I'm on the other side of Michigan, but enjoy having live aboards at my marina in the summer time. They invite each other to cookouts, social events
, and help with any boat problems that come up. If they can't fix a problem they know someone who can. I find they are great ambassadors for the marina.
If you want to be a live aboard find a marina that has parking close to your boat, grass and shade trees, clean bathrooms, washer/dryers, one that provides free wi-fi, free pumpouts, hopefully a heated pool, no extra for the electric
or city water
, protected harbor regarding wave action, 4 way tie up pilings, and a social calendar that gets the whole marina envolved ( hopefully free).
Don't buy a boat without a survey
( you will have to have one for your insurance
company anyway and I would write it into any purchase
agreement that if it doesn't pass they pay for the survey
& if it does you agree to pay.) Right now I would probably offer 40% to 50% less than what they are asking. You can always raise your offer. You can get great deals from the business people that handle repos for the banks. Living aboard
during the winter is another story. Good luck, Terry