As fulltime liveaboard Florida
Cruisers for the past forty-three years, we have seen more changes in the legal
definitions of being aboard a boat in Florida
than our actual opportunities of being aboard.
In the early 1970's we had no holding tanks
, bottom paint
with mercuric oxide, and slips for $50 per month. Liveaboard slip
were still difficult to find in many locations.
In the 1980's we had difficulty moving to different liveaboard marinas
because some marinas
had a cap on the total number of individuals living aboard
. We were on a waiting list for one marina, but as a family
of four, singles and couples would come and go with never an opportunity for four.
For decades it has been the practice for many Florida marinas to publicly deny that they accept liveaboards, but still maintain a living aboard
Within the last ten years the Florida legislature has used a legal
definition of the term "Liveaboard vessel" that does not apply to all boats that have people living fulltime on their boats. Due to this "liveaboard" terminology many identify themselves as fulltime cruisers. We remain "fulltime cruisers" despite how long we remain at one marina.
I'm not claiming that there are no barriers to living aboard your boat in Florida, but I've always seen some barriers, wether only stated or enforced, and still easily maintain our life aboard.
I should also add that over our 43 years as Florida liveaboards, we've only spent about about 6 full summers in Florida.