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Old 25-12-2016, 06:17   #1
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Liveaboard don't ask don't tell

How many people liveaboard but don't tell the marina and they don't ask. Why I want.to know lots of marina say no liveaboard but do people do it and they don't ask.
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Old 25-12-2016, 06:33   #3
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Ya I guess I should have said do the marinas care or is it just marinas look the other way and not say anything
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It's all semantics. Just be a cruiser instead. Have another address available, even if it's a relative, friend, or mail drop service. The details are irrelevant.
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Re: Liveaboard don't ask don't tell

I think they are called "sneakaboards".

I have a home marina that permits liveaboards so we don't have that issue. What we have are boats moored offshore that come into the marina to use the ablution facilities and swimming pool. They are hard to monitor because we are a large facility with many charter boats so there is a constantly changing sea of faces.
The marina management seem relaxed about it however because their numbers are small. I was told by a really long term marina crasher they pay a small monthly fee just to use the showers and pool a couple of times a week.
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Re: Liveaboard don't ask don't tell

Pretty hard to not be noticed, what happens when the end of the season comes and you don't want to be pulled from the water?

what I never understood about marinas not wanting liveaboards, is they provide essentially free security and build community for the marina, community is what makes marinas thrive!
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Re: Liveaboard don't ask don't tell

I walk our Marina, every pier, for exercise in the mornings. Our marina doesn't specifically allow live aboards, but doesn't prohibit them either. I can tell you every boat that someone lives on. I'm sure the dockmaster can, too. It's more of a case of not being a problem for them. Look like every other boat to a casual observer.

But, walk through a few mornings yourself, and you will quickly see if sneak aboards are tolerated in your marina.
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I think most marina's turn a blind eye as long as you don't abuse the privilege.. which it is..
Keep a low profile.. be polite and considerate to fellow boaters and staff.. most regard it as added security.. unless one becomes the problem..
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Re: Liveaboard don't ask don't tell

I'm with pcmm, as a leader in our local yacht club, we love livaboards. Of course, in the frozen Great Lakes, that's still just seasonal. Livaboards provide free security and community building just by staying home and walking the neighborhood. Ours are great people and the club would not be the same without them.
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How many people liveaboard but don't tell the marina and they don't ask. Why I want.to know lots of marina say no liveaboard but do people do it and they don't ask.
I don't think you'll get by for very long living on your boat at a marina that doesn't permit liveaboards. Marina staff and others are going to notice that you're always around, always using the heads and showers, etc.
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Re: Liveaboard don't ask don't tell

My Marina allows it, for an extra $150 a month.
However I believe it is very dependent on the Marina, I am sure the one by the bridge in Clearwater wouldn't allow it, they seemed very offended when I asked if they had any live aboards.
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I got round it in the UK playing the five day rule.. weekends I'd go away to visit friends.. winters in the UK were/are for socialising domestically.. summers are for escaping..
Summers I'd be on the hook.
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Re: Liveaboard don't ask don't tell

My marina's operating permit doesn't allow them to have liveaboards. A couple bought a boat that was slipped at the marina and moved in. After a month or two the manager told them they had to leave.


It would seem liveaboards would offer a bit of security but of course, not all liveaboards. And liveaboards typically use more electricity and water than people who may visit their boats every month or two.
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Re: Liveaboard don't ask don't tell

My marina allows a small number of livaboards. Enough to provide dock security and spaced out on the 3 secondary fingers. we pay extra for the fee and extra for utilities. I previously lived in a true livaboard marina in Victoria where each boat had a water spigot and vacuum lines had been run though out the Marina with an avaliable suction point within 20 feet. vacuum hoses were close by and readily available. A fee was charged and utilities were separate
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My marina allows a small number of livaboards. Enough to provide dock security and spaced out on the 3 secondary fingers. we pay extra for the fee and extra for utilities. I previously lived in a true livaboard marina in Victoria where each boat had a water spigot and vacuum lines had been run though out the Marina with an avaliable suction point within 20 feet. vacuum hoses were close by and readily available. A fee was charged and utilities were separate
Some municipalities (such as Vancouver BC) may legislate bans on Marinas from having liveaboard.
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