Here in Minnesota
it seems to be growing, slowly. Weather
is a big factor. It was -10 f last night. Many marinas
just don’t have space and most near the big city can’t expand so it’s getting harder for the new people to find slips. It’s a nice winter income
for those marinas
that support the live aboards. Most have either a club house or tavern and sponsor
various event through the winter.
has a huge number of boats but most are trailer
boats. Our marina is full of the larger trailer
boats in the summer. I see many on the hard
but a lot have summer slips. It a bit pricy as these have to paid up front for the season or higher rates per month. The marinas have a majority of slips for under 30 feet. The bigger boats have less available and cost more. I was lucky and got the last 40 foot slip. There are two house boats on the pier, one a scow with a small outboard motor
the other is a 40’ houseboat that stays in the water
but not a full timer.
There are a couple of live aboard communities that are “outlaws” or other anti whatever’s that I stay away from. They do give a bit of black eye to the rest of us.
The “tiny house” thing is getting pretty strong here but communities don’t really like these for fear of the “trailer park” syndrome. Zoning can be difficult for them.
Nevertheless I see new ones almost weekly on the highway going to their new home.