Originally Posted by Fore and Aft
I once was berthed next to a 25ft yacht that had a big upright household fridge in the cockpit
. The deck
was just covered with junk, to the point where the guy had his dinghy
tied alongside filled with more junk. He had been there a long time and it seemed the marina just wished he would go away.
Another small yacht live aboard I know had mental health
issues and I was the only guy who got on with the him. The marina actually aproached me to help deal with him a few times. They even offered to help pay for a haircut for him if I could persuade him to go to the hairdresser. The marina did not want to kick him out but his berth fees
did not really cover the headaches he caused.
So you can hardly blame some marinas for having a minimum live aboard size limit.
Okay, so all the junk was probably a missile hazard in a hurricane
, possibly a fire hazard. I get that. The fridge... why was there an issue with that? Too ugly? Not yachty enough? Or did you have another reason in mind? I bet that neighbor always had a beer
on hand for a thirsty fellow yachtsman. I have never NOT been offered a beer
when passing a boat
with a fridge in the cockpit and the owner on deck or on the pier. Fridge in cockpit = good neighbor. Ditto for dripping ice chest on dock
. Unless it is just full of fish
We had two crazies here. One was recently evicted due to actions that had little or nothing to do with her affliction. The other, I think is still around but on very shaky ground in spite of pleas from family
to forgive and forget and here, cash this check to pay for damages. Funny
how many families regard marinas as dumping grounds for relatives that once would have been sent off to the nuthouse.
But none of this has much to do with a certain size boat. The two crazies had boats bigger than mine and I don't think I am excessively insane. And I think the junkiest, most waterworld looking boat I have ever seen, was at least 50' LOA
. Not that appearance makes a difference, just that such boats with vegetable and flower gardens on deck (This one had several banana plants growing in pots, a couple over 8' tall) usually are the ones that have no propulsion
and no way to pump
out a head
A boat for sale
I looked at recently, an Out Island 41' ex charter
barge that had been rode
hard and put up wet for decades, had been lived aboard for several years. The owner thought the forward head
was plumbed straight overboard
and was surprised when the head tank overfilled. That was a few years ago and it was still full and the head unusable when we went to see the boat. The aft head was indeed plumbed straight to a through hull
, and three guesses where he did his business every day. We didnt buy the boat. And we wouldn't want him for a neighbor. Luckily this was not in our marina, but on the North Shore. Somehow I imagine that with a North wind
, we can probably smell him up there, crapping right overboard
and the overflowing forward head fermenting month by month, year by year. By the way, no refreshments were offered when we visited. No beer = bad sign. And he was a full time liveaboard
BTW, the families of our two crazies reportedly were VERY prompt with the quarterly slip rent for more than a decade. Just sayin.