I don't know from direct knowledge but I believe there are some liveaboards at Oak Harbor. As noted above, Skyline does have some liveaboards but only on one of the marinas
there. The "condominium" marinas
there do not allow liveaboards and they have the majority of the slips in the little harbor.
Anacortes Marina allows liveaboards but they limit them and they usually have a waiting list, with priority going to sailors they have had good experiences with (e.g. have had their boats there and keep them in good condition, pay their bills, and are polite). No one has a right to liveaboard
anywhere in the state TMK. There is a fee and they hold you to high standards as to behavior, courtesy, insurance
, and following the rules. You have to have a monthly receipt for pumping out your holding tank
. I believe most marinas are like that, some more than others. They'll kick you out in a heart-beat if you don't follow the rules, liveaboard or not.
Cap Sante is the only truly "public" marina and is owned operated by the Port of Anacortes. They used to forbid liveaboards and would ban the odd boat that tried to hide living on their boats. They may have changed that recently but I don't think so. Some liveaboards have acted like asses and ruined it for other folks - trashy, neglected boats, dumping sewage, not paying their bills on time, loud music
, etc. Docks are not gated so anyone is allowed on all docks.
There are two more small marinas that allow liveaboards: Anchor
Cove and Lovrics. Almost impossible to get a slip of any kind at Lovrics and it is pretty much in a sad condition. Anchor
Cove is central to town but the daily tidal flows up and down the channel there make it a challenging entrance. Only a few slips available for sailboats - mostly covered for powerboats. The previous dockmaster there did not have the best customer-focused demeanor but I hear the new one is a good egg.