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Old 04-11-2014, 18:58   #1
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Hi all!
My husband and I are exploring options to move to the Boca Raton, FL area. We love boating but recently sold our boat here in Minnesota. We are investigating whether or not purchasing a liveaboard for year round housing is for us. Where (if possible) can we search for possible rental liveaboard boats already in a marina for us to see if this is for us?
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Old 04-11-2014, 19:22   #2
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Hi Amy and welcome to the forum.

Your question comes up fairly often but unlike homes or apartments it is not common for boats to rent long term. Not unheard of but rare. The problem is boats are very portable so an unscrupulous person could rent a boat but easily sail off into the sunset. Also, if the renter is a bit careless or not familiar with boat systems it would be possible to damage or sink the boat.

Then there is the insurance issue. The owner would have to get a special policy to rent out the boat.

Still doesn't hurt to look around. Good luck.

There is another option. If you want to simulate living on a boat move into a large walkin closet for a couple of months.

Only kidding about the closet, but seriously maybe rent a camper or RV and live in that for a while.
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Y'know, SkipMac, that's not such a bad idea.

Of course, we've been away from the US for years, and certainly aren't aware what's available in FL, but I'm thinking the OP doesn't get it that people are quite possessive about their boats. Just why would one want to rent out their home? in which they are currently living?

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Y'know, SkipMac, that's not such a bad idea.

Of course, we've been away from the US for years, and certainly aren't aware what's available in FL, but I'm thinking the OP doesn't get it that people are quite possessive about their boats. Just why would one want to rent out their home? in which they are currently living?

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One thing I'll bet that hasn't changed since you left FL is the huge number of boats that sit unused for months or even years. Certainly anyone that lives on their boat or owners that cruise weekends or even those that go out for just a week or so vacation each year would be reluctant to rent out a boat. But that leaves an awful lot of boats that are used seldom if at all.

Last time we lived in onboard in a FL marina over the course of a full year the great majority of the boats around us we never saw anyone visit a single time. Since my wife was on the boat most of the time with our infant daughter she had a pretty good idea of the comings and goings.

One idea that might work and, at the same time, might resolve insurance concerns for a boat owner that would otherwise have to get coverage for renting the boat is to hire on as boat sitters. Some owners like the security of someone on board their boats. If you can give good references and appear to be a responsible, reliable couple that might be an option. The downside, boat sitting usually includes maintenance and work on the boat but that might not be a bad thing for someone that wants a taste of the lifestyle.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Amy.
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Hi Amy,

Welcome to CF!

I think ya'll are going to have to bite the bullet and commit to the idea by actually purchasing to give it a go... Like Skip and Ann infer... I think finding a "rental live aboard" is going to be like finding your keys on the bottom after they got dropped in... Search some liveaboard threads to investigate what costs you're not thinking about... Good luck... And keep the questions coming!
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I rented my boat out for a year. Trashed parts of my boat and left owning me 1000's. Never again.
And he was someone I had known for a few years and thought I could trust.
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I know a couple on the Rio Dulce, who spent every summer and sometimes winters taking care of other peoples boats. They got a place to live and some agreeable payment. Of course, they had a long time reputation. Mac
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