Originally Posted by Capt Phil
Enjoyed many years of living aboard
but as the political situation changed and those in charge of administering not only state and county tax law but those county and municipal governments who passed increasingly restrictive laws and regulations
became one of the worst states in which to try and live aboard. Not only were regulations
ultra restrictive, the surly, arrogant attitude that pervaded those responsible for enforcement was so off putting, except for the USCG, we gave up and moved to Nevada. They are the main reason for the demise of the liveaboard
community in southern California IMO. Having cruised and lived aboard in many different countries all over the world, I feel qualified to voice an opinion. Phil
In 2009 it was still possible to live aboard at anchor
, moving between Sausalito, Clipper Cove and Jack London Square. Now, unless you want to use anchorages
exposed to strong southerly winter wind
, boat and ship wakes, bottoms that will eat your anchor
and hefty fees
- not possible any more. Clipper Cove has restrictions on anchoring
managed by none other than the folks at the Treasure Island Development authority - who would collect dingies and bicycles left ashore by live aboards - as trash. You had to go retrieve your property from them kept in a fenced enclosure.
Like some other posters have said, the delta
area in the winter months is untenable. Foggy, muddy and in most possible anchorages
no access to services. South end of the San Francisco
Bay is too shallow with no good access.
? Forget it. Even if you're willing to pay for a mooring
or marina slip, the queues of people ahead of you are years long.
What's left in the U.S. but places to freeze your ass off or risk losing your boat in a hurricane
I'm with the hag, Mexico
is the way to go. Except, learning
to turn a blind eye to corruption and endure relatively high costs that have come with too many ex-pat sailors with deep pockets willing to pay anything for what they want.
See y'all soon...