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I wrote this in response to another question like yours. Sorry I don't have the link to it included in the text, but it discusses the difficulty of finding liveaboards in The Bay Area. You could also do a search on BCDC, the governing agency that limits liveaboards to 10% of the marina population. Good luck.
Bay Area Docking
Originally Posted by Howelllee
It’s a tricky game, but one can live aboard sometimes by just keeping an immensely low profile and making close friends with harbor masters, who - in some instances - are able to turn a blind eye.
That post was quite fine but this part is not.
In our marina (Grand in Alameda) "sneak-aboards" are identified immediately by the legal
liveaboards and are immediately shown the door.
This is simple human nature: don't abuse what I've worked to get. The liveaboards, as stated, have waited a long time to get, uhm, well, legal
status to live on their boats. They do NOT appreciate people who break the rules and will identify them immediately. They always KNOW who's coming & going, heck, they live there.
And their next recourse, if the harbormaster turns a blind-eye, is to go to BCDC, who are among the most bureaucratic bunch of idiots on the planet. These are the guys who wanted to call boats "floating refuse" some years ago. They are among the leaders in making the Bay Area governments turn their backs on the precious resource that is our waterfront. Wanna know how I REALLY feel about them?
And, if you do find a willing harbormaster, you'd be outing yourself if you told anyone, so no one is gonna do that here. And legal
liveaboards will "out" a willing harbormaster to, guess who?, the BCDC.
May not be that way up in The Delta
, but the Bay Area is pretty tight on this stuff.
I know, it stinks, and I agree with the rest of H's post, but it's a reality.
I have a 34 foot boat that I love. If I had a 36 footer, I could have been on the list to liveaboard since I've been in the same marina for 17 years. 36 is the minimum for our marina.
Plus, the R&Rs of the contract
one signs for monthly slips states clearly & spells out how many nights one can stay on their boat if they do take a monthly slip.
Transient slip fees
are higher than monthly. Liveaboard slips are more than monthly non-liveaboard slips. Do the math.
There's nowhere to anchor
out in the Estuary. There were a few derelicts who were moved out of Clipper Cove a few years ago but they have disappeared. For the few days that the Alameda police boat and Oakland police boats are allowed to go out (budget cuts, ya know - "we" bought the boats with Homeland Security
$$s, but can't afford the f-ing fuel
, I’ve talked to the crew on the Alameda boat, they only get one day a week to keep their "drivers licenses" current!!!) they do/will harass anyone anchored there.
I've been anchoring
all over The Bay for the past 35 years. There are only two tenable anchorages
: Clipper Cove now limited and Richardson Bay, lousy and dangerous in the winter. Aquatic Park is a National Park, free but limited, no services, nowhere to land a dinghy
There's a Safeway at Gashouse Cove, but no transient slips easy to use, maybe the gas dock
would let you stay for a while.
The closest market to a marina is Loch Lomand. Their docks have those silly rings instead of cleats!!! But its the only specific marina I've been in that is within reasonable walking distance to a "normal" supermarket. Even in The Delta
Petaluma is a LOOONG way up the river and you have to work way in advance to get the bridge up. Nice place, I was there just last weekend, but... 2 1/2 hours from the River Entrance but another two hours to even get there from The Brothers. It's a loong trip. Plus it's $24 a night.
, most of them, don't have shopping
sailorchic has made it work. She knows her stuff and is willing to share her experiences. Listen to whatever she says. Don't reinvent the wheel
Whoever told you about the drought - don't listen to anything more they tell you. Utter rubbish.
Mark's right about Vallejo, but the harbor's very very empty, too, so some "rules" might get broken. But those transients might simply be willing to pay full price
for slips. What's your budget
? Sometimes they can take their boats out for a few days and come back and not be considered true liveaboards, many of who never take their boats anywhere. Not to start any argument about the definition of liveaboards - please, let's not go there, this is not the subject of this discussion.
I'm just providing you with the realities I have seen.