms. This will spoil you in a hurry as well as the 300+ days of sailing weather
per year in Southern California
. Not having to have air conditioning
on the boat in the summer is also a big difference or fending off the bugs, running aground is also much harder to do, etc...