THere are two marinas who openly will take liveaboard applications --- Marina Bay in Richmond, and Berkeley Marina. The latter just had a big ad in the paper soliciting. Both have room, right now, for legal liveaboard folks and will do an app "off the street"> We got a slip and approval for legal liveaboard over there, but the way things worked, we decided to stay where we were. Steve, at Marina Bay, is easy to talk to and a straight shooter. Visit the office and see for yourself. We also liked Marina Bay b/c of the deepwater access.
Over in Marin --- well, life there is a different story. But, as we have found --- visiting in person, being persistent and polite, arriving with glossy photos of your boat
and a copy of your insurance
.....all these things help. It has all worked out in time, but if you want legal liveaboard right off the bat, I think your only current
options are Berkely and Marina Bay/Richmond.